As the penultimate season of Legend of Korra approaches, it goes me wondering. If Bryke were to make a third Avatar series, what would it be like?
Would it continue the linear progression from the previous two shows, from the proto-steampunk world of Aang to the dieselpunk world of Korra to a possibly cyberpunk world of the Avatar that follows her? Or would they go backwards, as the Wan two-parter established that there is also a ton of potential in the Avatars prior to Aang and Korra that they could go with?
Personally, I think that considering the influence of Miyazaki in the prior seasons, particularly in Airbender, it would be interesting to see Akira and Ghost in the Shell influences in the Avatarverse. Plus it would fit with the logical progression of the series, with science and technology slowly surplanting the mystical as time marches on. And maybe it combines in odd ways, maybe new spirits emerge from the environment, so rather than like panda-spirits they end up with gremlin-ish things that adapted to intefere with machinery or something.
What would you lot like to see? The adventures of an Earth Kingdom Avatar in a Blade Runner-ish Metropolis, or a return to the more pastoral adventures in a more traditionally fantasy landscape?
Airbender was starting to undergo an industrial revolution, with the introduction of increasing amount of steampowered devices, such as the Drill, that car thing Azula used in the Chase, the jetskis from the Painted Lady episode, the airships etc. etc. Thus they were heading into a world with steampunk technology, even if they weren't wearing the quasi-Victorian clothes that were associated with the genre (because people are lazy and assume that all steampunk is either American or English-based).
Legend of Korra was deliberately based in a world set in the 1920s and 30s, and the tech there had moved on from the steampowered stuff of Airbender (bypassing the bulk of its implimentation) and straight into a world powered by electricity and petrol (such as the radios, cars, mech, planes etc. etc.) The subgenre this is normally associated with is dieselpunk, and examples of this include Captain America: the First Avenger, Bioshock to an extent, the Rocketeer, Laputa: Castle in the Sky etc. etc. etc.
Just how many of the "punk" elements from the original cyberpunk genre actually filter through into its anachronistic cousins varies depending upon the source material, but Korra does have at least some of the elements/cliches that would classify it as being at least in the same ballpark as a "-punk" story beyond the setting.
Such as, - Political corruption - Social unrest and poverty - Oppressive policeforce - Corrupt superrich businessmen - Characters that lie outside of the comfortzone the regular folk are happy to stay in, such as Mako and Bolin essentially living on the povertyline as borderline criminals for most of their childhoods.
There are more, but these are some examples, at least.