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10 Reasons Fast X’s Cliffhanger Is So Frustrating

Warning: Major Spoilers For Fast X Below!Fast X ended on a major cliffhanger that proves frustrating on many levels. Fast X is proving to be one of the more divisive outings in the franchise and could be evidence it’s losing its sheen with viewers. While Jason Momoa received positive notices for his delightfully hammy turn as the saga’s latest villain, Fast X felt overstuffed with characters and subplots. Some of these storylines ultimately felt superfluous too, and even Fast X’s many action sequences lacked the wow factor of previous entries.

From the beginning, star Vin Diesel set up Fast X as being the beginning of the end for the main series. The eleventh film was originally set to close out the main Fast And Furious movie franchise, but Diesel later suggested there could be two more movies. Whatever the case might be, Fast X ends on a cliffhanger that feels less like an organic note to close on than one designed to make audiences come back for the next entry. For that reason, Fast X’s ending cliffhanger is needlessly frustrating.
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10 Dom & Little B Won’t Die After Fast X’s Cliffhanger

Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto with His Son in Fast X Edited

Fast X ends with Dom (Diesel) driving himself and his son “Little B” (Abelo Perry) down the side of a dam to avoid an explosive trap. Despite some impressive driving, it’s revealed that Momoa’s Dante has booby-trapped the dam with further bombs, and Fast X cuts to black as it’s about to explode. Of course, there’s zero doubt in viewers’ minds that Dom and Little B will get out of this seemingly inescapable jam, which saps this scene of any intended suspense. Had it been another key character in Dom’s place such as Mia (Jordana Brewster), maybe this ending would work, but as it stands, the outcome is already decided.

9 Fast X’s Cliffhanger Leaves Major Character Fates In Question

Tej, Ramsey, and Roman in Fast X

Fast X’s ending sees Dante get the better of everybody and leaves the fates of many characters in the air. Specifically, a plane carrying Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), Tej (Ludacris) and Han (Sung Kang) is shot down and explodes, leaving their fates unknown. It’s doubtful they were all killed, though if the Fast And Furious series wants to re-establish some stakes, at least one of them should have died or been left seriously wounded. Fast X also leaves a lot of loose threads, including what happens next with Shaw (Jason Statham) as he races to save his mother Queenie (Helen Mirren) from an impending attack by Dante’s men.

8 Fast X’s Cliffhanger Will Take Years To Resolve

Fast X dam scene pic

Ideally, Fast X’s cliffhanger would have been resolved by the release of the next entry the following year. Instead, Fast XI isn’t due to hit screens until 2025, and since it hasn’t begun filming, there’s always a chance that could be delayed further. It’s a risky move to end on such an inconclusive note, and Fast X’s disappointing box office suggests that audience investment in Dom and friends might not be as strong as it once was.

7 Fast X Doesn’t Have A Real Ending, Just Sequel Setup

Custom image of Vin Diesel in Fast X and Dwayne Johnson in Fast Five.

More than anything, the issue with Fast X’s climax is that it doesn’t have an ending at all. It closes on a calculated note designed to establish further sequels and spinoffs. It’s entirely possible for a movie to end on a cliffhanger while still giving audiences a satisfying ending. The Empire Strikes Back and Kill Bill Vol. 1 are perfect examples of cliffhangers that set up another story while still giving audiences a strong conclusion. Fast X’s finale, on the other hand, feels cynical by comparison.

6 The Rock’s Fast & Furious Return Delays Fast X’s Resolution

Dwayne Johson as Hobbs in Furious 7

One big shocker of the sequel – or at least it would have been, had it not been spoiled before release – was the return of Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs in a Fast X post-credits scene. Johnson and Diesel had been feuding for years following filming on The Fate of the Furious, with Johnson once stating he would never return to the main series. Considering Hobbs was the one to actually kill Dante’s father in Fast Five, his absence would have felt odd, but in the aforementioned scene, he’s shown being threatened by Dante over the phone.
This not only sets up his return for Fast XI, but a solo Hobbs movie has also been confirmed. Currently, that Hobbs movie is set to act as a bridge between Fast X and XI, which either means it will need to hurry into production for a 2024 release, or it will cause Fast XI to get pushed back. If the Hobbs movie must take precedence, maybe it should just resolve Fast X’s ending too.

