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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.

RELATED: Why F9 Opens With The Old Universal Pictures Logo

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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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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