Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the biggest surprises of cinema this year. While the film’s trailers and promos had promised some cool action and a suitable summer blockbuster, I don’t think anyone was really expecting Fury Road to be just as good as it was. However, possibly the most surprising part of the film was the fact that it really wasn’t about Max (Tom Hardy) in the end, as much as it focused on Imperator Furiosa’s (Charlize Theron) crusade to free a group of imprisoned women, and hopefully find redemption along the way. The character was well-written, acted, and was strong, both emotionally and physically.
In my opinion, one of the best moments of the year so far was when Furiosa collapses on the sand dune and screamed into the sky because unlike a lot of archetypal “strong” female characters, Furiosa was allowed to break down and feel the weight of her situation without it compromising her strength and integrity. She could have that intense, emotional moment, and then ten minutes later be kicking the ass of anyone who stood in her way.
George Miller has said before that the future Mad Max stories will not focus on the same characters and situations of each other, and Fury Road told a pretty self-contained story in itself, and had a fairly close-ended finale as well. But what about the fans of the Furiosa character, would we ever get to see her return?
While recently speaking with Digital Spy, George Miller himself was asked a similar question and his response might surprise you. Check it out below:
“I’m not sure, is the answer. She’s not in the Mad Max [sequel] story, but in one of the stories there’s an interaction between [Max and Furiosa]. I can’t really say more than that because it’s still in progress.”
So Max and Furiosa will meet again in some way it sounds like, but it doesn’t seem like she’ll have as strong of a presence as some fans may have been hoping. It does fall in line with a lot of Miller’s previous comments about the franchise as a whole, and the directions he was planning on taking it in the future, so this shouldn’t come as much of a shock honestly. The idea that Furiosa will play some kind of a role down the line in Max’s adventures though is intriguing, and it sounds like something Miller is going to remain very secretive about this “interaction” until it actually happens onscreen.
Considering the lack of continuity shown in the previous Mad Max films too, it makes it even more of a surprise that Miller is currently planning on including her at some point in the franchise’s future at all, which means he might have fallen in love with her character as much as audiences have. He and Charlize Theron have crafted one of the all time best female characters in my opinion, and I can’t wait to see not only what little he has planned for her moving forward, but what other kinds of characters he’s planning on introducing moviegoers to in the coming years.
Mad Max: Fury Road is available on blu ray/DVD now.
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