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Why Dom Goes To Space (It’s Like James Bond)

Fast & Furious 9 (officially titled F9) is going bigger than ever before by taking the conflict out of the Earth’s atmosphere and heading into space, and a James Bond movie could be involved in how that happens. For the first time in Fast & Furious franchise history, the Vin Diesel-led film series will feature space travel. Diesel, who has played Dominic Toretto since the series began with The Fast and the Furious in 2001, is set to be at the front and center of the new chapter, which coincidentally celebrates the franchise’s 20th anniversary. Originally scheduled to debut in 2020, F9 was pushed back a year with an April 2021 release date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

When the Fast & Furious franchise first began in the early ’00s, it primarily focused on illegal street racing. After Paul Walker headlined the series’ first standalone sequel, reprising his role as Brian O’Conner, the movies shifted to Japan for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. A decade after the debut installment, Fast Five revamped the franchise by thrusting Dom, Brian, and their crew into worldwide heists. With the incorporation of Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs, the stakes became higher and the stunts became crazier. With the evolution into a full-blown action series, the fandom grew, as did the box office potential.

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Despite gearing up for the ninth film in The Fast Saga, the franchise has expanded even more with a spinoff and animated TV series. With plans to grow with even more future projects, Fast & Furious will need to find ways to freshen the narrative. F9 will open a new door by introducing galactic opportunities. As wild as it sounds, it seems like the plausible next step for a series known for pushing the boundaries of realistic scenarios. Here’s what has been revealed about F9’s space plans and what it could mean for the direction of the story.

Fast & Furious 9 Is Going To Space
Fast and Furious 9 Han Dom and Jakob

After directing four previous Fast & Furious installments, Justin Lin is back at the helm for F9. Set after Dom and his crew’s run-in with criminal mastermind Cipher (Charlize Theron) in The Fate of the Furious, Dom has since retired to settle down with his family. Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) traded in adrenaline-inducing missions to raise Dom’s young son. Unfortunately, retirement is short-lived since Dom’s brother, Jakob Toretto (John Cena), causes trouble after teaming with Cipher. Dom has no choice but to get the gang back together with the help of his sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and friends Tej (Ludacris Bridges), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel). In a surprising move, F9 also confirmed the return of Han (Sung Kang) in addition to other Tokyo Drift familiar faces. Unlike previous land-based missions, members of the cast have shared that the plot will head to space. Seeing as Dom is at the center of the story, he will presumably be the one to embark on galactic travel.

Just recently, Rodriguez confirmed F9’s space travel in an interview on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show. Fans have speculated as much for years, seeing as it was one territory that the franchise has never explored. Interestingly enough, the film series had plans to head to the final frontier for years. Seth Rogen shared about an encounter he had with a Fast & Furious producer, claiming that The Fast Saga had space ideas a decade ago. The timing at that point, however, wasn’t right, but it was an obvious plot point that the writers were aiming towards.

Fast 9’s Rocket Car Could Be How Dom Goes To Space
The rocket car being tested in F9

The first legitimate hint that pointed at space travel came in F9’s first full trailer. In the footage, a handful of new vehicles was revealed. Even though the Fast & Furious franchise has moved away from street racing, cars are still a prominent aspect of the movies. Among the new vehicles featured in the trailer was a modified Pontiac Fiero. Unlike typical advancements for speed and power, the coupe was equipped with a rocket.

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The Pontiac rocket car can be seen driven by Roman in the trailer. Appearing to be built by Earl (Jason Tobin) and Sean (Lucas Black), the vehicle looks like it was being tested on some kind of runway against an aircraft seen in the background. The rocket-powered car showcases extreme speed, more so than any of the NOS-fueled cars featured in the past.

It’s possible that the Pontiac Fiero is just the first prototype for some type of vehicle being built for Dom to go to space. He could have assigned certain members of the crew to build something while he faces Jakob and Cipher through other means. It’s not the first time that the group has tested methods before unleashing modified finished products. In that case, the rocket car could just be a smaller version of what Dom uses to leave the Earth’s atmosphere in F9.

