After a 13 year break, 20th Century Studios is taking us back to the world of Pandora with “Avatar: The Way Of Water”, the first of four sequels heading to our screens over the next eight years.

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.

The film is directed by James Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, the film stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement and Kate Winslet.

When Is “Avatar: The Way Of Water” Released?

“Avatar: The Way Of Water” is being released exclusively in cinemas on December 16th 2022.

When Will “Avatar: The Way Of Water” Be On Digital Platforms?

Disney has announced that the digital release on March 28th 2023, on all major digital retailers, including Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, and Movies Anywhere, and will include over three hours of never-before-seen bonus content featuring the filmmakers, cast, and crew.   Disney will be releasing the film on digital platforms first, before releasing it on physical media and Disney+.  Similar to how other studios release films on digital platforms before their streaming services.  Marking a big change in Disney’s strategy.

When Will “Avatar: The Way Of Water” Be On Disney+?

Since “Avatar: The Way Of Water” is a 20th Century Studios release, things can be a little more complicated for a US release, due to a previous contract with HBO, which was made before Disney purchased 20th Century Fox. The good news for Disney is that the contract expires at the end of 2022, so it’s likely that this will be the last film released under this deal.

In the US, “Avatar: The Way Of Water” will also be released on HBO Max due to a temporarily deal with WarnerMedia to share access to select titles on either Hulu or Disney+.

With “Avatar: The Way Of Water” being one of the biggest 20th Century Studios releases in years, this title will likely be shared between Disney and HBO, once its exclusive theatrical window ends. It’s also likely to follow “West Side Story” and “Free Guy” in being released on Disney+ in the US, rather than Hulu, since it’s got much more mainstream appeal.

Internationally, things are thankfully much more straightforward and the film will be released on Disney+ in many countries around the world, including in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Currently, no official Disney+ release date has yet been announced. Should the film follow the same release schedule as other 20th Century Studios films like “Death On The Nile” and “The King’s Man”, it’s likely that “, Avatar: The Way Of Water” film will be available on Disney+ internationally after at least 45 days, which is around the beginning of February 2023.

But it’ll likely to be much longer than the new post-covid 45-day theatrical window, because the original film was such a huge box office hit, and Disney will want to maximise the sequels box office run, making it more likely the film won’t hit Disney+ until March 2023 at the earliest, but it could be even later should Disney want to extend how much money it makes from digital sales/rentals and cinema tickets.

Is “Avatar: The Way Of Water” Coming To Disney+ Premier Access?

Disney has confirmed that following the release of “Jungle Cruise”, it won’t be using Disney+ Premier Access, instead offering selected movies exclusively in cinemas first, before being released on Disney’s streaming services.


What Time Will “Avatar: The Way Of Water” Be Released On Disney+

Disney+ updates daily at the following times:

  • Pacific Time: 00:00 AM / Midnight
  • Eastern Time: 03:00 AM
  • UK: 08:00 AM
  • Sydney, Australia – 19:00 PM

Sometimes episodes can arrive a few minutes later as the servers update. The Disney+ front page usually updates about an hour later.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Twitter: Facebook:

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