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The Fast & Furious Franchise Is Set In A Comic Book Universe

Could the Fast & Furious movies really be set in a comic book universe? With the release of the franchise’s latest installment, F9, the series’ increasingly flagrant disregard for things like gravity, physics, and the general way the world operates has gone through the stratosphere – literally so, in fact, when Tej and Roman pilot a hastily-made space car into orbit as part of the plan for Dominic Toretto and his crew to save the day. The Fast Saga has drifted more and more in unapologetic absurdity, right into F9 unhooking the few remaining tethers it has to reality, but could there actually be a way that the series makes sense in its own context?

Nearly any other action movie franchise moving into the territory that the Fast & Furious series has would be a clear indicator that it’s on life support, and yet, the adventures of Dom and his family have simply leaned more into the territory of invincibility, superpowers, and battles to save the entire world. If that sounds more like what one would expect from 2021’s slate of superhero movies, that might not be accidental. It could be that, rather than being more standard action movies that have outlived their shelf life, the Fast & Furious series might actually be a comic book universe with cars instead of capes.

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As it is currently, the Fast Saga is unlike any other action movies series in the world in how much it embraces, rather than avoids, a gleeful lack of resemblance to real-world logic and physics. The notion of uncostumed superheroes populating the Fast & Furious universe might be the only way to truly make sense of how casually insane the series now is, the kinds of illogically superhuman feats Dominic Toretto and co. can all pull off, and above all, the fact that they can all seemingly survive almost anything. Here’s why the Fast & Furious movies might actually be a comic book universe in disguise.

Roman Thinks They’re Invincible (And They Are)
Fast and Furious 9 Tej and Roman in space car

The Fast Saga has notoriously gotten more and more outlandish with each installment from Fast Five onward, but F9 is the first movie in the series to actually offer some in-story commentary on that trajectory. This happens in a scene where Roman proposes to Tej and Ramsey that they and the rest of Dom’s crew are invincible and that this is how they’ve managed to survive their crazy adventures over the years. Tej and Ramsey initially humor him before dismissing his theory outright, but the analysis made by Roman Pearce is a lot more spot-on than they give him credit for.

From Fast Five to F9, Dom and co. have consistently cheated death with almost casual ease. Just going by the law of averages, the fact that they continually survive with minor cuts and bruises at worst is a string of good fortune that’s far too cosmically improbable to simply be the heroes of Fast & Furious just lucking out over and over. It’s also not just the fact that they regularly survive situations that should’ve killed them, but the kinds of feats Dom and his family are capable of pulling off while doing so.

Fast & Furious Movies Don’t Obey The Laws Of Physics
Tyrese Gibson in Fast and Furious 6

Action movies have skirted realism for the sake of compelling storytelling and exciting set pieces since time immemorial. However, despite its early focus on street-racing, the Fast & Furious movies today take it to a level that’s so beyond belief, it’s impossible to not take note of how little concern the franchise now has for even slightly obeying the laws of physics. Fast Five began the series’ move into the outrageous with action scenes like the train heist, and especially with Dom and Brian towing a 10-ton safe at high-speed through the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Considering where the series is now with F9, it’s enough to make Fast Five now look like The Bourne Identity in terms of action movie realism.

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Dom crashing his car into a guardrail to propel himself into the air and catch the then-recently returning Letty Ortiz in Fast & Furious 6 may be one of his crowning moments of action heroism, but the notion that he could pull that off without obliterating his and Letty’s bones and organs is the height of absurdity. Now, even that looks tame compared to the crazy action scenes in F9. Dom himself is hardly alone in pulling off such feats, with no modern Fast & Furious movie lacking for moments such as Hobbs keeping a steel chain from being pulled away by a helicopter through sheer strength alone in Hobbs & Shaw, or multiple characters falling from heights that should’ve killed them upon impact. Tej and Roman’s trek into space in F9 might also make for a fun new element in the movie’s ending act, but it’s also operating almost entirely on pseudo-science. If this is starting to sound more and more like superhero territory, Hobbs & Shaw also brought in another comic book genre staple.

Hobbs & Shaw Fought A Literal Superhuman
Dwayne Johnson Idris Elba and Jason Statham in Hobbs and Shaw pic vertical

The Fate of the Furious brought the Fast Saga’s current running villainess Cipher, played by Charlize Theron, into play, but it was Hobbs & Shaw that first brought an explicitly superhuman character into the series with Idris Elba’s Brixton Lore. A former MI6 colleague of Shaw’s, Brixton is now a player in the shadowy Eteon terrorist organization, with cybernetic upgrades that enhance his human capabilities to superhuman levels. The Fast & Furious movies may have begun to feel like superhero films, but it was Hobbs & Shaw that brought an out-and-out superhuman into the franchise, with Brixton now being the quintessential villain for the series.

