Wait, just because the military is usually portrayed with heroic characters you think it means they can't be otherwise? I mean, sure, people are a little more concerned about emphasizing that they are "for our troops" even if they are "anti-war", and that may crossover into media, but it's not a blanket situation (and Michael Bay isn't a very good example- all his films are heavily pro-military, and that relationship is why he got access to all the toys and pyramids he used in TF2; it's not like he suddenly turned the TF film franchise on it;s head to get part of it funded by the military. ) Just like how military characters were still portrayed as heroic in other films in the age The Abyss was made (including Cameon's own films like True Lies and Aliens), military characters can still be portrayed as villains in this day- it just depends on the story. I mean, there've been plenty of black ops teams, special agents, secret military units/organizations, trigger happy Generals, etc used as the antagonist in films and TV over the past decade like on 24, etc. Anyways, Larry King Live had Cameron and the Avatar cast on for an hour last night- I'm still in the process of watching it, but one interesting tidbit came up during talk of the sequel- Cameron says he hasn't started working on the script, that he only has a general narrative arc in mind so far and that most of the discussions on the sequel have been more along the lines of how they would do it. Then King comments that the shame is they already killed off a great villain. Cameron then quips that "Hmm- well it's a science fiction movie. Nobody's..nobody's ever really dead in a science fiction movie." Could the good Colonel be returning in spirit or mind, even if not in body?