Discover what to watch this November including a Marvel docu-series, a '90s reboot, and a Star Wars holiday celebration. Get some streaming picks. When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland.
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The film is set in the midnd century when humans are colonizing Pandora , a lush habitable moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system, in order to mine the mineral unobtanium ,   a room-temperature superconductor. The film's title refers to a genetically engineered Na'vi body operated from the brain of a remotely located human that is used to interact with the natives of Pandora. Development of Avatar began in , when Cameron wrote an page treatment for the film. Avatar premiered in London on December 10 , , and was released in the United States on December 18 to positive reviews, with critics highly praising its groundbreaking visual effects. The success of the film also led to electronics manufacturers releasing 3D Televisions  and caused 3D films  to increase in popularity.
Or perhaps Spaceman by Babylon Zoo, a startlingly popular effort that never got the follow-up it required to make its creator anything more than a cosmic one-hit wonder. Or so we might have thought until this week, when Cameron emerged from the creeping cobwebs of time to announce to Arnold Schwarzenegger, no less , that Avatar parts 2 and 3 are almost ready. We have heard similar rumblings of activity many times over the past decade since the second-highest-grossing movie of all time hit cinemas.