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FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA–ITS 10 COOLEST EASTER EGGS

It seems there’s plenty of gas still left in the Mad Max tank, as George Miller once again tells fans to fasten their seatbelts to revisit his automotive apocalypse. After fearing the franchise had fallen into development hell following the success of 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is racing into review with Anya Taylor-Joy taking over from Charlize Theron as the menacing mechanic. 

The fifth Mad Max movie is finally here, and with it finding its place in the timeline among Toecutters and Thunderdomes, there are plenty of nods to what’s come before. From video game homages to familiar faces, poetic justice to clever cameos that set up the future of the franchise, here are the 10 best Furiosa Easter eggs you might’ve missed. 

 

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The Demented Dementus

 

Alongside Anya Taylor-Joy’s titular Furiosa, Chris Hemsworth’s Dementus takes star billing. He rides around in his chariot motorcycle, serving like a villainous Roman emperor. We see his villainy evolve as his white cape changes color to show his descent into madness.

The eccentric Dementus goes under many names as Furiosa, referring to himself as “The Great Dementus,” “Red Dementus,” “The Guardian Lord of Gas Town,” and “Dark Dementus.” We don’t get much of his backstory, although we know he once had children of his own, which is why he carries around a teddy bear. 

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Furiosa was originally conceived as an anime, and as Miller told RadioTimes.com, Dementus’ bear is the only concept that was carried over from that treatment. As for the creation of the character, Hemsworth himself was key to beefing up Dementus. Miller explained how the star brought a lot to the character and added his own sense of humor. 

 

Game On 

 

For those who haven’t played Avalanche Studios’ Mad Max video game from 2015, you’re sorely missing out. Miller isn’t much of a fan and recently caused a stir when he shared his disdain in an interview with GamingBible. Avalanche founder Christofer Sundberg clapped back in a lengthy thread on X (formerly Twitter) and referred to Miller’s “complete arrogance.” 

We imagine sales of the game are set to soar, as it’s an important part of Furiosa’s lore. Fury Road only refers to Immortan Joe’s sons, Rictus Erectus and Corpus Colossus, while Furiosa introduces us to Scabrous Scrotus–who served as the game’s main antagonist. Furiosa also adds the video game character of Chumbucket to the mix (played by Bryan Probets). As Scrotus dies in the game, it explains why he’s not around during the events of Fury Road

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Major locations of Gas Town and The Bullet Farm are key to Furiosa, with Gas Town looking just like its video game counterpart. There’s also a clever nod to Dementus, with one Mad Max mission asking players to find a car that honors the Biker Lords of Old. There’s mention of “Dr. D,” and with the car being called the “Demented Chariot,” it’s clearly Dementus’ signature wheels. 

 

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A “Mad” Cameo

 

With Furiosa being a prequel to Fury Road, many questioned how The Road Warrior would fit into things. Even though Max and Furiosa don’t meet until the events of Fury Road, fans were on the money that he’d be stopping by for a cameo. 

Miller has distanced himself from Mel Gibson’s involvement, and while we hoped Hardy would return, this wasn’t the case. Furiosa potentially introduces us to our next Max, with Jacob Tomuri stepping up to play a younger Max Rockatansky. 

When a bleeding Furiosa limps across the Wasteland after losing her arm, Max spots her from atop a ridge and seemingly saves her life. Tomuri is no stranger to the Wasteland and previously played Hardy’s stunt double on Fury Road. Even though we don’t see his face, it proved we don’t need Hardy in a prequel movie. 

Praetorian Furiosa 

 

Tom Burke’s Praetorian Jack serves as something of this movie’s Max–a war-torn survivor of the Wasteland and master of the Fury Road. When Miller and Brendan McCarthy first came up with the idea that would become Fury Road, the character of Furiosa was originally envisioned as “The Praetorian.”

The Praetorian eventually evolved into “Warrior Woman” and “The Imperator,” before settling on Imperator Furiosa. Furiosa was once set to be the name of the area surrounding the Fury Road, but now, we can’t imagine the character being called anything else. Furiosa nods to her origin, and when riding alongside Jack, Furiosa briefly becomes Praetorian Furiosa. 

Speaking to GamesRadar, Burke has already pitched his own Praetorian Jack spin-off movie. As Hardy’s future with the franchise is in doubt and Miller has repeatedly said Gibson won’t appear again, Praetorian Jack could be a temporary replacement as rugged Wasteland wrangler.

A Helping Hand

 

Alongside her shaved head, Furiosa’s iconic look is made by her mechanical arm. Miller said there was a whole different story where Furiosa was one of Immortan Joe’s wives who was discarded due to being infertile, as well as a reveal about how she lost her arm, but ultimately, both ended up on Fury Road’s cutting room floor. 

Furiosa fills in the gaps and explains how Furiosa lost her arm during a climactic fight with Dementus. Injuring it when involved in a crash with Dementus’ monster truck, Furiosa is then strung up by her arm to watch Praetorian Jack die. To free herself, she chops her own arm off, although it’s never shown how she does it. Losing her arm gains a whole new meaning when we learn it also prevents Furiosa from getting home. 

A young Furiosa tattoos a map to The Green Place on her arm, and by losing it, she loses her only chance of getting home. Taylor-Joy explained its importance to Refinery29, telling the site, “In the losing of the map, in the losing of her hair, she becomes a creature of the wasteland and kind of accepts the fact that there’s no going home in the same way. She can only return as the warrior she now is.”

Baby Blues

 

Furiosa has many returning faces from Fury Road, adding a little more meat onto their bones with more of a backstory. The returning War Lords means John Howard reprises his role as The People Eater, while Nathan Jones returns as Rictus. The other big one is Angus Samson playing The Organic Mechanic.

While The Organic Mechanic originally serves under Dementus, he’s brought into The Citadel as part of Immortan Joe’s trade. Known as the medical doctor of The Citadel, it’s The Organic Mechanic’s job to deliver Immortan Joe’s heirs into the world. 

The Organic Mechanic had tally marks on his hand in Fury Road, revealing that Immortan Joe had sired 72 children. Like we saw a deformed baby born in Furiosa, it’s implied that only Rictus, Scrotus, and Corpus Colossus survived into adulthood. 

The Circle of Life 

 

There’s a poetic sense of justice when it comes to Dementus’ end in Furiosa. The movie goes through the various options of how Furiosa can dispatch him, but ultimately, he becomes a living peach tree at the top of The Citadel. 

The movie’s final shot is Furiosa giving the tree’s first peach to Joe’s wives before she smuggles them into the War Rig and neatly plays directly into Fury Road. Furiosa opens with a much younger version of the character picking a peach from a tree and then being dragged out into the Wasteland as a Garden of Eden homage.

The circle of life is a big part of Wasteland lore, and across all her years, Furiosa keeps the peach seed that her mother gave to her. You might remember Melissa Jaffer played the Keeper of the Seeds in Fury Road and was tasked with keeping the Vuvilani’s Green Place growing elsewhere. 

 

 

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