Moviegoers all by means of the globe are anxiously awaiting the return of James Cameron’s Avatar franchise with Avatar: The Technique of Water’s launch later this month. Nevertheless, whereas most individuals will affiliate the phrase “Avatar” with Cameron’s sci-fi universe, that franchise just isn’t the one recreation on the town that makes use of that now iconic phrase. Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Closing Airbender, a hottest animated sequence that debuted in 2005, furthermore shares the title. Nevertheless, followers have merely realized that the sequence was pressured to fluctuate its title on account of now mega blockbuster movie franchise.
In a up to date tweet posted by Closing Airbender’s animator/director Giancarlo Volpe, it was revealed that the present was pressured so as in order so as to add The Closing Airbender to the title. He notably mentioned, “In 2004 we realized that we needed to fluctuate the title of our present from Avatar to Avatar the Closing Airbender on account of James Cameron already had the rights to a film often known as Avatar.” Though Closing Airbender technically acquired proper right here out first in 2005, an entire 4 years earlier than Avatar’s topic workplace reign, Cameron began progress on that historic blockbuster all among the finest methods as soon as extra in 1994. After his fully totally different worthwhile movie Titanic debuted in 1996, Cameron formally launched that Avatar could also be his subsequent movie. Followers merely didn’t uncover on the time that they’ve to attend an entire 13 years earlier than seeing that dream develop proper right into a actuality in 2009. Cameron held onto the title rights for all these years.
Due to the shut timeframe of every enterprise, with Closing Airbender concluding its epic three season run in 2008, followers of every franchise usually questioned if there was ever a connection between them. That connection solely accommodates the title, however Volpe furthermore acknowledged some significantly humorous similarities joking in his publish, “Now the sequel known as The Technique of Water. If half 3 known as ‘The Firebending Masters’ we riot.” The premise of Closing Airbender centered spherical a youthful boy named Aang, the final word surviving Airbender and Avatar. An Avatar on this universe means an individual has the ability to wield all 4 components, Earth, Air, Wind, and Hearth. Every season seen Aang and his buddies attempt to perceive thought of considered one of many final three remaining components the Avatar wanted to defeat the dreaded Hearth Lord. The very first season, which have been all dubbed “Books” by the franchise, was titled “Water”. It’s a extraordinarily odd coincidence that Technique of Water is all about… accurately, water. Like Volpe humorously states in his publish, if the Na’vi begin Earth and Hearth bending, we guess they’ll sue.
Nevertheless, in all seriousness, this title change was a win-win for each franchises. Avatar went on to show into among the finest grossing movie of all time whereas The Closing Airbender, not together with the unhealthy M. Night time Shyamalan adaptation, is considered by many individuals to be the only animated sequence of all-time. This little behind-the-scenes notion would furthermore clarify why Closing Airbender’s equally good sequel sequence The Legend of Korra dropped the Avatar title altogether. Each franchises are arguably extra regular than they’ve ever been with Avatar: The Strategy of Water releasing on December 16 and The Closing Airbender has a mannequin new animated theatrical movie trilogy, a live-action Netflix sequence, and a mannequin new animated sequence all on among the finest methods. The primary movie of that deliberate animated trilogy is about to hit theaters on October 10, 2025. Cameron’s Avatar furthermore has three extra sequels in energetic progress.
Whereas we anticipate extra information surrounding each Avatar franchises, you possibly can view Volpe’s full eye-opening publish down beneath, together with the trailer for Technique of Water and the distinctive Closing Airbender sequence’ intro.