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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Vin Diesel/ Instagram

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

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

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

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

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

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

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

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