The world of Avatar under the magical blue water
With Avatar 5, James Cameron intends to bring the Na’vi back to Earth. Almost 13 years after the franchise’s birth, the upcoming release of Avatar: The Way of Water heralds the beginning of an effective strategy for the future. Although James Cameron has recently hinted at the possibility of a sixth and seventh installment, the director currently only has plans to make three more sequels. As of now, Avatar 5 is positioned as the series’ finale. Since the movie is still several years away from happening and coming after several movies, there is absolutely no information accessible about what Avatar 5’s story includes.
During the promotional tour for Avatar: The Way of Water, producer Jon Landau spoke to io9 about the movie and the Avatar sequel prospects. This featured him giving an intriguing tidbit regarding a setting change for Avatar 5. Landau allegedly disclosed that part of the plan is for the Na’vi to travel to Earth to learn more about the planet at war with Pandora. He said, “in movie five, there is a segment of the tale where we go to Earth. And we travel there to open people’s eyes, open Neytiri’s eyes, to what exists on Earth.” He emphasized that the Earth narrative aims to demonstrate to Neytiri that all humans are not wicked, like the RDA.
Earth-based plot elements in Avatar 5 would be a radical departure from the series.
The news that Avatar 5 features a storyline set on Earth will signal a significant change for the franchise to this point. Scenes featuring Jake Sully on Earth were cut from the first Avatar, but they were never included in the final cut. The entire tale on Pandora allowed Avatar to fully immerse people in the new environment, partly built digitally. The sequel Avatar: The Way of Water will widen the scope to investigate the underwater kingdoms on Pandora; therefore, it will likely take place there as well.
It now appears that Avatar 5 will significantly modify the franchise’s setting by travelling to Earth, even if just for a short time. This could provide fresh obstacles for the production, as the Na’vi have never been seen on the screen outside of Pandora. By the time Avatar 5 is completed, the visual achievements of Avatar: The Way of Water will have only increased; therefore, adapting the enormous blue aliens to an Earth backdrop may be easy. There is, however, a chance that the Avatar sequel’s Earth storyline will be too radical a departure visually for the series and its audience.
The good news is that it appears Avatar 5’s Earth plot line has a compelling reason to be included. It teases that the ties between the Na’vi and humanity will not necessarily improve over the following many movies. Neytiri’s insistence that the Na’vi understand there are good people on Earth may indicate she intends an all-out conflict with Jake’s home planet. That alone would speak to some big jumps for the Na’vi, given there have been no signs they can space travel. The first plot hint for Avatar 5 comes as quite a surprise.