The world is seemingly in love with the Fast and Furious franchise no matter how bad the films get. What used to be a series about artificially fast cars racing other artificially fast car now has cars racing against submarines and its characters dodging bullets. It could be argued though that the series has become the very definition of testosterone.
And it’s that testosterone which may lead to one of the series’ main stars, Michelle Rodriguez, deciding to leave the franchise. The actress posted on her Instagram account last night, in celebration of the film’s release to home audiences, that if the franchise does not consider offering up a greater focus on the female characters in the series that she could be leaving the franchise all together:
And I would have to say I absolutely agree with Rodriguez here. While the latest films still offered up plenty of opportunities for women to shine and the most recent one even featured a female villain for a change, the series has always had a male-centric personality to it and perhaps this has gotten even more noticeable with the inclusion of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham’s bromance. It would be great if we had a few stronger female characters that could be used to serve up more in the film’s many action scenes. It’s a problem that still plagues several movies, most recently the latest Transformers, where female characters are sidelined or used merely for eye candy purposes.
Rodriguez’s Letty is the only female character that has maintained a presence in all the films and it would be sad if she were to step out from the franchise and leaving it with just male main characters. The films already suffer from too much testosterone and if they put any more in it, we could see its characters outrunning the cars they drive in the near future. In fact, with the way the franchise is headed, I wouldn’t be surprised if they all join the Avengers in the near future.
Last Updated: June 28, 2017