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Who Plays Spider In Avatar: The Way Of Water?

James Cameron's blockbuster sequel "Avatar: The Way of Water" has officially made its way into the world. And it's done so with arguably loftier expectations than any film since "Avengers: Endgame." It remains to be seen whether "The Way of Water" will turn into another, ahem, Titanic-sized hit for Cameron, but it's hard to imagine the three-hour sequel to 2009's "Avatar" will match the all-time box office take of its predecessor.

Still, if the film's Rotten Tomatoes scores ring true, "The Way of Water" already proves that both critics and audiences are thrilled by Cameron's eyepopping return to Pandora. That return, of course, features plenty of familiar faces, with Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, and more reprising their roles for the sequel. As one might expect, there are lots of new characters in the "Way of Water" mix as well, including the children of central players Jake Sully (Worthington) and Neytiri (Saldana).

It won't take viewers long to pick up on the fact that one of those kiddos — the dreadlocked, mask-wearing Spider — is actually a human being raised in the ways of the Na'vi. "The Way of Water" makes fascinating use of that complicated duality throughout, with the actor playing the role delivering arguably one of the film's strongest, most naturalistic performances. Here's who plays Spider in "Avatar: The Way of Water."

Jack Champion is an actor very much on the rise in Hollywood

Jack Champion is a name you should go ahead and commit to memory because you're likely to be hearing it in the film and television realm for many years to come. That's partly because he's already set to return as Spider in the next two "Avatar" sequels (set to be released in December 2024 and 2026). Champion has also claimed a role in 2023's highly anticipated horror sequel "Scream VI."

As it is, "Avatar: The Way of Water" undoubtedly gave Champion his highest-profile role to date, and he's more than making the most of the moment. Still, the "Avatar" sequel may not be the biggest movie he's ever been in. And if he looks familiar to you, it's because he had a small but fascinating role in Marvel's 2019 blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame." Yes, that's Jack Champion shooting Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) a Paddington-level hard stare from the back of his bike when the baffled Avenger questions the state of the post-Snap world. And yes, his piercing gaze genuinely hammers home the sullen state of humanity with nary a line of dialogue.

Prior to "Endgame," the young actor had already proven his mettle via several other film and television appearances. He had even earned some serious B-movie horror cred with a starring role in 2018's "The Night Sitter." And if you haven't yet seen that delightfully campy, holiday-set creeper, it cannot come more highly recommended.