The inclusion of Jason Statham in The Expendables 4 may result in the franchise collaborating with another popular action series, which could be advantageous for both.
The upcoming release of “The Expendables 4” with Jason Statham in the lead role has sparked a duel between two well-known action franchises led by Statham and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. This strategy of pitting two established franchises against each other creates extra hype and draws interest from audiences. This tactic has been successful in the past, as demonstrated by the box office results of the “Barbenheimer” films this summer. The upcoming duel between Statham and Johnson will amplify this strategy and create even more excitement. It is worth noting that “The Expendables 4” will be the first installment of the franchise led by Statham, while Johnson is set to reprise his role as Luke Hobbs in a Fast & Furious spinoff film that bridges the gap between Fast X and Fast & Furious 11.
The upcoming installments of the Fast & Furious and The Expendables franchises, led by Johnson and Statham, respectively, have set the stage for an exciting action-franchise rivalry. It makes sense to create this competition between the two series as they have been compared in the past due to their ensemble casts and high-octane action scenes. This duel will allow both actors to shine in their own lead roles while also benefiting from the publicity generated by the rivalry.
Moreover, the competition between The Expendables and Fast & Furious is advantageous for both franchises as they have reached a turning point with their aging stars. The need to adapt to changing times has led to some misses for The Expendables, such as when they attempted to copy Fast & Furious in The Expendables 3 while still maintaining their own identity. However, the competition between the two franchises creates an opportunity for them to evolve while emphasizing their unique qualities, ultimately ensuring their continued longevity.
Therefore, it is better to separate the leading franchises rather than making another Hobbs & Shaw movie. This move will provide a sense of competition between two successful and established franchises and will allow them to grow and improve, keeping them relevant in the changing landscape of Hollywood.
While it would have been enjoyable to witness the collaboration of Johnson and Statham’s characters in a follow-up to Hobbs & Shaw, it appears that this won’t be happening. Rather than joining forces for a sequel, fans of action movies will have the pleasure of experiencing two distinct films with these exceptional actors in the lead. By featuring in a fresh Fast & Furious spinoff and The Expendables 4, Johnson and Statham can concentrate on developing their respective characters. Hobbs & Shaw was an amusing action-comedy featuring buddies, but the delicate balance between their disagreement and teamwork wouldn’t hold up as well in a follow-up. Instead, viewers will be treated to enjoyable movies from both action stars while Hobbs & Shaw maintains its unblemished reputation.