It’s been 13 years Avatar it came out and is still the highest grossing product of all time. Expectations are sky high for the first of the long-awaited sequels. Here’s everything you need to remember about the world of Pandora before you watch Avatar: The Way of the Water.
Jake Sully (Sam Worthington)
Jake is an ex-Marine who uses a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury. His twin brother, a scientist who had signed up to travel to Pandora, was killed just a week before he left. Jake takes over the job so he can afford an operation to help him walk again.
Neytiri (Zoë Saldaña)
Neytiri is one of the Na’vi native to Pandora. She knows some English and saves Jake when he is lost in the desert. Her parents are the chief executive and spiritual leader of the Omitacaya clan. They task Neytiri with teaching Jake how to hunt, fly and connect with the world around him.
Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver)
Grace is a botanist who has worked on Pandora for many years, studying how all life forms are interconnected. She used to run a school teaching English, but it was closed when the miners started running more with the Na’vi.
Dr. Normal Spellman (Joel David Moore)
Norm joins Jake for a six-year journey on Pandora. He is a scientist who trained alongside Jake’s brother. Norm is jealous that the Na’vi accept Jake, but is committed to protecting Pandora.
Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang)
The colonel is ex-military and works as a security chief. Jake is his double agent, reporting how to trick the Na’vi into leaving their home so the mining company can take over.
Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi)
Parker heads the RDA (Resource Development Administration) mining operations on Pandora. He does not understand the natural beauty of the planet or its importance to the Na’vi.
New Way of the Water Character
Jake and Neytiri have children in the sequel. Kate Winslet also joins the cast as Na’vi. Among the people who come to Pandora are Jemaine Clement as a marine biologist and Edie Falco as a general.
The World of Pandora, Explained
The Navi, People of Pandora
The Navi have a deep connection with the other life forms on Pandora through Eywa, a god who resembles Mother Nature. They physically connect to trees and animals using their feather braids. The Na’vi are about twice as tall as humans and have long tails. They use arrows dipped in neurotoxin to hunt prey and defend themselves.
Animals and Creatures of Pandora
Life on Pandora is beautiful, with many plants and animals shining brightly at night. The Na’vi creatures will move like dragons and horses, using a physical link to communicate with them. In the jungle, there are also different animals like bugs, lemurs, rhinos and lions.
People cannot breathe the air on Pandora, which is actually a moon. Although most of the story takes place in the jungle, there are multiple biomes including floating mountains, plains, and vast oceans.
Pandora’s Relationship with People
The Navi people call the Sky People. The story takes place in 2154 and people have known about Pandora for at least two decades. The scientists work in avatar bodies and try not to disturb the Na’vi. But the RDA’s quest for unobtanium has taken hold, creating more conflicts. The ore, valued at $20 million per kilogram, is approximately 350 times more valuable than gold.
An overview of 2009 Avatar Movie Plot
After nearly six years in cryo-sleep, Jake and Norm come to Pandora to join Grace’s scientific avatar program. Jake learns that the Na’vi have three months to evacuate their Home Tree before mining operations reach the area, which is rich in obtanium. The Navi accepts and learns their ways, falling in love with Neytiri in the process. But he also provides information that aids the RDA attack and is excommunicated by the Na’vi when they find out. The miners imprison Grace, Norm, and Jake when they fight for the Na’vi. But they escape and Jake encounters a toruk, a large flying creature, and earns the respect of the Navi. Grace is injured and they try to heal her through Eywa, but she dies. Gather the other Navi clans to fight back.
End of 2009 Avatar Movie
The climactic battle swings in Pandora’s favor thanks to the animals joining the fight against the humans. The colonel tries to kill Jake in his avatar and human form, but Neytiri kills him and rescues Jake. The Navi send the humans back to Earth, though they let Norm and some of the other scientists stay. Jake undergoes a ritual to transition into his avatar body and join the Na’vi for good.
How many Avatar There will be Movies?
James Cameron has written the scripts for four Avatar sequels and are on Disney’s release calendar through 2027. Later, he said that they might not pursue the rest if Way of the Water flops. The story might end there, or with a third movie to wrap things up.
If you look Avatar again before you watch the sequence, remember that it is 2 hours and 42 minutes long. Way of the Waterwhich hits theaters December 16, 2022, 3 hours and 10 minutes.
Melissa is a Nerdist science and technology staff writer. She also moderates “science” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star wars games, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her Twitter @melissatruth.