Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most glorious action films of our time. The film, which is essentially one long chase scene, is heart-pounding, bat shit crazy, pumped up on Red Bull and also very profound. But perhaps the biggest surprise of the film, is who the main character is — not Max (Tom hardy), no, but Furiosa (Charlize Theron), who equipped with nothing but heart, grit and a giant truck, leads the villain’s five wives in a daring escape, towards liberalisation.
The film ends on a happy note. But what if, many years after the film, Furiosa becomes the very evil she once defeated? After all, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Believe it or not, this is one of the directions George Miller thinks Furiosa could’ve taken, after the end credits of the film rolled. In an interview with Josh Horowitz (via Collider), Miller discussed some of these ideas:
“There’s two ways to go. One is utopian. I imagined the first thing she’d do in line with that is go up and release the water.
Campbell said that the usual story is that today’s hero becomes tomorrow’s tyrant. The hero is the agent of change. They basically relinquish self-interest in order for some common good. [Campbell] basically says … you love what you’ve built, or saved, too much. You become holdfast. You become the orthodoxy. You develop the dogma and basically then you have to protect it. That tends to be the rhythm of these things.”
I think she’s too smart to fall into that trap. She’s already seen it with the Immortan Joe. I believe he went through the same process. He was probably a heroic character in his own time.”
A villainous Furiosa certainly sounds intriguing. However, whether or not these ideas actually get developed into a fully fleshed-out script is another question. In fact, we might be getting a Furiosa prequel film, before we actually get a sequel to Mad Max: Fury Road.