The true magic of the story unfolding in James Cameron’s sequels after Avatar: The Way of Water has been teased by the film’s writers. The smash-hit sequel to 2009’s Avatar released on December 16, 2022, has grossed well over a billion dollars at the box office, and is set up to receive some of the season’s biggest awards, proving that Cameron is on a roll with his ever-growing development of the Avatar franchise. Much of the franchise’s success lies in Cameron’s extraordinary, innovative use of ground-breaking motion capture technology and CGI, which makes the vibrant world of Pandora and the indigenous race of Na’vi feel all the more real.
Speaking to Variety, Avatar: The Way of Water writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver teased a massive expansion of Pandora in the upcoming Avatar sequels, with Avatar 3, Avatar 4, and Avatar 5 set to release in proposed two-year intervals. Jaffa and Silver mentioned that “you couldn’t predict” what story the Sully family would find themselves embarking on, stating that, “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.” Not only does this spark a huge amount of excitement for the franchise’s future, but also confirms Cameron’s true focus in the Avatar films.
Pandora Is The Best Part Of Avatar – And The Sequels Plan Confirms It
Pandora debuted in Avatar as the home planet of the Na’vi, which humanity was mining for resources, later developing into further colonization in Avatar: The Way of Water. The original film displayed the forests of Pandora with some stunning visual effects, thanks to huge advancements in CGI technology, but Avatar: The Way of Water enhanced this ten-fold, expanding the world of Pandora by introducing the Metkayina, a reef clan of Na’vi, and the oceans of Pandora. Now, Jaffa and Silver’s comments seem to prove that the expansion of Pandora is at the center of Cameron’s Avatar films.
New clans have been hinted at for Avatar 3, and Jaffa and Silver confirmed that new locations and creatures would be introduced during the sequels. While many assume that the Avatar sequels will continue to focus on Jake Sully and his family, it seems that Pandora is actually Cameron’s focus, as he will continue to develop world-building techniques and the remarkable visuals that come with it. This is a hugely exciting prospect for the upcoming sequels and could help to make the storylines even more powerful.
Pandora Makes Up For Avatar’s Story & Character Weaknesses (To A Point)
Some have criticized Avatar: The Way of Water for lacking somewhat in plot, as the main crux of the story features mostly the new recombinant avatar, Quaritch, on a revenge mission against Jake and his family. Even so, storylines have been teased for the sequels that point to some monumental events happening, and The Way of Water’s success doesn’t seem to have been affected by any faults in the plot. However, any weaknesses in storylines or characters have easily been patched up by the extraordinary world created in Pandora.
Using the Sully family drama as a talking point helps to highlight the magical new world that Cameron has created, giving the audience someone to root for, while emphasizing the connection between the Na’vi and the world in which they live. If this continues to expand in the upcoming sequels, then the success of the Avatar franchise will only continue to grow. Avatar: The Way of Water introduced a new, beautiful area on Pandora, and the sequels will certainly continue this trend.