Avatar 2 The Way Of Water, the highly anticipated film from director James Cameron, will be the last film to complete the year 2022. The sequel to the highest-grossing film of all time takes place more than a decade after the first film.
While the film’s plot has been a mystery since its announcement in 2010, many sources have claimed that it will tell the story of the Sully family. It will reportedly circle around the troubles and tragedies they will endure, the effort they put into protecting each other, their struggles to survive and more.
The release of the movie in itself has been a decade of anticipation and among the many curiosities, most of the people have also wondered whether or not the movie will hit the streaming services. Although it’s a Disney movie, the movie is destined to end up in the library of the company’s streaming platform, Disney Plus. However, there have been some reports stating that the anticipated billion dollar project will also be present over other rivals like Netflix, HBO Max and others.
Is Avatar 2 coming to HBO Max?
The short answer to this is no. Since The Way Of Water is a Disney movie, it’s pretty unlikely to see it on HBO Max, a subsidiary of another distributor. Nevertheless, as a longtime streaming partner and old streaming rights deal between Warner Bros. and the 20th Century Fox (now a Disney subsidiary), there is kind of a good opportunity that HBO has to offer its subscribers The Way Of Water, though not before.
Is Avatar 2 The Way Of Water coming to Netflix?
Netflix also does not have the privilege of broadcasting Avatar 2 in its library. Like HBO, Netflix is not the official distributor or home studio of The Way Of Water. However, the possibility cannot be ruled out. There are plenty of instances where Netflix has entertained movies and series from other studios.
But the streaming giants were only allowed to do so years after the movie’s original release date. In any case, Disney movies on Netflix have become increasingly rare since the launch of Disney Plus in late 2019.
In fact, at one point in 2021, there were zero House of Mouse movies on Netflix. But since then, Netflix has managed to show a movie or two every now and then, depending on the streaming contracts it has with Disney in the past.
Avatar 2 may be coming to Disney Plus
If not Avatar: The Way Of Water is definitely coming to Disney Plus. While the release date on the streaming platform is yet to be confirmed, it will arrive once the movie is released in theaters.
According to estimates, the film may not be on Disney plus until the second half of 2023. This is especially considering that the first movie stayed in theaters for a whopping 34 weeks (234 days to be exact). During these periods, it amassed numerous records with strong word of mouth and constant repeats.
Filmmaker Cameron’s projected quality and hype are expected to keep the sequel in theaters for an extended period of time, given that studios have generally reserved theater slots for the next two months.
But given that the first film was designed specifically for a theatrical experience, its applicability to streaming services may not be among the filmmakers’ priorities. It could also be that Disney Plus audiences will be able to see Avatar 2 a little earlier through Disney+ Premier Access, the streamer’s paid option to watch many of its latest movies at home for an additional cost.
Avatar 2 will be available on the Hulu streaming service
While The Way Of Water has only a slim chance of appearing on HBO Max and Netflix, it is expected to appear on Hulu. Again, the movie will be available on the service launched in 2007 once its theatrical period ends.
In late 2016, after signing a deal with Disney, Hulu acquired some exclusive rights to stream a sizable collection of Disney movies. However, the original deal may have changed in some forms since the introduction of Disney’s own streaming medium.
It’s worth noting that Disney does own a two-thirds interest in Hulu. They also have the option to buy the remaining 33% from Comcast, another Hulu shareholder. If not, viewers also have the option to choose a trio bundle including Hulu (with ads), Disney Plus (with ads), and ESPN Plus (with ads) for only $12.99/month.