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Fast & Furious Spy Racers Mexico

Netflix’s speed-loving animated series, Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, returns for a fourth season on April 16. This time, the team of amateur spies aren’t after a villain – they are the villains. Or at least they’re believed to be by their mentor Ms. Nowhere’s spy organization.

On the run from their own agency and on the hunt for the real culprit, Tony Toretto and his friends embark on a mission to Mexico where they encounter all manner of friends and foes. Not to mention the latest gadgets and vehicles in the Fast & Furious universe, of course, as well as the true meaning of “family.”

Related: All The Fast & Furious Connections In Netflix’s Spy Racers

Showrunner Tim Hedrick spoke to Screen Rant about what’s in store for everyone’s favorite mini-spies in the fourth season, why Ms. Nowhere is always such a fun character to write, and just how his dog made it into the series.

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I love how this one season of Spy Racers turns everything on its head. For once, they are the ones on the run instead of specifically being after someone. How fun was it to approach things from that angle?

Tim Hedrick: Oh, great. We always try to find a way to trigger a new set of adventures that gives our team a new point of view. Seeing this secret agency that Nowhere has committed her life to suddenly turn on her and put her on the run was really exciting.
And it’s really cool to see Ms. Nowhere then accept to that challenge and get very excited to be on the run. She really enjoys this, while obviously, our team is not quite ready to go on the run. It’s a little tougher for them.
But that’s a great way to mix it up, and it also allowed us to bring in some new characters in an interesting way. That’s how we can explore Cisco’s family in Mexico, which was really exciting to do.

I loved the introduction of Uncle Tuco, and of course, Danny Trejo is incredible. How did how he come onboard, and what did he bring to that role?

Tim Hedrick: Oh, man. What does Machete bring to the world of Fast and Furious? He was so great, and I was so excited to get him on. I don’t know how the good people at Dreamworks casting make these miracles happen, but it was really exciting to have him come in.
And it really worked out when he and Jorge [Diaz] are performing together. It’s like, “Yeah, these guys seem like they’re related.” They really matched in a great way. Cisco has love of conspiracy theories and strange ideas about how the digestive system works, and then Uncle Tuco rolls in and feels exactly the same way. It’s a really fun family vibe there. And Danny Trejo’s a treat. He is wonderful to work with.

Obviously, the theme is always family.

Tim Hedrick: It’s written on our door when we walk in the room: family.

But this season adds more elements of literal, blood-related family. Not just Uncle Tuco but a little more of Frostee’s sister, Sissy.

Tim Hedrick: Yeah, watching Sissy emerge as a young spy is pretty cool, right? It does feel like, “Wait a second. She’s still like three steps ahead of Frostee. Where’s that character going?” That’s really fun, because it’s Vin’s daughter Similce [Diesel] that plays her. It’s family on family on family.
She’s great, and we really did want to hit that family theme on the head. We thought, since we were thinking about where we could go this season in terms of new locations, that we would go to Mexico and get some luchadores in there, which brought in Cisco’s family. It just made a lot of sense, and it was a very organic process to put that together.

As you mentioned, Ms. Nowhere is going through it after being betrayed by her agency but also having the time of her life on the run. Did you want to make her the viewpoint character for the season from the star, or did that emerge naturally?

Tim Hedrick: You know, I love everything that Ms. Nowhere does. I think Renee is just the greatest performer of our time; every time she’s in the booth, it’s exciting. She’s such a badass.
So, of course, she’s going to be in charge as they’re on the run. But then it really becomes a conflict in the team, because she doesn’t have a rank anymore. Now they’re kind of fighting for who’s in control, so that was interesting.
And then it was also really fun to see Gary and Julius left behind, and see them find their new role model in Palindrome. I thought how he nurtures them as his underlings was just hilarious. Tru Valentino is the actor who plays both of those characters, and he’s incredible. So, that was a lot of fun.

The Gary and Julius dynamic is incredible. But for Gary specifically, how strange is it for him to not be on Ms. Nowhere’s side? What’s he going through in this moment?

Tim Hedrick: He knows spies flip; it happens all the time. This is what happens at the agency when you think you know somebody and then they turn on you. You just have to roll with it.
He’s a company man, so Gary just shows up to work every day. He’s got a list on the wall that says these are enemies and these are friends, and he’s like, “Okay, let’s go to work.” He’s a stalwart at the agency. I think that’s how you survive there.

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We got a lot of new villains and characters this season, but I also love when you bring old ones back – like Rafaela, who is consistently a delight. Are there any others you hope to bring back if you have future seasons?

