Everything will change when the fire nation attacks – or, at least, when James Cameron shows audiences a fiery new kind of Na’vi. The veteran director, fresh off the successful release of his long-awaited sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, has revealed the next chapter in the epic saga will introduce a fire-based tribe of Na’vi living on Pandora. According to Cameron, they will be known as the “Ash People”, and they might not be as welcoming as the forest and water-based tribes viewers have grown accustomed to in the first two films.
Speaking with the French outlet 20 Minutes, Cameron was asked to comment on what’s to come in the currently-untitled Avatar 3. His response focused on the potential diversity in culture of his fictional world:
Different cultures from those I have already shown. The fire will be represented by the “Ash People.” I want to show the Na’vi in a different light because, so far, I have only shown their good sides. In the early films, there are very negative human examples and very positive Na’vi examples. In Avatar 3, we will do the opposite.James Cameron
It sounds like each entry in the Avatar franchise will continue to add layers to the Na’vi and their societal structure. The exact plot of Avatar 3 is still unknown, but it appears the “Ash People” are set to play a large role, potentially as a new antagonist.
Source: 20 Minutes