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Impossible Deserves To Be As Successful As Fast & Furious

As popular as they already are, the Mission: Impossible movies deserve to achieve the same level of success as the Fast & Furious franchise. There are few older action properties that’ve adapted to the golden age of superhero blockbusters as well as Mission: Impossible and Fast & Furious. The former was already (in)famous for making Tom Cruise run the gauntlet when it comes to his stunt-work, yet has managed to find increasingly brazen ways of putting its star in mortal danger with each new installment over the last ten years (at Cruise’s behest, no less).

Fast & Furious, like Mission: Impossible, has always been known for its high-octane action, going back to its humble beginnings as a mid-budget crime thriller. Yet, the same year the latter stepped its game up (in terms of death-defying stunt work) with 2011’s Ghost Protocol, the former reinvented itself with Fast Five, a sequel that combined an Ocean’s Eleven-style heist plot with spectacle and action sequences that don’t break break the laws of physics so much as shatter them. The Fast & Furious movies have only continued to evolve since then, achieving newfound levels of both critical and commercial success along the way.

Related: Fast & Furious Broke the Law For Real While Filming Tokyo Drift

The Mission: Impossible movies, by comparison, haven’t changed their formula so much as gradually refined it by carrying over the elements that worked in the earlier films (like Simon Pegg as the tech-savvy Benji Dunn), and discarding those that didn’t. As with Fast & Furious, this has allowed the brand to win over more and more critics while simultaneously improving its performance at the box office in recent years. Yet, to understand why the series hasn’t caught up with The Fast Saga just yet, one needs to look back at where they came from first.

Mission: Impossible And Fast & Furious Are Both Long-Running Action Franchises
Tom Cruise Mission Impossible 3

Unless you actually watched the original TV show, it’s easy to forget the Mission: Impossible brand began as a 1960s series about the members of a fictional intelligence agency known as the Impossible Missions Force. The first movie was released in time to commemorate the show’s 30th anniversary in 1996, at a time when Cruise was already an A-lister, but known for being more of a character actor than action star. Five years later, the world was introduced to Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto in 2001’s The Fate of the Furious. At that point, Diesel had only barely started to make a name for himself, beginning with his well-received supporting role in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan three years earlier and carrying over to his equally memorable debut as the character Richard B. Riddick in 2000’s Pitch Black. Since then, both Cruise and Diesel have evolved into the faces of their respective properties (at least, as far as the mainline entries are concerned).

It’s funny how almost quaint the stunts in the original Mission: Impossible and The Fast and the Furious seem compared to those in their sequels. Both franchises started out with adrenaline-fueled set pieces involving truck hijackings and characters trying to escape from a moving high-speed train via helicopter, yet have only (massively) escalated things since then. But whereas Mission: Impossible has gone the route of having Cruise perform one ridiculous practical stunt after another, Fast & Furious has gone off the rails entirely by combining CGI with practical techniques in order to send cars skydiving out of planes or, as seen in the trailer for the upcoming Fast & Furious 9, swinging from one cliffside to another using a bridge cable (like it’s Tarzan holding onto a vine). So it goes, though, when you’re an action franchise about to turn twenty, or facing thirty in the case of the Mission: Impossible films.

Mission: Impossible Deserves To Be As Successful As Fast & Furious (If Not More So)
Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, & Ving Rhames in Mission Impossible Fallout

Depending on who you ask, there’s either never been a bad Mission: Impossible film or, failing that, there’s never been one that failed to deliver in the thrills department. (Even the worst-reviewed entry, Mission: Impossible 2, has rightly been defended for establishing the mold for what the franchise would become later on.) Of late, the series has been on an especially strong run, beginning with Christopher McQuarrie taking over as writer-director on 2015’s Rogue Nation. Under his watch, the movies have only grown sharper and more refined, in terms of not only only their plotting, but also their visuals, stunts, and even character arcs. Even before that, a string of directors (Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird) were able to put their stamps on their respective installments, keeping the property feeling fresh in a way it wouldn’t have otherwise.

