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10 Missions Where Dom Should Have Died (& Only Survived Because Of Plot Armor)

There’s yet another reason to be excited about Fast X as Vin Diesel recently dropped a tease by sharing an image of Dominic Torretto’s 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. It’s a car the protagonist last drove in Fast & Furious (2009), and that means there is a good reason why it’s making a return.

Fans can once again expect Dom to risk his life by taking part in the most dangerous of missions. And since the franchise isn’t ending just yet, he can be expected to survive, no matter how much he showcases his daredevilry. So far, there have been several instances where the heist king truly should have died, but since it’s Dominic Toretto, nothing bad happened.

Escape From Mose Jakande (Furious 7)

Mose Jakande orders Dom to surrender in Furious 7

After rescuing Ramsey, Dom finds himself surrounded by Mose Jakande and his henchmen at the edge of a cliff. Surprisingly, he reverses off the cliff and crashes down below, only for him and Ramsey to come out unscathed.

It’s the best example of plot armor getting in the way of reality since there are very few documented cases of people driving off a cliff and surviving. In a more believable scenario, Dom and Ramsey should spend months in the hospital, given how badly the car gets damaged. Interestingly, none of that happens because there is still so much for the two to do at the time the events occur.

Owen Shaw Pursuit (Furious 6)

Letty gets launched off a tanker in Fast & Furious 6

Dom and his team chase Owen Shaw through a highway bridge after he steals a military tank. With Letty in danger of falling off, Dom crashes his Dodge Charger into the side of the opposite highway and launches himself into the air before catching her and landing on the opposite side.

It’s a scene simply meant to make one of the best movie couples look even cooler and paint Dom as a true tough guy. Since the Physics of it all doesn’t make sense, the expert driver claims he simply took a chance. Dom not only manages to avoid falling off the bridge, but he also lands safely on top of another car. But in real life, the probability of him being lucky twice is null. He could have either fallen off the bridge or landed on the tarmac instead of the car, two outcomes that would have left him dead.

The Retrieval Of God’s Eye (Furious 7)

Lykan HyperSport jumping in Abu Dhabi in Furious 7

In order to retrieve the God’s Eye software located in a chip in one of the most expensive Fast & Furious cars (the Jordanian prince’s 2013 Lykan Hypersport). Dom decides to drive it out of an Abu Dhabi penthouse. With the breaks having failed, he ends up crashing through two skyscrapers but gets out in time just before the car falls to the ground below.

As good a driver as Dom is, he is no pilot. There is no way for him to ensure the airborne car lands safely on the floor of each skyscraper instead of hitting a wall partition and crashing to the ground below. Still, that’s what happens, and amidst all the mayhem, he and Brian still find time to take out God’s Eye before hopping out of the vehicle. As such, no life is lost, and it’s only the prince that gets $3.4 million scrapped off his net worth..

Escape From Montequinto (Fast 9)

Dom's car gets slingshot in F9

While being chased by the military in Montequinto, Dom drives off a cliff and uses a cable to slingshot his car to the opposite cliffside. He thus makes a clean escape.

The ninth installment is perhaps the most unrealistic one, and it’s no surprise that very few critics liked it. Dom risks his life for nothing in this particular scenario since getting captured by the military is a way more favorable outcome than falling down a cliff. And given the weight of the car, there are no guarantees that it would swing safely to the other side. There are also no guarantees that the cable is strong enough. But this happens at the beginning of the movie, so Dom has to stay alive.

Cuban Street Race (The Fate Of The Furious)

Dom participates in a Cuban Street Race - Fast & Furious

To prevent a loan shark from taking his cousin’s car, Dom challenges him to a race in a 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline dubbed one of “the slowest cars in the world.” While at it, the car’s engine catches fire, but Dom manages to reverse-speed all the way to the finish line before jumping out.

A speeding car with a burning engine would definitely blow up any second, but none of that happens, allowing Dom to not only complete the race but also beat someone who is driving a faster car. Dom never gets consumed by the flames either, which ought to be increasing given the speed at which the wind is blowing through the car. But if Dom dies in Cuba, Cipher becomes useless, so that doesn’t happen.

Dom Vs Deckard Shaw (Furious 7)

Deckard Shaw confronts Dom

Dom quickly drives after Deckard Shaw when he notices him at Han’s funeral. In an underground tunnel, the two decide to drive their cars toward each other and crash, only for them to walk out unscathed.

The scene, which makes little sense, counts as one of the hilariously badass things Jason Statham is known for. Even more ridiculous is that the two men aren’t too tired or injured to fight. They simply straighten their necks and go at it. A better option would have been for the two men to simply step out of their cars and fight.

Train Heist (Fast Five)

Dom and Brian drive off a bridge in Fast Five

To avoid being captured by FBI agents during a train heist, Dom and Brian decide to drive their 1963 Chevrolet StingRay Grand Sport off a bridge. They then jump off it before landing in the water, which is several miles below the bridge.

A quora user explains that when you jump into the water from high altitudes, your body reaches terminal velocity, which is 120 mph for the human body. For this reason, hitting the water would feel the same as hitting concrete. But this isn’t just a Fast & Furious crime. Many movie directors are guilty of making it seem like it’s much safer to hit the water than land.

Stopping Jakande (Furious 7)

Letty begs Dom not to die in Furious 7

Yet another Jakande scene sees Dom launching his car at the secondary antagonist’s helicopter before crashing to the ground. Everyone believes Dom has died, but as soon as Letty tells him she has regained her memory, he wakes up.

Colliding with a helicopter before crashing to the ground are both equally dangerous scenarios that would leave anyone dead or badly injured. But love has to win, so Dom miraculously regains consciousness in order to ensure a happily-ever-after tale with Letty. To add to the unrealistic nature of the scene, Dom happens to be carrying a bag of grenades, which remain intact until Dom is safe.

Russia Chase (The Fate Of The Furious)

The Fate of the Furious submarine chase

One of the best Fast & Furious villains, Cipher, sends a heat-seeking missile after Dom in Russia as he is trying to prevent her from completing her mission. Interestingly, he diverts it to a submarine and still avoids getting caught up in the explosion.

Since Dom hasn’t moved too far away when the explosion happens, there would be melancholy but no shock if he gets caught up in it. But once again, Dom’s death makes no sense within the context of the franchise, so he walks away whereas Cipher fails in her quest to trigger World War II.

Oil Tanker Heist (Fast & Furious)

Dom watches the incoming tank in Fast & Fruious (2009)

As the crew robs an oil tanker in the Dominic Republic, a tank, Dom finds himself in trouble when the tanker falls, and the tank comes hurtling towards his car. Surprisingly, he manages to maneuver his way through it, avoiding a collision.

Logically, the oil tank ought to explode as soon as it detaches from the vehicle. Furthermore, it’s highly unlikely that an oil tank will burn on the outside without exploding, but that’s what happens here. Consequently, Dom gets to drive safely away before any harm comes to him.
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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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