The Avatar franchise is said to be headed to Earth in future installments, but that spells a grim fate for one particular character from the movies.
Warning: Major Spoilers for Avatar: The Way of Water Below!
Avatar: The Way of Water has shown that a grim future awaits one of its core characters. Avatar: The Way of Water returns to Pandora over a decade after the first Avatar, with Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) the father of four children with his Na’vi wife Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and leading the Omaticaya tribe. However, his new life as a Na’vi gets turned upside down when some of his human enemies from Avatar return to Pandora.
In The Way of Water, the villainous Colonel Miles Quaritch returns in an Avatar body, with his mind and memories uploaded to it. Quaritch leads a team of Jake’s old enemies on a revenge mission for their defeat in Avatar, but is beaten again by Jake and his fellow Na’vi, including the sea-faring Metkayina tribe. Quaritch does not die the end of The Way of Water, but despite this, James Cameron’s future plans for the Avatar franchise demonstrate that a tough road lies ahead for Quaritch. However, it is for different reasons than one might expect, and goes back to who Quaritch is as a person.
The Avatar Franchise Could Be Heading For EarthAvatar The Way of Water
Producer John Landau has offered some differing accounts on Avatar 5’s plans involving Earth. After stating that the film will involve “a section of the story where we go to Earth”, Landau later clarified in another interview that the franchise will “keep all the stories on Pandora”. However, there could be cryptic details at play about the Avatar franchise’s story that Landau cannot fully disclose yet. Landau specifically stating that “a section” of Avatar 5 would visit Earth could be the key to understanding plans for the franchise.
Sci-fi elements such as teleportation could be used to briefly take Avatar 5 to Earth. Additionally, the abilities of the Na’vi’s deity Eywa might also bring the story there through astral projection. In any case, while that might lead to a trip home for Jake or a trip to another world for Neytiri, Avatar 5 bringing the Na’vi to Earth is much worse news for Quaritch. Compared to who he was originally in Avatar, Quaritch is a very different man in Avatar: The Way of Water, in more ways than one.
Why Quaritch Is Doomed In Avatar’s Return To Earth
In his human form, Quaritch had nothing but disdain for the Na’vi in Avatar, but in taking on a Na’vi form for Avatar: The Way of Water, Quaritch seemingly has not thought his vendetta with Jake through. In his Avatar form, Quaritch can only survive on Pandora, but in the body of what he sees as a lesser life form. On top of dealing with being beaten by Jake again in The Way of Water, Quaritch is likely to face an existential crisis in being, in his mind, a prisoner of Pandora. It also gets worse for Quaritch in his relationship with his human son Spider (Jack Champion).
In Avatar: The Way of Water’s ending, Spider saves Quaritch from drowning, but still rejects his father’s pleas to join him, with Spider returning to Jake, Neytiri, and the Na’vi he has known his whole life on Pandora. With Quaritch left on his own, his only hope is to come to see the Na’vi as equals and make a sincere effort to reconcile with Jake and Spider after Avatar: The Way of Water. Without that, Quaritch faces a terrible fate as a man who is unable to physically adapt to his home world and spiritually adapt to Pandora.