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Dom’s Crew’s Best & Worst Plans

Content Warning: This article contains references to kidnapping.

The Fast & Furious movies have always been about Dominic Toretto and his crew, with their exploits in both conducting heists and defeating global threats detailed in the series. Villains like Cipher, Mose Jakande, the Shaw brothers, among others, have forced the characters to come up with strategies to come away with the win.
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Sometimes, they have been mighty successful when certain plans have gone as expected. However, there have also been moments where Dom and his crew have also made some blunders in planning that have had negative consequences – some of which have affected the characters in a major way.

Best: Switching The Vaults To Fool Hobbs

A car drags a vault through the streets in Fast Five

The bait-and-switch was best seen in Fast Five. The crew’s plan here was to break into the police station and steal the vault that was filled with Reyes’ money. They hooked the vault onto their cars and drag it through the streets, with the police high on their tails.
However, it turned out the vault was empty as they had vacated the money earlier. They had been dragging an empty vault around in order to lead Hobbs and the police away from the rest of their crew so they could escape. With this plan successfully pulled off, Hobbs was under the impression that he managed to procure the stolen money, only to learn he’d been duped and Dom’s crew had made off with all of the $90 million.

Worst: Stealing The Cars On The Train

Dom drives a car out of a train in Fast Five

In the opening of Fast Five, Dom, Mia, and Brian went ahead with the plan of stealing three cars on a train in Rio de Janeiro. However, there were too many things they didn’t account for and the plan went up in flames, forcing Dom to improvise. As it happened, the leader of Dom’s accomplices, Zizi, had his eyes on just one car, leading Dom to realize it was important and a fight broke out between them.
Simultaneously, DEA agents were on the train due to the cars being seized property, leading to an all-out fiasco where Dom and Brian ended up being apprehended by Zizi’s boss, Hernan Reyes. On this occasion, their plan was too simple and easily went awry.

Best: Burning Fake Money To Force Reyes To Consolidate His Money To One Location

Dom burns money in Fast Five

Realizing that Hernan Reyes had his money distributed between different banks, Dom’s crew had the smart idea to force him into piling it all in one place. To do so, they targeted one location, stole $10 million, and burned fake money in front of the staff to make Reyes fear they would come for the rest.
Due to this, he consolidated the cash in one vault, meaning Dom’s crew only needed to steal this vault and get the remaining $90 million. It was a pretty ingenious plan since it negated the need to rob multiple locations while also making Reyes fear their threat.

Worst: Attacking Owen Shaw’s Plane Separately

Dom escapes from burning plane in Fast and Furious 6

In the climax of Fast & Furious 6, Dom’s crew gave chase to Owen Shaw’s team who boarded a plane and kidnapped Mia. Rather than all of them heading into the plane together, the crew went with the plan of doing their own things, with some boarding the plane while others tethered it to their cars.
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It would have made sense for all of them to stop the plan at the same time, as separating the group led to Giselle sacrificing herself to save Han when they were cornered. It was also a poor strategy to try and destroy the plane while they were also inside of it. Luckily, the stunts in Fast & Furious 9 were better.

Best: Using “Flying” Cars To Drop In Unannounced

A car dropping out of a plane in Furious 7

There were some cheesy and entertaining scenes in F9. However, they were still no match for the ones found throughout Furious 7, as particularly seen in the ‘flying car’ sequences. Knowing there would be too much security around Mose Jakande’s base, the crew came up with the plan to drop in from the sky instead.
To this end, they use cars strapped to parachutes, which allowed the crew to get into the mountains to retrieve Ramsey without alerting any security detail. It was an absolutely outrageous plan, yet this reaped the rewards since Dom’s crew had the element of surprise and didn’t need to waste time-fighting Jakande’s security forces.

Worst: The Crew Assaulting Dom’s Bus

Mia Toretto drives a car in Fast and Furious 4

At the ending of the fourth movie, Dom was being sent to prison when the bus carrying him was intercepted by his crew. The beginning of the fifth movie saw the successful execution of the plan, yet this had the consequence of making all of Dom’s crew into fugitives.
This wasn’t exactly the best way to go, seeing as everyone was now being hunted by Interpol. A better plan would have been to break Dom out of prison without drawing the media’s attention as it would’ve protected the other members of the crew. It also meant that they were all barred from returning to their hometowns, which was only accomplished after they had to cut a deal with Luke Hobbs in the sixth movie.

Best: Brian Turning Himself In To Question Braga From Prison

Brian in a prison cell in Fast and Furious 6

In the sixth movie, Brian found out that the imprisoned Arturo Braga had information about how Letty survived the explosion in the fourth film. To this end, he returned to L.A. and turned himself in as a way to get to Braga in prison and question him personally.
This was a very smart strategy since Brian had a deal with the FBI in place, meaning he was going to get released with the information he wanted. The team essentially made it appear as if Brian was apprehended but he was never in any danger.

Worst: The Crew’s Plan On Appealing To Dom With Their Family Motto

Dominic drives a car and looks sad in Tokyo Drift

There was hardly any plan in place during The Fate of the Furious as Dom was seen to be working with Cipher after she blackmailed him. Rather than come up with a strategy to force him into submission, the plan was basically to get close enough to Dom to appeal to his respect for family.
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This was shown when Letty claimed Dom wouldn’t hurt her because he loved her, but she didn’t realize Cipher’s goons were in tow and didn’t care if she was killed. It went to show that the crew wasn’t nearly as effective without Dom as their leader as they resorted to relying on their usual motto instead of thinking clearly.

Best: Faking Shaw’s Death To Save Dom’s Son

Dominic Toretto about to shoot Shaw in The Fate of the Furious

Dom was unable to do anything about Cipher’s control over him due to her kidnapping of his son. To overcome this, a discreet plan was put in motion where Dom seemingly shot Deckard Shaw. Truth was, this was done in order to have Shaw enter Cipher’s plane and save Dom’s son undetected.
In the end, this was pulled off perfectly as Dom turned on Cipher the moment he found out about his son’s safety. By faking Shaw’s demise, Dom was able to put on the act of working for Cipher long enough to foil her plans from the inside and ensure his family was safe.

Worst: Dom Confronting Deckard Shaw Himself Without The Crew

Dom and Shaw launch in air to fight in Furious 7

Back when Deckard Shaw was still a Fast & Furious villain, he constantly interfered with the crew’s attempts to stop Mose Jakande from using the God’s Eye device. Despite knowing the threat Shaw posed, the plan was for Dom to face him alone while the crew dealt with Jakande.
While this got Shaw out of their hair for a while, during which Ramsey hacked God’s Eye, it was still a ridiculous plan since Dom had no guarantees he would survive Shaw. Moreover, Jakande later rallied and arrived to try and kill Dom and Shaw himself, meaning the crew failed to protect Dom who had to then put both villains down on his own.
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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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