5 Wait, Is Jakob Actually Dead?

Fast X Jakob little B plane escape

One of Fast X’s stranger subplots involved John Cena’s Jakob taking Little B on a wacky road trip to protect him. The former F9 villain has redeemed himself in the eyes of the family, making it appear Cena would become a recurring figure. However, toward the end of Fast X, he plows his cannon car into incoming enemy vehicles to allow Dom to save his son. It’s a shocking moment, and given the scale of the explosion, it feels impossible Jakob could have survived. That said, the franchise has effectively rendered the concept of death meaningless, so maybe he’ll show up next time with a band-aid over one eye.

4 Fast X’s Lack Of Explanation For Gisele’s Resurrection

Gal Gadot as Gisele in Fast & Furious 6 image

Another big Fast X shocker was the reveal that Gal Gadot’s Gisele is very much alive, having been presumed dead following Fast & Furious 6. Gadot appears in a mute cameo at the very end of Fast X, arriving in Antarctica in a submarine to pick up Cipher (Charlize Theron) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). The movie offers no explanation whatsoever for how Gisele is alive, or why she would be working with Cipher, a longtime foe of Dom and his fast family. Naturally, this is another loose thread left for a future outing to pick up.

3 Fast X Still Didn’t Reveal Why Mr Nobody’s Disappeared

Kurt Russell Mr Nobody Fate of the Furious

Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody made his debut in Furious 7 and appeared in the next two entries as the head of the mysterious Agency. Dom’s crew worked missions for Nobody, who disappeared following a plane crash in F9. While Fast X introduced his daughter Tess (Brie Larson), the movie is coy about where Mr Nobody himself has vanished to. It would be an anti-climax if Fast XI revealed he simply died offscreen, so his return feels inevitable. Perhaps his absence is down to a lack of interest from Russell in continuing the role, but again, this is another mystery Fast X could have resolved.

2 Is Cipher Still A Villain?

Cipher laying and laughing in Fast X-1

The Fast And Furious movies have a long, proud tradition of giving villains like Shaw or Jakob redemption for their past misdeeds. Fast X sees Cipher looking to Dom for help after Dante’s violent takeover of her team, and she and Letty later help each other escape from an Agency Black Site. While she’s acting partly out of self-interest, the sequel suggests Cipher’s redemption arc is being established, especially if Gisele is now part of her crew. She and Dom’s gang will no doubt team up to take down Dante, but the question of if she’s turned to the side of good remains unanswered.

1 Is Justice For Han Over Already?

Justice for Han Fast and Furious Hashtag

The Fast And Furious timeline is famously knotted, with the events of the fourth, fifth and sixth outings taking place before the third movie, Tokyo Drift. This was to keep Han a part of the story, with the sixth entry revealing it was actually Shaw who killed him. The backlash to the demise of a beloved supporting character, and Shaw seemingly being forgiven by the crew for it, led to the “Justice For Han” campaign. Hence, the character was resurrected for F9, which revealed Nr Nobody helped fake his death.
F9’s post-credit scene brought Han face to face with Shaw since the latter “killed” him, but while the two briefly spar, they work together when the Agency attacks. Considering the fact Nobody used Shaw to make Han’s death look convincing, it appears Fast X has essentially resolved the Justice For Han narrative in a not terribly exciting way. Maybe the real “Justice” will be when he and Gisele are reunited in Fast XI, but his epic showdown with Shaw was anything but.
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The 69-Year Story Behind The Fast And Furious Name


The Fast & Furious franchise started with the 2001 movie The Fast and the Furious and went through several major changes in its sequel titles. The title for the original movie was almost different, with options like Race Wars, but the producer fought for The Fast and the Furious.

As the Fast & Furious series has one of the most recognizable franchise names in cinema, some may be curious as to where its origin came from. The multi-billion-dollar franchise started with 2001’s straightforward street racing movie, The Fast and the Furious, but following that, the series went through several major changes, and that was mirrored in the Fast & Furious sequel movie titles. 2 Fast 2 Furious introduced numbered titles, then The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift immediately dropped that format. The fourquel confused things further with the title Fast & Furious, and it only got more confusing from there. However, every title is still a play on the original 2001 title.

