Furiosa and the Mad Max Timeline: George Miller Explains The Franchise’s Loose Chronology

Australian filmmaker director George Miller explains the flexible chronology of the Mad Max series, stating that Furiosa will fit uniquely into the franchise. The Mad Max director highlights that each film stands alone while sharing thematic and narrative elements. Here’s what to know.

Published on May 25, 2024  |  07:12 PM IST |  52.6K
Furiosa and the Mad Max
Anya Taylor-Joy in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024)(PC: IMDb)

Going over with the Mad Max movie is not an easy one. It is rather confusing. Yes! It might be hard to believe, but the 40-year-old franchise, which once started as a low-budget Australian film about the riders in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, doesn’t give the idea of the most coherent timeline. Furiosa, the latest film in the series is not quite the catchy one to comprehend it all, it doesn’t clear anything up. However, it has a specific timeline connection to its predecessor movie, Mad Max: Fury Road.

The timeline of Mad Max was somewhat rebooted. Fury Road, the fourth film, was initially set for production in the ‘90s or early 2000s with film director and Braveheart movie star Mel Gibson as Max. However, after many delays and Mel Gibson’s public controversies, the movie was updated with a new script and a younger Max, played by Tom Hardy. 

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Mad Max timeline altered: Fury road introduces alternate reality

Released in 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road introduces an alternate timeline for the Mad Max series, adjusting key events to accommodate changes in actors and Max's age. In this timeline, the nuclear devastation occurs between Mad Max and The Road Warrior, unlike the original trilogy.

This is particularly puzzling because the first trailer for Furiosa states that the movie is set 45 years after the Collapse. This suggests it occurs slightly less than 45 years after The Road Warrior. This raises questions, especially considering the events of Fury Road, particularly if they involve the same Max character.

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It is a fact that understanding the timelines of the original Mad Max and or the part released in 2015, the Fury Road. It is more likely that these parts won’t make any sense in terms of reconciling the events to each other. It is pretty hard to believe that even the comic books released after Fury Road attempted to align its timeline with the original trilogy but failed to make a connection direct to the audience.

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George Miller redefines Mad Max: Embracing myth over continuity

In Fury Road, George Miller reimagines Mad Max as a timeless myth rather than bound by strict canon. Miller sees Max as a legendary figure, with each story just a part of his larger fierce journey.

Mad Max's latest part, Furiosa, follows the tradition of epic myths, highlighted in its first trailer. It's her journey, her Odyssey, destined to become a legend. While it's a prequel, focusing on her childhood and youth, the precise timeline isn't crucial. George Miller emphasizes the importance of the myth over strict continuity.

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