Later this summer, we’ll be getting the first ever spinoff in the FAST & FURIOUS franchise with the arrival of HOBBS & SHAW. Between the witty banter and outrageous set pieces, the new action feature promises to be a rollicking good time at the movies — and a perfectly planned move by the long-running film series. As exciting as it will be to see Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham kick all kinds of butt in the new release, we won’t soon forget all of the amazing contributions the actors have already made to this big-screen world.
The two A-listers have been a part of the FAST & FURIOUS universe for a while now, with Johnson first appearing eight years ago in FAST FIVE and Statham making his debut six years ago in FAST & FURIOUS 6. In their respective films, they have been a part of some extremely amazing moments and sequences. So, before we fully dive into the adventure of HOBBS & SHAW, let’s take a look back at the best stuff we’ve seen so far from the contentious duo in this franchise.
Hobbs vs. Shaw Round One in Furious 7
Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs and British military-trained killer Deckard Shaw first have the opportunity to meet in FURIOUS 7 when Shaw is hacking into Hobbs' computer, and it takes less than 90 seconds for them to be in engaged in full-on fisticuffs. With one being all about brawn and strength and the other all about speed and finesse, it makes for a seriously entertaining fight and one with a literally explosive and unreal finish. It’s the first moment in the franchise that tells you what kind of potential the duo have together.
Hobbs and Toretto Destroy a Warehouse in Fast Five
With Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto and his family being criminals, and Hobbs being a member of law enforcement, the two are at odds when they first cross paths in the Brazil-set adventure FAST FIVE, and the battle between them isn’t exactly a war of words. It’s a war of punching, kicking and throwing, and we see quite a lot of all three when the two characters throw down — first outside of a warehouse, and then basically through it. No window or wall is safe.
Shaw’s Game of Chicken in Furious 7
Most cinematic games of chicken result in one character swerving away at the last minute as to avoid hitting the driver that is coming straight at them, but that’s why the duel between Shaw and Toretto is so unexpected in FURIOUS 7. In the first official meeting between the two characters, neither is willing to give up an inch, which means that the result is a head-on car crash. It’s just unfortunate for Dom that Shaw is driving a car with a reinforced chassis — one of many tricks the character hides up his sleeve and the kind of material we’re very excited to see more of in HOBBS & SHAW.
Hobbs Busts Out of His Cast in Furious 7
The FAST & FURIOUS movies left reality quite a long time ago, and there is perhaps no better scene for illustrating that than Hobbs’ “Daddy’s gotta go to work” moment in FURIOUS 7. Having jumped out of a building at the end of the first fight at the top of this feature, Hobbs sports a broken arm for most of the blockbuster. But that just won’t do when the fate of the world is at stake. With a powerful flex, he not only busts through his cast, but also seems to instantly heal himself, which is a good thing, because the rest of the movie still requires him to crash an ambulance into an in-flight drone and help take down a helicopter wielding a mini gun.
Shaw’s Baby Rescue in The Fate of the Furious
There are fans who will never get over the fact that Dom trusted Deckard Shaw to rescue his baby, even after the former British spy murdered his good friend, Han. But what can’t be argued is that the actual rescue sequence is anything short of awesome. Holding a 1 year old in a carrier while fighting solo against a squad of goons in an airplane proves there's no limitation for Shaw’s insane skills, and there’s even a dose of cute thrown in because of the antihero’s protection of what the child is exposed to.
The Prison Escape in The Fate of the Furious
Hobbs and Shaw find themselves reunited in the most recent chapter of the FAST & FURIOUS series, with the Samoan Hulk framed for a crime and sent to the same super-max prison where his future partner is being held. It sets up a fantastic sequence for the two characters, as they start by trading verbal barbs, but then get a chance to show what they can really do when the jail’s security system goes haywire and all of the cells are opened. As much ass-kicking as there is, it’s not a bit that has Hobbs and Shaw exchange any blows — there will be plenty of time for that in their spinoff.
Co-starring Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby and Helen Mirren, HOBBS & SHAW is coming to an AMC theatre near you on August 2.