“Furious 7” has been in theaters for more than 24 hours, which means most die-hard fans have already seen the high-speed, higher-stakes action hit. With the word “success” unable to adequately describe the new film, many are already looking ahead to the next.
Sony has made it clear that, despite the tragic loss of Paul Walker, that it hopes to have another three movies in the franchise hit theaters in the coming years. Dominic Toretto himself, Vin Diesel, teased a New York City setting for the eighth movie earlier this week and Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) echoed that sentiment.
Now that the uncomfortable business of writing Paul Walker’s character out of the franchise is finished, this seems like a good time to take a look at where the rest of the gang is following the events of “Furious 7.”
[SPOILER ALERT: Major “Furious 7” spoilers from here out. If you haven’t seen the movie and have any plans to, stop reading now and come back after.]
Dom And Letty
“Fast 6” saw the return of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) who everyone thought died in the fourth movie. Turns out she was just injured and had a nasty case of amnesia. By the end of the sixth movie, she was back on our heroes’ side but didn’t have any of her memory back, much to the dismay of fans.
Luckily, “Furious 7” addressed this rather unsatisfying plot by opening the flick with Letty leaving to find herself. Without getting into too many of the gory details, she makes her way back to her family and, eventually, gets all of her memories back just in time to remind Dom that he’s not allowed to die without her because of a promise they made to each other on their -- brace yourself -- wedding day!
That’s right, for two movies, Dom has been keeping it a secret from Letty that they had a wedding ceremony (in which the groom wore a white tank top), just before she lost her memory. This revelation came at the end of “Furious 7” so we didn’t get to see much of these two characters remembering each other. However, the eighth movie will likely see a fully functioning Dom and Letty back together.
“The Fast and the Furious” began in 2001 as a story about a group of underworld street racers stealing DVD players and small-time cash scores. Fast-forward to 2015 and they’re standing in a room with world leaders and black ops specialists with the U.S. government asking them for help. “Furious 7” introduced Mr. Nobody (Russell) as a mysterious government agent out to get his hands on the God’s Eye, a “tracker on steroids” that is capable of finding anyone in the world with too much ease.
In the process of bringing down the bad guys and getting the high-tech weapon out of their hands, Mr. Nobody gets shot but not killed. He’ll live to taste another Belgian Ale. He’ll also live to return in the next movie if the actor’s recent comments on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” are any indication. Frankly, anyone who saw “Furious 7” should be excited to see the return of one of the best new characters the franchise has introduced since “Fast Five.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson breathed new life into the series when his muscle-headed rundown expert for the government character was introduced in “Fast Five.” Since then, we’ve seen him put Vin Diesel through a wall, knock out a fellow muscle heads on an airplane, jump from a moving car onto another moving car and get into a bevy of firefights with international terrorists.
All of this was really cool until the audience learned in “Furious 7” that this man is a father to a pretty cool little girl. So, all those death-defying stunts he’s pulled just feel downright irresponsible now. However, that didn’t stop him from suiting up and helping the crew take down Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) in the new movie.
When last we saw Hobbs, he was locking Shaw away in a concrete underground prison. Fully healed after his first encounter with the villain at the beginning of the movie, the muscle man is back where he belongs, chasing down bad guys.
After getting the absolute hell beat out of him by both Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) and Toretto, “Fast 6” ended with Own Shaw (Luke Evans) getting tossed out the back of a plane moving at an impossibly high speed. It’s been known for a while that his big, bad brother was coming in “Furious 7” to avenge him, but it turns out he’s not dead. The movie opens with Statham’s character visiting his burned, battered and unconscious brother in the hospital. So, going into the eighth movie, the two living Shaw brothers are two chess pieces that could come into play in a very big way.
Just when you thought you could ignore “Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” as an installment in this franchise altogether, “Furious 7” saw Toretto travel to Tokyo to pick up the remains Han (Sung Kang). While he’s there, he connects with Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) who acted as the main character in the 2006 film. With a gap in the team left by O’Connor’s retirement, perhaps the southern boy might be recruited into Toretto’s family for its next big caper. According to reports from ScreenRant, the actor will return for two more movies.