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|“||Look at me. I'm Black Superman!||„|
|~ Brixton's most famous quote.|
|“||I'm indeed the future of the planet. I'm the necessary shot to the system. I am human evolutionary change. Bulletproof. Superhuman.||„|
|~ Brixton talks about his superhuman physiology.|
Brixton Lore is the main antagonist of the 2019 film Hobbs & Shaw, which is a spin-off of the Fast & Furious franchise.
He is a former MI6 agent who betrayed them to seek a viral biological weapon known as the Snowflake. His body was modified by Eteon, which gave him superhuman powers (hence his nickname "Black Superman") to be used as a tool by this organization to claim and unleash the Snowflake to kill most of humanity.
He was portrayed by Idris Elba, who also played Russell "Stringer" Bell in The Wire, The Commandant in Beasts of No Nation, William Roque in The Losers, Colin Evans in No Good Deed, Krall in Star Trek Beyond, Shere Khan in the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book, and Macavity in Cats.
Not much is known about Brixton's early life, other than that he had joined MI6 during his adulthood. He served alongside Deckard Shaw, where his worldview and perspective changed after countless missions. His apathy towards humanity and its actions caused him to be recruited by Eteon, who demanded that he recruit Deckard as well. However, when attempting to enlist his fellow agent, Deckard, under orders from MI6, put a bullet in Brixton's head, believing he had killed him.
However, Brixton survived the injury and his wounded body was recovered by Eteon, who implanted within him among other things, cybernetic and mechanical implants, optical and physical enhancements and prosthetic limbs, transforming Brixton into a super soldier. Brixton proceeded to follow Eteon's orders with loyalty, believing that Eteon's actions were paving the way to saving and steering humanity in the right direction. Brixton then assassinated Deckard's team and pinned the blame on him, forcing Deckard to become a fugitive and become a mercenary.
Hobbs & Shaw
Theft of the Snowflake
Eteon commissioned Professor Andreiko to create a pathogen capable of delivering vaccines. However, after the serum's completion, Eteon reprogrammed it into a virus, dubbing "The Snowflake", capable of killing half of the human population in 42 hours, those whom Eteon deemed weak. The Snowflake was also capable of contaminating people around the world within a week when it was airborne.
MI6 soon became aware of the Snowflake's existence but were unaware of who created it. After managing to track the Snowflake's position, the agency ordered a group of field agents to infiltrate the facility in London to obtain the virus, although with the added stipulation that they were to use electrical rounds on the mercenaries guarding the virus, in order to interrogate them afterwards. After subduing all of the men, agent Hattie Shaw was sent into the convoy to extract and secure the virus.
However, Eteon dispatched Brixton to kill the agents and retrieve The Snowflake. As Brixton murdered the other agents, Hattie took the opportunity to escape from the facility, although not before injecting herself with the virus. Using one of the agents' radios to impersonate him, Brixton informed MI6 that Hattie had attacked the other agents before fleeing with the virus. Brixton then warned his soldiers to exercise caution when apprehending Hattie, and stressed the importance that Hattie should receive the brunt of the responsibility for their crimes.
Attack on the CIA London Black Site
Brixton managed to locate Hattie who was being held at the CIA London Black Site. Brixton proceeded to break into the building, kidnapping Hattie and scaling out the window and down the building. Hobbs and Deckard decided to work together to liberate Hattie. After defeating the soldiers, Hobbs rappelled out the window, with Deckard using an external elevator. Hattie managed to attack Brixton and free herself, and as Brixton prepared to retaliate, Hobbs crashed into Brixton. Brixton then fought with Hobbs, although his cybernetic eyes were capable of tracking Hobbs' movements and countering them. Deckard then entered the fight, and the pair were surprised to see each other, Deckard having believed Brixton to be dead.
