Avatar: The Last Airbender creators tease new spinoffs: "There’s a lot of potential” - Dexerto
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Avatar: The Last Airbender creators tease “new stories” for anime series

Published: 2/Sep/2020 3:38 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 11:55

by Isaac McIntyre

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Avatar: The Last Airbender could be getting even more spinoffs in the same vein as The Legend of Korra, with creators Bryan Konietzko and Dante DiMartino teasing there’s “a lot of potential for new stories” in the ‘Avatarverse.’

The Last Airbender’s original run finished back in July 2008, and since then the popularity of the anime has only exploded. More recently, Avatar’s cult status has only been helped by the re-release of the Nickelodeon series on Netflix ⁠— it’s even breaking major streaming records.

Despite its ever-growing popularity, however, Avatar fans have only been treated to one new series in The Last Airbender’s world; in 2012, Nickelodeon ran four seasons of The Legend of Korra, before it was canned ahead of Season 4’s online release.

There’s also been a number of comic books, printed by Dark Horse Comics, a short prequel novel series, and the notorious 2012 film adaptation the fandom wants to pretend was never made. Avatar has never released a third anime series though.

All that could be set to change, with a new teaser from the show’s original creators: there’s “a lot of potential for new stories” in the 18-year-old anime world, Konietzko and DiMartino said, and they’re “definitely” eager to tell them if they can.

Avatar could finally be getting a second spinoff series, 12 years after the original anime ended.
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Avatar could finally be getting a second spinoff series, 12 years after the original anime ended.

Konietzko admitted to Polygon the pair would “absolutely” love to return to do a third series in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender. There’s still “a wellspring of creativity and storytelling” in the franchise, he said, which could well build into new Avatar spinoffs in the future.

“Mike and I built this fantasy world out of things we love… we set out to make shows we would want to watch,” he said. “It doesn’t encompass everything I want to say and do as an artist, [but] it’s a wonderful place to come back and create within.”

DiMartino added the creators have already got a few ideas for Avatar spinoffs bouncing around in their heads. It’s just a matter of finding “the right way” to actually get them onto the small screen.

“There are many seeds we planted through both series [Avatar and Korra] and in the graphic novels that could be explored,” the story editor teased. “The Avatar universe is a big place, and has a long history. There’s a lot of potential for new stories.”

Konietzko and DiMartino already delved into The Last Airbender's future with The Legend of Korra in 2012.
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Konietzko and DiMartino already delved into The Last Airbender’s future with The Legend of Korra in 2012.

The question we’re left with here at Dexerto then is simple: what would potential new Avatar spinoffs look like? We’d love to see more of the time between Last Airbender and Legend of Korra ⁠— who doesn’t want more Aang, Katara, and the gang?

There’s also DiMartino’s tease that the world has a “long history.” What’s more likely is the pair would wind back the clock; Aang was the 182nd Avatar, which means there’s a hefty chunk of old stories to tell just about former Avatars.

One thing that definitely won’t be happening, however, is the rumored Last Airbender fourth season that would have starred Zuko and Azula. There was “never going to be a season 4,” Konietzko said, “not from us, not from Nickelodeon.”

He added, “Mike and I planned A:TLA to be a three-season arc as far back as our initial pitch in 2002, and in 2008 we finished the story we set out to tell.”

Konietzko waved away rumors there was a
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Konietzko waved away rumors there was a “lost” fourth Avatar season focusing on Zuko and Azula.

Konietzko and DiMartino would certainly have the time to helm any new spinoff project they want to offer up too; the showrunners recently departed Netflix’s live-action remake of their original Avatar: The Last Airbender series.

Despite the Avatar creators’ exit from the project, Netflix released a statement confirming they will continue on ahead with the 2020 project without their input.

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Netflix viewers outraged over monthly price increase

Published: 29/Oct/2020 20:10

by Nate Searl

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The price of a Netflix subscription in the United States is going up… Again. As you might expect, people are upset over the decision that will see them paying more to see their favorite shows.

Netflix did it again: they raised the monthly subscription cost in the United States. Once upon a time, viewers only had to pay $10 per month to watch their favorite shows and movies on the platform, but not after several increases in price.

Reports suggested that there might be another increase, and now, a subscription will cost $14 per month, $1 more than before, and a premium subscription will cost $18 per month. Naturally, this move is drawing a lot of criticism from viewers.

Fans outraged over Netflix subscription price increase

Netflix is the most popular streaming platform, and is estimated to bring in $18.5 billion in 2020 alone. This has led fans to question why they are hiking up the price even further and their official Twitter account is getting bombarded by angry fans. They claim the price increase will help bring more content to the platform for its viewers.

@Dannyis1337 points out that multiple other streaming services are cheaper, which is true. You can currently get ESPN Plus, Disney Plus, and Hulu all for $12.99 per month.

Another tweet calls Netflix out for not being able to compete, and claims they are cancelling their subscription. This is likely due to the service claiming that they are hiking up the price to provide more content.

Netflix stock surges

Despite the outrage from many fans, Netflix stock shot up by over 4% following the announcement, according to CNBC Now. This increase suggests that the platform will continue performing well, and fans won’t actually cancel their subscriptions.

There are plenty of fans claiming they are going to cancel their sub over the price increase, but whether anyone will actually do it or not remains to be seen.

Hiking up the price hasn’t hurt Netflix much in the past, even with subscribers getting upset over it. It remains one of the top streaming services worldwide, and there will be plenty of viewers that won’t have any problems paying the extra dollar each month for their favorite shows.