The Fast and the Furious came to fruition following a Vibe magazine article called “Racer X”. Universal had the incredible foresight of seeing how popular street racing would become in the 2000s, and the studio quickly grabbed the movie rights to the article. However, while the movie was originally titled after the article, the studio wasn’t totally satisfied with that name, and many other titles, including Race Wars, were considered. The movie even went into production under the title Redline, but producer Neal Moritz had his mind set on one title that seemed unachievable to get; The Fast and the Furious.

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The Fast And The Furious Is Named After A 1954 Movie
Dom and Brian sitting on a car with their friends in The Fast and the Furious

Another movie titled The Fast and the Furious already existed, and it was released almost half a century before the 2001 street racing film was released. 1954’s The Fast and the Furious, written by Roger Corman, has nothing to do with street racing as it exists today. The movie follows a prison escapee who kidnaps a rich woman and steals her Jaguar, then ends up in an epic road race that ends in Mexico. While the title perfectly fits the 1954 film, Moritz was desperate to use the title for his own movie that he was producing, having learned about it after seeing a Roger Corman documentary (via Entertainment Weekly).

Moritz detailed how Universal didn’t seem to be completely on board at first. The producer explained, “I called up the head of marketing at Universal the next morning and said ‘Okay, I’ve got the title: The Fast and the Furious!’ And there was just silence on the other end. I was like, ‘Oh, I guess that is the worst title he’s ever heard.’ However, after mulling it over, Universal agreed, and it worked out perfectly, as the whole world now knows that name and it’s synonymous with the Vin Diesel-led franchise. Movie titles are extremely important, and it’s less likely that the movie would have become a billion-dollar franchise if it was titled Race Wars.

Paul Walker smiles in Dom's garage in The Fast and the Furious

Moritz revealed, “we made a deal with Roger to give him the use of some stock footage that Universal owned.” It isn’t clear if Corman ever benefited financially from that footage. In hindsight, he undoubtedly got a terrible deal. The Fast & Furious name is extremely important to the franchise and has made Universal billions. The name has even been used for spinoffs, and Fast & Furious Present: Hobbs & Shaw wouldn’t have made $760 million without the name attached to it. However, there was no knowing how huge the franchise became. After all, The Fast and the Furious was originally just a scrappy crime movie based on a magazine article.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Fast X Video Reveals BTS Of Real, Practical Fights In OTT Sequel


The Fast X fight between Letty and Cipher was filmed using practical effects, resulting in a well-choreographed hand-to-hand combat sequence full of emotions. Cipher’s decision to team up with Dom and “La Familia” was out of necessity, but spending time with Letty after escaping prison could lead to her becoming a member of the family. Cipher’s unexplored history with Giselle and her association with Letty could help in mellowing down the former villain and potentially setting up a redemption arc or even a Cipher spin-off.

A new Fast X behind-the-scenes video shows how Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Cipher’s (Charlize Theron) intense fight scene was filmed. Dom and his “La Familia” returned on the big screen in 2023 for the tenth main installment of The Fast Saga. In a major twist, however, instead of butting heads again with Cipher, the primary villain of the franchise for several recent entries, Letty had to team up with her. That didn’t stop Letty from expressing her true feelings about her when they were both captured by the Agency.

Courtesy of Collider is a behind-the-scenes clip from Louis Leterrier’s Fast X that offers a look at how Cipher and Letty’s one-on-one fight scene was filmed. Check out the video below:

The Fast X fight is arguably one of the best choreographed hand-to-hand combat in The Fast Saga, and it’s all because they filmed it with practical effects. The result, coupled with the history between the pair, is an effective action sequence full of emotions.

How Cipher & Letty’s Relationship Evolves In Fast & Furious 11
Cipher wearing a coat in Fast X

Granted that Cipher’s decision to team up with Dom and “La Familia” came from necessity after she was targeted by Jason Momoa’s Dante, spending more time with Letty after escaping prison can lead to her becoming a proper member of “La Familia.” There’s precedent to this, with a few of the recent The Fast Saga villains ending up being redeemed and joining Dom and his crew. This has been the case with Deckard Shaw (despite his attempted murder of Han Lue), and more recently, John Cena’s Jakob, who sacrificed himself in Fast X to save Little B.

