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Disney Confirms High Expectations for ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’

Even though anticipation has been high for the¬†Avatar¬†sequel,¬†Avatar: The Way of Water, fans of Pandora and the world of the Na’vi warriors were understandably uncertain about whether or not the movie would ever actually reach theaters.

The movie took over a decade to follow its predecessor,¬†Avatar, which was a tremendous success — and even though it has been made clear by director James Cameron (and actresses Sigourney Weaver and Zoe Saldana) that work is already being done on the next three Avatar¬†movies, Disney still didn’t seem to be one hundred percent certain about the series’ future.¬†

But fear not,¬†Avatar¬†fans! It looks like Disney is gambling on a big payoff from¬†Avatar: The Way of Water, and making plans to schedule the next three movies’ release dates even before the¬†Avatar¬†sequel has reached audiences. James Cameron had initially said that the remaining films¬†might not actually come to fruition if¬†Avatar: The Way of Water¬†did not achieve mass box office success after its December 2022 premiere.

Now that an updated schedule of Disney and Marvel movie release dates has been revealed, it is clear that Disney is indeed making plans with the assumption that the Avatar sequel is going to be a big enough hit to warrant the three movies that are already in progress!

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Kate Winslet as Ronal, a leader of the N’avi in Avatar: The Way of Water. Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington are returning as Jake Sully and Neytiri. Credit: Empire Magazine

We can see in the Tweet shown below from journalist Scott Gustin that there have been several postponements, particular in the Marvel department, but that the next three Avatar movies are scheduled for the following dates: December 20, 2024 (which will be Avatar 3), December 18, 2026 (Avatar 4), and December 22, 2028 (Avatar 5).

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Sigourney Weaver is playing a second role in the world of ‘Avatar’ and Pandora: Kiri, the teenage adopted daughter of Jake Sully and Neytiri. Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington are returning as Jake Sully and Neytiri. Credit: Empire magazine

Some audience members might feel frustrated by the one-year gap that is shown on the schedule between each movie premiere, but considering the fact that James Cameron was recently sharing doubts about whether or not the entire series would ever even be released, this is good news!

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James Cameron directed the first two Avatar films and created the world of Pandora.

Are you excited about the new¬†Avatar¬†movie, and were you aware that the next films’ futures depended on this first sequel’s success in December?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!