If you happen to catch avatar when it was re-released in theaters earlier this year, you may have forgotten that main villain Colonel Miles Quaritch, played by Stephen Lang, did not survive the final battle alive. You might not have expected it because you haven’t seen the James Cameron movie in a while, or because you already know that Lang will reprise his role for upcoming Avatar sequels, including this month’s movie. Avatar: The way of the water. In a new interview with EmpireLang opened up about his character’s return, confirming exactly how it happens and revealing who the real big villain of Avatar: The Way of Water really is.
“He’s a genetically engineered autonomous avatar,” Lang says of his character, revealing in the film that he’s a “Recombinant,” or “Recom.” “He’s been downloaded with the mind, the emotions, and more interestingly, possibly the mind of Quaritch. Now, those are all pretty esoteric things. He comes with a full memory bank right up to the time he actually undergoes the DNA transfer. So there’s are certain things he has no memory of at all. He has no memory of his death.”
Adds Lang: “It’s fair to say (it’s the same Quaritch), but I think it’s incomplete. If you think about it, Quaritch was really a feature in the original movie. He was a colorful feature – a feature full of personality but he was really there to cause conflict now he still has that position but I also think just because of the depth of what Jim is exploring here he’s quite a bit more than that we see parts of him we haven’t seen before. That only makes sense because we don’t want to keep massaging the same territory. We need to go to new places and he does.”
Lang further teased that newcomer Edie Falco will seemingly be the new film’s main antagonist, playing a character named “Ardmore” who actually out-powers his character. He notes, “I think he’s really trying hard to make it work with Ardmore, but we’ll just have to see how that plays out. Back in the day, Quaritch was the guy with a right angle and a straight line in a very smooth and round world. Now it’s Ardmore living by this by-the-book doctrine, and sometimes you gotta throw the book out the window.”
Avatar: The way of the water arrives December 16, 2022 with avatar3 will debut two years later on December 20, 2024.