Deckard retrieved his McLaren 720S and, along with Hattie and Hobbs, attempted to flee Eteon's pursuit. Brixton was able to keep up with them using his custom motorbike, although Deckard tricked him into slamming into a bus. Despite being able to survive, his bike was disabled, forcing Brixton to temporarily abandon the chase and utter that there would now be war between them.
Brixton returned to Eteon Headquarters, where he spread a false story about Hobbs and Deckard, blaming them for the recent attacks on the CIA London Black Site. The anonymous director informed him that Hobbs and Deckard were to be apprehended alive, as Eteon wished to recruit them. Brixton attempted to remind them that Deckard had already refused once, but was forced to relent once he was threatened.
Battle of Eteon Laboratory
Brixton was then notified that Margarita had captured Hattie and was outside her Moscow building with her crew to deliver her. Brixton demanded to know whether Hobbs and Deckard were with her, and threatened to kill Margarita if she was lying. As Brixton escorted Hattie to the virus extracting machine in Eteon's Ukrainian laboratory, he became angered when Hattie suggested that he was killing people and committing crimes for the sake of money, furiously telling her that the crimes he committed was for the greater good of humanity.
Brixton was soon notified that Hobbs and Deckard infiltrated the building, and lay there in wait. After having the pair rendered unconscious, he electrocuted them several times, attempting to recruit them, and ultimately decided to kill them when they refused to join Eteon. However, his plans were impeded by Hattie's arrival, who escaped her restraints and held Brixton at gunpoint, as she had overheard Brixton's gloating towards Deckard of framing him. Brixton gleefully informed Hattie that the guns would not work without fingerprint authorization, only for Professor Andreiko to burn him with a flamethrower. As Andreiko incinerated and killed the other soldiers, the Shaw siblings and Hobbs began their escape, prompting Brixton to snap Andreiko's neck, killing him, and pursue the trio on his motorbike.
Brixton landed on the back on the truck that the trio were using to escape. However, as Deckard and Hobbs had placed an explosive within the building, the facility began to self-destruct, causing tons of rubble to fall on them. As Brixton dueled with Deckard on the back of the truck, Hobbs commanded Hattie to drive the truck while he aided Deckard. Despite the duo not strong enough to defeat Brixton, the ensuing rubble fell on him and the vehicle; while Brixton survived along with Hattie, Deckard and Hobbs, the machine required to extract the virus was damaged during the chaos.
Battle of Samoa
Due to the machine to extract the virus had been damaged, Deckard, Hattie and Hobbs traveled to Samoa to enlist the aid of Jonah Hobbs. The scientists repaired Brixton's body and Eteon managed to track their flight to Samoa, prompting Brixton and a handful of soldiers to travel there. As Brixton and his soldiers approached the Hobbs residence, Hobbs gave a Samoan war cry along with his brothers, triggering the battle.
Since the extraction process took thirty minutes, Hattie sat out most of the battle, although she was forced to join when she was attacked by Eteon soldiers. While she succeeded in disarming a number of them, she was soon apprehended by Brixton, who kidnapped and brought her to his helicopter, forcing Deckard, Hobbs and his brothers to attach their trucks to the helicopter to prevent it from taking off, causing it to crash. Hattie survived the crash, along with Brixton and one of the soldiers. Brixton ordered the lone soldier to empty his gun into Hattie's heart once she had successfully expelled The Snowflake, and left to subdue Hobbs and Deckard.
Final Battle and Death
Hobbs and Deckard fought Brixton, but realized he was able to pinpoint their individual attacks and counter them, and was only able to be hit when they attacked at the same time. Deciding to truly work as a team, the duo announced that they would watch each other's backs and sustain a blow so that the other could attack Brixton, and managed to fight the super soldier, defeating him in combat while Deckard stole a gun from a dead soldier.
With only a few seconds left on the machine's timer, Hattie attacked the soldier, rendering him unconscious. Hattie then recovered the vial containing the virus and rejoined Deckard and Hobbs. Due to Brixton's defeat, the anonymous director of Eteon chose to trigger the kill-switch embedded within Brixton's mind. Realizing what had been done, Brixton gravely let out a laugh before falling to his death off the cliff into the rapids below.
