Avatar is back in theaters, and apparently, it now includes an early look at its upcoming sequel. The film, directed by famed visionary James Cameron, was originally released in 2009 to critical acclaim and one of the largest box office accumulations in worldwide history. It’s once again showing on the big screen in anticipation of Avatar: The Way of Water, the long-awaited second installment of the franchise, which is set to drop in theaters on December 16th. While the new edition of Avatar is not yet available in North America, it has already released in Korea and France, and fans who’ve gone to see it claim they were treated to a surprise taste of scenes from The Way of Water after the credits began to roll.
Perhaps most interesting is that not all showings of the film featured the same exclusive footage. The tweets revealing the unexpected tags indicated different theaters had different sneak peeks at the sequel, meaning not everyone has seen the same content. However, nearly all the reactions were positive, giving those who’ve yet to see anything a lot of hope for a quality Avatar follow-up. It’s unknown if every theatrical market will include the exciting post-credits footage, but it does seem likely that Disney will want to increase discussion surrounding the big-budget blockbuster in as many places as they can.
Avatar: The Way of Water has been in production for years and was also directed by Cameron. Most of the first film’s cast, including Zoë Saldana and Sam Worthington, will return, alongside newcomers like Jemaine Clement and Michelle Yeoh.