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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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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

2:34 Image 147 Related Predicting The Ending Of All 13 Fast & Furious Characters In Fast 11 The Fast Saga is set to conclude with Fast & Furious 11 – or Fast X 2 – but how will Dom Toretto and his family’s stories come to a definitive end?

Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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