Avatar: The Way of Water is set to release this December, but it has a fairly main downside: it’s a sequel to a movie that got here out 13 years in the past. Meanwhile, most of us can barely bear in mind what occurred on last week’s episode of She-Hulk — when Avatar 2 hits theaters, there could possibly be a whole lot of confusion if characters begin speaking about unobtanium, Toruks, RDA, or the Noble Clyde Boudreaux. (One of these issues isn’t truly within the film — see in the event you can guess which one.)
James Cameron and crew, nonetheless, have give you an answer: rerelease the primary Avatar in theaters. According to a trailer launched on Tuesday, the 2009 film is coming again to theaters for two weeks beginning September twenty third and can be proven in “all formats,” together with IMAX, 4K / HDR, and — in fact — 3D.
That final level is an enormous one. Sure, theoretically folks may watch it at residence to catch up earlier than heading out to see the brand new one, but almost nobody is going to have the gear to truly watch it in the best way it was meant to be watched, with a pair of 3D glasses strapped to their face. Also, I say theoretically as a result of watching it at residence has gotten loads more durable, as a result of Disney’s eliminated Avatar from its Disney Plus streaming service. While Disney didn’t instantly reply to The Verge’s request for touch upon when it’ll be accessible once more, a report from Variety cites sources claiming it’ll come again earlier than The Way of Water’s launch date. The film is nonetheless at present accessible to lease on providers like Apple TV or YouTube.
If Disney’s ploy to pressure you right into a theater to re-watch Avatar is profitable, you’ll find a way to get that full expertise prefer it was 2009 once more, with out having over a decade to overlook all of the jargon and world-building. (Well, virtually the complete expertise — you received’t have the “pleasure” of listening to “Boom Boom Pow” or “Poker Face” on the radio as you drive residence from the theater to write an offended discussion board put up about James Cameron making “unobtanium” an actual plot level in a sci-fi film.)
Movies coming again to theaters to put together you for a sequel isn’t essentially a brand new phenomenon — I bear in mind attending a screening of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight on The Dark Knight Rises’ opening night time, and a few theaters have done similar things for Marvel movie releases. Even James Cameron’s no stranger to the theatrical rerelease; Titanic has come back to theaters before and is set to do so again next year — although, clearly, that’s not as a result of it’s getting a sequel. For most motion pictures, although, seeing the prequels is a luxurious; due to how complicated Avatar was and the way lengthy it’s been because it was launched, it seems like required studying this time.
Update August twenty third, 7:53PM ET: Added details about Disney eradicating Avatar from Disney Plus.