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Luke Hobbs’ 10 Dumbest Decisions, Ranked

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may not be returning for Fast X as Luke Hobbs, but he’s already made his mark on the franchise in the five Fast & Furious movies in which he’s appeared, including the spinoff movie Hobbs & Shaw. Hobbs was all muscle and grit when began his time in the franchise as Dominic Toretto’s adversary, so he quickly became acquainted with the sometimes unbelievable scenarios for which the team is famous.

When it comes to Fast & Furious, the unbelievable is usually brought on by some incredibly dumb decisions made by the main cast. Hobbs may have entered the franchise at its now midway point, but he made quick work of catching up with the others in dumb decision-making.

Flexing Out Of His Cast

Luke Hobbs coming out of a helicopter and looking angry in Fast & Furious.

Hobbs found himself in a hospital bed after Deckard Shaw set off a bomb in the DSS building at the beginning of Furious 7 and Hobbs threw himself in front of Elena to protect her from the explosion. His resulting injuries included at least a broken arm and a broken leg. That did not keep Hobbs from joining the fight at the end of the movie.
Related: Every Fast & Furious Movie, Ranked By How Realistic They AreWhen Hobbs saw that the team had brought the fight back to LA, he didn’t hesitate to prepare for battle. Part of that preparation included the decision to flex out of his arm cast which was not only incredibly unrealistic but also just not a good decision for someone who’s only been healing from a broken arm for a few days.

Rope Slide

Hobbs and Shaw pointing guns in the same direction in Hobbs & Shaw.

Hobbs and Shaw had a running time of longer than two hours, giving both Hobbs and Deckard Shaw plenty of time to show their best, worst and most entertaining qualities. While the difference between the original Hobbs and the one seen in the spinoff is drastic, the newer more developed version still fell into the role of brawn over brains.
He was always ready to jump into Bond-level action but he didn’t always analyze his options which was seen when he opted to jump out a building’s top-floor window with just a rope (and no glove or arm protectant) to brace his fall. Shaw instead chose an elevator free fall and while neither option was particularly safe, Shaw’s route was definitely smarter. Since it was a Fast and Furious movie, Hobbs didn’t sustain the injuries he surely would’ve received from the fall but still, he should know the first idea isn’t always the best.

Taunting Brixton

Brixton looking angry in Hobbs & Shaw.

A bound Hobbs couldn’t hold his tongue while the Hobbs and Shaw evil villain, Brixton didn’t hold back with his interrogation methods against Hobbs and Shaw.
His persistent snarky comments had Brixton continuously sending high voltage shocks into his body. Keeping humor alive is a pretty common coping mechanism but after the first time, Hobbs saw where it got him so continuing to taunt Brixton didn’t display his perseverance it just brought him more pain. It was, however, consistent with his characterization in the movie.

Fist Fighting Dom

Dom fights Hobbs in Fast Five

There were a lot of dumb decisions made by the early, more egotistical version of Hobbs who was introduced in Fast 5 , the most rewatchable movie in the Fast and Furious Franchise. One of those included his fist fight with Dom. There was no reason for him to engage in a hand-to-hand altercation with Dom other than to flex his muscles and assert his perceived dominance over the team. However, it did produce one of the franchise’s hardest-hitting action sequences.
Hobbs didn’t even win his unnecessary fight with Dom. He could have saved a lot of time and energy if he strategically surrounded the team’s safe house, which he had all the resources to do. Thankfully, that superiority complex didn’t make much of an appearance in the following movies, saving him from making even more dumb and ego-driven decisions.

Falling For A Shaw

Hobbs and Hattie in a promo photo for Hobbs & Shaw.

The flirtation between Hobbs and Shaw’s younger sister Hattie in Hobbs and Shaw was a little strange but also understandable. Hattie was a smart and fierce fighter so Hobbs’ attraction to her wasn’t completely insane of a concept.
Related: 10 Best Movie Enemies-To-Lovers StoriesHowever, after all he had been through with the Shaw family, allowing himself to fall for one of them surely would bring more problems than anything else for him. Since that was his last appearance as Hobbs, there’s no way to know if they actually continued on with a relationship but the two of them together would have been a constant source of chaotic entertainment.

