The 'Fast & Furious' Cinematic Universe Wants to Keep Growing With Spin-offs and Prequels

The 'Fast & Furious' Cinematic Universe Wants to Keep Growing With Spin-offs and Prequels

Nov 17, 2015

Back in February of 2013, over two months before Fast & Furious 6 would even hit theaters, our own Erik Davis wrote an article titled Is the Fast & Furious Series Creating Its Own Marvel Universe for Bros? The actual movie totally confirmed his theory as it simultaneously brought in nearly every character from the franchise's past, introduced Jason Statham's new villain character and also revealed the true chronology of the franchise, retroactively making the third movie (the criminally underrated Tokyo Drift) into a sequel to the sixth movie. 

Now if there were still any doubt that Fast & Furious already has its own cinematic universe well underway, Vin Diesel has taken things one quarter-mile further by confirming that he and Universal are currently developing prequels and spin-off movies. That's actually something that's been rumored for a while, mainly in relation to Dwayne Johnson's badass special agent Hobbs getting his own solo movies. These don't just have to be Hobbs movies, though.

Roman (Tyrese Gibson) could easily get his own solo movie where all he does is eat food in every scene and complain about spending too much money. Han (Sung Kang) and Gisele (Gal Gadot) could have a great, romance-on-the-run side quest that would gladly bring this two back into the fold. We could see them exploring some earlier stories of Furious 7 hacker Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) or throw a real curveball and make a solo villain movie where we just see Statham's Deckard Shaw's surely insane history.

The point is this is a series that's done such a good job of building a stable of genuine characters that fans would easily follow them down different streets that don't have to involve Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto. They don't always have to be racing the clock to steal something before it falls into the wrong hands. Or as Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell puts it, "You can’t keep having every movie have bigger and bigger stunts forever and ever and ever. Eventually you have to really focus on the story. We’ll still have big stunts but bringing in this amazing storyteller is going to be great."

The storyteller in that quote is referring to recently hired Fast 8 director F. Gary Gray, but it could easily apply to any other movies they decide to make. 14 years ago nobody would have predicted that a slightly silly car racing movie starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker would spawn a complex web of characters and stories. Now, though, this is one franchise we are giddy to see become its own cinematic universe.

 

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