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10 Ways Fast X Sets Up Fast & Furious 11 & The Franchise’s Ending

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Fast X. As the beginning of the culmination of The Fast Saga, Fast X sets up not only what’s to come next between Dominic Toretto’s match-up with Dante, but also the franchise’s ultimate end. Originally supposed to be directed by F9 helmer, Justin Lin, director Louis Leterrier stepped in to spearhead the project. Debuting in 2001 with Rob Cohen’s The Fast and the Furious, it has successfully transitioned from being a street racing-centered series to an action-adventure fare. After F9, The Fast Saga now enters its final stretch, with only a few installments before officially wraps up. What lies ahead, however, has been effectively set up by the events of Fast X.

Throughout its production, star and producer, Vin Diesel has promised nothing but a fun and action-packed new Fast and Furious installment. Aside from the regular members of the Toretto “La Familia,” Fast X also brings in a string of new characters, led by Jason Momoa’s villain, Dante. Unlike his predecessors, Dante is silly and even childish in his evilness, which makes for an interesting match-up between him and the usually stoic, Dom. Fast X ends on a massive cliffhanger, but aside from setting up what comes next for the ongoing conflict, it also lays the groundwork for The Fast Saga’s ending, as well as some of its reported spin-offs.

10 Fast X Sets Up A Much Bigger Showdown Between Dominic & Dante

Dom in Fast X

At the end of Fast X, all members of the “La Familia” are on the cusp of tragedy or breakthrough. Following the revelation that Mr. Nobody’s Agency successor, Aimes has been secretly working with Dante, Dom and his son, Little B find themselves cornered. While they are able to escape the bridge before being smashed in between two trucks, Dante declares that it’s time to end the fight, starting the bomb timer that could kill Dom and his son. Despite that, it’s safe to say that they will eventually survive the ordeal, effectively setting the stage for a bigger and more intense final throwdown with Dante.

9 Fast X Sets Up Hobbs’ Reunion With Dominic & The La Familia

Fast X Dwayne Johnson Hobbs Return The Rock

After his much-publicized decision to skip the movie despite Diesel’s plea, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ultimately appears in the film. The Fast X post-credits scene shows him in his tactical gear, only to realize that it’s a set-up from Dante just to send a message that he’s being targeted next. While there’s no indication that Hobbs will be reaching out to the “La Familia” or that he’s even remotely aware of what’s happening to them, it’s likely that he will eventually team up with Dom and his group to take down their common enemy.

8 Fast X Sets Up Hobbs & Shaw 2

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in the rain in Hobbs and Shaw

The return of Johnson to The Fast Saga has implications beyond the next few movies in the main films. His cameo also effectively lays the groundwork for Hobbs & Shaw 2. While Johnson’s involvement in Fast X had been kept under wraps, Deckard and Queenie Shaw’s weren’t. With the film revealing that Dante is also going after the Shaw matriarch, it’s the perfect opportunity for Universal to reunite Hobbs and Shaw for a sequel.

7 Fast X Sets Up The Female-Led Fast & Furious Spin-Off


Aside from the main The Fast Saga, Universal is planning to further take advantage of the franchise’s popularity by launching a few spin-offs. That includes a reported female-led movie, although specific details about the project are still being kept under wraps. Despite that, seeing Letty and Cipher’s begrudging team-up, which ends with the revelation that Giselle is alive in Fast X, could be the narrative opening for the currently in-development endeavor.
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6 Fast X Sets Up The Franchise’s Future W/ Dom’s Son

Dom driving a car with Little B in Fast X.

Ever since he was introduced in The Fast Saga, Dom’s son, Little B, has been consistently appearing in the franchise. Fast X dials up his role, however, as the film makes him not only a plot device but an active player in it. His scenes with Jakob are some of the best in the movie; they’re funny and down to Earth. More than that, Fast X makes it clear that Little B has the potential to follow in the footsteps of his father, both in terms of driving abilities and moral code. Someday, he could eventually take over the franchise.

5 Fast X Sets Up Dante To Be The Franchise’s Final Big Bad

Dante being held back with a gun in Fast X

Leterier opts to end Fast X in a massive cliffhanger, leaving the fates of Dom and his “La Familia” in question. It’s safe to assume that most, if not all of them survive and return in its direct sequel. Regardless, however, of who is left, Dom’s adversary remains the same — Dante and his followers. Depending on how Universal is planning the Fast & Furious 12, he could very well be The Fast Saga’s final trilogy main villain, which makes sense since Cipher is now somewhat of an ally.