Related: Every Mission: Impossible Movie in Chronological Order

Whether you prefer one to the other or like them both equally, it would be fair to argue the most recent Mission: Impossible movies have been better than the latest Fast & Furious films. Their spectacle might not be as gleefully ridiculous as the latter’s, but McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible movies are simply stronger when it comes to using action scenes as a means for both advancing the plot and character development. The series has already begun to reap the rewards financially, with Mission: Impossible – Fallout being widely proclaimed as the action movie of summer 2018 and taking home a franchise-high $791.1 million at the global box office (which is also a record for Cruise). At the same time, with a reception like that, Fallout should’ve easily been able to pass the $1 billion mark, much in the same way Fast & Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious did.

Why Fast & Furious Is More Successful Than Mission: Impossible

In theory, Mission: Impossible ought to be more popular than Fast & Furious: it’s been around longer (and, thusly, has more multigenerational appeal), Cruise is a bigger star than Diesel (in terms of his ability to draw audiences outside of a recognizable brand), and the overall series has fared better with critics. Of course, things start to change when you factor in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joining the latter in Fast Five and spinning it off into his own sub-franchise with Hobbs & Shaw. There’s also the matter of diversity: the original Fast and the Furious was relatively inclusive with its casting when it came out in 2001 (more so than the first Mission: Impossible), and the sequels have only taken things further in that direction. Combine all that with the franchise going international, beginning with 2006’s Tokyo Drift, and it’s no wonder Fast & Furious has the worldwide appeal it does.

There’s also the matter of age to consider. The Mission: Impossible films may’ve only started five years before the Fast & Furious movies did, yet they’ve never fully abandoned the campier elements from the original ’60 TV show (particularly, their use of rubber mask disguises and literal self-destructing messages), and have kept both of their feet planted in the spy/secret agent genre. Fast & Furious, on the other hand, has always been a franchise made for the 21st century: its earlier installments may come across as (often, amusingly) dated products of the 2000s nowadays, but even their focus on multiracial family units and hotshot outlaws-turned working-class superheroes make them feel distinctly modern in a way the Mission: Impossible films might not. When push come to shove, vehicular mayhem is perhaps just cooler to more people than old-school spy work (no matter how slick their gadgets are).

Can Mission: Impossible 7 & 8 Match Fast & Furious’ Success?
Hayley Atwell Cast in Mission Impossible 7 and 8

Commercially, Mission: Impossible is growing, so it’s entirely possible the upcoming seventh and eighth films will be the first to finally gain access to the $1 billion club. There’s valid reason to think they will, too: in the same way audiences have grown to love Dominic Toretto and his family, the Mission: Impossible franchise has now established a core team around Cruise (consisting of Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Rebecca Ferguson), as a way of broadening the property’s appeal. Helping matters, Mission: Impossible 7 is poised to bring back Vanessa Kirby as the enigmatic White Widow from Fallout, while at the same time adding even more star-power in the forms of MCU veterans like Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff. On top of all that, there’s the question of Cruise’s stunts and how on earth he intends to top his previous dances with death this time around, giving moviegoers all the more reason to tune in and find out.

Of course, Fast & Furious isn’t slacking off either, what with John Cena costarring in Fast & Furious 9 as Dom’s brother-turned enemy Jakob and Sung Kang reprising his role as the fan-favorite Han Lue in the film (following his presumed death in Tokyo Drift). The franchise has also gotten to the point where it’s preparing to finish its mainline story with the upcoming – and, potentially, two-part – Fast & Furious 10. Presumably, Mission: Impossible will do something similar with its next two movies, if only because Cruise’s age (he just turned 58 this month) will make it, er, impossible for him to keep going the way he has for much longer. If the series manages to go out with a bang creatively, while finally matching the success of Fast & Furious, it would be a well-earned outcome.

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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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