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Why Fast & Furious 10 Should Bring Back Dom & Mia’s Mother

F9: The Fast Saga adds a lot of new backstory details for the Toretto family, but it still doesn’t answer the biggest question about Dom, Mia and Jakob’s childhood – who was their mother? Through nine core movies and a spinoff, the franchise has never even mentioned the Toretto matriarch, and it’s starting to cause some continuity problems. If Fast and Furious wants to truly be a story about family, it needs to bring in Dom and Mia’s mom in Fast and Furious 10.

Prior to F9, not a whole lot was known about the origins of the Torettos. Dom reveals in the original movie that his father died in a racing accident, that he served a couple years in prison for assaulting the driver responsible, and that prior to that tragedy, his father was a strong family man and a pillar of the community. At some point, Dom stepped into that same role in the neighborhood, eventually rising up to become the king of the local street races. F9 adds new wrinkles to that backstory by introducing Dom and Mia’s estranged brother Jakob, and by revealing that there was more to their father’s accident than Dom originally thought.

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That’s all well and good, and the additions F9 makes to the series’ canon are fun, but it feels particularly strange that the film still makes no allusion to Dom, Mia and Jakob’s mother. Their father, Jack Toretto, gets a decent bit of screen time in flashbacks, but his partner is nowhere to be seen. Here’s why that’s a huge problem for Fast and Furious going forward, and how it could be fixed.

Who Is Dom, Mia And Jakob’s Mother?
Split image: Mia Toretto looks thoughtful/ Dom Toretto looks outside his car/ Jakob Toretto drives his car

Almost nothing has been revealed about Dom and Mia’s mother in canon. The character is never mentioned, which means that what few details exist are derived from the negative space in the story. There are at least a few years between Dom and Mia, and there’s never been any mention of them being half-siblings, which means that Jack and their mother were together for at least some extended amount of time. And since she doesn’t appear in any of the movies in the present-day timeline, it’s reasonable to assume that she’s been out of the picture for a while – either dead, presumed dead, or gone off the radar from the rest of her family.

Because Jack was such a family and man, and since he raised Dom Toretto to be one as well, it would almost make more sense for his and Mia’s mom to be dead than alive. If she’s been dead for years, it could explain why she’s never mentioned. And if she were still alive, it would be especially strange for Dom to never bring her up or make any attempt to reconnect with her. Unfortunately, F9 makes an even bigger plot hole by refusing to assert either of these possibilities as the truth.

Dom’s Mom Is A Big F9 Plothole
An collage of Dominic and Jakob Toretto from Fast & Furious

The flashback scenes in F9 show the events surrounding Jack Toretto’s death. Strapped for money and buried in debt, Dom and Jakob’s father decided to throw a big race to help pay off some of what he owes. That decision goes horribly wrong when the tampering he did to his own engine ends up costing him his life, leaving his family struggling in his wake. In a fit of rage and grief, Dom beats the driver responsible for the accident to within an inch of his life, causing him to serve time in prison. When he gets out, having discovered only half of the truth, he blames Jakob for their father’s death and runs him out of town.

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These retcons all fit pretty well with what’s been established in the previous films, but there’s one big plot hole that makes the flashbacks more than a little confusing – where is Dom’s mom? When he challenges Jakob to the drag race, he says that his brother had better not come home ever again if he loses. However, that home life he references is never really shown. Was there a mother in the Toretto house when Dom was in prison, or did Jakob and Mia have to fend for themselves? If their mother was still around, why would she allow Dom to chase Jakob away? If she wasn’t around, how were Mia and Jakob able to remain in their family home for years? Did other family come to help? And how did Dom never find out about his father’s debts if he was the head of the household? These questions could have all been answered by simply acknowledging Dom’s mother, but unfortunately, F9 chooses not to do so.

Fast & Furious Is About Family
The cast of Fast and Furious

In the wake of F9’s release, the meme of the franchise’s family theme has grown exponentially, to the point where Twitter was taken over briefly by edited images of Vin Diesel popping into other movies to promote his family values. It’s a joke, but it’s also, still, the emotional core of the franchise. F9 leans into the family storylines even harder with the introduction of Jakob and return of Mia, and the film is stronger for it.

So how, in a franchise with family at its center, where flashbacks are charted territory, has the main character’s mother never even been mentioned? Dom talks a lot about his father being a role model, but what about his mom? The family barbecues, the race days, and everything else about Dom, Mia and Jakob’s childhoods feel incomplete without some mention of their mother. At the very least, the series needs to confirm if she’s alive or dead, and what exactly happened to her.

Theory: Fast & Furious 10 Will Bring In Dom’s Mom
Fast and furious 9 Dom and jakob

With two more core films left in the saga, Fast and Furious will have to pull some big rabbits out of hats to make the franchise’s conclusion even bigger than what fans have already seen. And given the films’ penchant for bringing in secret family members and resurrecting characters from the dead, one way Fast and Furious 10 could do that is by bringing back Dom’s mother. After all the work Michelle Rodriguez and the rest of the female stars of the franchise did to improve gender equity for F9, it feels particularly egregious that Dom’s mom still isn’t mentioned. That could be justified, however, if Justin Lin is already planning to bring her in for the next movie.

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Jakob is on the run from the authorities at the end of F9, the family is bigger than ever, and Cipher is still at large. Bringing in Dom, Mia and Jakob’s mom could play into all of those plotlines in really fun ways. Maybe she too is an international superspy. Maybe she has amnesia and was living another life this whole time. Maybe she left her family for villainous purposes. There are countless possibilities, and most of them are just the right kind of absurd for Fast and Furious. There’s a good chance Fast and Furious 10 will finally introduce Dom’s mother, and for a number of reasons, it really should.

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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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