Aang becomes an older, more modern airbender in this piece of Avatar: The Last Airbender fan art. The beloved animated Nickelodeon show has seen a resurgence in popularity thanks to its recent arrival on Netflix. Fans both old and new have flocked to Avatar, which has long been praised for its fantastical world-building and well-developed characters. Even the much-maligned live-action film The Last Airbender hasn’t diminished its popularity; if anything, it united fans who were displeased with how director M. Night Shayamalan altered the source material. To this day, Avatar remains one of the most beloved children’s shows of all time.
Aang, of course, is both the titular Avatar and the famous last Airbender. When Avatar begins, the four fictional nations within this world have been at war for a hundred years, and the only source of hope is the Avatar, the one person who can bend all four elements. The very first episode of Avatar picks up with siblings Katara and Sokka as they discover Aang in an iceberg, where he’s been preserved for a hundred years. From that moment on, Avatar follows his journey of learning how to bend the elements so he can defeat the power-hungry Fire Lord dead set on taking over the world.
Fans often like to imagine what the characters of Avatar would look like in modern clothes, or as older people (seeing as Avatar follows them when they’re children). Artist Nicko Tumamak combined both elements for this piece of Aang, which also gives him a light dusting of hair. Honestly, he looks pretty good. You can see it for yourself in the space below.
Fans got a glimpse of what Aang looked like when he was older in the sequel series Avatar: The Legend of Korra. That series focuses on the Avatar after Aang, a waterbender named Korra. Because of that, Aang actually died before the show begins. Still, Aang is occasionally shown in the Spirit World, and the family he formed with Katara plays a big role throughout the series. The Legend of Korra‘s older Aang doesn’t have any hair aside from that on his face, though.
While the animated Avatar completed its run long ago, the series will get new life when Netflix makes its live-action adaptation. That project was announced years ago, but very little updates have arrived since. Avatar‘s newfound popularity on the streamer has led some to wonder if the live-action adaptation could see some new progress soon. At the very least, fans will want to learn who will be playing Aang for the series. At this point, it’s about time they found out.
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