Sigourney Weaver Talks 'The Defenders' and Next Three 'Avatar Sequels'

Sigourney Weaver Talks 'The Defenders' and Next Three 'Avatar Sequels'

By Robert Dougherty Dec 02, 2016 08:31 AM
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Sigourney Weaver will enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or at least its Netflix branch, when she opposes The Defenders sometime next year. However, she is going back into an even bigger universe after that, and has already proclaimed the next three Avatar scripts to be "many times more amazing" than the original.

Weaver talked to Variety about those new projects and her preceding upcoming film A Monster Calls. But while she is a cold and distant relative in that film to a boy with a dying mother and a monstrous new friend, such coldness likely pales in comparison to her villain in The Defenders, whomever it might be.

Of course, Weaver admits "everyone I work for might kill me if I tell you anything" about who the antagonist is. Whatever her identity, she is "the most delicious character" according to Weaver, and is also "really smart, and she’s very in charge." Whether that also means she has powers and some fighting skills, or is just a puppeteer, will remain to be seen.

Nonetheless, Weaver will then go back to a much more heroic character in a big franchise, even though her Avatar scientist died in the first film. Given that Stephen Lang is also coming back as the deceased villain in some fashion, it seems death is even more relative on Pandora than it is in the Marvel realm.

Even so, Weaver not only claims that James Cameron has already written three sequel scripts, she teases that "now he really gets to play" since he already did "a lot of the heavy lifting" setting everything up. Yet she also says there are "four Avatar sequels looming over me" so it seems Cameron is still at work writing the finale.

How Cameron can make that many sequels, and how he can bring Weaver back from the dead for all of them, is as big a question mark as the ones over The Defenders. In between all that, she still hopes to "eventually get back to" her proposed comeback as Ripley in Neil Blomkamp's delayed Alien related project.

With all this and more, Weaver is remaining just as relevant as she was when she became a star over 35 years ago. A Monster Calls will start her current run of projects with a limited release on Dec. 23, before The Defenders comes to Netflix sometime in 2017, and before Avatar 2 is suspected to come on Dec. 21, 2018.

Tags: The Defenders (TV Series), Avatar 2 (2017), Avatar (2009), A Monster Calls (2016), Sigourney Weaver, James Cameron
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