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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
Vin diesel Dom Fast and furious 9

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.

Next: Everything We Know About Fast & Furious 9

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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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