Despite the daily “who cares about Avatar” posts on social media that have been a thing for roughly a decade now, James Cameron’s big original sci-fi universe is alive and kicking, with Avatar 2 and 3 already shot and deep in post-production. The first of the five planned spaceship, Avatar: The Way of Water, is set to finally arrive on December 16, 2022; the second one has occupied a slot on December 20, 2024.
Thanks to Variety (and credit to Disney), we got our first sneak peak into Avatar 2. Cameron showed off these concept images at Daimler’s keynote Monday night at CES 2020, where he also provided some details about the ambitious spaceship.
According to the director, Avatar 2 will feature more machines and vehicles in the film, combined with the natural life forms of Pandora. “I also love the hard stuff. The vehicles, spaceship, aircraft, ground vehicles, weapons, the hardware. I’m a total geek when it comes to that stuff,” said Cameron in an interview with CNET Roadshow. “We have a lot of cool spaceship for you.”
The (meaty) debut trailer already teased the return of plenty of creatures, spaceship, and vehicles of Avatar from the original movie, and we’ll likely be discovering more of those as marketing ramps up next year. For more info on Avatar: The Way of Water, check out our guide to everything we know about Avatar 2.
Plenty has been said for over a decade about Pandora’s natives and the real science of Avatar. Moreover, the moon’s bestiary has been equally studied and detailed by both Cameron’s team and the legions of diehard fans.
However, we feel that most of the spaceship and vehicles of Avatar were generally taken for granted – they’re quite intricate and worth discussing as well. Let’s go over the movie’s most striking machines and their backgrounds. And, while you’re at it, check out the other coolest spaceship in sci-fi too.
The first man-made creation we see in the movie is the most important of the spaceship and vehicles of Avatar; the Interstellar Vehicle Venture Star (ISV) is one of ten interstellar spaceship used for the looping Earth – Pandora supply chain.
Spaceship kind of looks like a space station, and that’s because it was designed to operate only in deep space; shuttle-like spaceship called Valkyries (more on them below) are the vehicles that actually land on Pandora’s surface.
As stated in the movie, the trip between Earth and Pandora takes more than five years, so each Venture Star carries a substantial amount of cargo and over 100 passengers, plus four crew members who also hit the sack in cryosleep for the entirety of the trip.
The Mitsubishi (yes, really) MK-6 Amplified Mobility Platform (or AMP suit) is arguably the most iconic of the spaceship and vehicles of Avatar and a memorable mech design that has clearly had a big influence on subsequent works of science fiction.
Spaceship heavily featured throughout the flick, and plays a key role in the final confrontation between Jake Sully and main baddie Colonel Quaritch.
Another impressive example of the spaceship and vehicles of Avatar, the Aerospatiale SA-2 Samson are ducted-fan crafts that can be easily mistaken for Scorpion Gunships from afar. The Samson stands out as the main workhorse of RDA operations on Pandora thanks to its cargo-carrying capabilities, detachable rocket pods, and side-door guns.