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Will Fast & Furious 11 Kill Dom? How His Fast Saga Story Should End

Fast & Furious 11, the conclusion to Vin Diesel’s Fast Saga, is already subject to much speculation, with many fans wondering what will be the ending of Dominic Toretto’s story? Will Dom give his life to save the world and the team, or will he, Letty, and little Brian have a future together? F9 is coming to theaters in 2021, and will be followed by a two-part finale: Fast & Furious 10 and Fast & Furious 11. The last two movies will have to bring a close to the main storyline, while leaving the door open for more spin-offs featuring characters from the Fast & Furious team.

The Fast & Furious franchise is a unique hybrid of car, action, heist, superhero, and spy movie. The films are built around Dominic Toretto, the leader of what was once a petty theft gang but which gradually grew into a family — a family capable of stopping terrorists and nuclear bombs. While the increasingly over-the-top content of the Fast franchise draws ire from some, it also is part of the franchise’s appeal. The three upcoming films will have higher stakes than all of the Fast & Furious films so far — F9 is officially bringing the Fast Saga to space.

Related: Fast & Furious: Han’s Story Timeline Explained

How F10 and F11 will top a space-based mission is hard to imagine, but whatever the epic conclusion to the franchise entails, it will likely involve the potential death of its lead character. Dom has a strong moral code that leads him to put his life on the line for his friends (Letty even asked in Fast & Furious 6 if Dom has a death wish). Throughout the Fast & Furious saga, Dom has had many sacrificial moments, showing his willingness to give his life for his team. Dom has always managed to make it out alive — so far. The Fast & Furious films are known for killing off characters like Han and Letty, then resurrecting them due to fan outcry. Could Dom have a similar narrative arc in the two-part finale? Fast & Furious 11 could instead kill Dom off for good by its conclusion — though this would not be the best route for the story to take.

Why Fast & Furious 11 Shouldn’t Kill Off Dom
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Killing Dom off in the Fast and Furious franchise would be a disappointing ending for a much-loved character, especially because the upcoming instalment looks to have him transition away from his dangerous lifestyle. As Dom says in the F9 trailer: “I used to live my life a quarter mile at a time. But I’m a father now.” Dom has a son, which changes the dynamic of Dom’s life and the stakes involved. Letty (and little Brian) losing Dom so soon after finally getting together would be an unsatisfying conclusion to a franchise focused on family. Not only that, but it goes against Dom’s character to leave open the kind of loose end that could result in him being killed (as illustrated in Fate of the Furious), especially when his family needs him.

In the past, the Fast franchise has avoided killing off major characters (at least permanently), but also hasn’t really allowed any of the main players to retire. The only character thus far to get a lasting happy ending has been the late Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner, who was written out of the franchise when the actor sadly passed away. Considering the real-world tragedy surrounding Furious 7, the memorable ending for Brian and Mia is bittersweet. In an interview with NME, Vin Diesel called the Furious 7 tribute to Paul Walker “The best moment in cinematic history,” and discussed how he didn’t want anyone making a storyline out of Walker’s death. While that doesn’t rule out the possibility that Dom could die in F10 or F11, it does demonstrate that Diesel, who produces the movies, is not interested in those kinds or arcs. Besides, such a major character’s onscreen death in the finale might hit too close to home, or even detract from the emotional gravity of Furious 7’s true-to-life tribute to Walker.

Related: Fast & Furious: Every Car Letty Drives In The Movies

This brings up the question of whether Diesel would allow his character to die. As a producer, he’ll have some say in the matter. Diesel told fans in a 2017 Facebook live, “Don’t be surprised if you see a Toretto movie, with just Torettos,” raising the possibility that Dominic Toretto may still appear in more Fast & Furious spin-offs somewhere down the line, after the main storyline of the Fast Saga comes to an end. In addition, of Diesel’s seven onscreen deaths, he’s been resurrected five times, in films including xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Bloodshot (which he also produced). The evidence thus suggests that Diesel doesn’t want his character to actually die — although he could appear to, only for a twist reveal to later resurrect him — and would be interesting in continuing in the role further.

How Fans Want The Fast Franchise To End
Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious

The Fast Saga has been heavily influenced by fans in the past, and it’s reasonable to assume the franchise will end based on what the fans want. Vin Diesel described in a Facebook live video how fans have influenced the creative process for the films: He mentioned “beautiful fan videos” and petitions that helped to convince the studio to bring Letty back, and how “the franchise has been better because of it.” Director Justin Lin also told Esquire that it was a chance encounter with some excited fans at an Arby’s that made him realize there was more of Han’s story to tell. Given how the fandom feels towards Dom, it’s unlikely that the franchise will kill him off — especially after having brought back Letty and Han.

Every Fast & Furious movie (with the exception of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) has ended on a high note. Given the huge fan movements for Fast & Furious characters who have died, and the fact that the franchise now reaches over $1 billion in box office sales for each subsequent installment (not including the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw), it goes without saying that fans like the characters and want them to have happy endings. The Fast Saga filmmakers seem to place a high priority on listening to fans’ wishes, and fans will probably want to see a happy ending for Dom and Letty — and their next generation.

How Dom’s Fast Saga Story Should End
Dom holds onto Letty on the hood of a moving car in Fast & Furious

Other than the necessity of bringing back beloved characters of the Fast & Furious series and wrapping up their stories, there are many directions the franchise could take with the two finale films. Fast & Furious 10 and Fast & Furious 11 are likely to show the team’s battle against Cipher. She is the one pulling the strings behind the main villain of Fast & Furious 9, Dom’s brother Jakob. Fate of the Furious revealed Cipher to also be the driving force behind many of the teams’ past foes: she corrupted Owen Shaw, hired Mose Jakande, and was hinted to be involved in Arturo Braga’s activities. By doing this, Fate of the Furious’ writers retconned the overarching plotline the franchise was lacking. Taking three more films to overcome as terrifying an opponent as Cipher isn’t a bad idea, as she is the most formidable opponent the team has seen, and defeating her will require all they’ve got.

As far as Dom’s and Letty’s ending, the filmmakers could take a page from The Dark Knight Rises, giving Dom a chance to sacrifice himself, but allow him to live his life a quarter mile at a time with little Brian and Letty, and it would leave open the possibility of more spin-off films. But to really end strong, the saga should take it back to the beginning, returning to the Torettos’ home area of Los Angeles (to a new house, as Shaw destroyed the films’ iconic house in Furious 7.) Going home was a major goal for the characters earlier in the franchise, especially in Fast & Furious 6. Dom and Letty (and potentially their future children) and little Brian, going home to be near Mia and Brian’s family in LA, would bring the story full circle — as long as there are cars involved somewhere in the mix.

Fans have a lot time to speculate about the future of the Fast Saga, since even F9 doesn’t release until 2021. No matter which direction the writers choose to take Dom and his family’s story, Diesel promised on Facebook live not to let fans down — and Dom’s ending in the Fast & Furious 11 is a key aspect of that promise. Although Dom may end up sacrificing himself, it’s worth hoping that he — and the rest of the Toretto’s family, blood or not — will all get their happy endings. Because no matter what, Dom and Letty should have a chance to live a peaceful, prosperous life with faith, family, and fast cars.

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The 69-Year Story Behind The Fast And Furious Name


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RELATED: Fast X Cliffhanger Ending Explained

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

Source: Collider

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10 Characters Who Should Be In It


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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