Disney Quietly Makes Changes to ‘Avatar’ Ending On Streaming Service

neytiri (left) and jake sully (right) from James Camerons Avatar
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The dawn of streaming services is upon us, and unfortunately, DVDs are no more.

Okay, not entirely “no more,” but there’s no denying that DVDs are nowhere near as prevalent or common as they were only ten years ago. While DVDs had a good run, streaming services are now the most convenient way to watch films, TV shows, and everything in between.

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However, one of the most significant downsides is that you cannot watch a film the same way every time. Changes are constantly being made. Sometimes, the movie will buffer as the network becomes unstable. Other times, the film itself will be altered, with extra scenes added or taken away at the drop of a hat.

As for James Cameron’s Avatar (2009), the latter has recently occurred.


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James Cameron’s Avatar has been on Disney+ for some time now, with a brief removal last fall in an attempt to urge audiences to watch a re-release in theaters.

Now that the sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water (2023), has finally made its way onto the streaming service, the original film seems to have been altered.

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For anyone who doesn’t remember, the first film ends with Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), and other Na’vi standing guard as the majority of the “Sky People” are escorted off of Pandora.

However, anyone watching will now notice that an extra scene has been added here.

As the Sky People are escorted off the planet, Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi) approaches Neytiri and Jake Sully, saying, “You know this isn’t over.”

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This scene, which can be found in the extended version, has since been added to the Disney+ version, seemingly to make the transition from the first film to the sequel more believable.

After all, when the first Avatar film came out, audiences weren’t exactly expecting a sequel. Now, when audiences watch it on Disney+, the aspect of a sequel makes more sense.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.