The decision by Disney to remove Avatar from its Disney Plus catalog has drawn harsh criticism.
Following Disney’s takeover of Fox, James Cameron’s 2009 hit Avatar was made available on streaming services, and many viewers chose to view it before the sequel, which is scheduled to be released in December.
It should be noted that Avatar has been taken off the service and is no longer viewable anywhere in the world.
Its removal is thought to have been caused by the fact that Avatar would be rereleased in theaters on September 23 in advance of the sequel, however this has not been confirmed.
The decision to remove the movie without informing viewers has drawn criticism from many, who accuse Disney of making the move in an effort to increase ticket sales for the movie’s theatrical release. Twitter users have called the action both “dumb” and “concerning.”
Thus, #Avatar was removed by @DisneyPlus. They want to force you to view it in a THEATER, another user said, adding: “I’m sure it has absolutely nothing to do with its approaching movie re-release.”
While many people expressed their appreciation for the cinematic experience, it was noted that because consumers are paying a monthly price for Disney Plus, they should have the option of where they watch the movie.
For the re-release, Disney+ removed Avatar from all regions. August 17, 2022, kothuboy21 (@kothuboy21)
Disney Plus no longer airs Avatar (2009) It simply goes to illustrate how important it is to own tangible media, or at the very least, download it and save it personally. — Samosasaurus (@samosasaurus), August 18, 2022
Others took advantage of the chance to emphasize how important it is to own the movie on DVD or Blu-ray.
One commenter said, “Disney Plus has removed Avatar, I presume as they’re going to re-release in theaters and it just shows up the significance of owning actual media.”
With its re-release, Avatar will maintain its title as the most successful movie ever made.
With a re-release in China, the movie recovered the top spot from Avengers: Endgame, and it presently has global box office receipts of $2.85 billion (£2.4 billion).
Second place goes to Avengers: Endgame with $2.8 billion (£2.35 billion).
The sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, will be released on December 16 after Avatar is rereleased in theaters on September 23.
Disney has been contacted by The Independent for comment.
The top 5 Fall getaways in the Northeast
This story has been updated with new information. Fall brings a welcome respite from summer’s heat and humidity as well...
Giant Slide reopened in the US for the first time since going viral
Thousands of people showed up to the Giant Slide in Detroit on the first weekend it reopened since going viral.
This hiker falls to his death at the Grand Canyon
A hiker walking in Grand Canyon National Park fell approximately 200 feet to his death on Friday afternoon, according to...
Ford fixed a problem with the Mustang that caused many crashes
Ford Mustang prototype mystery of 'The Bulge' has finally been solved.
You can buy a 90s Porsche-inspired boat, if you really want to
Yes, this is a yacht made to kind of look like a 993-generation 911 cabriolet.