Weaver’s echoing some of her previous statements about the sequels’ scripts here, which are said to be even grander in scope than the first film. Without having to take as much time to build the world and introduce and establish all of the franchise’s main players too, Cameron will hopefully be able to spend more time on the sequel’s story and characters than just the visuals and world he’s creating on screen — especially after many pointed out the first film’s thin plot and heavy-handedness when it came to its environmental themes.
No matter when it ends up coming out though, it’ll be a much different world than when Avatar was released in 2009, with films at much more sophisticated place technologically than they were before. Plus there will be a much more competitive landscape of blockbusters and franchises for Cameron to compete with than he did previously. It’ll be interesting then to see if Avatar‘s technological advancements will still be enough fuel for audiences to come out in droves for a sequel almost a decade later, or if its appeal may have died down enough by then to make Avatar 2‘s success less certain than it might have been just a few years ago.