This weekend, the Fast and Furious films raced back into theaters as the franchise released its eighth films. The Fate of the Furious marks a new chapters in the high-octane series, and the movie was not afraid to reference parts of its past. Fans got a bit teary when Paul Walker’s character Brian was referenced a couple of times throughout the feature, but there was one hidden joke towards the end which only diehard fans would catch.
If you have seen the Fate of the Furious, then you know the film brought back a few surprise characters. Fans already knew that Deckard Shaw would appear in the film as promos hyped the villain’s involvement. However, audiences didn’t know that the man’s brother Owen Shaw would also make an appearance towards the film’s end, marking the return of Luke Evans. Thanks to the villain’s comeback, longtime fans of the Fast and Furious franchise were able to enjoy a funny dig at one of Owen’s past blunders.
In the past, audiences watched as Owen went head-to-head against Dom’s team in the Fast and Furious 6 film. The movie was categorically recognized for its over-the-top action sequence involving a burning plane and runway. In the movie, Owen tries to escape Dom having his plane head down a (impossibly) long runaway with the hopes of driving his car into its cargo bay. However, the ploy doesn’t work out so well for Owen as he gets jettisoned out of the gaping cargo hold after Dom rigs the villain’s car to crash.
The Fate of the Furious nods to the intense scene in a couple of ways. First, fans can see Dom do that exact same maneuver when he drives his car into a plane holding Cipher’s team. However, the most overt nod comes later in the film when Deckard reunites with his brother Owen. The former tells Owen to not “go getting any ideas” because “you and planes don’t have a good history.”
Aptly, Owen agrees with the observation, leaving Deckard to push their charge forward. “There a**holes ain’t gonna kill themselves,” he says.
At least this time around, Owen doesn’t wind up kissing any runway in his bid to help Deckard throttle a villain who stands to mess their empire up.
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Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game — and the rest of the crew has been exonerated — the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
For Fast and the Furious, Vin Diesel is joined by a returning all-star cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. In addition to Theron, the series welcomes newcomers Scott Eastwood and Oscar winner Helen Mirren. The film is directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and produced by returning producers Neal H. Moritz, Michael Fottrell and Diesel.