The eighth “Fast & Furious” movie, which until now has simply been referred to as “Fast 8” (also “Furious 8” and “F8” in some social media avenues), has now had its true title revealed. The Film will be released under the title “The Fate of the Furious.” Those Twitter users who’d been calling it “F8” weren’t far off if they meant it in text speak for “fate.” Come to think of it, Universal probably had this in mind.

‘Fast & Furious’ titles tend to fluctuate like this

They don’t have a solid system in place for titling their films, like “Star Wars” do.

They seem to just play it by ear and do what they feel like at the time. They started out with “The Fast and the Furious,” then went with “2 Fast 2 Furious,” then went the colon-subtitle route with “Tokyo Drift,” before simplifying things with the numberless reboot “Fast & Furious,” and then confusing people by following it up with “Fast Five” out of the blue, and then going back to basics with “Fast & Furious 6,” which was confusingly referred to as “Furious 6” by some who weren’t sure what the real title was and made their own assumption, then “Furious 7,” implying that the seven main characters were a “Fantastic 4”-type band of heroes, and now “The Fate of the Furious” for some reason. It’s all pointless, however, because no one refers to them by their official titles anyway.

This is the first ‘F&F’ movie without Paul Walker

Perhaps referring to what is the “Fate” of the title, this is the first “F&F” movie not to feature Paul Walker, after his tragic death in a car accident before the filming of “Furious 7” was complete. Out of respect, his character was not killed off in that film, nor will he be in this film.

However implausible their excuse for working around it, I’m sure audiences will give the filmmaking team the benefit of the doubt as we know the predicament they’re in and we’re more focused on their devastating loss than how much sense it makes in terms of story.

“The Fate of the Furious,” or “Fast & Furious 8” as most or all people will refer to it, will be released in cinemas on 14 April 2017. The first trailer will be released this Sunday (11 December).