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12 Events & Characters To Know Before Fast X

The Fast Saga has featured plenty of events and characters that will be important for viewers to know before Fast X. The tenth entry in the main Fast & Furious franchise once again revolves around Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and the family he has assembled over the last 20 years. Fast & Furious 10 brings back core characters from across the franchise’s decades-long narrative, with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Tej (Ludacris), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), and Han (Sung Kang) among the longest-tenured members. They become entangled in a war with Dante (Jason Momoa), the franchise’s new villain who is directly connected to Fast Five’s villain Reyes.

With more than two decades of movies connecting the franchise together, it is easy to forget about various events that have transpired and the roles that individual characters have played. Fast X is focused on two different main storylines it seems. One follows Dom and Letty as they attempt to protect their son Brian Toretto from the dangers of Dante, while the other seems to follow Han and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) reuniting with other franchise veterans for a mysterious purpose. There is a lot of history between the various characters from the Fast Saga worth revisiting as part of a Fast & Furious 10 recap of the franchise.

12 Dom’s Crew Steals From Reyes (& Hobbs Kills Him)

Vin Diesel in Fast X juxtaposed with Hernan Reyes in Fast Five.

For the purposes of Fast X, Dom and his crew stealing from Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida) has ramifications they did not see coming. A simple car heist gone wrong leads Dom, Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker), and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) into a war with the Brazilian drug lord, resulting in them stealing $100 million by dragging his safe through the streets of Brazil. Dom’s crew stealing from Reyes leads to a huge car chase and ends with Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) killing Reyes. The combination of these events is how Dante makes it his mission to exact revenge, as he is related to Reyes and part of his team.

11 Han Faked His Death Caused By Deckard Shaw With Mr. Nobody’s Help

Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift Han Car Crash

While the franchise originally killed Han in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the timeline was altered so Han could come back in the fifth and sixth entries. This led to the revelation in Fast & Furious 6’s post-credits scene that Deckard Shaw killed Han as a way to get revenge on Dom and his crew for their role in nearly killing his brother Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). F9 surprisingly continued Han’s story by revealing he and Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) faked his death without giving too many details about how he actually escaped the near-fatal encounter with Deckard, but Fast X could have some answers.

10 Ramsey Joins Dom’s Team After Creating God’s Eye

F9 Ramsey poses in front of a car

Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) became an integral part of Dom’s team starting in Furious 7. As the creator of God’s Eye (a piece of technology capable of accessing any camera in the world), Ramsey brings a technology specialist to the franchise at the perfect time. The Fast & Furious movies have continued to focus on more technological weapons since her introduction, such as a powerful EMP device and Project Ares. This has helped give Ramsey a major role to play in the group, even though she did not learn how to drive until F9​​​​​​. Ramsey should remain a key character in Fast & Furious 10.

9 Letty Regains Her Memories After Presumed Death

Dom and Letty in the Fast and Furious franchise

Letty has one of the wildest stories in the entire Fast & Furious franchise. She seemingly died in the fourth film, only for Fast Five’s post-credits to reveal that she was still alive. Letty then operated as a villain in Fast & Furious 6 due to not having any memories of her life before her accident. Furious 7 saw Letty still struggle with her memories and knowing details about her past life before confirming that it all came rushing back to her. This has allowed the Fast & Furious franchise to fully explore her and Dom’s romance, which will once again be a major storyline for Fast X.

8 Brian Retires To Be With His Family, But Mia Still Returns

Mia sits on Brian’s lap in Fast and Furious

The presence of the O’Connor family has changed significantly in the movies leading up to Fast X. It started with Furious 7 giving Brian a perfect send-off after Paul Walker’s death that allowed the character to retire from saving the world and prioritize spending time with his family. The Fast & Furious movies have continued to allude to Brian’s presence in the world, but he has not returned. The same is not true for his wife Mia, as she returned in F9 after a single film absence. Fast X once again sees Mia return to the action, although Brian is not expected to be seen – except for in flashbacks.

