Avatar The Way of Water trailer: James Cameron’s sequel promises a heart-stopping return to Pandora
The first trailer for director James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar: The Way of Water was released on Wednesday ahead of its global release next month. Avatar 2 has been in the making for over a decade, and Cameron is going to his usual painstaking lengths to deliver the perfect sequel. The first film, Avatar, was released back in 2009 and remains the highest-grossing film of all time.
In the stunning new trailer, we return to Pandora and are introduced to Jack Sully’s (Sam Worthington) daughter, who tells him she feels ‘her heartbeat’, although it’s unclear who she’s referring to. In a blue glow, the trailer showcases Pandora’s creatures against a pulsating soundtrack. As Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri screams, “This is our home,” there are scenes of beauty and joy interspersed with terror and menace. The trailer ends on a hopeful note, with Jake reassuring Neytiri that she will stay strong. Once again, the messaging promises to be as heavy as the first film, with an emphasis on family and nature. We haven’t seen many different aspects of Pandora before.
Avatar: The Way of Water will take fans to new corners of the world of Pandora, and James Cameron has shot a lot using sophisticated underwater photography techniques. He also shot the third film simultaneously, but work on the proposed fourth and fifth films would begin in earnest only after the success of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3.
The original Avatar told the story of human invaders who came to an alien land with the intention of plundering it for resources.
There’s been a lot of debate about the cultural relevance of Avatar, which broke box office records but didn’t create the multi-platform franchise that other big-budget films do. For example, we don’t get many TV shows and video games to occupy the time between two films. James Cameron previously announced that he would only make Avatar movies for the rest of his life, but recent reports suggest that different filmmakers may be taking the series forward once Cameron completes his main story.