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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
Fast X gisele return problem

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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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.

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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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