Pulling Guns On Dom In Brazil

Dom Toretto faces Luke Hobbs in Brazil in Fast Five

Dom and Hobbs had a few tension-filled showdowns including one orchestrated by Dom and his team to secretly place a tracker on Hobbs’ convoy in Fast 5. Thinking he would finally be able to capture Dom and Brian, Hobbs had his team pull their guns on them to encourage their compliance which wasn’t the best idea considering where he was.
What Hobbs may have forgotten was that he was on the streets of Brazil (which Dom was happy to loudly remind him of) and found twice as many guns turned back around on him. Still, that wasn’t the last time Hobbs made the mistake of underestimating Dom.

Not Assessing His Team

Hobbs and Riley walk together in Fast & Furious 6

The first Shaw that Hobbs faced off with was the youngest brother, Owen Shaw. Hobbs teamed up with Dom and his team to catch Shaw who had a thought-to-be-dead Letty on his team, but Hobbs also had a new partner by his side, agent Riley Hicks, who was revealed to be Shaw’s informant.
In Hobbs’ line of work, it would be assumed that he would be thorough in assessing the people he adds to his team, which he did with Elena in Fast 5, but Riley’s association with Shaw clearly slipped by in Furious 6. Obviously, since she was a secret informant, their link would have been well hidden but as a security and intelligence agency, the DSS should have the tech to uncover that kind of activity. At the very least Hobbs should have monitored the information going out from his team knowing who he was dealing with.

Underestimating Mr. Nobody’s Persistence

Mr. Nobody talking to someone in Fast & Furious.

In Fate of the Furious, Hobbs found himself not only in the same prison he put Deckard Shaw in but also in the neighboring cell. Mr. Nobody offered him a way out, but Hobbs underestimated his persistence and thought that deciding to get out “the right way” would be the end of it, but of course, Mr. Nobody didn’t give him much of a choice.
Related: Deckard Shaw’s 10 Best Quotes From Fast & FuriousHobbs always stuck to his guns which made him predictable and easy to manipulate so Mr. Nobody knew, given the resources, it would only be a matter of time before Hobbs and Shaw would find their way to the outside. While it did take them longer than expected, he was right and Hobbs was delusional to think that Mr. Nobody wouldn’t orchestrate a way to get what he wanted despite Hobbs’ wishes.

Letting The Team Go

The cast of Fast Five on the film's poster.

After the climactic Rio heist in Fast 5, Hobbs, having helped the team take the vault from Reyes to get revenge for him killing his DSS team, allows Dom, Brian, and the rest of the team to get a head start in the chase to bring them in. While he did make them leave the vault behind, he realized his mistake for underestimating the team once again when he finds the vault empty.
After Fast 5, it seems that Hobbs has no real interest in catching the team again but at that moment on the bridge, he still had every intention of catching them so letting them drive off into the sunset, even for a 24-hour head start, was not a smart decision and pretty much solidified that he would never actually be able to bring them in.

Underestimating The Team

The Fast Family around a table in Fast & Furious.

As the DSS agent tasked to bring the team in, Hobbs made things hard for himself in Fast 5 by underestimating their abilities, labeling them as just lucky street criminals that could drive really well.
Until that movie, the Fast and Furious team did participate in mainly higher-level street crimes but their proven organization and commitment to executing their plans should have made it clear to Hobbs that there was nothing common about them. Underestimating them set him back several times, allowing the team to slip through Hobbs’ fingers several times before he eventually realized their resourcefulness.
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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.

RELATED: Fast X Cliffhanger Ending Explained

Perhaps, this unexpected turn could be a set-up for the in-development Cipher spin-off. Specific plot details about the project are currently scant, with Universal still not announcing a tentative release date. Nevertheless, the events of Fast X could be the start of her redemption arc, with her relationship with Letty functioning as a barometer of whether viewers can finally forgive her for all of her transgressions.

