Avatar: The Way Of Water is approaching. The sequel’s trailer is showing before Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but isn’t available online yet… except it inevitably is. And we have seen it. Forget it Jake, this is the internet!
It was a copy shot on a cellphone recording a non-cinema screen, but it was watchable. So what does it show us?
We see Na’vi existing peacefully in the jungles of Pandora, we see a lot of the sea, and we see some cooperation between humans and Na’vi who seem to be living in peace and harmony together. This, clearly cannot last, and we see the emergence of a threat that looks like they might have Na’vi Avatar of their own this time around. Cue fighting across air, land, and a significant amount of sea. Na’vi leaping into the water through some kind of moon pool that looks like it is in a Resource Development Administration (RDA) facility, machines rolling through jungles, and many aquatic creatures.
All the while a voiceover from Jake talks about the fight to come, culminating in:
“I know one thing. Wherever we go, this family is our fortress.”
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Giovanni Ribisi, and Sigourney Weaver return for Avatar: The Way Of Water, along with new faces Edie Falco, Cliff Curtis, Oona Chaplin, and Kate Winslet. Many of them are seen in the trailer. There was not a lot of new military hardware on display but definitely signs of a lot of battle-based action.
We did seriously think about embedding the link to the leaked trailer here in the article, but clearly this is not the way the filmmakers would have wanted to reveal years of work to an audience, and the format doesn’t do it justice. Filmed on a cellphone, from a small monitor, it looks like a series of cut-scenes from a PS7 launch at some future Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. Those who have seen the full presentation in 3D say it is spectacular. So we will wait until something higher quality comes along to share.
Four sequels in total are planned, with Avatar 3 being shot back-to-back with Avatar: The Way Of Water. If it goes according to Cameron’s plan, the next two entries after that arrive in 2026 and 2028.