Avatar: The Way of Water: Everything you need to know before watching the film

by | December 14, 2022, 14:56 IST

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Avatar: The Way of Water: Everything you need to know before watching the film
James Cameron's Avatar hit theatres in 2009, over a decade ago and it soon became a visual spectacle that would rake in billions to become the highest-grossing film of all time. The buzz around the film's sequel - Avatar: The Way of Water is expectedly loud. Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet and more, the film is set to dig deeper into Pandora and the Na'vi. Since it has been a while since viewers saw the original film, it's understandable if some of the plot details are a blur.

Here's everything you need to remember before watching Avatar: The Way of Water.

Who are the Na'vi?

The Na'vi are humanoid aliens who inhabit the extrasolar moon called Pandora. They are around 10 feet-tall blue creatures with bones made of carbon fibre. They speak a native language and have their own customs like worshipping a goddess they call Eywa. Eywa has a connection with all life on Pandora from the trees to the beasts. While we only meet the Omaticaya clan of Na'vi living in forests in Avatar - this includes Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and her family, the sequel will introduce a new Na'vi clan by the ocean.

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What brought humans to Pandora?

Like most sci-fi narratives, humans in Avatar have ruined planet Earth by 2154 with overdevelopment. With the planet left inhabitable, they basically seek Pandora's resources, a mineral called unobtanium, in particular. The Resources Development Administration (RDA) is tasked with mining the mineral in Pandora and they don't mind killing a few natives in the process.

How did humans transform into Na'vi?

The RDA has a science unit led by Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) that studies the Omaticaya clan to understand their connection to the planet. To do so, they mash up human DNA with Na'vi DNA to create clones. These clones or "avatars" are piloted by humans remotely from a pod.

How did Jake Sully get involved with the Na'vi?

When we first meet Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) he is a disabled ex-Marine in a wheelchair. He is a replacement for his twin brother who was initially supposed to pilot an avatar before he was killed. While Jake is on a mission to spy on the Na'vi and report to the "Sky People" he takes a liking to Pandora and the Na'vi. He also ends up falling for Neytiri. Jake ultimately switches sides and becomes a defector who the Na'vi can't trust either. That is until he joins the Omaticaya to help them fight the RDA led by the film's main villain - Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang). Lang is set to return for the Avatar sequel. More importantly, Jake manages to mount the Toruk, the Great Leonopteryx (an apex predator) and earn the moniker Toruk Makto, bringing the Na'vi clans together.

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What happened at the end of Avatar?

By the end of Avatar, the Na'vi defeat the Sky People. Neytiri kills Quaritch with her arrows just in time to save Jake's avatar. Meanwhile, Dr. Grace gets shot and the Na'vi are unsuccessful in healing her. However, Weaver will join the cast of the sequel. Jake leaves his human body behind in exchange for living in his avatar on Pandora, permanently.  

What is the plot of Avatar: The Way of Water?

The trailers of Avatar: The Way of Water offer a glimpse of a future where Jake and Neytiri have kids and are living as a family. However, there is a conflict that prompts them to leave their home and seek out another Na'vi clan that lives by the sea. Of course, the Sky People are back for unfinished business.  

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