Source: Collider

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10 Characters Who Should Be In It


Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty is the franchise’s biggest female character and the obvious pick to lead the all-female spinoff. Jordana Brewster’s Mia deserves a big role in the spinoff to expand on her character and showcase her growth. Brie Larson’s Tess is needed in the spinoff to explore the mystery surrounding her character and add her engaging screen presence to the team.

The Fast & Furious saga is meant to continue with an all-female-led movie, and casting the returning characters presents exciting options. An all-female spinoff could be the perfect way to continue the Fast &Furious story, as it will be able to retain the elements of the franchise that make it iconic while offering a new perspective. From the beginning, the franchise has been very male-dominated, and told male-centric stories, so offering the high-octane thrills of a Fast & Furious movie from a female perspective could be a welcome change of pace.

The series is known for having an all-star cast, so any female spinoff will have to match the previous films. Thankfully, the franchise already has several incredible female movie stars. Fast X, the latest film in the franchise, introduced and reintroduced some exciting female characters, setting the groundwork for the upcoming Fast & Furious movie. Obviously, whatever happens in the next film will determine who will be on the team and what side they will fight for. The franchise already has a healthy supply of female characters, both good and evil, who can factor into a Fast & Furious female spinoff.


Related Fast X Proves How Great A Fast & Furious Female Spinoff Would Be The idea of an all-female spinoff is more exciting than Fast & Furious 11, with Fast X providing the blueprint for just how well it could work.

10 Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty Can Lead The Fast Spinoff Ensemble
She’s the franchise’s biggest female character

Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty has been a key member of the Fast family since the first movie, and no female spinoff would feel right without her leading the team. Dominic Toretto’s wife is one of the fastest drivers in the world. Letty has made her way from street racer to international woman of mystery, becoming one of the franchise’s best characters in the process. Rodriguez is an incredibly engaging screen presence thanks to her charisma and action pedigree. An all-female action movie is right in her wheelhouse, making her the obvious pick for the lead in the movie.

9 Jordana Brewster’s Mia Deserves A Big Role
The Toretto family member has been sidelined recently

Another extension of the Toretto family tree, Jordana Brewster’s Mia is Dom’s brother and the wife of Paul Walker’s Brian. Since Walker’s tragic death, as well as the introduction of countless new characters, Mia has been sidelined in recent films, which is a shame because she is one of the best parts of the earlier films. A spinoff with just the women could be a great time to expand on Mia’s character and see how she has grown over the past couple of years, especially now that she is the mother of two. Brewster is an underrated talent, and Mia should be heavily involved in whatever spinoff the filmmakers plan.

8 Brie Larson’s Tess Is Needed After Fast X Introduction
Mr. Nobody’s daughter has a bright future
Brie Larson as Tess firing a gun in Fast X

Fast X introduced several new faces to the franchise, but perhaps most notably was Brie Larson as Tess “Nobody”, a secret agent on a quest to protect Dom and his family. Larson had relatively little screen time in the movie, and her introduction felt like it was mostly included to set up a future spinoff. The Oscar winner is the perfect name to include in a spinoff. Larson is an incredibly engaging and vulnerable screen presence and a great addition to the team. As her family name would imply, there is still a lot of mystery about Tess that this spinoff could explore.

7 Ramsey’s Return Can Give Nathalie Emmanuel A Major Role
The hacker has a growing set of skills
Nathalie Emmanuel in Fast and Furious 7.

After her first appearance in Furious 7, Nathalie Emmanuel’s Ramsey has been the Fast team’s resident hacker and tech wiz. The Game of Thrones star has mostly been used for exposition and comic relief since joining the team, but Ramsey has a distinctive style and skill set that would make her a great addition to the female spinoff. While Mia and Letty are great drivers, Ramsey has skills in the digital realm that could help the team on whatever mission they are on. It would also be interesting to see how Ramsey functions outside the trio of her, Tej, and Roman.

