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F9 Ending Explained & Fast & Furious Future Set-Up

Warning: This post contains SPOILERS for F9

The Fast & Furious franchise is back with a new installment, and here’s what happens in F9’s ending and how it sets up future movies. Originally set to release in 2020, Fast & Furious 9 is finally out in theaters after a year-long delay caused by COVID-19. The movie is highly anticipated by fans of the franchise for a variety of reasons, such as the return of Sung Kang’s Han and discovering the truth behind the reveal that Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has a secret brother.

Directed by Justin Lin, F9 continues the story of Dom and his crew a few years after the events of The Fate of the Furious. The movie begins with Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) trying to live a peaceful life in the country to raise Dom’s son Brian. This plan changes when Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) arrive with a mission sent to them by Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell). Dom’s brother Jakob (John Cena) turned on Mr. Nobody to kidnap Cipher (Charlize Theron) and obtain pieces of Project Ares, a device that can control every piece of electronics on the planet. This mission results in the return of Han, incredibly powerful car magnets, and the Fast & Furious franchise finally going to space.

Related: What To Expect From Fast & Furious 10

The end of F9 sees the team stop Project Ares from launching and sets up where the franchise will go next. Universal has already announced Fast & Furious 10 and Fast & Furious 11, which will serve as a two-part finale to the main series. Based on Fast & Furious 9’s ending, there are plenty of clues about where the franchise is going next as it speeds towards its conclusion.

Jakob Torretto Is On The Run – And Can Return
Vin diesel John cena Jakob Dominic toretto

Jakob Toretto spends most of F9 as the main villain, but he switches sides in the end to set up his future as an ally. After Dom exiled him from the family for his role in their father’s death, Jakob spent his entire life training to be an exceptional spy, fighter, and driver. This led him to work with Mr. Nobody before making a more villainous turn in an effort to gain the power he always wanted and finally step out of Dom’s shadow. However, Jakob’s business partners turn on him to team up with Cipher instead. This leads him to decide to work with Dom and his crew to take down the very global threat he helped create. Jakob and Dom use the powerful magnets to flip a giant truck and eventually disable Project Ares.

Once the mission is complete, Dom seemingly forgives Jakob and gives his brother a new lease on life. Dom gives Jakob the keys to a 10-second car so he can have a second chance, which is a callback to Brian O’Connor doing the same for Dom at the end of The Fast and the Furious. After getting a hug from Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster), Jakob drives away and is on the run due to his role in what recently transpired. Although Jakob doesn’t make a pitstop at the Toretto family dinner at the end of F9, it is clear that he’s on a redemptive path. He should return in Fast & Furious 10 and Fast & Furious 11, with Cena hoping for a crossover with Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs too.

Cipher Is Set Up As The Villain For Fast & Furious 10
Charlize Theron as Cipher in Fast and Furious 9

F9’s ending sets up Cipher to be the main villain of Fast & Furious 10, and possibly beyond. The manipulative and genius hacker was the main villain in The Fate of the Furious, but she managed to escape and survive. Cipher returns in F9 as a lurking threat to Jakob. She is locked in a containment cell for most of the movie but eventually convinces his business partners to work with her and turn on him. Once Cipher is in control of the operation, she does everything in her power to prevent Dom, his crew, and Jakob from stopping the Project Ares upload. Even after they successfully thwarted her global takeover scheme, she pilots a drone to try and kill them. However, Dom manages to destroy the drone and keep himself and his family safe.

Related: Fast And Furious Already Killed Off Its Best Villain (But Could Bring Him Back)

The frustrated Cipher is last seen in F9 walking away from the drone piloting machine, and her exit reads as though it is time for her to regroup once again. Now that Dom and his team have stopped her plans twice, Cipher should be even more determined to defeat them by any means necessary. A rematch as part of Fast & Furious 10 ‘s story looks to be where Justin Lin is building things. What will be fun to see is who else Cipher works with and what her plan will be. Connecting her story to Eteon, the technologically advanced terrorist group from Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, could be one way to go and give Cipher a new level of resources.

Brian O’Connor Still Hangs Out With The Family
Fast and Furious Pail Walker as Brian

The Fast & Furious franchise has had to figure out what to do with Brian O’Connor following Paul Walker’s death during the production of Furious 7. The movie kept him alive and gave Walker a moving final appearance on the big screen. F9 confirms that Brian is still alive in the universe and has settled down to be a father, but it also goes a step further. The movie explains that he is the one watching his and Mia’s kids while she gets involved in the search for Jakob. At the very end of F9, the movie teases Brian still hangs out with Dom and the crew. His blue Skyline pulls into the driveway of the Toretto’s original home. The movie cuts to the credits before Brian is shown on screen and taking his place at the table next to Mia, but the implication is significant.

Instead of continuing to mention Brian and allude to what he is up to, F9’s ending could be setting up how Brian will return in Fast & Furious 10 and Fast & Furious 11. Those involved with the franchise have teased that there is a chance Brian will return using similar techniques that Furious 7 did to complete his role after Walker’s passing. Walker’s brothers are hoping to play O’Connor again, so F9 confirming that Brian is still hanging out with the family could plant the seeds for an actual appearance in future films.

F9 Post-Credits Scene: Han Gets Justice On Deckard Shaw
Fast Vs Furious Han Shaw

The post-credits scene for F9 gives fans an exciting tease as it pertains to the #JusticeForHan movement. The scene brings Jason Statham back as Deckard Shaw for a quick cameo, as he practices his fighting using a literal human punching bag. He has to stop momentarily when someone knocks on his door, and Deckard is shocked to see Han alive and standing there when he opens it. F9’s post-credits scene is setting up a future story where Han could get justice on Deckard for attempting to kill him.

Related: Every Fast & Furious Movie Coming After F9

Han’s death originally happened in Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, but the franchise changed the timeline to bring him back for prequels. His death happened again at the end of Fast & Furious 6, where it was revealed that Deckard Shaw killed him in an act of revenge for what Dom and his crew did to Owen Shaw. This was supposed to be the end of Han’s story, but the redemption story given to Deckard in The Fate of the Furious left fans calling for the franchise to deliver #JusticeForHan. Director Justin Lin has said this is one reason why he wanted to return to the franchise, and F9’s post-credits scene sets up how he will tell that story.

It is not yet clear if F9’s post-credits scene will be paid off in Fast & Furious 10 or some other movie, but the next installment of the main franchise is most likely. Since F9 revealed Mr. Nobody helped fake Han’s death, it should be interesting to see what Lin does with Deckard Shaw’s character. The characters could reconcile the events of the past and help fans feel at ease with Deckard’s more heroic turn in the Fast & Furious franchise.

MORE: How Han Faked His Death In Fast & Furious 9 Explained In Detail

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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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