Brixton Lore was a very pitiless, brutal and sadistic individual. He possessed the personality type of "end justifies the means". During his tenure as an MI6 agent, Brixton's experiences on countless horrific missions led him to adopt the perspective that humans were weak, and eventually embraced trans-humanism, believing that machines were the next step in the evolution's process. Brixton was ready to use his influence on the media to deliver false stories suitable for this agenda, and was ready to release the Snowflake to kill half of the human population in an attempt to eliminate those that Eteon had deemed weak and unworthy of surviving. Despite his willingness to commit numerous crimes, he became angry when the insinuation of financial gain was raised, furiously informing Hattie that he did not care about monetary desires. He is also rather polite even to his foes, calling Deckard "his friend", although it is only a facade. He knows full well that whatever he does was wrong when he told Hattie that he is a "bad guy".
Brixton also possessed a vindictive side, uttering that he would wage war on Hobbs and Deckard after their escape made him crash into a bus, and found joy while torturing Deckard that he had framed him in the past and appreciated the fact that Hattie resented Deckard due to the lie he had cultivated. Even if he is decent to his underlings, he sees them as little more than disposable, pushing one of them off the helicopter, claiming he is giving him a day off. After his defeat at the hands of Hobbs and Deckard, Brixton discovered that Eteon had triggered a kill switch, which prompted him to laugh morosely and accept his fate.
|“||Brixton's a tier-one assassin. Best I've ever seen. I know him. He ain't never gonna stop until he gets that virus.||„|
|~ Shaw to Hobbs|
- Expert Combatant: As an MI6 agent, Brixton was highly trained in combat. However, following his transformation into the hands of a super soldier by Eteon, he was able to use his fighting skills in conjunction with his mechanical prosthetic and cybernetic ocular implants, while using his enhanced strength and eyes to dodge his enemies' blows and counter them. However, he relied on his enhanced vision too often, which could only track one foe at a time, thus allowing him to become bested when Hobbs and Shaw attacked him in conjunction.
- Peak Human Durability: Even before turning into a super-soldier by Eteon, Brixton was incredibly durable as he was able to survive being shot twice to the chest and one to head by Deckard, although his survival was most likely due to luck.
|“|| Shaw: You're not the man I knew.|
Brixton: No. I am way better. I'm the future of mankind.
|~ Shaw and Brixton|
- Cybernetic Enhancements: After being saved by Eteon, Brixton was implanted with a number of cybernetics, like a new spine, ocular implants, and mechanical bulletproof prosthetic arms, making him physically superior to average humans. The director of Eteon described Brixton as a unique war machine, and he has likened himself to an African-American Superman.
- Superhuman Strength: Thanks to his cybernetic enhancements, he is much stronger than most humans. He could easily launch Hobbs and Shaw off their feet and send them flying with great force with just a single punch, as well as cave into the back door of a semi-truck with a few well-placed punches. His greatest feat with this power is when he's caught off the back half of a vehicle sent by Hobbs via an explosive and sent it back with not that much effort.
- Superhuman Durability: He survived a fall from a multi-story high building and went through a glass pane without suffering any serious injury.
- The movie was released on the same year as Cats (2019) where Idris Elba plays the main villain.
- For his famous line, Idris Elba was originally supposed to say Brixton was "the Black James Bond", but the actor refused to say it.
- Elba has also been rumored to be the next James Bond, and would be the first African-British actor to play the character.
- Brixton Lore is the first genuinely superhuman villain in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Previous villains, while being able to accomplish incredible probably impossible feats, were still normal humans without superpowers.
- Brixton is one of the two darkest and most evil villains in the Fast and the Furious franchise, alongside Cipher.
- Brixton Lore is the third main antagonist in the Fast & Furious franchise to be killed, following Johnny Tran and Hernan Reyes.