Will 'Avatar 2' Be Streaming? What to Know About the Release for 'The Way of Water'

Callie (Carlos) Cadorniga - Author
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Mar. 28 2023, Updated 11:20 a.m. ET

After being stuck in production limbo for several years, the long-awaited Avatar 2 hit theaters in December 2022. The first film was released in 2009 and received widespread praise, with many critics highlighting its use of advanced CGI cinematography at the time. To this day, it still holds the record for the highest-grossing film in history.

The franchise made another splash with the release of Avatar: The Way of Water, which has made over $2.3 billion at the box office.

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With the film having been released exclusively in theaters upon its official release, many are wondering when the film will stream on services like Disney Plus. Will Avatar 2 be streaming any time soon? Here's what we know about the home release so far.

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Will 'Avatar 2' be streaming?

Avatar: The Shape of Water takes place over a decade after the events of the first movie. When a new human threat attacks the native inhabitants of the planet Pandora, human-turned-Na'vi Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) seeks the help of a water-based tribe to rise up against this new evil. Zoe Saldaña reprises her role as Neytiri and Sigourney Weaver returns as a new character named Kiri. The film also stars Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, and Stephen Lang.

When the first Avatar was released in theaters, 3D movies were the latest craze, an Avengers movie was a glorified pipe dream, and Avatar itself was not owned by Disney. Nowadays, the landscape of theatrical releases has shifted drastically. Though people have returned to theaters in the years since the initial COVID-19 lockdown of 2020, some folks are still holding out for streaming releases of new films, whether they release at home during the same week of its theatrical release or they have to wait a certain period.

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As of this writing, a streaming date has not yet been set for Avatar 2. The film is currently still showing in several theaters, with screenings set to continue well into April. It has long passed the typical 45-day waiting period between theatrical releases and streaming dates that many other studios have adopted in recent years, so it's unclear as to whether or not it will be streaming any time soon.

Will 'Avatar 2' be streaming on Disney Plus?

When the film does eventually start streaming, it will likely follow in the steps of its predecessor. The first Avatar movie is streaming on Disney Plus, which makes it more than likely that The Way of Water will make its way there as well.

As of March 26, however, Avatar: The Way of Water is now available on digital storefronts, and is reportedly packed with three hours of bonus features. Even if you can't technically stream it on your favorite services, it's now available at home.

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