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Why They Go Into Space (How Realistic Is It?)

Warning: Spoilers ahead for F9

The newest Fast & Furious movie, F9, takes the series to space, but why does Fast & Furious 9 head to space in a rocket car–and how realistic is it? After a delay of just over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the release brings with it all of the series’ unhinged action and comedic banter. Still, even after an astonishing 20-year run in which the franchise has reached superhero movie levels in both its box office success and the on-screen abilities of its characters, “Fast & Furious in space” is still a surreal sentence to read.

Then again, that’s still only relatively speaking. The Fast & Furious series began as a Point Break-knockoff of street racers stealing DVD players, and by 2015’s Furious 7, Dominic Toretto was effortlessly leaping a car from one skyscraper to another like a level in Super Mario Brothers. At this point, if a Fast & Furious movie isn’t casually breaking one law of physics after another, it just isn’t doing its job.

RELATED: F9 Cast Guide: Every New & Returning Character

Other action movie franchises may look at something like space travel as off-limits if it weren’t already a part of the series from the get-go. For The Fast Saga, the attitude is simply to dive head first into anything it hasn’t tried yet, as the fact that a Fast & Furious franchise crossover with the Jurassic World movies is even being discussed shows. Here’s how F9 goes to space, along with whether or not it’s even theoretically possible.

Why Fast & Furious Goes To Space In F9
Fast & Furious 9 Fan Poster Teases Dom Going To Space

F9’s MacGuffin is a device codenamed Ares, essentially a souped-up version of God’s Eye from Furious 7 that enables the user to hack into the entire digital network across the world all at once. Once its program has been uploaded into a satellite in Earth’s orbit, whoever controls Ares effectively has power over the entire planet and, most importantly, over its arsenal of weapons. To stop Cipher from wielding the power of Ares, Dom and his crew devise their most literally out-of-this-world plan yet.

That is, of course, the in-story reason for F9’s plot device of space travel. Externally to the story, F9 goes to space because each Fast & Furious movie from Fast Five on is committed to being twice as off-the-chain as the last one. For a franchise that started out about street racing, the Fast & Furious movies going to space was simply the next step in making the ridiculous believable for F9’s 145-minute runtime. As for how the movie makes it to space, of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a four-wheel vehicle.

How Roman & Tej Go To Space In F9
Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson about to be launched into tospace in F9 The Fast Saga.

Everything in Fast & Furious seems to connect back to Tokyo Drift in some way, and in F9’s case, it’s with the return of Sean Boswell, Earl Hu, and Twinkie. Sean shows Tej Parker and Roman Pearce a new car of his own design, outfitted with a rocket booster to push it greater speeds than ever. Though the prototype explodes after the demo Sean gives to Tej and Roman, it proves instrumental when the efforts of Dom’s family to stop Cipher calls upon them to take to the stars.

In order to prevent Cipher’s satellite uplink to Ares, the rocket car is fitted out with some extra rocket boosters, attached to a plane piloted by Sean and Earl, and taken to an altitude of 50,000 feet in order for Tej and Roman to take off into the atmsophere. With some modifications and adjustments to accomodate space travel, the rocket car is effectively outfitted into a true spacecraft at the 11th hour. The question is, just how grounded in scientific accuracy is Tej and Roman’s plan?

RELATED: F9: How Han Really Survived 

How Accurate Is F9’s Space Sequence?
F9 Trailer Breakdown 2

Director Justin Lin consulted with scientists on the space aspect of F9, with Lin specifically mentioning that he was “learning about fuel and physics” during production. While this doesn’t present a full picture of the research conducted in designing Roman’s and Tej’s space car, it seems the primary concern was getting the part about launching a human-piloted vehicle into space in the range of believability. In that aspect, F9 is probably the closest to reality, with Roman and Tej’s car being fitted with rocket thrusters and affixed to a plane piloted by Sean Boswell and Earl Hu. Once they take off and reach the frontier of space, however, that’s where F9 throws caution to the wind in true Fast & Furious fashion.

Roman Pearce and Tej Parker’s spacesuits are homemade approximations of what astronauts wear to go into space, with scuba helmets in place of more state-of-the-art breathing gear and even Tej admitting that duct tape is one of the key components of their suits. The car itself is also hardly fashioned to be a similar metal grading as a NASA space shuttle. Though Tej hand waves away concerns about pressure differentials and other outer space dangers, he and Roman very likely owe much more to the latter’s theory about Dom’s family being somehow invincible keeping them alive than their last-minute, thrown together two-man space program. The fact that Tej and Roman were able to open the doors of the car, go out in the void of space, board a space station in their crude spacesuits, and make it back to Earth is testimony to Tej’s technical genius within the context of the Fast & Furious series, but more so how the franchise plays by absolutely no rules of physics or science but its own.

Did F9’s Space Sequence Live Up To The Hype?
Vin diesel Dom Fast and furious 9

Of course, anyone going into the Fast & Furious movies at this stage of the series demanding any deference to scientific accuracy is barking up the wrong tree. The real question for F9 is not and never has been whether the movie accurately depicts space travel, but whether it does it well as a Fast & Furious action sequence. As an escalation of the series’ ever-expanding outlandishness that began with the safe-towing in Fast Five (now an almost tame action scene by the standards of absurdity Fast & Furious 9 embraces), the answer is a bit of a mixed bag. Tej and Roman’s comedic banter has probably finally hit its peak of Roman panicking at what he’s gotten himself into and Tej reassuring him that the situation is under control. It’s also interwoven into the plot as to actually be a crucial component of the larger team effort to stop Cipher’s plan, giving it some real weight in a weightless environment. However, the sequence may have also benefitted from being kept under wraps.

The poster of Dom standing outside of a space shuttle give the marketing hook of “Fast & Furious goes to space,” even if Dom himself isn’t involved in the endeavor. With the series now so reliant on one-upping itself to increasingly wild extremes, that approach probably did a lot to excite audiences ahead of the movie. However, it also may have built expectations that Dom’s entire crew would square off in a final showdown with the villains on a space station rather than Tej and Roman’s two-man mission. In that regard, keeping the space aspect of Fast & Furious 9 under wraps until its release might’ve given the movie a secret weapon to throw at audiences and really left an impression of “where can they possibly go now?” by the end. Still, whatever nitpicks one might have with the role space travel plays in F9, the fact remains that it’s still boldly gone where no Fast & Furious movie has gone before.

When The Fast and the Furious first hit theaters in 2001, integrating space travel into the series would have been the most laughable thing in the world. The fact that it’s actually a significant element of F9 shows that perhaps the franchise’s real achievement lies not in how well it pulls that off, but the fact that it can do so with such casual abandon. Fast & Furious 10 and 11 have their work cut out for them in closing out the series with something more outrageously insane, and frankly, time travel now seems like as good a gamble as any.

NEXT: F9’s End Credits Scene Means Big Things For Fast 10 AND Hobbs & Shaw 2

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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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