The full scope of Eteon still remains a mystery, but Brixton’s arrival marked another transition for the series, in that the villains now have true comic book and sci-fi DNA in a way that they never have before. Brixton’s origin even involves Shaw shooting him in their early days before his upgrade into a hybrid of man and machine by Eteon. That also illustrates a trend in the Fast Saga that’s now become more obvious than ever in F9.

No One Ever Really Dies In The Fast & Furious Franchise
Han, Letty, and Owen Shaw

Not only do the heroes of the series regularly escape life-threatening situations unharmed, but the Fast & Furious series has also had a surprisingly low number of deaths of its major characters, and fewer still that were permanent. Back before the series transitioned away from street-racing, The Fast and the Furious saw the death of Chad Lindberg’s Jesse, while Matt Schulze’s Vince would later be killed in Fast Five. After the franchise’s 20-year run, they are among the only dead characters to actually stay dead.

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Letty was seemingly killed in a car explosion in Fast & Furious, only to simply be left with amnesia (and not even so much as first-degree burns) before she fully rejoined Dom’s crew in Fast & Furious 6. What appeared to be a pretty definitive death scene in Tokyo Drift/Furious 7 for Sung Kang’s Han has also been retconned to him and Mr. Nobody faking his demise. At this point, Brixton Lore’s returning after his ostensible death in Hobbs & Shaw wouldn’t be off the cards, and the death of Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious 6 isn’t of the sort that the series couldn’t retcon either (as Kang himself has hinted at.) No one’s death in the Fast & Furious franchise can really be taken at face value anymore, just like the death of any superhero is just their next comic book story before their inevitable resurrection. So, with the series now involving superhuman feats, technology beyond the scope of modern science, full-blown supervillains, and almost any on-screen death undone two or three movies later, what exactly does that make the Fast & Furious movies now?

Theory: The Fast & Furious Movies Are Set In A Comic Book Universe
Vin Diesel as Dom in Fast and Furious 9

While it’s become less of a stretch to liken the Fast & Furious movies to comic book films, the best possible interpretation now might be that Dom and his crew are outright superheroes. Just based on the kinds of maneuvers he pulls off in F9, calling Dom “Car-Man” wouldn’t just be understandable, but perhaps even place the film in a more believable context with what he and his family can do with motor vehicles. During Luke Hobbs’ days of pursuing Dom’s crew, his famous line in Fast Five “We don’t ever, ever let them get into cars” might’ve referenced their strong driving skills and street-racing backgrounds before. Now, with Dom slingshotting he and Letty across a ravine with a loose steel cable and Sean Boswell’s rocket car being converted into an actual spacecraft, that warning now carries more weight than ever.

This could also recontextualize the street-racing basis the series began with into the franchise’s equivalent of the X-Men’s Danger Room. Dom’s family may not simply be blowing off steam in street races (which the series still features in a more compartmentalized capacity), but using it as a training ground for their automotive adventures. Additionally, there are direct parallels to actual comic book characters in what the heroes of the Fast Saga now embody.

Hobbs exhibits levels of superhuman strength that’s closer than it should be to The Rock’s coming role as the Superman-like Black Adam, while the tech support Tej and Ramsey provide is similar to Barbara Gordon’s role as Oracle. Mr. Nobody is also a very Nick Fury-esque behind-the-scenes operative who brings the team together whenever the need arises, and just about everybody can recover from injuries big and small with a speed not that far off from Wolverine. The Fast & Furious series also now has adversarial elements that include an antagonist clearly meant to now be the franchise’s arch-villainess in Cipher, an organization out for world domination in Eteon, a technologically-enhanced super-soldier similar to John Walker could easily make a return in Brixton Lore, and threats of world-destabilizing proportions being the basis for every installment. The films of the series might not bear the DC or Marvel logo in their opening credits, but they’re comic book movies in every sense of the term, and it might now be time to finally declare the Fast Saga as a genuine, superhuman-populated comic book universe.

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There’s no reason at this point to expect the Fast & Furious series to dial back its cheerful disregard for how reality operates. While that’s gradually become a feature rather than a bug for the franchise, it might also be telling that its twenty-year metamorphosis may have more in common with comic book storytelling than anything else. For audiences leaving F9 feeling as though they’ve just watched a superhero movie, the best way to read the series now could be that that’s exactly what it is.