Tim Hedrick: Listen, everything’s on the table. I don’t think we’ve had anybody that I didn’t enjoy working with on the show. All the characters have been really interesting.
Rafaela is a great example. We’re like, “Oh, I don’t know, maybe we can see her pop in.” Because she ha so much fun being so annoying. She kind of hits that note. So, absolutely. If there are future seasons of the show, I would love to bring everybody back.

Have there already been discussions on that front? Do you know where the show stands?

Tim Hedrick: I’m discussing it constantly. I don’t know if anybody’s listening, but I’m always I’m always up to discuss future seasons.

As for the new characters, I loved the tension between Ms. Nowhere and both Palindrome and Moray. Can you talk a little bit about that frienemy dynamic, without giving away too many spoilers?

Tim Hedrick: Ms. Nowhere would have you believe that she started last week and is only 19 years old, but we know she has a nebulous amount of years in the past on missions. So, she definitely has cultivated some enemies and frenemies in the field. Moray is definitely one of those mysterious forces.
In terms of Palindrome, we really knew that once Ms. Nowhere goes on the run, you have to bring in a pretty heavy hitter to go down. Who is going to be up to the task of bringing her in? That’s how Palindrome came about, and we were lucky to get Big Show on the case to play Palindrome. He’s really fantastic and brings all of the presence that you would think a guy called Big Show should. He lives up to his name.

I’m fascinating by all the different car designs, as well as the different things they can do. Do you base them on real cars or your imagination? And do you leave the creation entirely to the animation team, or do you first write out what you need the car to do?

Tim Hedrick: Both. We have things that, story wise, we want to happen. But we also have a pretty awesome team of designers, many of whom are actual car designers, who went to school to design cars for Mercedes-Benz or whatever and instead work for us drawing new cars. They definitely bring a level of realism every single time they sit down to design a car, because they make sure that the weight is correct, and that the interior is correct. And that if it’s a mini engine model, how would it maneuver?
There’s a lot of legitimate engineering that goes into building those CG cars, which is very intricate. I’m not qualified to really comment on it, other than to say, “Wow, that’s cool.” They’re very, very talented people.

It certainly is cool. Meanwhile, we get the cutest new family member ever in Roscoe. Where did he come from, and what can you tell me about how he melts Ms. Nowhere’s heart?

Tim Hedrick: I’m glad you brought this up. Roscoe is based on my dog. This is what you get to do if you ever run a show: you get to put your dog on the show. I think was in my contract from day one, that if the show goes to four seasons, I can put my dog in the show.
But yes, it was very exciting to see Roscoe come to life. And I will tell you that Roscoe the real dog has watched Roscoe the cartoon. He likes to watch TV and he definitely recognized himself.
Not only does he melt Ms. Nowhere’s, he will melt the world’s heart. There’s more to come from that very talented dog.

On an unrelated but equally exciting not, we know the Avatarverse is coming into our lives and giving us new content. I enjoyed your work both Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Can you share whether you’ll be participating in future projects within that universe in the near future?

Tim Hedrick: I’ve been consulting on the Avatar comics for the last couple years, and it’s very exciting. I guess that’s all I can say, because I don’t want to scoop any Avatar news. It’s super cool, and I’m very excited to see more Avatar stuff come out.
From what I’ve heard – and I believe me, I’m not in the center of it or anything – it sounds like there’s gonna be a lot more Avatar coming out in the next few years. It’s gonna be really cool. I’m excited, because Mike and Bryan are very talented creators, but also just such good people. It’s great stuff.

More: Tim Hedrick & Bret Haaland Interview: Fast & Furious Spy Racers Sahara

Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Mexico launches exclusively on Netflix April 16.

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Dwayne Johnson & Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious Feud Addressed By John Cena

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John Cena acknowledges that he’s heard rumors about the Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel feud in the
Fast & Furious
franchise.
Cena calls them both ”
alpha
” actors, suggesting that there’s only room on set for one of those personality types.
Johnson’s return to the franchise in
Fast X
suggests his feud with Diesel is over, but the two actors have yet to actually share the screen together again.

Fast & Furious franchise star John Cena shares his thoughts on the infamous Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson feud. After the release of the first movie in 2001, the popular action franchise just recently released its tenth installment with the poorly-reviewed Fast X. While the Fast & Furious franchise has been massively commercially successful, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing behind the scenes, with Dominic Toretto actor Diesel and Luke Hobbs actor Johnson reportedly butting heads during production on several installments, with the feud going viral in 2016.

