James Cameron of “Titanic” fame hopes social media reaction won’t doom his promised “Avatar” franchise.

Scene from “Avatar.” Image via Twitter
As The Verge reports, the filmmaker Thursday announced that no fewer than four new sequels to his 3D epic are in the works, with the first hitting theaters in 2018.

“The filmmaker discussed the many ways in which he is expanding the world — a theme park with Disney in in the works, and his company has signed a deal with Dark Horse Comics for graphic novel spin-offs — but the movies themselves are obviously the biggest component.

“The Avatar sequels have been a moving target since he first announced he was working on them, and Cameron has since assembled what amounts to a screenwriting superteam to break the story for the various films. As it stands, the second film in the series will be coming out in the holiday season of 2018, with the subsequent films arriving in 2020, 2022, and 2023.”

Early reaction indicates Cameron has work to do:

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