Can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that in Mad Max, you learn Furiosa’s name as soon as you meet her. But if it hadn’t been for Max’s visions, you wouldn’t have known his name in-universe until the very end of the movie.
elinimate says this is a theme with the previous Mad Max movies - I’ll admit, I’ve never watched them - but even if it is, I really appreciated that was included in the reboot. Modern media and modern action movies especially have a bad habit of it being the reverse and including that was just one more way in which this movie raised the bar for the genre and its treatment of women.
Like, it was very clear throughout the entire thing that the name might have been Mad Max but this was very much Furiosa’s movie. It was like outsider POV fanfiction; Max was the main character but the story was about Furiosa and the group of women she was trying to save.
Max was just along for the ride.