Just because you can count on a lot of Hollywood blockbusters showing in many countries across the world doesn’t mean those movies have the same title in other territories. Take the upcoming Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw, for instance. If you see the movie in Japan, you’ll need to make sure you’re buying a ticket for Wild Speed: Super Combo.
Yes, rather than highlighting the two main protagonists of this spinoff, Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, or even mentioning the Fast & Furious franchise at all, Japan is retitling by harnessing the core energy of this movie. And why not? Like the other Fast & Furious movies, Hobbs and Shaw will be filled with wild speed thanks to car/vehicle shenanigans, and those two definitely make for a super combo.
It should be clarified that in Japan, the Fast & Furious franchise has always gone by Wild Speed, with the last entry, The Fate of the Furious, being called Wild Speed: Ice Break. So at least it’s clear for Japanese moviegoers that Super Combo is part of the same franchise. Still, as Paste Magazine noted, if Hobbs and Shaw gets a sequel, will it be called Wild Speed: Super Combo 2 or get another subtitle?
Wild Speed: Super Combo is also a great title for the latest installment in a franchise that’s grown increasingly over-the-top with each new story. The early Fast & Furious movies revolved around street racing and heists, and now we’re at Hobbs and Shaw, where the main villain is a genetically-enhanced super soldier and Luke Hobbs is trying to pull down a helicopter. These movies have basically become live action cartoons, but at least that approach provides a lot of entertainment.
Whether you call it Hobbs and Shaw or Wild Speed: Super Combo, the Fast & Furious spinoff will see Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw joining forces yet again, despite the fact that they still don’t like each other one bit. This time around, their mission is to prevent Idris Elba’s Brixton Lore from releasing a deadly virus onto the world.
This adventure will see both men’s families being deeply explored, with Helen Mirren reprising Deckard’s mother, Magdalene Shaw, and Vanessa Kirby playing Decker’s sister, Hattie Shaw, while in the Hobbs clan we’ll meet Luke’s mother, Sefina, and his many brothers, including Roman Reigns’ Mateo. Hobbs and Shaw… sorry, Wild Speed: Super Combo’s cast also includes Eiza González and Eddie Marsan.
Directed by Deadpool 2’s David Leitch and written by longtime Fast & Furious franchise contributor Chris Morgan, Hobbs and Shaw races into theaters on August 2, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. In the meantime, be sure to look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other movies are coming out later this year.
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