Note: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the film Mad Max: Fury Road.
Max Max: Fury Road is widely considered one of the best movies of the year and one of the best action movies, period. Critics have praised it for its feminist ideals and applauded it for not shoehorning in a romance between its two haunted, redemption-driven leads, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy).
And, believe it or not, I agree with all of that. There's just one little thing I'd add: Above and beyond taking audiences on a rip-roaring ride, telling a damn good story, and prioritizing organic character development, Mad Max: Fury Road lays the foundation for an epic Furiosa/Max romance, and shippers are happy to take it from here.
If that sounds contradictory, I can explain.
Many of us shippers—those who root for a certain pairing to end up together romantically, whether that happen in canon or just in fan works—don't enjoy forced, inauthentic love stories any more than the next intelligent consumer. And in the case of Mad Max: Fury Road, a non-stop action piece that spans only a few days, any overt romance subplot between the guarded Max and Furiosa—who start off as strangers, launch into a brutal fight at their first meeting, and generally spend 99% of the movie quite literally fighting for their lives—would absolutely have been exactly that: forced and inauthentic.
During the course of the film, however, this concern becomes less and less applicable as the pair naturally get closer and closer—so close, in fact, a viewer might be forgiven for thinking that even if romance doesn't make sense for them in these 120 minutes, it just might down the road (pardon the pun). As in, post-movie. And this is where fandom and shipping come into play, should you dare to continue on this lesser-traveled-but-absolutely-worthwhile road.
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