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Avatar 2 release date, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about The Way of Water
Avatar 2 will finally be finished before its release in cinemas, so we’ll quickly know what The Way of Water means.
Producer Jon Landau confirmed the exciting news in late November, less than a month before its release. It’s been a 13-year wait for fans, but the time has almost come to return to Pandora.
The sequel to James Cameron’s record-breaking film will bring viewers back to Pandora and is sure to be another visually stunning hour, as shown in the first teaser and main trailer.
Cameron’s plan has been for the sequel to kickstart a run of movies every other year until Avatar 5 in December 2028. However, he’s revealed that if The Way of Water underperforms, there is a plan to end it with Avatar 3.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet. Here’s everything you need to know about Avatar: The Way of Water.
Avatar 2 release date: When was Avatar The Way of Water released in cinemas?
To cut a long story short, Avatar 2 finally got released on December 16, 2022, having been pushed back from December 2021 due to the ongoing global health crisis.
The sequel started filming in 2017, but given the movie is a mix of live-action and motion capture elements, it’s not a surprise it’s taken a while.
We also know that the movie will be epic, with a runtime of 190 minutes, three hours, and ten minutes. Cameron has defended the runtime by saying that it’s necessary as there are “more characters to service.”
Given that we’ve potentially got three other movies to come, Cameron has been working on all of them in recent years. In December 2021, he revealed he’d already filmed some of Avatar 4 due to the young cast.
Is Avatar: The Way of Water available to stream?
Right now, the film is mainly still only playing in theaters, but viewers can expect to see it on Disney+ in the future…the question is just a matter of *when*. According to People, Disney announced in September 2021 that its remaining films would have a minimum 45-day exclusive theatrical release.
If Avatar: The Way of Water follows that base timeline, the public can expect it to hit the streamer on January 30, 2023… 57 days ago. According to my constant refreshing on the Disney+ page, that hasn’t happened yet! And maybe it won’t occur for a while longer, given that other recent releases (like Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) began streaming 82 days after opening. Plus, the wait could be longer if this movie is anything like the original Avatar (which stayed in theaters for a whopping 238 days).
So, how can I watch the Avatar sequel right now?
The primary way to watch Avatar: The Way of Water is to go to the movie theater in person.
Avatar 2 delays: Why has it taken so long?
Here goes if you want the full story of the sequel’s long and drawn-out journey to the screen.
Filming was meant to start on Avatar 2 in April 2016, but April came and went, and filming never began. In January of the following year, it was announced that work on the motion-capture element of the film would start by August 2017, but it began in September.
The announcement of a fourth Avatar movie pushed the whole lot back, and then they were all pushed back again, with Avatar 2 planned for December 2017 (and the rest set for 2018 and 2019, presumably). Cameron blamed the “very involved” writing process for the delays.
In January 2017, Avatar 2 was delayed again, the assumption being that it ran scared after Star Wars:
The Last Jedi moved from May to December of that year.
The sequel was then set for a December 2020 release before Disney shifted it again to December 2021 post-Fox takeover, which brings us up to the present and the COVID-related delays that impacted the industry as a whole.
In 2017, Cameron remained calm about the delays. However, in a recent interview, he admitted to having concerns. Those concerns, though, seem so far to be unfounded.
Cameron told The New York Times: “I was a little concerned that I had stretched the rope too far, in our fast-paced, modern world, with Avatar 2 coming in 12 years later. Until we dropped the teaser trailer, we got 148 million views in 24 hours.”
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