Although the concept of a Fast & Furious-Jurassic World crossover has recently gained steam, it would not work for the dinosaur-filled franchise.

Only the first of the Fast & Furious and Jurassic World films would benefit from a crossover. Some have suggested that the Fast Saga, as it is now known, cross over with Universal Pictures’ other major tentpole film, the Jurassic World series since it has progressed into increasingly absurd terrain. To be true, given the context of the franchise, Dominic Toretto and his team racing their vehicles away from prehistoric predators now seems much less ludicrous. The trouble is that with the Jurassic World movies, this isn’t a reciprocal attribute.

Since the series began with 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, it has gone through a metamorphosis like no other action film franchise, finding its footing with 2011’s Fast Five, and arriving at F9. The progression of the franchise is analogous to a shark film series going from Jaws to Deep Blue Sea to Sharknado, and bringing dinosaurs into the mix now wouldn’t be the comical Hail Mary it would’ve been in Fast & Furious 6. Similarly, Jurassic World films haven’t embraced the same kind of ridiculousness.

The Jurassic World movies, being a modern continuation of the Jurassic Park series, are science fiction, but they do aim to maintain some realism. With Jurassic World: the Fallen Kingdom ending with dinosaurs now released upon the human population, the series’ theme remains one of scientific arrogance and a man playing God. However, just because dinosaurs currently coexist with humans does not mean the tone and atmosphere of the Fast & Furious films are appropriate for them.

The series sends Roman Pearce and Tej into space in a homemade rocket ship has Dom use a steel rope to slingshot his car across a big canyon-like Spider-Man on wheels and has scores of other instances of physics being carelessly broken. The technology in the series has also strayed into sci-fi territory, with automobile magnets and gadgets capable of hacking military systems all around the world. It would be the latest quantum leap of lunacy for the Fast & Furious franchise if Charlize Theron’s Cipher or the Eton terrorist group unleashed cloned dinosaurs.

Because the series is still based on genetics, chaos theory, and scientific hubris, Jurassic World does not have that luxury. Even with man-made hybrid dinosaurs like the Indominus Rex and Indoraptor, the series remains true to its roots, with John Hammond’s idealistic showmanship and corporate avarice picking up where he left off. The idea that Dom and co. will use the power of vehicles and family to bring the dinosaur epidemic in the Fallen Kingdom under control works in the setting of Fast & Furious, but it would be devastating for Jurassic World.

While the Fast Saga might now easily employ dinosaurs, aliens, cyborgs, or time travel, the Jurassic World dinosaurs battling Fast & Furious’ almost comic-book-style superheroes would only serve to tear the series’ legs out from under it. If it’s Dom and his family’s destiny to fight dinosaurs before the end of the Fast & Furious franchise, life will find a way – but it won’t be with the Jurassic World creatures.

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