Avatar: The Way of Water lands on Disney Plus next week

It may have been a 13-year wait, but James Cameron has convincingly proved there’s plenty of demand for Avatar sequels.

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Nathan Lawrence
May 30, 2023
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Ah, Avatar 2. People might’ve thought it’d never happen, but it eventually did. After years of development, multiple delays and the sale of production company 20th Century Fox to Disney, there were some solid reasons to doubt. But those doubts clearly pale when stacked next to the Scrooge McDuck mountain of money the original film made. I’m talking $2.9 billion at the global box office. Yeah.

Avatar 2 would eventually go on to be called Avatar: The Way of Water. And while that edges it even closer to Avatar: The Last Airbender territory, Avatar 2 has finally found a streaming home after being available for digital rental and purchase since its theatrical release.

How to watch Avatar: The Way of Water in Australia

Streaming on Disney Plus now

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I may have spoiled the wind-up in the intro, but it should come as no surprise that the new owner of 20th Century Fox is also the home of Avatar: The Way of Water. Namely, Disney Plus. The original Avatar has been on Disney Plus for a while now, and you’ll be able to watch the first and second movies back-to-back from June. That’s assuming you have a spare six hours to get through the two-hour-and-42-minute runtime of Avatar and the three-hour-and-12-minute running time of Avatar: The Way of Water.

There was no Disney Plus trial at the time of writing, so there’s no cheeky free viewing option. Disney Plus costs $13.99 per month or $139.99 for a year for the standard plan, which works out to around 10 months instead of 12.

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More ways to watch Avatar: The Way of Water in Australia
Avatar: The Way of Water is also available for digital purchase on the following outlets, ranging from SD quality to 4K and priced from $19.99 to $24.99:
  • Apple TV (SD, HD, 4K)
  • Prime Video (SD, HD, 4K)
  • Google Play (SD, HD, 4K)
  • Microsoft Store (SD, HD, 4K)
  • YouTube (SD, HD, 4K)
  • Telstra TV Box Office (SD, HD)
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Avatar: The Way of Water release date in Australia

Avatar: The Way of Water hit cinemas in Australia on 15 December 2022 and became the third highest-grossing movie of all time, raking in just shy of $3.5 billion Australian dollars. The Avatar sequel landed on digital purchase/rental stores on 28 March 2023, and it’s poised to hit Disney Plus on 7 June 2023.

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What is Avatar: The Way of Water about?

Most of the cast of Avatar returns for the sequel, including Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang. They’re joined by newcomers Cliff Curtis, Kate Winslet and a range of actors to fill out the roles of younger characters. Set more than a decade after the events of Avatar, The Way of Water follows the plight of Jake (Worthington), Neytiri (Saldaña) and their fledgling family as an old foe returns to threaten their peaceful existence.

James Cameron is no stranger to sequel escalation, with two of the greatest sequels ever made: Terminator 2 and Aliens. While Avatar: The Way of Water doesn’t hit the lofty heights of those gilded all-time sequels, it offers a worthy follow-up to Avatar. It may wallow in the middle with too much character juggling, but the underwater sequences are particularly amazing and the set pieces are very entertaining.

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Can I watch Avatar: The Way of Water overseas?
Avatar: The Way of Water is available for streaming on Disney Plus in any of the 100+ supported countries. If you’re not in one of those countries at the time you have an inkling to visit Pandora, use a virtual private network (VPN) service that’s great for handling streaming in countries like Australia, the US and the UK where Disney Plus is available. Like these VPNs:
  1. Windscribe VPN
  2. ExpressVPN
  3. PureVPN
  4. NordVPN
  5. Atlas VPN
Alternatively, Avatar: The Way of Water is also available for streaming on HBO Max because of an old deal between 20th Century Fox and HBO. The VPNs below offer speedy streaming of HBO Max from Australia (outside of the options listed above):

What is Disney+?

Disney+ is the premiere streaming service from the media juggernaut. It released in late 2019 and hit the ground running with popular original series like The Mandalorian and Wandavision, and has continued to pump out originals from its growing portfolio of franchises. After Disney’s acquisition of Fox, Disney+ Star was added to the service, increasing the amount of more mature outings on the service from Fox’s range of properties (Alien, Predator, Die Hard etc.)

Disney Plus starts at $13.99 per month for the standard plan. This cheaper option lets you stream in up to HD quality in up to two places at once. The more expensive premium plan doubles that and upgrades the resolution to 4K.

Here’s how Disney+ compares to other Australian streaming services:

How Disney+ compares to other streaming services

Service
Details
Monthly price
More info
Binge LogoBinge Standard plan
4K streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$18/mth
Apple TV+Apple TV+ plan
4K streaming
6 streams (Family Sharing)
Deal: 7-day free trial
$12.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Standard plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: $139.99 for 12mths
$13.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Premium plan
4K streaming
4 streams
Deal: $179.99 for 12mths
$17.99/mth
NetflixNetflix Standard + Ads
HD streaming
2 streams
$7.99/mth
StanStan Basic plan
SD streaming
1 stream
$12/mth
Kayo SportsKayo One Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$25/mth
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaFoxtel Now Essentials
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels
Deal: 10-day free trial
$25/mth
ShudderShudder plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Hayu | Provider logoHayu Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Paramount+Paramount+ plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$9.99/mth

Frequently asked questions about streaming Avatar: The Way of Water in Australia

Stream Avatar: The Way of Water on Disney Plus in Australia. Alternatively, rent or buy a digital version from Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube or the Microsoft Store.
From 7 June 2023, Avatar: The Way of Water is available for streaming on Disney Plus. Alternatively, connect to a US VPN server and watch Avatar: The Way of Water on HBO Max from 7 June.
Avatar: The Way of Water is available for streaming on Disney Plus in Australia, but The Last Airbender (aka the Avatar movie) movie from 2010 is available for streaming on Netflix Australia, plus a new live-action show is coming to Netflix in 2023. Stream the Avatar: The Last Airbender TV animated show on Binge.
Nathan Lawrence
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Nathan Lawrence
Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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