The new Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw trailer has dropped. We get our first look at the Rock and Jason Statham’s spinoff, along with Idris Elba’s villain, Brixton.
The Fast and Furious franchise has been teetering on the edge of the superhero genre for years. This spinoff confirms three wonderful things. First, Hobbs and Shaw is a superhero movie. Second, there is a shared Fast and Furious Universe now. Third, there is a super powered black man antagonizing our protagonists (yay). His name is Brixton, and he looks charming as hell.
This dapper gentleman is the super villain Brixton. He has super powers.
That’s where the Fast & Furious franchise is now.
The trailer mentions that the dead fellow in the image above is bulletproof. He is shown punching Hobbs off his large feet, so he also has super strength. If Idris gains the ability to go super saiyan, I am done.
My only concern is Hobbs & Shaw may fall into the age old trope of killing off it’s main villain at the end of the film. That would be a mistake. Allowing a franchise to grow means allowing all your characters to grow as well. The only reason we have Hobbs and Shaw is because the Fast series saw fit to keep Jason Statham’s villain character alive.
Brixton could become the nagging, recurring villain Hobbs and Shaw must deal with. Be it directly, or indirectly. Their own personal Joker, if you will. Perhaps he shows up in some geared up villain vehicle and terrorize Tyrese in whatever spinoff he eventually never gets.
Here’s to the shared Fast universe. The Fast and Furiverse? Yea, let’s go with that.
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