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The 69-Year Story Behind The Fast And Furious Name


The Fast & Furious franchise started with the 2001 movie The Fast and the Furious and went through several major changes in its sequel titles. The title for the original movie was almost different, with options like Race Wars, but the producer fought for The Fast and the Furious.

As the Fast & Furious series has one of the most recognizable franchise names in cinema, some may be curious as to where its origin came from. The multi-billion-dollar franchise started with 2001’s straightforward street racing movie, The Fast and the Furious, but following that, the series went through several major changes, and that was mirrored in the Fast & Furious sequel movie titles. 2 Fast 2 Furious introduced numbered titles, then The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift immediately dropped that format. The fourquel confused things further with the title Fast & Furious, and it only got more confusing from there. However, every title is still a play on the original 2001 title.

The Fast and the Furious came to fruition following a Vibe magazine article called “Racer X”. Universal had the incredible foresight of seeing how popular street racing would become in the 2000s, and the studio quickly grabbed the movie rights to the article. However, while the movie was originally titled after the article, the studio wasn’t totally satisfied with that name, and many other titles, including Race Wars, were considered. The movie even went into production under the title Redline, but producer Neal Moritz had his mind set on one title that seemed unachievable to get; The Fast and the Furious.

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The Fast And The Furious Is Named After A 1954 Movie
Dom and Brian sitting on a car with their friends in The Fast and the Furious

Another movie titled The Fast and the Furious already existed, and it was released almost half a century before the 2001 street racing film was released. 1954’s The Fast and the Furious, written by Roger Corman, has nothing to do with street racing as it exists today. The movie follows a prison escapee who kidnaps a rich woman and steals her Jaguar, then ends up in an epic road race that ends in Mexico. While the title perfectly fits the 1954 film, Moritz was desperate to use the title for his own movie that he was producing, having learned about it after seeing a Roger Corman documentary (via Entertainment Weekly).

Moritz detailed how Universal didn’t seem to be completely on board at first. The producer explained, “I called up the head of marketing at Universal the next morning and said ‘Okay, I’ve got the title: The Fast and the Furious!’ And there was just silence on the other end. I was like, ‘Oh, I guess that is the worst title he’s ever heard.’ However, after mulling it over, Universal agreed, and it worked out perfectly, as the whole world now knows that name and it’s synonymous with the Vin Diesel-led franchise. Movie titles are extremely important, and it’s less likely that the movie would have become a billion-dollar franchise if it was titled Race Wars.

Paul Walker smiles in Dom's garage in The Fast and the Furious

Moritz revealed, “we made a deal with Roger to give him the use of some stock footage that Universal owned.” It isn’t clear if Corman ever benefited financially from that footage. In hindsight, he undoubtedly got a terrible deal. The Fast & Furious name is extremely important to the franchise and has made Universal billions. The name has even been used for spinoffs, and Fast & Furious Present: Hobbs & Shaw wouldn’t have made $760 million without the name attached to it. However, there was no knowing how huge the franchise became. After all, The Fast and the Furious was originally just a scrappy crime movie based on a magazine article.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Fast X Video Reveals BTS Of Real, Practical Fights In OTT Sequel


The Fast X fight between Letty and Cipher was filmed using practical effects, resulting in a well-choreographed hand-to-hand combat sequence full of emotions. Cipher’s decision to team up with Dom and “La Familia” was out of necessity, but spending time with Letty after escaping prison could lead to her becoming a member of the family. Cipher’s unexplored history with Giselle and her association with Letty could help in mellowing down the former villain and potentially setting up a redemption arc or even a Cipher spin-off.

A new Fast X behind-the-scenes video shows how Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Cipher’s (Charlize Theron) intense fight scene was filmed. Dom and his “La Familia” returned on the big screen in 2023 for the tenth main installment of The Fast Saga. In a major twist, however, instead of butting heads again with Cipher, the primary villain of the franchise for several recent entries, Letty had to team up with her. That didn’t stop Letty from expressing her true feelings about her when they were both captured by the Agency.

Courtesy of Collider is a behind-the-scenes clip from Louis Leterrier’s Fast X that offers a look at how Cipher and Letty’s one-on-one fight scene was filmed. Check out the video below:

The Fast X fight is arguably one of the best choreographed hand-to-hand combat in The Fast Saga, and it’s all because they filmed it with practical effects. The result, coupled with the history between the pair, is an effective action sequence full of emotions.