During a recent interview with Dax Shepherd on the Armchair Expert podcast, Cena, who recently returned as Jakob as part of the Fast X cast, weighs in on his experience with the Diesel and Johnson feud. While much of the feud seemingly took place before Cena joined the franchise in F9: The Fast Saga, the actor seemingly doesn’t have a hard time believing that there was friction between the two costars. Check out his comments below:

“There’s certainly rumors about that. I can’t deny that. You have two very alpha, driven people. You get two, there can only be one.
“Man, you gotta remember I got dropped into a locker room where [we have] generational vets. ‘What’d your dad do?’ ‘Wrestle.’ ‘What’d your granddad do?’ ‘Wrestle.’ I’ve been in that environment; know the room and just kind of adapt to what’s going on.
“I’m being invited into someone’s home, into someone’s family. And regardless of how they look physically in comparison to another human being, this is one IP that has had nine installments and it’s an action movie — that’s rarefied air. At the very least, there has to be respect for that.
“I’m not trying to get the sandbox. That’s not my thing. I’m grateful for what you’ve given me, I just want to be be the best firetruck I can.”

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Vin Diesel & Dwayne Johnson’s Feud Seems To Be Over Now
But Will They Actually Appear Together Again On Screen?
Vin Diesel as Dom and Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs looking over each other's shoulders in Fast and Furious 6

A now-deleted social media post from Johnson in 2016 is what really kicked things off regarding his apparent feud with Diesel. In the post, Johnson referred to un-named Fast & Furious costars as “chicken sh*t” and “candy asses,” criticizing the work ethic of some on set. The feud has had its ups and downs since then, with Tyrese Gibson even getting involved at one point. Some years later, Diesel seemingly attempted to bury the hatchet by putting out a public plea for Johnson to return as Hobbs, but Johnson very pointedly shut the idea down.

Despite this, however, Johnson did return for a cameo during the Fast X post-credits scene last year. Not long afterward, it was confirmed that Johnson would star in his own Hobbs-focused film before the planned release of Fast & Furious 11, which will seemingly serve as the franchise finale. While it doesn’t sound like Diesel will be appearing in Johnson’s spinoff, Hobbs is now poised to play a role in the eleventh film.

Fast X
is currently available to stream on Prime Video.

Johnson does appear in the latest film, but he notably doesn’t share the screen with Diesel or any other cast members. If he does play a more prominent role in Fast & Furious 11, this will evidently require more collaboration, potentially opening the door for their larger-than-life personalities to clash once more. It remains to be seen whether Diesel and Johnson will share the screen together in the final Fast & Furious movie, but Cena’s latest comments suggest tension between the two “alpha” stars will be hard to avoid.

Source: Armchair Expert

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Vin Diesel May Have Spoiled Fast & Furious 11’s Ending With $2.7 Billion Movie Comparison

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Vin Diesel already compared
Fast and Furious 11
to
Avengers: Endgame
.
It seems likely, therefore, that Dom will die just as Tony Stark did.
If Fast and Furious 11 kills off Dom, it will perfectly flip Fast X’s ending, echoing Avengers: Endgame’s impactful sacrifice.

Vin Diesel has already hinted that Dom will die in Fast and Furious 11 by comparing it to a $2.7 billion movie from another major franchise. The car-centered Fast and Furious movies began in 2001, and the franchise has experienced tremendous growth since then, releasing ten movies in the main series and the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff. The eleventh, and supposedly final, installment of the Fast and Furious franchise is slated to release on April 4, 2025, and is directed by Louis Leterrier.

While Fast X included a number of big character deaths, the fates of several others remain unknown. Antagonist Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa) is motivated by a desire to inflict suffering upon Dom (Vin Diesel) and ultimately resorts to eliminating those closest to him. In the Fast X cliffhanger ending, Dom appeared doomed as he drove into Dante’s explosive trap. The fact that Fast and Furious 11 is happening suggests Dom will survive, but there is good reason to believe Vin Diesel’s protagonist will meet his end in the upcoming movie.

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Vin Diesel Confirmed 3 Years Ago That Avengers: Endgame Inspired Fast & Furious 11
This Decision Was Influenced By His Involvement In The MCU

The Fast & Furious franchise ending with a two-part finale was inspired by Avengers: Endgame. Although Diesel doesn’t physically appear in Marvel Studios’ films, he has been lending his voice to the beloved Groot and its various iterations since the release of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. He subsequently featured in two sequels released in 2017 and 2023, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the latter of which marked the culmination of the MCU’s Infinity Saga.

