The anticipated return to Pandora took 13 years, but now that Avatar: The Way of Water is finally here, it’s not all smooth landing. Just like the 2009 original, Avatar: The Way of Water follows the story of the Na’Vi, the species native to Pandora. In the original film humans attempted to take over Pandora in order to access a valuable mineral. Jake Sully, a former Marine and human from Earth is rescued by Na’vi princess Neytiri, and the two eventually fall in love with Sully remaining on Pandora. He becomes a key figure in the Na’vi tribe, helping to drive off the humans trying to inhabit Pandora. In Avatar: The Way of the Water, Sully is the chief of the Omaticaya clan, and once again, must battle against humans for the sake of Pandora.
Some Indigenous activists believe that James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water romanticizes colonization. Read More