How Cipher & Letty’s Relationship Evolves In Fast & Furious 11
Cipher wearing a coat in Fast X

Granted that Cipher’s decision to team up with Dom and “La Familia” came from necessity after she was targeted by Jason Momoa’s Dante, spending more time with Letty after escaping prison can lead to her becoming a proper member of “La Familia.” There’s precedent to this, with a few of the recent The Fast Saga villains ending up being redeemed and joining Dom and his crew. This has been the case with Deckard Shaw (despite his attempted murder of Han Lue), and more recently, John Cena’s Jakob, who sacrificed himself in Fast X to save Little B.

Increasing the chances of this happening is Cipher’s unexplored history with Giselle. After she and Letty finally escaped the Agency’s bunk prison, they found themselves in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully, Giselle came to the rescue after Cipher notified her of their escape plan. There has never been any indication that Cipher and Giselle know each other before the massive Fast X twist. Making this more surprising is that Giselle has been believed to be dead for several years now. Her association with Giselle could help Letty mellow down on the former villain when they all return for Fast and Furious 11.

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Perhaps, this unexpected turn could be a set-up for the in-development Cipher spin-off. Specific plot details about the project are currently scant, with Universal still not announcing a tentative release date. Nevertheless, the events of Fast X could be the start of her redemption arc, with her relationship with Letty functioning as a barometer of whether viewers can finally forgive her for all of her transgressions.

Source: Collider

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10 Characters Who Should Be In It


Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty is the franchise’s biggest female character and the obvious pick to lead the all-female spinoff. Jordana Brewster’s Mia deserves a big role in the spinoff to expand on her character and showcase her growth. Brie Larson’s Tess is needed in the spinoff to explore the mystery surrounding her character and add her engaging screen presence to the team.

The Fast & Furious saga is meant to continue with an all-female-led movie, and casting the returning characters presents exciting options. An all-female spinoff could be the perfect way to continue the Fast &Furious story, as it will be able to retain the elements of the franchise that make it iconic while offering a new perspective. From the beginning, the franchise has been very male-dominated, and told male-centric stories, so offering the high-octane thrills of a Fast & Furious movie from a female perspective could be a welcome change of pace.

The series is known for having an all-star cast, so any female spinoff will have to match the previous films. Thankfully, the franchise already has several incredible female movie stars. Fast X, the latest film in the franchise, introduced and reintroduced some exciting female characters, setting the groundwork for the upcoming Fast & Furious movie. Obviously, whatever happens in the next film will determine who will be on the team and what side they will fight for. The franchise already has a healthy supply of female characters, both good and evil, who can factor into a Fast & Furious female spinoff.


Related Fast X Proves How Great A Fast & Furious Female Spinoff Would Be The idea of an all-female spinoff is more exciting than Fast & Furious 11, with Fast X providing the blueprint for just how well it could work.

10 Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty Can Lead The Fast Spinoff Ensemble
She’s the franchise’s biggest female character

Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty has been a key member of the Fast family since the first movie, and no female spinoff would feel right without her leading the team. Dominic Toretto’s wife is one of the fastest drivers in the world. Letty has made her way from street racer to international woman of mystery, becoming one of the franchise’s best characters in the process. Rodriguez is an incredibly engaging screen presence thanks to her charisma and action pedigree. An all-female action movie is right in her wheelhouse, making her the obvious pick for the lead in the movie.

9 Jordana Brewster’s Mia Deserves A Big Role
The Toretto family member has been sidelined recently

Another extension of the Toretto family tree, Jordana Brewster’s Mia is Dom’s brother and the wife of Paul Walker’s Brian. Since Walker’s tragic death, as well as the introduction of countless new characters, Mia has been sidelined in recent films, which is a shame because she is one of the best parts of the earlier films. A spinoff with just the women could be a great time to expand on Mia’s character and see how she has grown over the past couple of years, especially now that she is the mother of two. Brewster is an underrated talent, and Mia should be heavily involved in whatever spinoff the filmmakers plan.

8 Brie Larson’s Tess Is Needed After Fast X Introduction
Mr. Nobody’s daughter has a bright future
Brie Larson as Tess firing a gun in Fast X

Fast X introduced several new faces to the franchise, but perhaps most notably was Brie Larson as Tess “Nobody”, a secret agent on a quest to protect Dom and his family. Larson had relatively little screen time in the movie, and her introduction felt like it was mostly included to set up a future spinoff. The Oscar winner is the perfect name to include in a spinoff. Larson is an incredibly engaging and vulnerable screen presence and a great addition to the team. As her family name would imply, there is still a lot of mystery about Tess that this spinoff could explore.

7 Ramsey’s Return Can Give Nathalie Emmanuel A Major Role
The hacker has a growing set of skills
Nathalie Emmanuel in Fast and Furious 7.