Why Dom Could Go To Space In Fast & Furious 9
Fast & Furious 9 Fan Poster Teases Dom Going To Space

During Rodriguez’s interview discussing F9’s space plans, the actress mentioned that her character is “not lucky enough to hit space.” Her statement adds more evidence to the notion that space travel could be a solo mission for Dom. So what exactly would need to be happening for Dom to put his life at risk in order to make the dangerous journey? 1979’s Moonraker might provide some explanations.

The Fate of the Furious already introduced hijacked missiles and submarines. With a cyberterrorist at the lead, there are numerous ways Cipher and Jakob could put the entire world in harm’s way. It’s possible that there’s a superweapon or threatening satellite located in space that Cipher gets control of. Seeing as Dom is so connected to the threat based on his familial relationship with Jakob, he may feel like it’s his responsibility to stop them.

Moonraker followed a similar plot, focusing on James Bond space travel after he investigated the theft of a Space Shuttle. The shuttle was hijacked to carry out a plan that would destroy the world’s population in order to recreate the human race. The scope for Fast & Furious might not be that broad, but it’s possible that a hijacking will be involved, threatening a segment of society. With the franchise taking plays out of playbooks from some of the most renowned action series, it wouldn’t be surprising to see elements of James Bond featured in F9 and beyond. Whatever happened before The Fast Saga closes out, it will undoubtedly have viewers on the edge of their seats.

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Fast & Furious 11 Needs Hobbs Vs. Dom (To End The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud)


Fast and Furious 11 needs to feature an epic fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel to resolve the real-life feud and bring closure to their characters’ relationship. The clash between Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five was a game-changer, and revisiting that epic confrontation in Fast 11 would elevate the action and add nostalgia. A showdown between Dom and Hobbs in Fast 11 could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation, reaffirming the underlying themes of family and unity in the franchise.

Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has returned to the Fast Saga, Fast and Furious 11 needs to include an epic fight between Johnson and Vin Diesel. In the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, the thrill of fast cars and heart-stopping action has always been amplified by the magnetic on-screen chemistry between its stars. However, a real-life feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been brewing since 2016. Director Louis Leterrier achieved the impossible by bringing The Rock back into the fold. Now, he must find a way to reunite Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto on-screen.

Ever since Fate of the Furious, the void left by The Rock’s absence has grown more conspicuous. The actor’s feud with Vin Diesel has cast a shadow over the franchise, making it increasingly difficult for the writers and directors to craft a cohesive narrative. As Fast Saga fans await the next installment, all eyes are on Leterrier to weave a compelling story that not only showcases jaw-dropping action but also offers a chance for Hobbs and Dom to partake in an epic showdown.

Hobbs & Dom Fighting In Fast & Furious 11 Would Bring Their Arc Full Circle
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 act as sequels to Fast Five in many ways, so it makes perfect sense for the upcoming installment to build on the fight scene between Dom and Hobbs from Fast Five. The clash between the two powerhouse characters left an indelible mark on fans. Revisiting that epic confrontation could elevate the adrenaline-fueled action and add a layer of nostalgia to Fast and Furious 11. Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a change of heart and returned to the Fast Saga, the anticipation for a rematch between his and Vin Diesel’s characters has reached a fever pitch.

Dom and Hobbs’ showdown in Fast Five was a game-changer for the franchise, propelling it to new heights with its intensity and raw energy. Given the unresolved tension between the two stars in real life, a meticulously crafted fight scene in Fast 11 has the potential to invigorate the climax of the series and provide a cathartic experience for the actors and fans alike. As Fast 11 may be the final chapter in the Fast and Furious universe, all eyes are on this anticipated clash. Hopefully, a brotherly fight will be the defining moment that brings harmony back to the Fast Saga family.

The Rock & Vin Diesel Can Put Their Feud To Rest On Screen
Hobbs holding on to Dom in Fast and Furious 5

Vin Diesel and The Rock’s personal history adds a layer of complexity to any potential fight between their characters in Fast and Furious 11. Given their real-life feud, it’s unlikely either actor would be portrayed as the clear winner or loser. Moreover, from a storytelling perspective, it would be counterproductive to have Dom excessively harm or kill Hobbs or vice versa. However, as the series approaches its potential end, a showdown between Dom and Hobbs could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation. After all, throughout the Fast and Furious films, audiences have witnessed a recurring pattern of men engaging in physical conflicts before eventually forming unbreakable bonds.

