Stephen Lang in Avatar

After years of radio silence, the Avatar sequels are finally underway. Announcements about the cast and shooting schedule have become more and more common, but the latest news has sparked speculation and discussion moreso than the others. James Cameron confirmed that Miles Quaritch, played by Stephen Lang in the original film, will be the villain of all four sequels as well. This is the first time that we’ve heard about this particular character’s exact role in the series. — previous announcements centered on Jake Worthington’s and Zoe Saldana’s returns as protagonists Jake and Neyteri respectively; though in all fairness, Lang’s involvement with the sequels has long been reported.

Quaritch did die at the end of the original film, making his return somewhat more surprising. While there is a great deal of fantastical science fiction going on in the world of Pandora, resurrection from the dead has yet to be explored. To ...

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