What Avatar's Crazy Sequel Names Mean

Rumored titles for all four Avatar sequels may provide insight into what James Cameron's upcoming blockbuster movies will be about - so what are their real meanings? It was recently revealed that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 had wrapped production, and now things are starting to get underway on Avatar 4 and Avatar 5.

It's been a long and arduous journey getting just one sequel into production, but somewhere along the way, Cameron ultimately decided to tell the story of Pandora and the Na'vi in a five-part saga. While it's been confirmed that Avatar 2 will take place underwater, though not for the entire film, very little (if anything) is known about what the other three Avatar sequels will be about. But, thanks to a new report, fans now have at least some idea of what to expect.

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It appears that Cameron is aiming to explore the foundations of Pandora - specifically, the fundamental elements - with each Avatar sequel, and that notion is evidenced in the rumored titles for all four Avatar sequels.

Avatar: The Way of Water

The Oceans of Pandora in Avatar

Avatar 2 is bringing back humans in addition to diving deeper into Na'vi culture, quite literally, too. Rather than just directly continuing the story from the first Avatar movie, the sequel will further explore the underwater spaces of Pandora. As such, a significant amount of time, effort, and money have gone into underwater motion capture, something that the cast and crew, including Sigourney Weaver, have talked about in great lengths.

In that regard, it makes sense that the first sequel would be subtitled The Way of Water. The Na'vi exhibit an intense relationship with the planet of Pandora, which audiences saw quite a bit of in the first Avatar movie. And now, Avatar 2 will introduce moviegoers to a new part of Pandora. Given the sentience (or supposed sentience) of various parts of the planet, it's possible that Avatar 2's title is hinting at Pandora's oceans having some sort of consciousness, but it's more likely that the Na'vi - primarily the Metkayina clan, who are the Na'vi's ocean-based clan - believe the oceans have a heart or soul, and it's something they are attached to.

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Avatar: The Way of Water can have multiple meanings, but putting the spotlight on the Metkayina clan makes the most sense, and it'll give audiences an idea of what to expect from the long-awaited sequel, specifically that it will primarily take place underwater.

Avatar: The Seed Bearer

In the first Avatar movie, the humans - led by Col. Quaritch (Stephen Lang) - attacked the Tree of Souls in the third act, which ultimately led to the humans' defeat and banishment from Pandora. But, before being exiled, the humans considerably damaged and almost destroyed the tree. While it was still standing towards the end of the movie, that doesn't mean the Na'vi didn't suffer greatly that day. And so, it would seem that going based on the title The Seed Bearer, Avatar 3 may be focused on the Na'vi rebuilding the Tree of Souls.

In the Avatar universe, the woodsprite are seeds that come from the Tree of Souls. They float around Pandora and lay wherever they want, and the Na'vi believe purposefully laying the woodsprite on top of recently deceased Na'vi will guide their soul into the tree. This is something that is at the very core of their culture, which was threatened by the Quaritch in the first Avatar movie. It's possible that the movie will be spent searching for a specific seed/woodsprite to rebuild the Tree of Souls.

Furthermore, the term "bearer" would imply that a certain someone would be responsible for carrying the seed. Who that ends up being remains to be seen, but it wouldn't be far-fetched to say Sam Worthington's Jake Sully could be that person, especially since he's the main lead in the franchise. Plus, there's also the fact that the woodsprites had laid on top of Jake in the first Avatar movie when he met Neytiri.

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Key Release Dates
  • Avatar 2 (2021) release date: Dec 17, 2021
  • Avatar 3 (2023) release date: Dec 22, 2023
  • Avatar 4 (2025) release date: Dec 19, 2025
  • Avatar 5 (2027) release date: Dec 17, 2027
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