What Avatar's Crazy Sequel Names Mean

Jake and Neytiri in James Cameron's Avatar

Avatar: The Tulkun Rider

Cameron's first Avatar movie consisted primarily of an aggression between the humans and the Na'vi, which came to a head in the third act. Since the humans are expected to return not only for Avatar 2 but for all four Avatar sequels, with Lang's Quaritch acting as the main villain in each installment, the human versus Na'vi routine can get old fast - it isn't too original, to begin with - so all four Avatar sequels can't only focus on the Na'vi's struggle to survive a potential human invasion and possible occupation. Then, Avatar 4 can possibly be the first movie in the franchise to take the story in an entirely new direction by introducing some sort of monster into the mix.

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Avatar 4's rumored subtitle, The Tulkun Rider, can be attributed to virtually anything since the term "Tulkun" hasn't been used yet in the Avatar universe. But there are still ways to somewhat determine what Cameron and the rest of the creative team have in mind for Avatar 4. Considering that Cameron tends to borrow heavily from real-life cultures, people, and even stories, it's also possible that the term "Tulkun" can refer to Jake Sully (or someone else) ascending to some form of a high priest or shaman, similar to the Dalai Lama. In Tibetan Buddhism, Tulku refers to someone who is reborn and tasked with passing down specific teachings to a new generation. Perhaps in Avatar 4, the Tulkun Rider is someone in that regard, an ancient being passing down knowledge to the Na'vi. It would be a great transition into Avatar 5.

Avatar: The Quest for Eywa

Floating mountains in Avatar

If a Tulkun Rider does end up referring to someone who's a high priest, even possibly setting up Jake Skully as becoming that person, then it makes sense that Avatar 5 would be about the search for the Pandora goddess Eywa, who is described to Jake in the first Avatar movie as being "made up of all living things." Perhaps somewhere along the way, over the course of the first three Avatar sequels, it becomes evident that Eywa is actually real and that the main characters must embark on a journey to find her. In that case, the Tulkun Rider would be integral to doing just that.

Even though audiences were presented with a great deal of information about Pandora in the first Avatar movie, there's still quite a lot that remains unclear, not to mention a plethora of things that haven't yet been revealed. With four Avatar sequels on the way, Cameron and the rest of the creative team can take their time to introduce audiences to every facet of the planet, including the neurological connection the Na'vi share with it. If the rumored Avatar titles are real, then it would be interesting to see an Avatar movie that's an adventure in the vein of the Indiana Jones movies, rather than a movie that simply explores more of Pandora and the Na'vi, though that itself isn't a bad thing.

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Key Release Dates
  • Avatar 2 (2021) release date: Dec 17, 2021
  • Avatar 3 (2023) release date: Dec 22, 2023
  • Avatar 4 (2025) release date: Dec 19, 2025
  • Avatar 5 (2027) release date: Dec 17, 2027
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