Increasing the chances of this happening is Cipher’s unexplored history with Giselle. After she and Letty finally escaped the Agency’s bunk prison, they found themselves in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully, Giselle came to the rescue after Cipher notified her of their escape plan. There has never been any indication that Cipher and Giselle know each other before the massive Fast X twist. Making this more surprising is that Giselle has been believed to be dead for several years now. Her association with Giselle could help Letty mellow down on the former villain when they all return for Fast and Furious 11.

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Perhaps, this unexpected turn could be a set-up for the in-development Cipher spin-off. Specific plot details about the project are currently scant, with Universal still not announcing a tentative release date. Nevertheless, the events of Fast X could be the start of her redemption arc, with her relationship with Letty functioning as a barometer of whether viewers can finally forgive her for all of her transgressions.

Source: Collider

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10 Characters Who Should Be In It


Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty is the franchise’s biggest female character and the obvious pick to lead the all-female spinoff. Jordana Brewster’s Mia deserves a big role in the spinoff to expand on her character and showcase her growth. Brie Larson’s Tess is needed in the spinoff to explore the mystery surrounding her character and add her engaging screen presence to the team.

The Fast & Furious saga is meant to continue with an all-female-led movie, and casting the returning characters presents exciting options. An all-female spinoff could be the perfect way to continue the Fast &Furious story, as it will be able to retain the elements of the franchise that make it iconic while offering a new perspective. From the beginning, the franchise has been very male-dominated, and told male-centric stories, so offering the high-octane thrills of a Fast & Furious movie from a female perspective could be a welcome change of pace.

The series is known for having an all-star cast, so any female spinoff will have to match the previous films. Thankfully, the franchise already has several incredible female movie stars. Fast X, the latest film in the franchise, introduced and reintroduced some exciting female characters, setting the groundwork for the upcoming Fast & Furious movie. Obviously, whatever happens in the next film will determine who will be on the team and what side they will fight for. The franchise already has a healthy supply of female characters, both good and evil, who can factor into a Fast & Furious female spinoff.


Related Fast X Proves How Great A Fast & Furious Female Spinoff Would Be The idea of an all-female spinoff is more exciting than Fast & Furious 11, with Fast X providing the blueprint for just how well it could work.

10 Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty Can Lead The Fast Spinoff Ensemble
She’s the franchise’s biggest female character

Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty has been a key member of the Fast family since the first movie, and no female spinoff would feel right without her leading the team. Dominic Toretto’s wife is one of the fastest drivers in the world. Letty has made her way from street racer to international woman of mystery, becoming one of the franchise’s best characters in the process. Rodriguez is an incredibly engaging screen presence thanks to her charisma and action pedigree. An all-female action movie is right in her wheelhouse, making her the obvious pick for the lead in the movie.

9 Jordana Brewster’s Mia Deserves A Big Role
The Toretto family member has been sidelined recently

Another extension of the Toretto family tree, Jordana Brewster’s Mia is Dom’s brother and the wife of Paul Walker’s Brian. Since Walker’s tragic death, as well as the introduction of countless new characters, Mia has been sidelined in recent films, which is a shame because she is one of the best parts of the earlier films. A spinoff with just the women could be a great time to expand on Mia’s character and see how she has grown over the past couple of years, especially now that she is the mother of two. Brewster is an underrated talent, and Mia should be heavily involved in whatever spinoff the filmmakers plan.

8 Brie Larson’s Tess Is Needed After Fast X Introduction
Mr. Nobody’s daughter has a bright future
Brie Larson as Tess firing a gun in Fast X

Fast X introduced several new faces to the franchise, but perhaps most notably was Brie Larson as Tess “Nobody”, a secret agent on a quest to protect Dom and his family. Larson had relatively little screen time in the movie, and her introduction felt like it was mostly included to set up a future spinoff. The Oscar winner is the perfect name to include in a spinoff. Larson is an incredibly engaging and vulnerable screen presence and a great addition to the team. As her family name would imply, there is still a lot of mystery about Tess that this spinoff could explore.

7 Ramsey’s Return Can Give Nathalie Emmanuel A Major Role
The hacker has a growing set of skills
Nathalie Emmanuel in Fast and Furious 7.

After her first appearance in Furious 7, Nathalie Emmanuel’s Ramsey has been the Fast team’s resident hacker and tech wiz. The Game of Thrones star has mostly been used for exposition and comic relief since joining the team, but Ramsey has a distinctive style and skill set that would make her a great addition to the female spinoff. While Mia and Letty are great drivers, Ramsey has skills in the digital realm that could help the team on whatever mission they are on. It would also be interesting to see how Ramsey functions outside the trio of her, Tej, and Roman.

