Avatar 3 Designer Might’ve Just Spoiled the Final Battle Setting
One production designer may have spoiled the final battle setting for 2025’s Avatar 3.
After the record-breaking success of Avatar: The Way of Water, James Cameron’s Pandoran epic is set to continue despite recently suffering a significant delay from Disney.
While moving the conflict between the Sully clan (led by Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully) and the RDA (Resources Development Administration), the movie will also feature the first inter-Na’vi clash with the introduction of the volcano-dwelling “Ash people.”
Not much else is known about Cameron’s sci-fi threequel, but hints at what could come next have slowly been trickling out as production on the project is ongoin
Hinting at Avatar 3’s Final Battle
Audiences may have their first hint at where Avatar 3’s final battle will take place thanks to production designer David Vickery.
Speaking in an interview with befores & afters, Vickery teased a “massive thing” set to happen at the RDA home base of Bridgehead in the Avatar threequel:
Bridgehead was first introduced in Avatar: The Way of Water, being the location in which Stephen Lang’s General Miles Quaritch gets the order to kill Jake Sully from General Ardmore.
Vickery described some of the work that went into building Bridgehead for Avatar 2 and the “hundreds of” vehicles and RDA elements they designed for what was “only six or seven shots:”
He said all this work went into the location because of the importance it is going to have in Avatar 3, chronicling some of the environmental storytelling that went into building this RDA home base:
Vickery lamented bringing the first asset for that sequence to texture lead Mark Young, it being the Valkyrie “they travel in as they’re going over to Bridgehead:”
Why Bridgehead Makes Sense to Close Avatar 3
It is probably a good bet that the important Avatar 3 Bridgehead sequence David Vickery described will be the final battle of the movie.
Despite one of the big bads of the threequel being teased as a “new villain… from Pandora,” likely in reference to the red-skinned Ash people that have been brought up before, the franchise will ultimately always come back to the idea of humans (the RDA) sullying the natural wonder that is Pandora.
So an epic battle sequence to close the film – potentially being the killing blow to the military-industrial machine that is the RDA – at Bridgehead would make a lot of sense.
Thus far in the Avatar franchise, each film’s final conflict has taken place on the Na’vi’s turf. Yes, The Way of Water’s third act was on board an RDA ship, but it was at sea with the natural world all around it.
Attacking Bridgehead would be something different for the series, with the Na’vi invading an Earth-like locale before they ever make it to Earth (which at some point they seemingly will).
James Cameron himself hinted that every Avatar movie would have the “same adversary” with “additional adversaries and additional allies” popping in and out for each adventure. But if this is the case, then Bridgehead feels like the perfect spot to end the upcoming third movie