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10 Things The Movie Does Better Than Its Predecessors

Each sequel in the Fast & Furious franchise arrives with a lot of hype surrounding it. This often leads to fans comparing what the latest entry did better than previous titles, and F9 is no exception. The ninth installment in the series was Dominic Toretto’s most personal yet, as he faced off against estranged brother Jakob Toretto and the reemergence of archenemy Cipher.

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All things considered, it’s safe to say that F9 is a worthy entry in the franchise, bringing a lot of the trademark Fast & Furious qualities the series is known for. The Vin Diesel-led actioner also actually has a number of strong points in its favor to set it apart from the previous releases, and it’s worth taking a deeper look into what these aspects are.

The Characterization Of Dom

Dominic Toretto stands in front of his car

Dom’s role has been established long enough by this point for fans to know that he shows up in each movie knowing just about everything and coming out on top. However, F9 featured a great change in his character by revealing Dom’s days as a teenager and his relationship with Jakob.
Dom was shown at his most emotionally vulnerable as a scared young man who didn’t realize his brother wasn’t to blame for their father’s death. This turned Dom into a multifaceted protagonist and made him much less predictable.

Female Protagonists Getting Involved In The Action

Mia Toretto giving side eye in Fast and Furious 9

Female characters have been relatively underrepresented in the Fast & Furious series, with the likes of Mia and Elena usually sitting out the action in previous movies. This made Mia and Letty’s direct involvement in F9 a refreshing change that should stay in the future.
The characters got to show their fighting prowess by taking on multiple henchmen at the same time, which had previously been reserved for Dom, Roman, and Tej. In particular, Mia had more to do than just provide emotional support as she had previously done in prior films, and F9 will make fans consider her as a more intimidating character.

Comic Relief Characters Developed Further

Fast and Furious 9 Tej and Roman in space car

Tej and Roman have been assigned as the comic relief characters ever since Fast Five, with the following movies turning them into a duo who constantly bicker and aren’t as relevant to the action. F9 did this better by retaining their comedic qualities but also handing them a legitimate feat to accomplish.
Their act of heading into space was both good material for comedy and a way to establish that the two were a genuine part of the team who risked their lives for the mission. It developed them from being simple comic reliefs to valuable protagonists.

Over-The-Top Action Sequences

Dom and Letty in F9 The Fast Saga

Ever since Fast Five, the series has pushed the envelope as far as believability is concerned and the movies have become progressively over-the-top in nature without diminishing entertainment value. F9 took this the farthest, having the characters go to space, use drones in tandem with cars, and combat an armored truck.
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It was all kinds of crazy, but the choreography behind these sequences meant that F9 delivered just the kind of entertainment that fans have come to expect. It also helped that the characters in-universe acknowledged how insane their feats were, which was a way for F9 to let audiences know not to take things too seriously and enjoy the action.

Balance Between Humor & Drama

Han returns in F9

If not handled correctly, the Fast series could fall too much into funny material or go too deep into its attempt at drama. F9 juggled both tones quite well, with scenes split between the two. This was achieved by alternating between the serious and funny moments and not lingering too long on one beat.
For every sequence such as Roman and Tej’s bickering in outer space, there was a contrasting scene detailing Dom and Jakob’s family drama. There were also times where jokes were injected with the proper timing in serious scenes as a way to break the tension.

Bringing A Genuinely Sympathetic Villain

Jakob pointing a gun at Dom in Fast and Furious 9

Previous Fast movies had villains like Deckard Shaw who weren’t villains just for the sake of being bad and had legitimate beef with Dom’s crew. Yet, none of them really came across as sympathetic due to their devilish actions. In contrast, Jakob Toretto was given a valid story arc where his anger with Dom was justified.
His role as the villain came about due to Dom’s mistake of considering Jakob to be their father’s killer, and the resulting estrangement turned Jakob bitter towards his brother for exiling him. Viewers were given good reason to side with the villain this time around, something that has been seldom the case previously.

Bringing Back Characters With Valid Reasons

Sean Boswell smiles while talking to Tej

With the Fast & Furious series now venturing into spin-offs like Hobbs & Shaw, it’s understandable if the franchise brings back old characters or creates compelling new additions simply for more potential movies. However, F9 did so in a way that made every re-introduction plausible.
Case in point, Tokyo Drift’s Sean Boswell and his friends returned to aid the heroes in their mission in F9. In the same vein, Mia’s reason to return was valid since her brothers were causing the conflict, while Han’s reappearance tied in with the Aries device as his adoptive daughter was the key to activating it.

Setting Up The Next Movie

Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez in F9 Fast and Furious 9 Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez in F9

Every installment in the Fast series – from the original movies to the reboot entries – could be seen on a standalone basis as stories generally weren’t too difficult to follow. However, this resulted in reasons for sequels being relatively random, with little hints for the future in each prior film, such as when Cipher was suddenly introduced as the overarching villain in the eighth film, The Fate of the Furious, with no foreshadowing whatsoever.
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F9 presented events in such a way that Fast 10 has been set up already. With Jakob on the run with the promise to return, Cipher still at large and looking for revenge, and the clues pointing to Mr. Nobody’s status, the next movie has been well placed as a follow-up and sequel hooks clear.

Action In The Climax

Vin Diesel as Dominic Torretto behind the wheel in Fast and Furious 9

This can be subjective from one fan to the next, but the reason why some feel that F9 had better climactic action than past sequels was due to its relevance to the plot, such as when Jakob decided to aid Dom and his crew in the film’s finale, signifying his turn into a good guy from the villain and supplementing the spectacle on screen with his powerful presence.
Moreover, the action was a blend of classic Fast & Furious material and over-the-top sequences, with scenes like Tej and Roman hurtling through space, Dom facing off against Cipher’s drone, and the rest of the crew stopping the armored truck. All of this upped the ante in terms of entertainment value while keeping the plot in mind.

Providing Ample Backstory For Characters

Dom and Jakob have a staredown in F9

By and large, the sequels in Fast & Furious series have followed the same formula, in that the characters are often brought to chase after a MacGuffin, with less attention afforded to their characterizations. However, F9 subverted this structure by using the backstory of Dom and Jakob as its main plotline.
This is what enabled Jakob to be as sympathetic as he was, as fans knew his story. The same was true for Dom, with the movie providing his point of view so that viewers understood where he was coming from as well. Finally, F9 revealed exactly what happened to Jack Toretto to complete the family’s backstory all the way from the first movie.
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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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