Avatar: The Way of Water teases that the Avatar sequels will truly expand the beauty of the planet of Pandora. The sequels, Avatar 3, 4, and 5, are scheduled to release in gaps of two years.
Avatar: The Way of Water is the much-awaited sequel to Cameron’s 2009 film, Avatar. The film was released in theaters on December 16, 2022 and has till now earned over a billion dollars at the box office. Critics have largely considered the film to be better than its predecessor.
Avatar 2’s massive success at the box office sounds promising for the franchise and allows the director to focus on issues concerning the environment and climate change.
In an interview with Variety, Avatar 2 writers Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa mentioned that the true magic of Pandora is yet to be explored, and the upcoming sequels will see a massive expansion of the beautiful planet.
According to Jaffa and Silver, one cannot predict the story of the Sully family or the future of Pandora. The writers said, “The clans that you’re going to meet and the worlds that you’re going to find on Pandora – you can’t even imagine what they are.” In other words, the first two films in the Avatar franchise weren’t even half of what Cameron has in mind for his audience.
The first film, Avatar, introduced Pandora as the home planet of the Na’vi, which was in danger as humans wanted to mine it for resources. Cameron used advanced CGI technology to display the forests of Pandora in the first film, but Avatar 2 took it to another level.
The Way of Water displayed the oceans of Pandora and introduced the Metkayina clan, expanding and illustrating the beautiful planet further. Going by the comments of Jaffa and Silver, Cameron is quite committed to expanding the planet further in the upcoming sequels.
The writers have also confirmed that new locations, creatures, flora and fauna will be introduced in the Avatar sequels. Though for a lot of viewers Avatar is a story of Jake Sully and his family, the series, at its core, focuses on the planet of Pandora.
Many criticized Avatar: The Way of Water for not having a gripping plot. However, it seems like Cameron’s focus has never been on the plot or the script. His intention behind making the Avatar franchise is to send a far more important message about climate change and the environment.
Cameron has used various techniques of world-building to highlight the beauty of Pandora and in turn, the need to preserve nature and our planet. Jake’s fight to protect Pandora from various external threats is symbolic of Cameron’s own concerns about the planet, as The Way of Water clearly highlights.
If the next films in the Avatar franchise are as visually stunning as the first two, the series will surely find its audience and continue to be successful at the box office.
About Avatar: The Way of Water
Avatar: The Way of Water is an upcoming American epic science fiction film directed by James Cameron and produced by 20th Century Studios. It is the second film in Cameron’s Avatar franchise, following Avatar (2009).
Cameron produces with Jon Landau. Cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, CCH Pounder, and Matt Gerald are all reprising their roles from the original film, with Sigourney Weaver returning in a different role. New cast members include Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Oona Chaplin, Vin Diesel, and CJ Jones.
Avatar 2 revolves around a universal concept of family and follows Jake Sully and Neytiri 14 years after the first film as they focus on protecting their child. However, they are forced to leave their home and explore the different regions of Pandora when an old threat returns to finish what they started. Jake has never faced a bigger challenge.