The way that Avatar — the long in the works sci-fi epic from James Cameron — has been covered around the web has had my head spinning lately. Everyone is talking about it, posting little set pics, getting worked up about canisters that are supposed to contain a trailer, soaking keyboards over fuzzy, negotiably real concept art and going absolutely ape-shit over pictures of James Cameron talking to actors on set. And it seems silly. Nay, ridiculous.

But then again, every time I see something like the image below — which comes to us from the craziest of Avatar-ians at MarketSaw — I get excited. So I can’t really knock the whole thing. The thought of Jim Cameron bringing to life such a massive and aggressively innovative vision just warms me in a way that I can’t explain. And even though we are only seeing what is said to be the foot of a piece of ‘Heavy Equipment’ (read: a giant robotic powersuit that humans use to trample all over the planet Pandora, home of the Na’vi. According to reports, these things are 14-foot tall hunks of mechanized badass that in one scene lay waste to an entire alien village. That friends, is rad.

Check out the image for yourselves below.


There is still no word as to when we will see actual footage from Avatar, though a trailer should be coming at some point in the future. The film is scheduled for release in IMAX Digital 3D on December 18, 2009 and the current rumor is that the first footage will be shown at the end of July at the San Diego Comic-Con. Of course, we’ll stay on it so that you don’t miss a thing.

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