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Spider's Backstory Has Avatar 2 Fans Wondering If There Are Too Many Mysterious Births

"Avatar: The Way of Water" has captivated global audiences with impressive box-office records as fans flock back to cinemas and the wonderful world of Pandora. The film catches up with beloved characters from the original "Avatar" while incorporating a fresh array of new faces that layer the story in fun and exciting ways. These include Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri's (Zoe Saldaña) Na'vi/human hybrid children and two other mysterious descendants whose full parentage remains unknown.

This new bunch of rebels introduces Miles "Spider" Socorro (Jack Champion) and Kiri (Sigourney Weaver), who both forge their own paths despite the towering legacy of their parents. In "Avatar: The Way of Water," we learn that Spider is the reluctant son of the antagonistic Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), who rejected his extremist beliefs and now lives with Jake's family among the Na'vi. Kiri is the daughter of Pandora researcher Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) and has a special connection to the Eywa, the life force and spiritual savior of the Na'vi.

Though viewers know the main characters these two new major players descended from, the sequel film neglects to reveal their parent's full identity to the audience. This has fans sharing their thoughts on Reddit boards where clashing opinions come together in agreement that there may be too many mysterious offspring in "Avatar: The Way of Water."

Fans agree Spider's origins could be clearer in Avatar: The Way of Water

The main point of friction in the film seems to stem from the lack of mention of Spider's mother. This compelled one Redditor to write, "This is a great film and almost a masterpiece in my opinion, but I will say I didn't like how they came up with Spider's backstory. It wasn't discussed in the movie that much, so the whole time I was wondering who is his mother? Or is he some sort of lab experiment? ... to me personally it just seems wayyyy too convenient and kinda lazy writing considering this was never shown or discussed in the first movie." 

While some fans agree with this point, others note the already long film had to cut some inessential plots. The absence of this detail could also be because Spider's mother was revealed in the "Avatar" comic book (which takes place between the two films) titled "Avatar: The High Ground," where Spider was first introduced. Fans also find out that his mother was a Scorpion pilot named Paz Socorro. As the Redditor notes, she was killed in combat, which could've been a helpful reference in the new film. Although, James Cameron could have other plans in the third film's massive uncut runtime.

There's more than one unknown lineage at the heart of the Avatar sequel

Another user, iamghostling, points out that the sequels will likely reveal more as they progress. "Avatar is a movie, already a long one at that (3+ hours each for both films). Things not essential to the plot have to be scrapped and left out. Not only that, but there's no guarantee Cameron even had the idea for Spider when writing 'Avatar 1' in the first place." 

The same user also called for more content to fill out the background plot between film releases, saying, "I would like some more logical build-up between sequels too, where possible. Let's hope Cameron has it figured out and that 'The Way of Water' set up the plot points for 'A3.'"

This build-up could already be present in the mystical new character Kiri and her unique connection to the Eywa. While the relationship to her deceased mother, Dr. Grace, is made evident in "Avatar: The Way of Water," her father (or possible lack of) has yet to be explained. However, her spiritual gift aligns Kiri with the Na'vi's way of life, so it's possible there are still secrets waiting to be discovered about Grace's avatar or Kiri's unknown father. Fans will have to wait until "Avatar 3" to find out this and many more lingering questions.