It has been over a decade sinceis making its way to the big screen. The visual effects spectacle, which tells the story of greedy humans trying to plunder the natural resources of a distant planet, became the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing $2.9 billion worldwide .
Now its long-awaited sequel,, is set to hit theaters on December 16. The Way of Water is the first of four sequels. It will continue the story of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and the ruthless humans who plundered their planet, Pandora. These aren’t the only familiar faces returning. Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi and Stephen Lang are among the cast, along with newcomers Kate Winslet, Edie Falco and Jemaine Clement, to name a few.
In case it’s been a while since you’ve seen the original Avatar, here’s everything you need to remember about Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi tale.
Who are the Na’vi?
The Na’vi are inhabitants of the planet Pandora. They are blue, about 3 meters tall, worship a goddess called Eywa and mate for life. In the original film, the Na’vi live in a jungle, although other Na’vi clans live in other places on the planet. The sequel takes us underwater, introducing us to some of these other Na’vi groups.
Why did humans come to Pandora?
The year is 2154 and the Earth has exhausted its own natural resources. The film’s main conflict arises because a group called the Resources Development Administration, or RDA, wants to mine a mineral found on Pandora called unobtanium (yes, really). In particular, there is a concentration of unobtanium beneath what the Na’vi call their Hometree, a tree that has significant cultural and spiritual significance.
How do humans become Na’vi?
Pandora’s atmosphere is inhospitable to humans, so Earth scientists combined human and Na’vi DNA to create Na’vi clones. Humans can then remotely pilot these clones, called avatars.
How did Jake Sully get involved?
Jake Sully is a former Marine who lost the use of his legs. He ends up replacing his twin brother, who had a contract to go to Pandora and operate a Na’vi avatar, but was murdered. Jake pilots an avatar to infiltrate the Na’vi to spy on them, but he ends up sympathizing with this majestic race and being attracted to the seductive Neytiri, the clan’s princess.
Is Pandora finally safe?
In the final conflict between the humans and the Na’vi, the fauna of Pandora essentially come to the rescue. It is believed to be because Jake prayed for Eywa’s help. All humans, with a few exceptions, are expelled from Pandora.
What’s going on with Jake and Neytiri?
Over the course of the film, Jake and Neytiri fall in love and become committed to each other. Although he originally worked for the RDA, Jake fails the Na’vi and fights with them against the humans. In the back part of the film, RDA’s Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), the villain of this operation, exposes Jake’s human body to Pandora and is about to kill his avatar when Neytiri kills him with a few well-placed arrows. . Jake is permanently transferred to his avatar. Although Quaritch dies in the film, Lang is back for The Way of Water, and his character on IMDB is listed as Quaritch.
And Dr. Grace Augustine?
Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) plays a scientist who has spent years working with the Na’vi. She also works with RDA, on the avatar project. Like Jake, she finds herself torn between the humans and the Na’vi. In the end, she decides to help the Na’vi but ends up being shot during an escape attempt. Although the Na’vi try to heal her and permanently transfer her into her avatar, she dies. Weaver returns for the sequel, but her character is listed as Kiri.
Where does the sequel pick up?
While we don’t have all the details yet, based on the trailers, The Way of Water appears to be set at a future time when Jake and Neytiri have children. They also appear to have left the jungle and encountered another Na’vi clan who live near the water. But even though the humans ran away last time, they’re back to cause more trouble.