To get the most out of what's set to be one of the biggest, most unmissable blockbusters of the summer and possibly the year, we've rounded up the tidbits and plot details you'll want to brush up on. Here's everything you need to know before you see Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw.
When the character is first introduced in Fast Five, Johnson's Agent Luke Hobbs is a straitlaced do-gooder in the Diplomatic Security Service. As a result, he spends the majority of that movie tracking down Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto in a bid to stop Dom and his crew from pulling off the most outlandish heist Rio has ever seen.
But it's not long before Hobbs grudgingly sees the good in the gang, and decides to work with them. The vault of money they're heisting belongs to drug lord Hernan Reyes, who is so peeved about his profits getting plundered that he kills Hobbs' entire team and attempts to frame Toretto and his gang for the hit. But Hobbs is smarter than the average beefcake and collaborates with the Fast crew to get even with Reyes.
Fast Five marked the beginning of a fruitful relationship between Hobbs and Toretto's gang, with Hobbs growing to understand the complicated gray area between being a good guy and a bad guy.
Here's where the soap opera leanings of the Fast and Furious franchise really start going into overdrive. When Hobbs returns in Fast and Furious 6, he teams up with the gang again to take down terrorist Owen Shaw. Shaw ends up in a coma after his battle with the Fast Family, but there's also a twist ending which introduces Jason Statham as Owen's brother, Deckard Shaw. A post-credits scene reveals that he was behind team member Han's death in The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. Although Tokyo Drift is the third film of the franchise, it takes place between the events of Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7.
Deckard continues as the baddie in Furious 7, but he's grudgingly forced to make nice with the Fast gang to get even with the big bad in Fate of the Furious. Still, even by the end of the film, Shaw is pretty clear about the fact that none of his baby-saving action scenes made him a willing member of Toretto's "family."
That makes him the perfect foil for Hobbs.
Watch the video to see what you need to know before you see Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw!
From adversaries to family | #
Big bad to big hero | #
Best of frenemies | #
Keeping it in the family | #
'Black Superman' | #
Surprise cameos? | #
No Toretto | #
Dream team | #
More action to come | #
Start of a beautiful friendship | #
Racers on the road | #