Fast & Furious 9 – aka F9 – continues to be delayed a year due to the coronavirus outbreak, which brings up the issue of whether or not the franchise will probably continue to prop up the beer manufacturer Corona in the movies. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has been cracking Coronas under the hood of this Fast & Furious franchise ever since the original The Fast and the Furious back in 2001. As he later says to Paul Walker’s undercover fed Brian O’Conner, “You can have any beer you want… as long as it is Corona.”
The beer has subsequently appeared in the fourth, sixth, and seventh installments of the franchise. Dom and Brian repair their fractured relationship within it (Fast & Furious); Han nurses a Corona while he mourns Gisele’s death (Fast & Furious 6); and Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) lures Dom into the covert government fold using a bucket of Coronas (Furious 7). Corona beers are a feature of his family and Dom along with a staple. But could it change because of coronavirus?
Corona, a Mexican lager made by Cerveceria Modelo and possessed by Belgian superb brewer AB InBev, has astonishingly – never paid one dime because of its inclusion in the Fast & Furious franchise, but has been awarded $15 million worth of merchandise positioning by the movies. As shown by executive producer Neal Moritz shown on Bill Simmons’ podcast, Corona was the unofficial official beer of this Fast & Furious films. Now that the coronavirus outbreak is running rampant across the world, it has supposedly scared consumers into avoiding the Corona brand (although based on Corona’s US producer, Constellation Brands, this isn’t the case), can we still expect to see Dom and his loved ones consuming Corona in what’s currently next year’s installment of this Fast & Furious franchise, Fast & Furious 9?
The eighth installment of the Fast Saga, The Fate of the Furious, really featured zero appearances by Corona lager. The figures swapped Stella Artois and Budweisers. This may be because the parent company behind all three eventually paid for these two’s inclusion, but that is yet to be confirmed.
Regardless, the ongoing coronavirus crisis may put the Fast & Furious franchise’s usage of the Corona new to bed. It’s an extremely tense time, and the media is filled with updates each hour of this day and coronavirus news. When Fast & Furious 9 eventually release in 2021, when a character was to mention or even hold a Corona to their lips, the first idea to pass the audience’s brain is a virus that, hopefully, by that point was removed and is no more a concern.
Still, Universal Pictures will most probably be reluctant to frighten their fans regarding the tragic coronavirus pandemic of 2020, even though there’s no actual connection between the beer along with the virus. It’s most likely that their unofficial endorsement of Corona will come to a finish, resorting instead for their characters drinking Budweiser and Stella Artois, as with The Fate of the Furious. That, or they’ll make a joke about it.