James Cameron Gives A Personal Reason Why Jake And Neytiri Have Kids In ‘Avatar’ Sequels

While there aren’t too many sci-fi story details for Avatar: The Way of the Water, the trailer showed glimpses of the new family formed by Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). Director James Cameron reveals he has a personal connection behind why he decided to give Jake and Neytiri a family in the Avatar suites.

Jake and Neytiri will start a family in “Avatar: the way of the water”

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The first one Avatar, directed by James Cameron, centers on Jake who is a human who fails the Na’vi race after becoming one with the people and falling in love with Neytiri. The two form a beautiful romance that becomes the emotional core of the film. The two manage to survive the events of the first film, so it only makes sense that the two would start a family.

Several images and the trailer of Avatar: The Way of the Water showed off their family which consists of several children both biological and adopted. Their children are Kiri (Sigourney Weaver), Neteyam (Jamie Flatters), Lo’ak (Britain Dalton) and Tuktirey (Trinity Bliss). There’s also Spider (Jack Champion), a human orphan stranded on Pandora and taken in by Jake and Neytiri.

James Cameron shares his personal connection to the family in ‘Avatar’

In an interview with EmpireJames Cameron explains why he decided to give Jake and Neytiri a family in the Avatar suites. The director said he wanted to give these characters relationships that add emotional depth. He also had a personal connection to this story as he is the father of five children.

“I look around – I don’t mean the Marvel Universe or the DC Universe specifically – at current fantasy and sci-fi and all of these heroes seem untied in the quagmire of relationships, which pulls you towards down and clip your wings, it stops you from running and risking your life,” Cameron said. “I thought, ‘What if I take these amazing characters of Jake and Neytiri and give them a family?’ It gives them feet of clay right there.

Additionally, Sam Worthington is looking forward to his character’s new family as it will give him more ways to explore Jake as a character.

“It’s about what you teach your kids as they develop and grow,” Worthington told Empire. “Jake comes from the perspective of being a Marine and leans into that way of thinking because that’s what was ingrained in him about survival. Pacifism and militarism will definitely clash.

Family will play a major role in the upcoming sequels

Back at CinemaCon 2022, James Cameron discussed the upcoming Avatar suites and gave an overview of what to expect. The director said each film will tell a full story, but there will be overarching themes that will carry over into the next. Jake and Neytiri’s family will be an important part of the five-movie arc that Cameron is trying to tell. Vin Diesel has a role in the Avatar sequels, so maybe that’s where the family love comes from.

Avatar: The Way of the Water hits theaters on December 16, 2022.

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