4 Fast X Sets Up Mr. Nobody’s Return

Fast and Furious Mr. Nobody

Between the return of Little Nobody and the introduction of Brie Larson’s Tess, Fast X is heavily hinting at Mr. Nobody’s eventual return. Not much has been revealed about his whereabouts, and it seems like even the people closest to him are unaware of what he’s up to. Considering how much time is devoted to setting up this burgeoning mystery, it will probably play a role in what comes next for The Fast Saga.

3 Fast X Sets Up The Cipher’s Reported Spin-off Film

Cipher laying and laughing in Fast X-1

Cipher has been a recurring villain in The Fast Saga since The Fate of the Furious, but she changes her role in Fast X by becoming an ally. Granted that her decision to team up with Dom and “La Familia” comes from necessity, spending more time with Letty after escaping prison can ultimately redeem her. More than that, however, her mysterious ties to Giselle may be the narrative opening for her reportedly in-development spin-off.

2 Fast X Sets Up The Fast Saga’s True To Message Finale

Vin Diesel being held by Rita Morena's character in the Fast X trailer

Much has been said about The Fast Saga outgrowing its original premise, both for better and worse. The franchise has now made a name for itself by staging ridiculous car stunts, and it has become one of its biggest assets. However, Fast X makes it clear that at the end of the day, it is staying to the franchise’s core, which has always been family. Dom and his “La Familia” aren’t trying to save the world or doing another heist, they are simply trying to protect each other from Dante, whose motivations are also rooted in family ties.
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1 Fast X Sets Up Dom’s Eventual Retirement

Dominic Toretto looking angry in Fast X while blended with his friends and family at a BBQ

The “La Familia” continues to be a tightly-knit group in Fast X. Despite being scattered throughout the film, they remain loyal to each other. That being said, running this operation doesn’t seem to be Dom’s priority anymore. That is effectively established in his early scenes with Little B and Letty. The fact that he is willing to stay behind while Roman, Tej, Ramsey, and Han deal with the supposed job in Rome is an indication that he may be ready to retire from his old life and focus on his family. Whether he gets to live that quiet retirement is an entirely different question, however.

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Fast & Furious 11 Needs Hobbs Vs. Dom (To End The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud)


Fast and Furious 11 needs to feature an epic fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel to resolve the real-life feud and bring closure to their characters’ relationship. The clash between Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five was a game-changer, and revisiting that epic confrontation in Fast 11 would elevate the action and add nostalgia. A showdown between Dom and Hobbs in Fast 11 could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation, reaffirming the underlying themes of family and unity in the franchise.

Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has returned to the Fast Saga, Fast and Furious 11 needs to include an epic fight between Johnson and Vin Diesel. In the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, the thrill of fast cars and heart-stopping action has always been amplified by the magnetic on-screen chemistry between its stars. However, a real-life feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been brewing since 2016. Director Louis Leterrier achieved the impossible by bringing The Rock back into the fold. Now, he must find a way to reunite Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto on-screen.

Ever since Fate of the Furious, the void left by The Rock’s absence has grown more conspicuous. The actor’s feud with Vin Diesel has cast a shadow over the franchise, making it increasingly difficult for the writers and directors to craft a cohesive narrative. As Fast Saga fans await the next installment, all eyes are on Leterrier to weave a compelling story that not only showcases jaw-dropping action but also offers a chance for Hobbs and Dom to partake in an epic showdown.

Hobbs & Dom Fighting In Fast & Furious 11 Would Bring Their Arc Full Circle
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 act as sequels to Fast Five in many ways, so it makes perfect sense for the upcoming installment to build on the fight scene between Dom and Hobbs from Fast Five. The clash between the two powerhouse characters left an indelible mark on fans. Revisiting that epic confrontation could elevate the adrenaline-fueled action and add a layer of nostalgia to Fast and Furious 11. Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a change of heart and returned to the Fast Saga, the anticipation for a rematch between his and Vin Diesel’s characters has reached a fever pitch.

Dom and Hobbs’ showdown in Fast Five was a game-changer for the franchise, propelling it to new heights with its intensity and raw energy. Given the unresolved tension between the two stars in real life, a meticulously crafted fight scene in Fast 11 has the potential to invigorate the climax of the series and provide a cathartic experience for the actors and fans alike. As Fast 11 may be the final chapter in the Fast and Furious universe, all eyes are on this anticipated clash. Hopefully, a brotherly fight will be the defining moment that brings harmony back to the Fast Saga family.

