In Avatar: The Waterway, Jake Sully and his family find refuge with a new clan of Na’vi, but an important part of Neytiri’s story has been ignored.
After Jake Sully and his family find refuge in a new clan in Avatar: The Way of Wateran important aspect of the Neytiri story it was completely ignored.
As our review of Avatar: The Waterway reveals, one of the most anticipated Christmas 2022 films in cinemas, the story returns to Pandora, where the human turned Na’vi Jake Sully is now married to Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana, and looks after a gaggle of teenage children while simultaneously battling human invaders attempting to colonize her new home. Jake has fully integrated into the Omaticaya clan of Na’vi on Pandora, but the peace is shattered when the humans return and wreak havoc. Leaving their home to protect their family, Jake and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña), along with their children, find themselves seeking refuge with the Metkayina, a clan of reef-dwelling Na’vi, and learn the ways of the water.
It had been known for years that James Cameron would use Avatar: The Waterway to explore the oceans of Pandora, transferring the characters to an entirely new setting and introducing an entirely new way of life. This passage was reminiscent of Jake’s integration into Na’vi life in the first Avatar. However, in the transition from the forest to the ocean an important passage of history seems to have been forgotten, as revealed by ScreenRant.
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Avatar 2 did not show Neytiri learning the ways of the Metkayina
While every member of the Sully family was shown to learn the ways and customs of the Metkayina, Neytiri had very little screen time during their stay in the reef village. Jake is taught to ride an Ilu by Tonowari (Cliff Curtis), the Metkayina leader, while his children and wife Ronal (Kate Winslet) teach Jake and Neytiri’s children how to breathe and move efficiently underwater . Neytiri’s entire family has been seen learning the ways of their new clan, but Zoe Saldana’s character is largely absent during these scenes.
After being Jake’s teacher in the first avatar, Neytiri is not shown learning the customs of the Na’vi of the oceans, all to the benefit of the younger characters who are given more space by the director. Viewers need not despair, because James Cameron and Neytiri will play a much bigger role in the three upcoming sequels. So we just have to wait.