After 13 years, we are now getting ready for a return to Pandora. And judging by the first Avatar: The Way of Water trailer, the setting is more colourful than ever. The film is the first sequel to Avatar (2009), which is still the all-time highest grossing film in history.
The first teaser trailer dropped on 9 May and it showcases James Cameron’s unique art of story-telling. Not only does he return to familiar territory with the fantasy setting of a CGI planet (and tonnes of green screen effects) but he also evidently films a lot of sequences within a water setting. This is something the director has done on a few occasions with films such as The Abyss and Titanic.
That said, a lot is expected of Avatar: The Way of Water, and as the first trailer proves the story of the Na’vi and humans aren’t over. According to Disney, the story of Avatar: The Way of Water is “set more than a decade after the events of the first film”.
“Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure,” the official synopsis reads.
More about the first teaser of Avatar: The Way of Water
The human threat may not have left Pandora
Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña) are trying to lead a peaceful life on Pandora with their children. The humans have not left, as can be seen in multiple scenes of the trailer of Avatar: The Way of Water.
Machines have only increased in the human settlements on the planet. There are also gun-totting avatars — humans who are in control of the blue bodies of the Na’vi people. It is not clear from the teaser if humans are again looking to steal the unobtanium from the people of the planet like they tried in the first film.
But there are hints of conflict with some Na’vi threateningly drawing their bows and one scene showing armed Na’vi on the backs of winged creatures that can also remain submerged.
The teaser however gives enough glimpses of the stunningly beautiful marine environment of Pandora. There are underwater scenes featuring the planet’s Metkayina reefs and massive underwater animals, some of which resemble dinosaurs.
Glimpses of the family are also shown. Among the children is a human who is wearing a mask to breathe in the atmosphere of Pandora. It is not clear if this child belongs to Sully and Neytiri.
“I know one thing: wherever we go, this family is our fortress,” says Sully to a troubled Neytiri towards the end of the teaser, reaffirming that the film is essentially about the family’s survival.
First of four sequels of original
Avatar: The Way of Water is the first of the four planned sequels to the original. Avatar 3, 4 and 5 will be released with a gap of around two years between the films. The official title of the first sequel to Avatar was released only a few days ago.
Along with the teaser, the makers also released a new teaser poster.
— Avatar (@officialavatar) May 9, 2022
Principal returning cast members include CCH Pounder, who plays Mo’at. Kate Winslet, who plays Ronal, is one of the most important new faces. The film is set for release on 16 December 2022.
(Main and Featured images: Screenshot/Avatar/YouTube)
This story was first published on Prestige Online – Malaysia.
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