After her first appearance in Furious 7, Nathalie Emmanuel’s Ramsey has been the Fast team’s resident hacker and tech wiz. The Game of Thrones star has mostly been used for exposition and comic relief since joining the team, but Ramsey has a distinctive style and skill set that would make her a great addition to the female spinoff. While Mia and Letty are great drivers, Ramsey has skills in the digital realm that could help the team on whatever mission they are on. It would also be interesting to see how Ramsey functions outside the trio of her, Tej, and Roman.

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6 Daniela Melchior’s Return As Isabel Gives The Spinoff More Legacy
Isabel is the sister of Elena
Isabel (Daniela Melchior) in a car at a street race in Fast X

For a while, Elsa Pataky’s Elena was viewed as an obvious candidate to appear in a Fast & Furious female spinoff. However, after her untimely demise in The Fate of the Furious, her younger sister can fill that void. Another new female protagonist introduced in Fast X, Daniela Melchior’s Isabel also felt like she was included mostly to set up this future spinoff. Melchior is one of the more promising young actors to pop up this decade, and her work in The Suicide Squad proves she is more than ready to have a large part in a team-up action movie.

5 Gal Gadot’s Place In The Fast Spinoff As Gisele Is Likely
Fast X confirmed Gisele is still alive

Gal Gadot made her return to Fast and Furious in the final moments of Fast X’s ending, which confirmed that Gisele is alive after Fast & Furious 6. The character’s return had been speculated for a long time, and audiences should see much more of her now that her fate is confirmed. A Fast & Furious female spinoff can answer lingering questions about Gisele’s life, such as how she survived falling from a plane or what she’s been doing for the last several years. The movie can also finally give Gisele a prominent role in the franchise once again.

4 Charlize Theron’s Cipher Could Play Both Sides In The Spinoff
The franchise’s villain is not to be trusted

In both The Fate of the Furious and F9: The Fast Saga, Charlize Theron’s Cipher served as the franchise’s primary antagonist. While Fast X puts her allegiance into question, she is still one of the best villains in all of Fast and Furious and would make an excellent baddie for the all-women team to go up against. While Cipher could be a reluctant ally to the team, Theron is just much more fun hamming it up as the bad guy, and the film could serve as a fitting conclusion to her movie-spanning scheme.

3 Eva Mendes Can Return As Monica Fuentes At Long Last
She hasn’t been seen since Fast Five
Monica Fuentes pointing a rifle in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

The Fast & Furious female spinoff would also be a great opportunity to finally bring back Eva Mendes as Monica Fuentes. Following her debut in 2 Fast 2 Furious, she returned briefly in Fast Five’s post-credits scene. Eva Mendes has since mostly retired from acting, leaving audiences without a chance to see Monica’s story continue. A Fast X Easter egg did provide a reminder of her presence in the franchise. This could be to help set up her appearance in Fast 11, but a return alongside the franchise’s biggest female characters would be more fitting.

2 Vanessa Kirby’s Hattie Needs To Crossover With The Main Franchise
She’s from the franchise’s only current spinoff
Vanessa Kirby in Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw

Only appearing in Hobbs & Shaw, Vanessa Kirby’s Hattie is the third sibling in the Shaw family and one of the most dangerous women in the Fast universe. She was a scene-stealing presence in the previous Fast & Furious spinoff movie that left audiences wanting more. It would be great to see Kirby return for an even bigger role in the franchise spinoff, allowing her to interact with some of the other prominent characters along the way.

1 Helen Mirren’s Queenie Should Be The Female Ensemble’s Mentor
She’s become a frequent face
Dom Toretto and Queenie Shaw in Fast and Furious

With her appearances in the past four movies, including Hobbs & Shaw, Helen Mirren has become a surprising mainstay of the Fast & Furious franchise. Her role as British gangster Queenie is such a fun role for the Dame, and her time in the universe should continue especially in the all-female spinoff. Mirren’s roles in the movies have mostly been one-scene cameos, so this film could be a great space to expand the character and give her a chance to interact with more actors than just Vin Diesel.

Fast X Poster Fast X Release Date: 2023-05-19 Director: Louis Leterrier Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Brie Larson, Scott Eastwood, Jason Momoa Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 141 Minutes Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime Writers: Justin Lin, Dan Mazeau, Gary Scott Thompson Budget: $340 Million Studio(s): Universal Pictures Distributor(s): Universal Pictures Sequel(s): Fast and Furious 11, Fast & Furious 12 prequel(s): Fast & Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Fast And The Furious, Fast 5, Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7, Fast and Furious 8, F9: The Fast Saga1 Franchise(s): Fast and Furious

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