Ryan Reynolds' cameo in 'Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw' could possibly see him as a top-class villain in the probable sequel
The actor bought in much-needed comedic timing, some intense action and also set up the possibility of returning as the big baddie in a highly likely sequel
This article contains spoilers for 'Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw'
Well, at this point, it's not a surprise anymore. 'Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw' has some adrenaline-pumping vehicular maelstrom, two heavyweights who can manage to just blast through anything or anyone in their path, a beautiful yet dangerous MI6 agent, a genetically enhanced supervillain and finally...Ryan Reynolds, who brings in some epic laughs in his cameo appearances.
Reynolds plays agent Locke, Hobbs' (Dwayne Johnson) pal from back in the day. He appears in two brief scenes, one when he tasks Hobbs to retrieve a virus capable of wiping out millions of people across the globe and, in the end-credits scene, we see Locke covered in blood, but has left a huge pile of bodies (he's taken them all out in a fist-fight) after discovering that there is a new virus that needs to be taken care of.
Casting Reynolds, even if it's uncredited, brings in a change. Not just can we expect humor, but also some deadly action from Reynolds. In its eight installments, the 'Fast and Furious' franchise has given us villains who have not really died.
They aren't really threatening either, save for Charlize Theron's Cipher in 'The Fate of the Furious' and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw in 'Furious 7'. In the end, these villains somehow manage to escape or join the good guys making the team look more like the 'Expendables.'
Reynolds may have roughly shared five minutes of screentime, and it's hard to rule out the possibility of him returning in part two of 'Hobbs and Shaw'. At the moment, it is still unclear if we'll have a sequel. However, with the film enjoying a healthy run at the box office, it's highly likely that we'll see Deckard and Hobbs return for some slambang action.
At this point, it is also fair to speculate that Reynolds may just appear to be the villain in the sequel. He may be the smooth-talking, off the cuff, comical agent that we saw, but how many times have we seen deception as an important plot in the franchise?
Barring the electric action we see, the fact that the movie revolves around four characters makes it monotonous, considering that the movie runtime is close to 135-odd minutes. With Reynolds in the fold, you can't stop thinking about his appearance even after half the movie.
It's pleasing to know that we haven't seen the last of the agent with a mouth after he manages to keep you laughing when he appears at the start of the movie. 'Game of Thrones' lovers will probably have an "ouch" moment when they hear Reynolds taking digs at the show's final season.
Plus, the fact that we see him soaked in blood and get ready for more action hints that we may see him in a more prominent role if there is a sequel in the works.
Meanwhile, you can have a quick look at 'Hobbs and Shaw' star Eliana Sua talking about being a part of the action movie:
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