With The Fate of the Furious set to debut in theaters this weekend, we’re all strapped in and ready to ride again with everyone’s favorite crew of drivers, thieves, and all-around misfits. The Fast and Furious franchise has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2001, and the series has slowly but surely become one of Hollywood’s most important cash cows. Even after the tragic passing of Paul Walker in 2013, nothing can manage to slow the franchise down.
As bizarre as it may seem, the overwhelming success of the Fast and Furious has created many lessons that other modern film franchise could benefit from. On that note, we have gone through the long history of the franchise and compiled a list of vital lessons that other blockbusters should take away from the success of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew. First and foremost, let’s get started by addressing the eclectic and diverse nature of the franchise’s central cast.
The need for diversity in modern blockbuster films is a hot button issue that will incite all sorts of passionate arguments from the corners of the Internet, but the simple fact of the matter is that diversity is a proven box office commodity. With that in mind, no other major blockbuster franchise has managed to incorporate a more diverse ensemble of characters into its stories — whether it be cultural, racial, gender, or any other form of diversity. By introducing heroes and villains from all walks of life, the Fast and Furious series has allowed itself to cast an incredibly wide audience net, and that net has translated into some serious box office numbers in recent years.