One of my favorite parts of the Book 2 trailer was the scene that depicted Wan, the first Avatar, in an animal mask fighting off guards with a spear. At first it seemed as though Wan was taking on the role of some sort of masked vigilante. While this could still be true, this scene struck a cord of familiarity. I felt like I had seen something similar to this in the past. After some recollection, I realized that Wan’s role as masked vigilante was very similar to Zuko’s role as the Blue Spirit in The Last Airbender.
We don’t know too much about Avatar Wan, but we do know that he was tasked with the journey of bringing balance between mankind and spirits. Upon the completion of his journey, the Spirits gave him the ability to bend all four elements, thus creating the cycle of the Avatar.
But what does Wan’s so called masked vigilante role have to do with him creating balance between Spirits and mankind?
The one thing we know about Mike and Bryan’s storytelling when it comes to The Legend of Korra is that they don’t like to stray away from the core story that’s meant to be told. The only reason they’re including the origin story of the first Avatar is because is supposedly fits into Book 2’s overall theme.
That said, I would assume that this masked vigilante role Wan is taking on is a part of his origin story. Perhaps he was acting on the Spirits’ orders? We didn’t get much detail on the scene, but I the similarity between Wan as a masked vigilante and Zuko as the Blue Spirit was worth noting.
The reason for Wan’s and Zuko’s disguise is probably different, but their roles are face value seem to be similar.
The fact that Wan is concealing his face suggests that this is some sort of stealth operation. Perhaps he is stealing sometime or attempting a break-in? Either way, it is more than likely that his actions in this specific scene are done in order to complete his journey of creating balance between Spirits and mankind.
Clearly there is some sort of rift between the two as we did see a war-like scene were Spirits and humans are about to charge at one another. Wan’s role as a masked vigilante is likely meant to ease the tension that’s proven to be the vocal point of his story.
What are your thoughts on Wan’s role as a masked vigilante?