In Hobbs & Shaw, the Fast & Furious crew is basically the X-Men

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The Fast and the Furious series has undergone some profound changes since 2001 when the franchise launched with a film about LA car enthusiasts who fund their passion for illegal street races by boosting DVD players. (It was a different era.) The original film wasn’t exactly a low-key indie, but nothing about it suggested that it would eventually evolve into a globetrotting action franchise that pitted Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his ever-expanding crew against international terrorists and other nefarious foes.

The series has switched genres a couple of times, but at this point, it resembles nothing so much as the X-Men (not the superpowered mutants of the movies so much as the X-Men from the long-running comics, in which colorful…

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