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Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Fast X!Gal Gadot returns in Fast X, and here is a complete explanation of how Gisele is still alive and what her future looks like. Gisele became a key member of the Fast & Furious franchise following Gal Gadot’s debut during the fourth entry. The character was positioned as the new female lead of the franchise after Letty’s supposed death and was connected to Han’s storyline as his romantic interest. However, Gadot’s time in the franchise was relatively short-lived, as Fast & Furious 6 killed Gisele during the climactic airplane stunt. The death had a huge impact on the characters, but that did not stop theories from growing that she was alive.

Fast X’s ending brings the long-awaited confirmation that Gisele is alive. Gal Gadot returns for the film’s final scene as she emerges from the stolen submarine from The Fate of the Furious. She does so in Antarctica to rescue Cipher and Letty as part of the former’s plan to escape from the Agency’s black site prison. Gal Gadot’s Fast X return is a huge tease for what will come next in Fast & Furious 11, but it also raises several questions along the way, such as how she is alive and what it means for the future. Here is Fast X’s Gal Gadot return explained.

How Gisele Is Alive
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The Fast & Furious franchise stops well short of confirming how Gisele is alive, but there are a few different ways to explain Gal Gadot’s Fast X return based on what the franchise has done before. F9 included the key reveal that Gisele’s backstory included secretly working for Mr. Nobody. The timing of this information becoming known and the franchise explaining Mr. Nobody helped Han fake his death increased the odds that something similar had been done with Gisele. Fast & Furious 6 never showed Gisele’s body or a funeral, leaving the franchise with plenty of room to explain that Mr. Nobody helped her fake her death.

There is another possible explanation for how Gisele is alive in Fast X. While it is clear that she never died to begin with, the Fast & Furious franchise has already proven her apparent death was not so deadly. Gal Gadot’s character seemingly died by falling off a car pulled by the plane. A similar fate appeared to come for Owen Shaw as he fell out of the back of the plane. However, Furious 7 confirmed that Owen survived the fall, albeit with several injuries and burns to his face. His full recovery makes it easier to explain that Gisele’s fall was not quite as serious as imagined.

Even if Gisele’s fall in Fast & Furious 6 did bring some potentially fatal injuries to her, Fast X teased another way to explain how Gal Gadot’s character is still around. She returns to rescue Cipher and Letty from the Agency’s prison, but the facility was previously shown to have advanced technology within. This included a machine that appeared to use lasers to help heal a cut on Letty’s shoulder. It is possible that the Agency has technology capable of healing various types of injuries and Mr. Nobody brought Gisele back there after her apparent death in Fast & Furious 6.

Why Gisele Is Working For Cipher
Gisele looks on in Fast & Furious 4

Gal Gadot’s Fast X return is not only surprising because her character was thought to be dead, but the implication that Gisele is working for or with Cipher is quite shocking. Fast & Furious 10 provides no explanation for why Gisele and Cipher have teamed up, leaving a big question about how it came to be. Charlize Theron’s character may have explained the duo’s partnership during the beginning of the movie when she talks about Dominic Toretto as the enemy of her enemy. Playing on the phrase that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, the threat Dante poses could be enough for Cipher and Gisele to work together.

Gisele working with Cipher because the former villain has aligned herself with Dom in the fight against Dante would be the best way for the Fast & Furious franchise to explain this development. Other possibilities include Cipher secretly working for Gisele and Mr. Nobody the whole time, Gisele secretly working for Cipher the whole time, or that Gisele’s apparent death left her without any memories of who she was before (like what happened to Letty). Instead of complicating Gisele’s return with this backstory, she might simply come out of hiding now because she knows Dante is that dangerous to her friends.

Whatever explanation Fast & Furious 11 provides for why Gisele works for Cipher will need to answer a key question: how did Charlize Theron’s character know Gal Gadot’s was alive? Her fate has been a massive secret to Dom’s team all these years, but Cipher managed to not only know that Gisele was alive but know how to contact her. Cipher’s expertise as a hacker and surveillance might have led to her learning the truth. Fast X’s team-up could mean that Cipher knows other secrets about Gisele, possibly explaining why they are working together.