7 Dom Becomes A Father After Relationship With Elena

Vin diesel Fate of the furious elena doms baby

A major development in Dom’s life came during The Fate of the Furious, as it was revealed that he was a father. His romantic relationship with Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) that occurred between Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 led to her getting pregnant with his child. She had the baby in secret, finding out about the pregnancy at the same time Letty resurfaced. Following Elena’s death at Cipher’s hand, Dom took full responsibility for raising his son, Brian, with Letty. The Fast X marketing has shown Little B to be in danger repeatedly, so this relationship is a good one to know about.

6 Deckard (& Owen) Get Redeemed Thanks To Dom

The Team Lines Up With Deckard Shaw in Fate of the Furious

Deckard Shaw entered the Fast & Furious franchise as a villain, but he was fully redeemed through the events of The Fate of the Furious. The movie saw Deckard join forces with Dom’s team to track him down, only for Dom to use him and Owen as part of his plan to take down Cipher. The story allowed Dom to forgive Deckard and welcome him into his family. The franchise has attempted to alleviate any lingering concerns about his heroic turn by revealing Shaw did not kill Han after all. Fast & Furious 10 will bring them back together and build on F9’s post-credits scene to really explore their dynamic.

5 Hobbs Leaves Dom’s Team For His Solo Spinoff Movie

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham pointing at each other in Hobbs and Shaw

Hobbs’ days of being part of the main Fast Saga story ended with The Fate of the Furious, as Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel’s feud led to the character going on a new journey. This included attempting to stop a pandemic-level threat in his spinoff movie, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, which reunited Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. The adventure included Hobbs going to war with Eteon and the organization’s mysterious director who has a past with Hobbs while fighting the cybernetically-enhanced super soldier Brixton (Idris Elba). Hobbs & Shaw is the last time Johnson appeared in a Fast & Furious movie.

4 Cipher Was Secretly The Villain Of The Last 4 Fast & Furious Movies

Charlize Theron in character as Cipher in F9 giving a withering look

Charlize Theron’s Cipher returns in Fast X for a possible heroic turn herself after secretly being the villain of the last four main Fast Saga movies. Although she did not make her debut until The Fate of the Furious, the movie revealed that she hired Owen in Fast & Furious 6. This came after Deckard rejected her offer, but Cipher’s role in Owen’s near-death experience made her connected to Deckard’s villainous turn in Furious 7. She later even convinced Jakob’s team to betray him and work for her in F9. This has helped make Cipher the Fast & Furious franchise’s ultimate villain in a way, even if that changes now.

3 Dom’s Secret Brother Jakob Allowed Fast & Furious To Expand The Toretto Family

Dom and Jakob having a stand-off in F9.

F9 is also responsible for introducing Jakob Toretto (John Cena) as Dom’s secret younger brother and expanding the Toretto family tree. Jakob was partially responsible for their father’s death many years ago as he tried to help him throw a race, and the trick backfired. Adding Jakob to the Fast & Furious history did create plenty of plot holes and retcons, but his place as a villain to Dom and his team will not last. He’s back for Fast & Furious 10 and looks to be a full ally for Dom in the next Fast Saga movie’s events.

2 Tej & Roman Went To Space

Fast and Furious 9 Tej and Roman in space car

The Fast & Furious franchise is also fresh off sending Tej and Roman to space in F9 as part of the series’ most unbelievable moment yet. After years of continuing to raise the stakes with wilder ideas for action scenes, the jokes about the franchise going to space finally became a reality. The Fast Saga event holds a very important place in the franchise as a result, as it signals that nothing is off the table for Fast X. This could include anything from time travel to confirming Roman’s theory that he is invincible.

1 Mr. Nobody Possibly Died Before His Daughter’s Fast X Debut

Fast X Brie larson brian mr nobody

Another detail worth revisiting in this Fast & Furious 10 recap is the potential that Mr. Nobody died in F9. His fate was not directly confirmed either way during the film’s opening sequences, but the ambiguity could end with Fast X. The movie introduces Mr. Nobody’s daughter Tess, played by Brie Larson. Considering how important Mr. Nobody was to Dom and his team in the past and how much his death would seemingly impact Tess, there is a strong chance that Fast X brings some clarity to his situation.
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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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