Fans of the original “Avatar” likely found a few callbacks to the 2012 film in the trailer for “The Way of Water.” One of the nods comes when we first see Neytiri stalking something from behind greenery. The shot on her face is the same as “Avatar” when she sneaks up on a lost Jake in the forest. How she pulls back on her bow is almost identical to the first film, but she pulls back in “The Way of Water” trailer to accommodate her baby bump. In the original, she lets up on her bow as a woodsprite lands on her arrow, letting her know not to kill Jake.
Toward the end of the trailer, as a blaze overtakes the horizon behind them, Jake tells Neytiri she needs to be strong. As the two lock eyes, he says, “Strong heart.” Fans will remember in “Avatar,” Neytiri tells Jake he has a strong heart, and that’s why she didn’t kill him when she first came upon him.
We also see Tsireya (Bailey Bass) tell Lo’ak (Britain Dalton), “I see you,” something we heard Neytiri tell Jake in the original film. This is a line the people of Pandora use when they understand someone and connect, to explain that they see into them and their spirit. Norm (Joel David Moore) has to explain its deeper meaning to Jake, and it seems like Tsireya might have found her someone in “The Way of Water.”