[Editor's note: The following contains spoilers for F9.]
The very first trailer for F9, launched roughly 15 years in the past (see: January 2020), shocked Quick & Livid followers by revealing Han Lue (Sung Kang) was alive and nicely, regardless of getting blown to items again in The Quick and the Livid: Tokyo Drift. Kang's 2006 efficiency because the car-drifting mechanic was so charismatic it altered time itself inside the Quick franchise, because the chronology shifted backward to incorporate Han within the subsequent three installments. However regardless that followers acquired slightly extra time with the character, we nonetheless knew it was all resulting in that fateful explosion—revealed, finally, to be the work of Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw—that prices Han his life. Or so we thought! Within the lead-up to F9, the query all of a sudden turned what complicated, ridiculous, reality-altering twist is that this film going to tug to elucidate how the demise we noticed occur didn’t, actually, occur?
The reply is…the film type of doesn't clarify something, whereas additionally explaining rather a lot! That's complicated. Let's talk about what we study in a mid-movie flashback:
The plot of F9 revolves round a vaguely menacing MacGuffin often known as Challenge Aries, a tool so harmful it was break up into two items and stays inactive and not using a particular key. Seeking to safe the gadget, shadowy omnipotent operative Mr. No one (Kurt Russell) contracted Han—who he discovered by way of his relationship with former affiliate Gisele Yashar (Gal Gadot)—to safe Aries from its handlers in Tokyo. Not solely does Han uncover them murdered, but additionally the "key" to Aries resides within the DNA of their daughter, Elle (Anna Sawai), who Han takes below his wing. Understanding one in all his brokers has gone rogue (John Cena's Jakob Toretto), Mr. No one makes use of the tremendous helpful arrival of Deckard Shaw to faux Han's demise, permitting him, Elle, and the ultimate piece of the Aries gadget to enter hiding. We see Han inside his automotive from Tokyo Drift moments away from demise, after which…he’s not within the automotive, one way or the other. "Good magic trick," Han tells Mr. No one from a secure distance.
"I've carried out higher," No one responds, and that's all, people!
On one hand, it’s a little bit of a bummer how laborious F9 handwaves previous Han's return, getting rid of some 12 months's value of emotional funding with out actually incomes it. Then again…come on. Come onnnnnnnn. This precise stage of clarification for bringing again a member of Da Fambly(TM) is quintessential Quick & Livid. This franchise is just not constructed on logic, or physics, or traditional A-to-B story construction, it’s pushed by Good Vibes Solely. The primary aim of every successive Quick movie, in addition to possibly making Vin Diesel look as tall as Dwayne Johnson, is to catapult optimistic vitality to as massive and broad a world viewers as doable. F9 is a film the place Roman (Tyrese Gibson) can surprise if all the primary characters are invulnerable and, as an alternative of that being foreshadowing, finally ends up simply type of being true. The place the primary antagonist is principally seeking to acquire management of the world's nuclear arsenal as a result of his massive brother didn’t hug him sufficient as a youngster. The place a solid member who died in actual life nonetheless arrives simply in time to say grace at a beautiful household dinner. F9 didn't earn Mr. No one's "magic trick," however Quick & Livid itself earned a little bit of leeway in relation to criticizing what’s and isn't "life like" on this juiced-up cleaning soap opera universe. In some ways, that’s extremely silly and unfair to different movies that don't get the identical quantity of slack. In lots of different, extra vital methods, The Quick & Livid saga is the one franchise that issues and Han is again, motherf*ckers.
As for #JusticeForHan, nicely, it appears to be like like we'll have to attend a bit. The intense response to Han's demise was secondary solely to what occurred after Deckard Shaw—who, once more, straight-up murdered this fan-favorite character—was later redeemed, excepted into the Quick household, and given his personal jaunty spinoff film alongside Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs. F9 doesn't actually take care of the ramifications of Han's beef with Shaw, however a post-credits scene hints that justice will probably be a centerpiece of F10 and F11, the two-parter set to carry this franchise to an in depth.
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