Why Fast & Furious Brought Back Gisele (Do Deaths Matter?)
Fast x Dom Fast and furious 6 gisele

There are several reasons why Fast & Furious brought Gisele back to life in Fast X. For starters, Gisele is one of the franchise’s fan-favorite characters and someone fans have been clamoring to see more of in recent years. This has come as Gal Gadot has become a much bigger star since exiting the franchise. Losing the Fast & Furious franchise came right before Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman for the DC Extended Universe. That role helped transform her career and standing in Hollywood, as Wonder Woman was a huge hit. It is understandable then that Universal and Vin Diesel would want to bring her back.

The timing of Gisele’s Fast & Furious return is also not a coincidence. Gal Gadot’s appearance in Fast X comes as the franchise is nearing its completion. It was originally announced that Fast & Furious 11 would be the last film, but Vin Diesel has now teased that Fast & Furious 12 is happening. With the Fast Saga’s ending being planned, it makes sense to bring back a character as popular as Gisele to get as many of the former stars back together. Gisele’s return also should play a key role in Han’s development and give the franchise to bring the couple back together after both of their fake deaths.

While seeing Gal Gadot’s Gisele again in Fast X is exciting, it also continued to highlight how little death matters in the Fast & Furious franchise. The movies used Gisele’s death to explain why Han went to Tokyo, leading to his death. Now, both of them join a long list of Fast & Furious characters who have seemingly died only to return after the fact. Gisele’s return is another reason why audiences will be skeptical to believe any of the major Fast X character deaths will stick.

Will Gisele Be In Fast & Furious 11?
Gisele Yashar in Fast and Furious

After seeing Gal Gadot again in Fast X, there is little doubt that Gisele will return in Fast & Furious 11. Universal has not made an official announcement about her return, but that is simply a formality at this point. Fast X’s ending would not have brought Gisele back to save Cipher and Letty if it was not part of a plan to have Gal Gadot appear again in the sequel. Not having Gisele return in Fast & Furious 11 would be a massive disappointment after this tease, just like if Hobbs does not appear after Dwayne Johnson’s Fast X return.

Can Gisele’s Return Lead To Tokyo Drift 2 With Han?

There is a chance that Gisele’s Fast & Furious return is part of a larger plan for Gal Gadot’s character, which could include leading Tokyo Drift 2 with Han. The idea of a sequel to The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift starring Han and Gisele is something that has gained popularity over the years. Now that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman future is uncertain, she might be looking at the Fast & Furious franchise to keep her in the spotlight. Tokyo Drift 2 with Han and Gisele would also be a chance for the franchise to live on after the Fast Saga ends, which Universal surely wants.

What Gisele’s Return Means For Fast & Furious’ Future
Fast X Hobbs Gisele

One of the big takeaways from Gisele’s Fast X return is that it means the Fast & Furious franchise has a lot more star power attached to its ending. Gal Gadot is one of two major cast members to return, as Fast X’s post-credits scene brings Dwayne Johnson back too. The combination of Gadot and Johnson means future Fast & Furious movies should have even more box office appeal around the world. They both join a cast that includes Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, and Michelle Rodriguez as recognizable faces who can bring in larger crowds for Fast & Furious 11 and Fast & Furious 12.

Gal Gadot’s return also might mean that she will stick around for additional films in the franchise after the Fast Saga ends. Whether it is Tokyo Drift 2 or helping lead the all-female Fast & Furious spinoff in development, Gisele would be an excellent fit in both of them. While those films might have still happened even if Gal Gadot never returned to the franchise, Universal could be more likely to green light them with someone of her caliber attached.

There is also a downside that comes with Fast X bringing Gal Gadot back, as Gisele’s return makes it even harder to believe character deaths in the franchise. There are plenty of examples of the movies “killing” a character only to bring them back in another installment. This is not a great position for the Fast & Furious franchise to be in for the final films, as audiences will be skeptical that any death is legit. Furthermore, it likely means that the franchise will not repeat killing Gisele or any other characters who seemingly died before, forcing their stories to end differently.

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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.


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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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