Avatar: The Way Of Water’s Runtime Confirmed And It’s Ridiculously Long

Avatar: The Way Of Water's runtime has been confirmed and it looks like you're going to need a lot of popcorn.
Credit: 20th Century Studios

Avatar: The Way Of Water’s runtime has been confirmed and it looks like you’re going to need a lot of popcorn.

The much-anticipated sequel to the 2009 film, which is the highest-grossing movie of all time at $2,923,898,794, is set to be released on December 16.

Fans have waited 13 years to return to Pandora, the world director James Cameron created in his sci-fi epic.

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As the release date edges closer, more details about the film are beginning to emerge. 

The length has been confirmed and it sounds like viewers best make sure they go the toilet before the movie starts because it’s going to be a long one.

Avatar: The Way Of Water’s runtime will be around three hours and 10 minutes, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

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This will not be the first time Cameron has made a film over three hours long, with his Academy Award-winning film Titanic having a runtime of three hours and 14 minutes.

Even though the length of the film might be off-putting, the director has defended his decision.

Speaking to Empire magazine, Cameron said: “I don’t want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge watch [television] for eight hours.

“I can almost write this part of the review. ‘The agonizingly long three-hour movie…’. It’s like, give me a f***ing break. 

“I’ve watched my kids sit and do five one-hour episodes in a row. Here’s the big social paradigm shift that has to happen: it’s OK to get up and go pee.

“The trolls will have it that nobody gives a s*** and they can’t remember the characters’ names or one damn thing that happened in the movie.

“Then they see the movie again and go, ‘Oh, OK, excuse me, let me just shut the f*** up right now’.  So I’m not worried about that.”

Avatar: The Way Of Water (2022)
Avatar: The Way Of Water’s runtime will be over three hours, so make sure you have plenty of popcorn. Credit: 20th Century Studios

Despite some hesitancy from viewers about the long runtime, it seems to be a trend that Hollywood blockbusters are leaning towards.

Both Batman and Avengers: Endgame clocked in at nearly three hours or more and they were critical and commercial successes, with the latter just behind Avatar in the highest-grossing films of all time.

The new film from La La Land director Damien Chazelle, Babylon, which will star Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt, is coming out soon and will also have a three-hour runtime.

While it may seem daunting to sit in a cinema for a long time, it seems like they have a track record of being successful films.

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So it looks like Avatar: The Way Of Water could follow that trend.

There has been a long wait for this movie, with it first being announced in 2016.

The synopsis for Avatar: The Way Of Water reads: “Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the planet of Pandora.

“Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na’vi race to protect their planet.”

This is the first of a succession of sequels every other year until Avatar 5 in December 2028, assuming that the future films have no delays.

Avatar: The Way Of Water will be available in cinemas exclusively from December 16.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.