For instance, Fast and Furious sees Dom and Brian’s tumultuous relationship evolve into a deep brotherly connection after a series of knock-down, drag-out fights. This same sort of understanding between Dom and Hobbs would reaffirm the underlying themes of reconciliation and family that have contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity. By embracing the notion that they are, in a sense, brothers, Dom and Hobbs could mend their on-screen relationship and deliver a broader message of unity. This would ultimately give fans a satisfying conclusion to their relationship in Fast and Furious 11.

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Vin Diesel Posts Paul Walker Tribute On 10th Anniversary Of His Death


Vin Diesel shares a touching tribute to Paul Walker 10 years after the actor’s tragic death on November 30, 2013. Diesel expresses that “more smiles manage to break through the tears” as years pass because he knows his bond with Walker will be stronger than ever when they eventually reunite. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, remains alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and Diesel has previously teased that the franchise won’t end without a proper farewell to Brian and Walker.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel takes to social media to share a touching tribute to Paul Walker, 10 years after the actor’s death. First released in 2001, the debut installment in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise introduces Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Walker as Brian O’Connor. Both characters would return for a number of sequels, but Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, during the production of Furious 7.

Now, on the 10th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Diesel has shared a touching tribute post on Instagram to honor his late Fast and Furious costar. Check out the actor’s emotional post below:

Accompanying an image of Walker with one of his daughters, Diesel reminisces about an important lesson learned from the late actor and how his legacy still lives on today. Diesel’s full caption is included below:

I was listening to a song this morning…‘That Lucky Old Sun’… thought of you, racing around Heaven all day. Hahaha…
The family of the Mourning, feels like it has grown since a decade ago… feel’s like that experience of losing someone is far too common today. Leaving more and more of us in search for meaning, trying to make sense of this complex existence…
Oh, I have finally understood what you use to do with the phone, “phone Fasting”… you had the insight to turn off your phone for long stretches of time. I started this year to do just that. You used to say, Vin and I can go years without talking, and our brotherhood will always be stronger than we left it, the ones who truly love you will always be there.
Amen to that.
This is one of my favorite images ever taken… You knew how proud I was when my daughter, the Alpha Angel, your niece would play the piano… well last night she was playing Moonlight Sonata… it took me back to the night before she was born. Me and you were working late… you were telling me that the best moment in life would be witnessing my child being born. That priceless smile you had when I told you the next day that I had cut the umbilical cord…
The next song she started playing on the piano is by an artist you would have loved, named Billie Eilish, ‘What was I made for’… when she started to play, the other angels all came and joined her at the piano and they started singing… wow…emotions… angels, I know you were listening.
After ten years… I know these days of beautiful remembrance will be filled with tears. But as time rolls on, with each year that passes… more smiles manage to break through the tears. Cause I know, when I see you again… our brotherhood will be stronger than we left it.
Miss you.

Will Brian Be Seen Again In Fast & Furious?
Furious 7 Reveals How Paul Walker’s Character Can Return
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Walker’s death in November 2013 came with a great deal of sadness, but it also created problems for the Furious 7 production, which was about halfway done. It was ultimately decided that Walker’s remaining scenes would be completed with a digital recreation of the actor, with his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, serving as body doubles. Although Walker may have passed away, Brian remains alive and well within the world of the films, though he has not been seen in the flesh since Furious 7’s emotional ending.

The closet audiences have come to seeing Brian again (outside of the flashbacks featured in Fast X) is at the end of F9: The Fast Saga, when the character’s iconic Nissan Skyline pulls up at Dom’s house. This summer’s Fast X supposedly sets up the conclusion of the franchise in an 11th and potentially 12th installment (in addition to the announced Dwayne Johnson Luke Hobbs spinoff movie), and it’s very likely that the final movie will see Brian return in some capacity.

Diesel has also essentially teased as much, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar) earlier this year: “I couldn’t imagine this saga ending without truly saying goodbye to Brian O’Conner.” It’s unclear if this will mean a substantial digital recreation of the actor for extended portions of the film or a quick cameo at the very end, but it seems like audiences haven’t seen the last of Brian just yet. Even in death, Walker remains a key pillar of Fast and Furious, and it’s fitting that the final film will feature another heartfelt goodbye to further honor the late actor.

Source: Vin Diesel/ Instagram

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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)


Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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