Fast X
is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Vin Diesel revealed that the original intention was to conclude the Fast and Furious series with its tenth film, but that perspective shifted after witnessing the impact of Avengers: Endgame. The decision to split one larger concluding chapter into two movies makes sense when there is a vast amount of story left to explore. Encouraged by the immense commercial and critical success of Avengers: Endgame, Diesel and his team envisioned replicating the MCU’s formula with the Fast & Furious movies.

Fast & Furious 11’s Endgame Influence Means Dominic Toretto Will Die
Dom Will Take The Iron Man Role, Sacrificing Himself To Save His Family
Peter Parker consoles Tony Stark in Avengers Endgame.

Fast and Furious 11 being influenced by Avengers: Endgame suggests that Dominic Toretto is likely to die. Arguably the most memorable aspect of the Avengers: Endgame ending was the tragic death of Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr. As Thanos engaged in battle with numerous heroes in a bid to seize all six Infinity Stones, Iron Man recognized the one chance to emerge victorious involved his own sacrifice.

If its Avengers: Endgame inspiration is any indication, Fast and Furious 11 will likely see Dom sacrifice himself to save his family, mirroring the iconic ending of Avengers: Endgame. While the MCU has no single main character, the franchise began with Iron Man in 2008, making RDJ’s Tony Stark the franchise’s first official hero. Similarly, Fast and Furious contains many different characters after over 20 years of releases, but everything began with Vin Diesel’s Dom. If Fast and Furious 11 is drawing inspiration from Avengers: Endgame in terms of how to conclude a movie franchise, Dom will die just as Tony Stark did.

A composite image of The Rock as Hobbs with Jason Mom as Luke Reyes riding a motorcycle from The Fast and Furious Related The Fast & Furious Hobbs Spinoff: Confirmation, Story & Everything We Know Fast X brought back Luke Hobbs and pit him against the new villain Dante Reyes, setting up a Hobbs spinoff movie with Jason Momoa and Dwayne Johnson.

Fast & Furious 11 Killing Dom Will Perfectly Flip Fast X’s Ending
Dom Is One Of The Survivors In Fast X.

If Fast and Furious 11 kills Dom, it will perfectly flip the Fast X ending, which saw Dom and his son in precarious circumstances. Dom and Little Brian found themselves in a dam in Portugal that was poised to explode. It appeared that Dante had gained the upper hand over Dom, at least for the time being. While Dom surely survives Fast X’s cliffhanger, Jakob (John Cena) had previously sacrificed his life to protect Little Brian from Dante.

Fast and Furious 11 can flip this ending, with Dom making the ultimate sacrifice to protect his family from Dante. Such an ending would make sense for the character, who has always been selfless and shown immense care towards the people he loves. Vin Diesel has said family so many times in every Fast and Furious movie that it would complete his arc if he demonstrated his love for them with the biggest sacrifice possible. Comparisons to Avengers: Endgame only make that outcome more likely.

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

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Fast & Furious’ Lowest-Grossing Movie Explains Why The Saga Hasn’t Been About Cars For 15 Years

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The Fast & Furious series has shifted focus from car racing to action, with Tokyo Drift being the lowest-grossing installment.
Tokyo Drift’s failure prompted the franchise to move away from street racing and towards more traditional action film elements.
Fast & Furious successfully shifted the franchise’s direction away from racing, towards bigger budgets and grander scales.

The Fast & Furious saga has not exactly been about cars for quite some time, and the franchise’s lowest-grossing installment seems to explain why. Every time the Fast & Furious franchise pops up, it is hard not to think about car racing, exotic supercars, and Vin Diesel’s signature quotes about family. While Vin Diesel’s quotes and overall hard-as-nails leader persona have not changed much as the movie franchise has progressed, Fast & Furious has seemingly shifted its focus from thrilling races to sensational action set pieces in recent years.

Given the franchise’s worldwide popularity, many factors may have contributed to these changes. Owing to this, one may not be able to pinpoint the precise reason why the Fast & Furious franchise changed its narrative direction. However, the lowest-grossing film in the Fast & Furious series might provide some answers to why the films are now less about racing and more about heists and across-the-globe action.

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Tokyo Drift Is Fast & Furious’ Lowest-Grossing Movie
The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift grossed $158.9 million worldwide

Since it has been around for over two decades, it is not surprising that the Fast & Furious franchise has had a fair share of ups and downs, highs and lows at the box office. Although the franchise is still fairly profitable, its recent installments have offered diminishing returns. However, despite the franchise’s dwindling box office numbers, none of its installments have had a box office as low as The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The first movie in the franchise, The Fast & the Furious, was a success after it raked in $207.5 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $38 million.

