The Mad Max: Fury Road comic reveals how Max got his famous Pursuit Special back - despite the car being destroyed in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. The original Mad Max was a low-budget action film starring a young Mel Gibson, but the movie's portrayal of a crumbling society and it's ferocious action scenes made it a cult hit worldwide. Gibson returned for two further sequels, with the franchise seeming to come to end with 1985's disappointing Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
Writer/director George Miller (Happy Feet 2) later got inspired to return for a fourth adventure titled Mad Max: Fury Road, but Max would have a long drive back to the big screen. Mel Gibson was due to reprise the role when the film was gearing up in 2003, but that version was cancelled. The movie spent a long time floating in development hell during this period, giving Miller lots of time to write elaborate backstories for every character, completely storyboard the project and even write scripts for sequels. The movie finally hit cinemas in 2015 with Tom Hardy playing Max and Charlize Theron (Atomic Blonde) as Furiosa. The long-awaited sequel was declared a triumph by fans and critics alike and the film was a box-office success.
The Mad Max franchise has always been a little loose with continuity, but Miller confirmed all the movies are somewhat connected. Something fans might be curious about is how Max got his V8 Interceptor back after it was thoroughly blown up during the events of Mad Max 2. The movie doesn't waste any time trying to explain this since it rarely pauses for breath, but the Mad Max comic series fills in the blanks.
The Mad Max: Fury Road comic series features a story credit from George Miller and provides backstories for Furiosa, Immortan Joe, and Nux, played by Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Dark Phoenix). Mad Max: Fury Road - Mad Max #1 & #2 focused on the title character, and also confirms Fury Road takes place after the events of Beyond Thunderdome. The story opens with Max heading to a place called Gas Town, where he competes in Thunderdome Plus to win a V8 engine, which will allow him to rebuild his car.
Nothing is ever easy in the life of Max Rockatansky, so while he eventually wins the battle and reassembles his vehicle, it's quickly stolen and he's left for dead. He's rescued by a woman who asks him to save her daughter Glory from marauders. During the rescue, he also finds his stolen Interceptor has been restored to full working condition, which he uses to escape. He returns Glory to her mother, but they're soon killed in revenge by the marauders. Max later buries their bodies and drives away, partially explaining why Max is so closed off to humanity in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Sadly, the rebuilt Pursuit Special didn't last long either, with Immortan Joe's War Boys stealing it in Mad Max: Fury Road and the car is later crushed in the final battle. If and when George Miller returns for potential sequel Mad Max: The Wasteland, it will be interesting to see if Max rebuilt the car once again.