A new Avatar: The Last Airbender series is coming to the show's official YouTube page next week. Avatar: The Last Airbender was well-received upon its original run from 2005-2008, as was its sequel show, The Legend of Korra, from 2012-2014. However, the original series found a new wave of popularity when it came to Netflix last summer.
Aside from books, there haven't been any additions to the Avatar franchise since The Legend of Korra ended in 2014. Netflix surprised fans by announcing a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series was coming soon, but many were hesitant due to M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender being a critical flop. The show benefited from having Avatar's original creators on board; however, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko exited the series in August 2020 due to creative differences. While many lost all faith in Netflix's Avatar show, Nickelodeon soon after announced Avatar Studios, a division dedicated to expanding the franchise with new movies and TV shows.
There may be few details on what Avatar Studios is developing, but Avatar: The Last Airbender's YouTube account just announced that a new series is set to be released to celebrate Earth Day. Very little is known about what the series will be about, but the page commented on their post, saying that it was a fan-led series and that more information will be coming on Monday. The account's original caption can be read below:
We're excited to announce our upcoming Earth Day Weekend celebration! ⛰ This 3-day event will feature earth-shattering original videos, a live stream every day, and a new, original series exclusively on this channel! It all starts on Earth Day, April 22! Get ready! Toph's already on her way! 😱
Despite there being very little known about the new Avatar show, it's likely to revolve around Earth-Benders, possibly even Toph, since it is being released on Earth Day weekend. Many are hopeful that Avatar Studios is developing a movie/TV show that could act as Avatar: The Last Airbender season 4, but this YouTube series is unlikely to be that project. Something on that large of a scale would undoubtly air on TV since it would get much more attention than a fan-led series.
Even though the new series is fan-led, that doesn't mean it won't be quality entertainment. With Avatar: The Last Airbender becoming one of Netflix's biggest surprise hits over the Summer, there has been a big desire for more content from the franchise. Avatar: The Last Airbender's fanbase is known to be incredibly passionate, so there is no doubt that heart and care will have been put into the series. Thankfully, fans won't have to wait much longer to actually see the finished product.