Even the second film in the franchise, 2 Fast 2 Furious, proved profitable after it grossed $236.3 million globally on a budget of $76 million. The third installment was expected to continue this trend, with its relatively higher budget of $85 million. However, despite having a bigger budget than its predecessors, Tokyo Drift could not continue the franchise’s trend of getting higher returns with each new installment. Eight new Fast & Furious movies have come out since Tokyo Drift’s release, and none of them even come close to matching its low box office scores.

Fast & Furious Movie Budget Worldwide Box Office The Fast & the Furious $38 million $207,517,509 2 Fast 2 Furious $76 million $236,350,661 The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift $85 million $158,964,610 Fast & Furious $85 million $360,366,870 Fast Five $125 million $626,137,675 Fast & Furious 6 $160 million $788,680,968 Furious 7 $190 million $1,515,341,399 The Fate of the Furious $250 million $1,236,005,118 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $200 million $760,732,926 F9 $200 million $726,229,501 Fast X $340 million $714,555,549 Total $1.749 billion $7,476,903,108

Tokyo Drift Is The Street Racing-Focused Movie Many Want Fast & Furious To Be
Tokyo Drift is the most “Fast & Furious” movie in the franchise
Sean behind the wheel in Tokyo Drift

Even to this day, theFast & Furiousfranchise is associated with fancy cars and white-knuckling street races. However, one look at the recent movies in the franchise will reveal that its focus has drifted away from what it used to be about. While it still features high-octane car chases and expensive cars, the “racing” element seems missing. Given how street car races in the early installments of the film franchise played a crucial role in drawing audiences to it,Tokyo Driftarguably is amongFast & Furious’ better installments because it offers everything from drift competitions to intense underground racing scenes.

Christopher Nolan once said (via

Collider

) that he has a “soft spot” for Tokyo Drift.

Storytelling has never been the Fast & Furious franchise’s strongest suit. However, in some ways, Tokyo Drift also has a more relatable storyline than other films because its narrative primarily revolves around an underdog street racer who beats the bad guy in the film’s climax. The recent Fast & Furious movies are far superior when it comes to having an ensemble cast and high production value. However, they often prioritize spectacle over substance, sacrificing the simpler elements that made the first few films successful.

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Tokyo Drift’s Box Office Performance Prompted Fast & Furious To Change
Tokyo Drift’s failures triggered the franchise to move away from street racing

After Tokyo Drift’s inability to top or even match its predecessors’ success, the fourth installment in the film franchise, Fast & Furious, marked the return of the original cast. Since Tokyo Drift’s underwhelming box office numbers established that the film franchise worked better when it did not primarily focus on underground car racing, 2009’s Fast & Furious focused less on those elements and presented itself as a regular action film. Although Fast & Furious did not entirely shed the franchise’s roots in car culture, it paved the way for a new narrative direction for the movie series.

Fast & Furious proved that even though Tokyo Drift’s grounded storyline and underground street races had their charm, they did not have the blockbuster pull the franchise needed to maintain momentum.

Fast & Furious’s formula even worked wonders for the franchise, given how it earned almost twice as much as Tokyo Drift at the global box office despite having the same budget. With this, Fast & Furious proved that even though Tokyo Drift’s grounded storyline and underground street races had their charm, they did not have the blockbuster pull the franchise needed to maintain momentum. As a result, Fast & Furious became the blueprint for the franchise, resulting in Fast Five and the subsequent films repeating its formula with bigger budgets and even grander scale.

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Fast & Furious Was Never The Same After Fast Five
Fast Five marked the inception of a new era for the franchise

After adopting everything that made 2009’s Fast & Furious successful and becoming the first film in the franchise to cross the $500 million box office mark, Fast Five proved that the franchise had to rinse and repeat the 2009 film’s winning recipe. Owing to this, with each installment, the Fast & Furious franchise only drifted further away from its core identity, which revolved around racing and car culture. Although recent movies in the Fast & Furious franchise have not been performing as well as expected, it seems like it is too late for the 11th movie to take a U-turn and experiment with a return to its roots.

Untitled design (4)-5 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the third installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. Tokyo Drift follows Sean Boswell, a car-loving teenager shipped off to live with his Navy lieutenant father in Tokyo when his racing antics find him running foul of the law. When Sean discovers Tokyo’s nightlife, he embraces the dangerous underground world of drift racing.Release Date June 4, 2006 Studio(s) Universal Pictures , Relativity Media Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Chris Morgan Cast Lucas Black , Bow Wow , Sung Kang , Brian Tee , Nathalie Kelley , Sonny Chiba , Leonardo Nam , Brian Goodman Runtime 104 Minutes Budget $85 Million

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