The Rock & Vin Diesel Can Put Their Feud To Rest On Screen
Hobbs holding on to Dom in Fast and Furious 5

Vin Diesel and The Rock’s personal history adds a layer of complexity to any potential fight between their characters in Fast and Furious 11. Given their real-life feud, it’s unlikely either actor would be portrayed as the clear winner or loser. Moreover, from a storytelling perspective, it would be counterproductive to have Dom excessively harm or kill Hobbs or vice versa. However, as the series approaches its potential end, a showdown between Dom and Hobbs could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation. After all, throughout the Fast and Furious films, audiences have witnessed a recurring pattern of men engaging in physical conflicts before eventually forming unbreakable bonds.

For instance, Fast and Furious sees Dom and Brian’s tumultuous relationship evolve into a deep brotherly connection after a series of knock-down, drag-out fights. This same sort of understanding between Dom and Hobbs would reaffirm the underlying themes of reconciliation and family that have contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity. By embracing the notion that they are, in a sense, brothers, Dom and Hobbs could mend their on-screen relationship and deliver a broader message of unity. This would ultimately give fans a satisfying conclusion to their relationship in Fast and Furious 11.

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Vin Diesel Posts Paul Walker Tribute On 10th Anniversary Of His Death


Vin Diesel shares a touching tribute to Paul Walker 10 years after the actor’s tragic death on November 30, 2013. Diesel expresses that “more smiles manage to break through the tears” as years pass because he knows his bond with Walker will be stronger than ever when they eventually reunite. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, remains alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and Diesel has previously teased that the franchise won’t end without a proper farewell to Brian and Walker.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel takes to social media to share a touching tribute to Paul Walker, 10 years after the actor’s death. First released in 2001, the debut installment in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise introduces Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Walker as Brian O’Connor. Both characters would return for a number of sequels, but Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, during the production of Furious 7.

Now, on the 10th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Diesel has shared a touching tribute post on Instagram to honor his late Fast and Furious costar. Check out the actor’s emotional post below:

Accompanying an image of Walker with one of his daughters, Diesel reminisces about an important lesson learned from the late actor and how his legacy still lives on today. Diesel’s full caption is included below:

I was listening to a song this morning…‘That Lucky Old Sun’… thought of you, racing around Heaven all day. Hahaha…
The family of the Mourning, feels like it has grown since a decade ago… feel’s like that experience of losing someone is far too common today. Leaving more and more of us in search for meaning, trying to make sense of this complex existence…
Oh, I have finally understood what you use to do with the phone, “phone Fasting”… you had the insight to turn off your phone for long stretches of time. I started this year to do just that. You used to say, Vin and I can go years without talking, and our brotherhood will always be stronger than we left it, the ones who truly love you will always be there.
Amen to that.
This is one of my favorite images ever taken… You knew how proud I was when my daughter, the Alpha Angel, your niece would play the piano… well last night she was playing Moonlight Sonata… it took me back to the night before she was born. Me and you were working late… you were telling me that the best moment in life would be witnessing my child being born. That priceless smile you had when I told you the next day that I had cut the umbilical cord…
The next song she started playing on the piano is by an artist you would have loved, named Billie Eilish, ‘What was I made for’… when she started to play, the other angels all came and joined her at the piano and they started singing… wow…emotions… angels, I know you were listening.
After ten years… I know these days of beautiful remembrance will be filled with tears. But as time rolls on, with each year that passes… more smiles manage to break through the tears. Cause I know, when I see you again… our brotherhood will be stronger than we left it.
Miss you.

Will Brian Be Seen Again In Fast & Furious?
Furious 7 Reveals How Paul Walker’s Character Can Return
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Walker’s death in November 2013 came with a great deal of sadness, but it also created problems for the Furious 7 production, which was about halfway done. It was ultimately decided that Walker’s remaining scenes would be completed with a digital recreation of the actor, with his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, serving as body doubles. Although Walker may have passed away, Brian remains alive and well within the world of the films, though he has not been seen in the flesh since Furious 7’s emotional ending.

The closet audiences have come to seeing Brian again (outside of the flashbacks featured in Fast X) is at the end of F9: The Fast Saga, when the character’s iconic Nissan Skyline pulls up at Dom’s house. This summer’s Fast X supposedly sets up the conclusion of the franchise in an 11th and potentially 12th installment (in addition to the announced Dwayne Johnson Luke Hobbs spinoff movie), and it’s very likely that the final movie will see Brian return in some capacity.

Diesel has also essentially teased as much, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar) earlier this year: “I couldn’t imagine this saga ending without truly saying goodbye to Brian O’Conner.” It’s unclear if this will mean a substantial digital recreation of the actor for extended portions of the film or a quick cameo at the very end, but it seems like audiences haven’t seen the last of Brian just yet. Even in death, Walker remains a key pillar of Fast and Furious, and it’s fitting that the final film will feature another heartfelt goodbye to further honor the late actor.

Source: Vin Diesel/ Instagram

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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)


Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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