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6 Daniela Melchior’s Return As Isabel Gives The Spinoff More Legacy
Isabel is the sister of Elena
Isabel (Daniela Melchior) in a car at a street race in Fast X

For a while, Elsa Pataky’s Elena was viewed as an obvious candidate to appear in a Fast & Furious female spinoff. However, after her untimely demise in The Fate of the Furious, her younger sister can fill that void. Another new female protagonist introduced in Fast X, Daniela Melchior’s Isabel also felt like she was included mostly to set up this future spinoff. Melchior is one of the more promising young actors to pop up this decade, and her work in The Suicide Squad proves she is more than ready to have a large part in a team-up action movie.

5 Gal Gadot’s Place In The Fast Spinoff As Gisele Is Likely
Fast X confirmed Gisele is still alive

Gal Gadot made her return to Fast and Furious in the final moments of Fast X’s ending, which confirmed that Gisele is alive after Fast & Furious 6. The character’s return had been speculated for a long time, and audiences should see much more of her now that her fate is confirmed. A Fast & Furious female spinoff can answer lingering questions about Gisele’s life, such as how she survived falling from a plane or what she’s been doing for the last several years. The movie can also finally give Gisele a prominent role in the franchise once again.

4 Charlize Theron’s Cipher Could Play Both Sides In The Spinoff
The franchise’s villain is not to be trusted

In both The Fate of the Furious and F9: The Fast Saga, Charlize Theron’s Cipher served as the franchise’s primary antagonist. While Fast X puts her allegiance into question, she is still one of the best villains in all of Fast and Furious and would make an excellent baddie for the all-women team to go up against. While Cipher could be a reluctant ally to the team, Theron is just much more fun hamming it up as the bad guy, and the film could serve as a fitting conclusion to her movie-spanning scheme.

3 Eva Mendes Can Return As Monica Fuentes At Long Last
She hasn’t been seen since Fast Five
Monica Fuentes pointing a rifle in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

The Fast & Furious female spinoff would also be a great opportunity to finally bring back Eva Mendes as Monica Fuentes. Following her debut in 2 Fast 2 Furious, she returned briefly in Fast Five’s post-credits scene. Eva Mendes has since mostly retired from acting, leaving audiences without a chance to see Monica’s story continue. A Fast X Easter egg did provide a reminder of her presence in the franchise. This could be to help set up her appearance in Fast 11, but a return alongside the franchise’s biggest female characters would be more fitting.

2 Vanessa Kirby’s Hattie Needs To Crossover With The Main Franchise
She’s from the franchise’s only current spinoff
Vanessa Kirby in Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw

Only appearing in Hobbs & Shaw, Vanessa Kirby’s Hattie is the third sibling in the Shaw family and one of the most dangerous women in the Fast universe. She was a scene-stealing presence in the previous Fast & Furious spinoff movie that left audiences wanting more. It would be great to see Kirby return for an even bigger role in the franchise spinoff, allowing her to interact with some of the other prominent characters along the way.

1 Helen Mirren’s Queenie Should Be The Female Ensemble’s Mentor
She’s become a frequent face
Dom Toretto and Queenie Shaw in Fast and Furious

With her appearances in the past four movies, including Hobbs & Shaw, Helen Mirren has become a surprising mainstay of the Fast & Furious franchise. Her role as British gangster Queenie is such a fun role for the Dame, and her time in the universe should continue especially in the all-female spinoff. Mirren’s roles in the movies have mostly been one-scene cameos, so this film could be a great space to expand the character and give her a chance to interact with more actors than just Vin Diesel.

Fast X Poster Fast X Release Date: 2023-05-19 Director: Louis Leterrier Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Brie Larson, Scott Eastwood, Jason Momoa Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 141 Minutes Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime Writers: Justin Lin, Dan Mazeau, Gary Scott Thompson Budget: $340 Million Studio(s): Universal Pictures Distributor(s): Universal Pictures Sequel(s): Fast and Furious 11, Fast & Furious 12 prequel(s): Fast & Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Fast And The Furious, Fast 5, Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7, Fast and Furious 8, F9: The Fast Saga1 Franchise(s): Fast and Furious

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