Aang and the Gaang will play grownups in the forthcoming animated Avatar film.
Nickelodeon’s Avatar Studios unveiled the theme of their first animated Avatar film today during the Avatar: The Last Airbender panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. The film will center on the exploits of Aang and his buddies as young adults, as opposed to the live-action Netflix TV series that co-creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko stepped away from due to creative disagreements.
At the event, voice actress Janet Varney recorded a greeting for fans, which Nickelodeon then tweeted for all to see:
“There have been a lot of speculations, conjecture, and excitement — I feel it too,” Varney remarked, gazing up from a copy of an Avatar tie-in novel. “However, we felt it was time to clear the air. Avatar Studios’ first feature-length film will center on Avatar Aang and his pals.”
Aang was the main character in Avatar: The Last Airbender (also known as Avatar: The Legend of Aang), although being the Avatar, he had many previous lives as well as at least one future one. Varney played Avatar Korra, Aang’s successor and the main character in Avatar: The Legend of Korra, which takes place decades after Aang’s time. And fans have showed a strong interest in previous avatars, such as the warrior lady Avatar Kyoshi, the star of the novel pictured in Varney’s hands.
However, according to the panel, this new film will focus on a time period never before seen in an Avatar show: Aang and his friends as young adults. That’s also a pretty enticing mystery for fans.