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9 Most Epic Explosion Scenes, Ranked

While Michael Bay is praised by some for his explosion-filled movies, the Fast and Furious series has produced its own fair share of memorable pyrotechnics. Though it started as a street racing B-movie, the franchise has grown into a massively successful global action series with some of the wildest and destructive set pieces in modern-day blockbusters.

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There are always plenty of things blowing up in these movies, from cars to planes to entire buildings. Although it can get old after a while, there are some great explosions scenes from the Fast and Furious films that really stand out and can even signify a deeper meaning behind its flaming debris.

Blowing Up The Toilet In Police Station – Fast Five (2011)

Leo and Rico in tunnel with flashlights in Fast Five

When it comes to the various missions they go on, no one engages in wild plans as well as Dom’s crew. In Fast Five, they decide to sneak into a well-guarded police station by creating a diversion that doesn’t go according to plan.
Dom and his men rig the police station toilets to overflow with the help of an explosive. Unfortunately, they use too many explosives that create a bigger mess than they initially intended. The entire sewage system comes blasting out of the toilets while also drenching one unfortunate guard inside. Unlike other Fast & Furious explosions, this one is played for laughs rather than thrills. It is a nice change of pace to have a more comedic explosion in these otherwise grim movies.

Taking Out Cipher’s Drone With A Car – F9 (2021)

Charlize Theron as Cipher in a flight simulator in F9

It seems to be an ongoing theme in these movies that, no matter what vehicle or mode of transportation he is going up against, all Dom needs is a car to take it out. In F9, the villainous Cipher chases Dom not with a car as usual but with a drone plane she controls from afar.
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As Dom is driving a massive truck, it serves as a pretty easy target for Cipher who closes in for the kill. But at the last moment, Dom flips the truck off a cliff, jumps to safety in midair, and sends the truck crashing into the drone. Once again, the villain has underestimated how dangerous Dom is behind any wheel. This scene shows Dom’s willingness to destroy his own car to best his opponent in vehicular combat.

Han’s Apparent Death – The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

Split image of Han behind the wheel and his car exploding in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

While Tokyo Drift might not be the most popular movie in the franchise, it did give the series Han, who became a beloved hero as the years progressed. But it is his apparent death that made for the most memorable and tragic moment of the third movie.
While being chased by an angry gangster, Han’s car is hit and flips upside down. His friends arrive just in time to see the car go up in flames. While Han’s death is eventually retconned in F9, this explosion occurs during one of the most emotional scenes in not only the movie but the Fast franchise as well. Han’s apparent demise served as a turning point for the franchise, signifying that no character, no matter how beloved they are, was safe from dying.

Dodging The Rolling Oil Tanker – Fast And Furious (2009)

Letty is on the top of a car while Dom drives in The Fast and the Furious.

The heist sequences are always the high point in these movies and the fourth movie opens with one of the wildest sequences in the franchise. The introductory scene depicts Dom and Letty attempting to hijack an oil tanker which will quite obviously end in a fiery mess.
The heist does not go as planned with the road blocked and the burning oil tanker rolling down the hill towards Dom and Letty. In another ridiculous moment, Dom times it perfectly to slide his car under the tanker as it bounces, saving them before the tanker explodes. Not only does this sequence show Dom’s prowess as a driver, but it also functions as an oddly romantic moment between the franchise’s star couple. Even under the threat of death, the husband and wife team find little moments to show their mutual affection.

Dom And Hobbs Take Down A Helicopter – Furious 7 (2015)

Split image of Hobbs firing a machine gun in the air and Hobbs posing near a window in Furious 7.

Though they made for entertaining adversaries in Fast Five, Dom and Hobbs are even better heroes. While Hobbs is absent for most of the action in Furious 7, he returns in the climax to help Dom take down an enemy helicopter.
As Hobbs shoots at it from the street below, Dom grabs a bag filled with grenades. He jumps his car off a building roof and manages to hook the bag onto the helicopter. Then Hobbs takes aim and shoots the bag, which causes the helicopter to explode into a bright ball of flames. Aside from the visual thrill of a fiery helicopter, this scene serves to highlight how much better these two men are as teammates rather than enemies. This reluctant partnership would later develop in future Fast movies as well as Hobbs’ own spinoff movie, Hobbs & Shaw.

The Death Of Dom’s Father – F9 (2021)

Split image of Dom standing with his crew behind him and an explosion at a racetrack in F9.

In the first movie, the audience is told about the tragic death of Dom’s father, which was a pivotal moment in the young man’s life that led him initially to a life of crime. F9 opens with a flashback of the event, which makes the tragedy all the more impactful.
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For a brief moment, the audience gets to see young Dom happy helping his father on the racetrack alongside his brother Jakob. But all that happiness immediately evaporates when Dom’s father’s car is clipped in the race. The resulting explosion is terrifying and devastating, especially given young Dom’s reaction.

Deckard Shaw Blows Up The Family’s House – Furious 7 (2015)

Split image of a house exploding and Dom at the wheel of his car in Furious 7.

While Deckard Shaw may have redeemed himself in some ways, he still did some terrible things as the villain in Furious 7. Along with seeming to kill Han just as the movie is getting started, he also takes out the most important setting in the series.
As Dom, Brian and Mia are having some fun family time at Dom’s house, he gets a mysterious package in the mail. It turns out to be a bomb that blows up the entire house and nearly kills the heroes. Given Dom’s constant talk of the importance of family, the destruction of his home hurts the Fast hero more than most physical wounds ever could. This destructive event also transformed Shaw from a generic villain into an intimidating antagonist who was willing to do anything to hurt Dom.

Dom Takes Out A Submarine – The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Dom jumps a submarine in his car The Fate of the Furious

It is clear that the series is always just looking for some new and bigger vehicle for the supped-up car to go up against. In The Fate of the Furious, Dom and the crew are taking on a submarine Cipher is trying to steal.
As Cipher tries to take out Dom with a heat-seeking missile, he uses her won weapon against her. He manages to outrun the missile in his car, drawing it towards the submarine. He then jumps the sub as the missile strikes and blows it sky-high. A muscle car taking out a nuclear submarine is the kind of wonderfully ludicrous thing seen only in the Fast and Furious series. This scene also contributed to the franchise’s embrace of more fantastical action set pieces that are far from the relatively realistic car chases depicted in the first film.

Escaping An Exploding Plane – The Fast And The Furious 6 (2013)

Dom escapes from burning plane in Fast and Furious 6

The climax of the sixth movie features one of the best action sequences in the series as the heroes battle the villain as he attempts to take off in his plane. While the audience has to suspend their disbelief, especially with the impossibly long runway, it is worth it for the spectacular ending.
It caps off with the team bringing down the plane as it takes off with Dom left inside. Luckily, there is also a car inside the plane which Dom uses to drive out the front of the plane as it explodes. Seeing Dom speed away as a plane crashes behind him feels like the moment he changed from a generic, run-of-the-mill action star to a near-superhero who can seemingly survive any situation no matter how dire and impossible it seems.
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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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