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10 Details From The Series That It Left Out

The Fast & Furious series has been stereotyped as being relatively formulaic and repeating the same tropes and techniques from one movie to the other. F9 turned out to be a subversion of sorts, with the story of Dominic Toretto’s clash with his brother Jakob including many original aspects.

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The franchise has used details like the focus on family and racing sequences in every movie, but there have also been plenty of others that were left out for the ninth installment. Taking a deeper look into these and the reasons why they were excluded will give fans a greater appreciation for the Vin Diesel-led movie.

A Betrayal Within Dom’s Crew

Vince warns Dom about Brian in The Fast & The FUrious

While there were definite played-out tropes in F9, it didn’t incorporate the detail of the standard betrayal among the protagonist ranks. This was seen in instances like Dom’s own betrayal in the eighth movie to go with Vince’s betrayal in Fast Five and Riley Hicks’ in the sixth installment.
F9 decided against invoking this aspect since the backdrop was of Dom feeling that Jakob had betrayed him and his father by wrecking the latter’s car as a child. However, it turned out that Jakob had been working on their father’s orders the whole time, meaning he was never a traitor.

Dom’s Confrontation With The Main Villain

Cipher and Dom talk in Fate of the Furious

With every movie, Dom has always had a scene where he faces off with the antagonist and makes the claim that he will beat him. However, despite being billed as the villain, Jakob was a sympathetic figure in F9 and the true villains were Otto and Cipher.
Dom ended up never having any scene shared with Cipher, while he didn’t acknowledge Otto’s presence when they were in the same scene. This made it the first Fast & Furious movie to do away with the detail of Dom having that big face-off with the villain to set the stage for their conflict.

Dom’s Crew Being Recruited By Outside Forces

The Fast Family around a table in Fast & Furious.

A vital aspect of each movie in the series is that Dom’s crew gets involved due to others forcing them to. The sixth movie had Hobbs task them to find Owen Shaw, the seventh had Mr. Nobody do this, while the eighth had Cipher force Dom into betraying his team.
F9 changed this up by having Roman, Tej, and Ramsey approach Dom with the news of Mr. Nobody’s disappearance. It was also after he realized Jakob was involved that Dom entered the conflict. In this instance, there were no outside forces recruiting the protagonists, with Dom joining of his own volition.

The Heroes Engaging In Illegal Activities

Dom drives a car out of a train in Fast Five

This has been used intermittently by the series starting from the sixth movie, but the majority of them add the detail of the heroes doing criminal activities. The eighth film had Dom wreak major damage in order to do Cipher’s dirty work under blackmail.
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It wasn’t like this in the ninth movie, though, as the heroes were in the mission squarely for the greater good. Whatever collateral damage happened as a result of their pursuit of Jakob, with Dom and his crew actively attempting to avoid the losses of lives. In addition, they didn’t partake in things like robbery or heists as was the case in most of the previous movies.

Title Screen Appearing At The Beginning Of The Movie

Young Dom talks to his father in a car in F9

This may seem like a minor detail on paper, but a trademark of the Fast & Furious series is for each entry to have an explosive intro that then cuts to the title screen to hype up the rest of the movie. F9 left this out entirely in favor of placing the title at the very end.
It had the effect of making the cold open – featuring young Dom and Jakob – much more intimate as it lacked the carefree thrill of previous films’ cold opens. In its place, the lack of a title screen transitioned the flashback into the present day as a way of keeping viewers in line with Dom as both a young man and an adult.

A Face-Off With A Number Of One-Liners

Dom and Jakob have a heated argument in F9

It’s become a habit of the series for a face-off to comprise nothing but a number of insults from two characters. Hobbs and Shaw did it best in the eighth film with their brand of wisecracks, while the likes of Roman have also engaged in such moments earlier.
There were some one-liners, but these were made in cheesy but friendly scenes in F9 between Roman and Tej, for the most part. Characters didn’t mingle with enemies or rivals this time around, with the main face-off between Dom and Jakob being personal and antagonistic.

A Twist In The Climax

Cipher talks to Jakob in F9

Another important detail from the movies is for something unforeseen to take place before the ending. This happened in instances like the reveal of Shaw’s survival in the eighth movie, along with other examples like Roman and Brian showed to have stolen money for themselves in the second installment.
The ninth movie left this detail out by playing the story straight, with it being entirely too obvious that Otto would betray Jakob. The setup for it was through Cipher’s manipulation of Otto, and the fact that Jakob was always hinted to be on the path to reconciliation with Dom.

Confirmation Of Villains’ Plans

Jakob Toretto talks to Cipher in F9

Although F9 kept the detail of a MacGuffin steering the plot with the Aries device, it didn’t follow through with making the villains’ motivations known. Fast & Furious generally makes this clear, like Deckard Shaw’s bid for revenge and Cipher’s plans for world domination.
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F9 never revealed what Jakob and Otto’s plans with Aries were supposed to be. Instead, the only hint given was Otto’s claim that they were “the good guys.” It was left to the interpretation of viewers as to what the pair had planned with a device that could disable any technology.

A Standalone Storyline

Dom and his family have dinner in Fast and Furious 6

Although every movie is connected, an interesting detail is that they have a firm beginning and conclusion and can be seen on a standalone basis. However, F9 brought in major revelations and sequel hooks that meant Fast 10 is necessary viewing for the full story.
This was due to plotlines hanging such as Cipher’s survival, Jakob’s time on the run, Mr. Nobody’s ambiguous situation, and Han’s confrontation with Deckard Shaw. The series usually has stories that tie everything up at the end with the family dinner, but the barbecue scene this time around was far from the conclusion.

Dom Being One Step Ahead Of Everything

Dom talks in the microphone in F9

Easily the biggest detail left out of F9 was the idea that Dom is always one step ahead of everyone, as this was deliberately left out of his character development. Where he previously figured ways to beat Cipher and save his son or apprehend Owen Shaw’s crew, Dom wasn’t the all-knowing hero in this movie. Instead, he was astounded to find out that his father had instructed Jakob to tamper with his car in hopes of gaining insurance money.
Dom realized he had blocked out his family’s money issues as a teenager, meaning he had wrongfully exiled his own brother for the death of their father. F9 subverted the usual detail of Dom being aware of everything by making him out to be a protagonist with his own flaws in judgment.
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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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