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6 Daniela Melchior’s Return As Isabel Gives The Spinoff More Legacy
Isabel is the sister of Elena
Isabel (Daniela Melchior) in a car at a street race in Fast X

For a while, Elsa Pataky’s Elena was viewed as an obvious candidate to appear in a Fast & Furious female spinoff. However, after her untimely demise in The Fate of the Furious, her younger sister can fill that void. Another new female protagonist introduced in Fast X, Daniela Melchior’s Isabel also felt like she was included mostly to set up this future spinoff. Melchior is one of the more promising young actors to pop up this decade, and her work in The Suicide Squad proves she is more than ready to have a large part in a team-up action movie.

5 Gal Gadot’s Place In The Fast Spinoff As Gisele Is Likely
Fast X confirmed Gisele is still alive

Gal Gadot made her return to Fast and Furious in the final moments of Fast X’s ending, which confirmed that Gisele is alive after Fast & Furious 6. The character’s return had been speculated for a long time, and audiences should see much more of her now that her fate is confirmed. A Fast & Furious female spinoff can answer lingering questions about Gisele’s life, such as how she survived falling from a plane or what she’s been doing for the last several years. The movie can also finally give Gisele a prominent role in the franchise once again.

4 Charlize Theron’s Cipher Could Play Both Sides In The Spinoff
The franchise’s villain is not to be trusted

In both The Fate of the Furious and F9: The Fast Saga, Charlize Theron’s Cipher served as the franchise’s primary antagonist. While Fast X puts her allegiance into question, she is still one of the best villains in all of Fast and Furious and would make an excellent baddie for the all-women team to go up against. While Cipher could be a reluctant ally to the team, Theron is just much more fun hamming it up as the bad guy, and the film could serve as a fitting conclusion to her movie-spanning scheme.

3 Eva Mendes Can Return As Monica Fuentes At Long Last
She hasn’t been seen since Fast Five
Monica Fuentes pointing a rifle in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

The Fast & Furious female spinoff would also be a great opportunity to finally bring back Eva Mendes as Monica Fuentes. Following her debut in 2 Fast 2 Furious, she returned briefly in Fast Five’s post-credits scene. Eva Mendes has since mostly retired from acting, leaving audiences without a chance to see Monica’s story continue. A Fast X Easter egg did provide a reminder of her presence in the franchise. This could be to help set up her appearance in Fast 11, but a return alongside the franchise’s biggest female characters would be more fitting.

2 Vanessa Kirby’s Hattie Needs To Crossover With The Main Franchise
She’s from the franchise’s only current spinoff
Vanessa Kirby in Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw

Only appearing in Hobbs & Shaw, Vanessa Kirby’s Hattie is the third sibling in the Shaw family and one of the most dangerous women in the Fast universe. She was a scene-stealing presence in the previous Fast & Furious spinoff movie that left audiences wanting more. It would be great to see Kirby return for an even bigger role in the franchise spinoff, allowing her to interact with some of the other prominent characters along the way.

1 Helen Mirren’s Queenie Should Be The Female Ensemble’s Mentor
She’s become a frequent face
Dom Toretto and Queenie Shaw in Fast and Furious

With her appearances in the past four movies, including Hobbs & Shaw, Helen Mirren has become a surprising mainstay of the Fast & Furious franchise. Her role as British gangster Queenie is such a fun role for the Dame, and her time in the universe should continue especially in the all-female spinoff. Mirren’s roles in the movies have mostly been one-scene cameos, so this film could be a great space to expand the character and give her a chance to interact with more actors than just Vin Diesel.

Fast X Poster Fast X Release Date: 2023-05-19 Director: Louis Leterrier Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Brie Larson, Scott Eastwood, Jason Momoa Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 141 Minutes Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime Writers: Justin Lin, Dan Mazeau, Gary Scott Thompson Budget: $340 Million Studio(s): Universal Pictures Distributor(s): Universal Pictures Sequel(s): Fast and Furious 11, Fast & Furious 12 prequel(s): Fast & Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Fast And The Furious, Fast 5, Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7, Fast and Furious 8, F9: The Fast Saga1 Franchise(s): Fast and Furious

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