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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
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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
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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’s Franchise-Ending Updates Makes The Rock’s New Hobbs Spinoff Even More Confusing

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Fast & Furious 11 will be the final ride for the franchise, closing the Toretto chapter after many years of success and some recent disappointments.
The status of The Rock’s Hobbs spinoff, Hobbs & Reyes, is uncertain as plans for the franchise’s finale have undergone changes.
While Fast 11 may mark the end of the main series, there is potential for Johnson’s character Hobbs to continue with solo adventures in the aftermath.

The latest update for Fast and Furious 11 suggests the saga truly is coming to a close soon – leaving Dwayne Johnson’s planned Hobbs spinoff in a strange place. After struggling for about a decade to find his footing as a leading man, The Rock finally broke through with his supporting role in Fast Five. His character Hobbs was essentially a human tank chasing after Dom (Vin Diesel) and his gang, and Johnson completely stole the 2011 sequel.

He continued with the Fast and Furious movies for several entries, but after a high-profile falling out with Diesel during The Fate of the Furious, he exited. Of course, Johnson’s stardom was at the point where he could focus on his own project, though he did reteam with Jason Statham for spinoff Hobbs and Shaw. In Fast X’s mid-credits scene, Johnson made a shock return as Hobbs – after previously vowing to never return to the main series. This brief scene teased the upcoming spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, where Johnson’s character will face off against Jason Momoa’s vengeful Reyes.

Fast & Furious 11’s Finale Plans Make The Rock’s Hobbs Movie Confusing
Hobbs & Reyes’ status needs to be confirmed
Dominic Toretto overtop Fast X scene of cast eating at table

Before the release of the 2023 sequel, star and producer Diesel suggested Fast and Furious 11 might not be the end, as originally planned. Instead, Diesel said the finale could be extended to two more installments, but following Fast X’s disappointing box office performance, the story will indeed wrap up with one last ride. In a recent Instagram post, Diesel confirmed the eleventh outing will be “the grand finale” – which makes the current status of Hobbs & Reyes a tad confusing.

Vin Diesel looking serious as Dom in Fast X. Related Fast & Furious 11’s Franchise-Ending Plans Reaffirmed By Vin Diesel In Emotional Development Update VIn Diesel offers an update on Fast & Furious 11’s development, reaffirming the next sequel will be the end for the mainline franchise.

There hasn’t been much heard about the offshoot since it was first confirmed in 2023, though it’s said to bridge the gap between Fast X and the next outing. Whether this means it will resolve the latter’s cliffhanger ending or feature any other main entry cast members are also unknown.

If
Fast 11
is truly arriving in April 2025, that doesn’t leave much time for
Hobbs & Reyes
to enter production and come out before its release date. Unless the project has already begun filming in secret – which feels very doubtful – there are signs the plan for Hobbs’ next adventure have changed.

How The Rock’s New Fast & Furious Movies Will Tie Into Fast 11
Will the spinoff truly bridge the gap between Fast X & 11?
Hobbs and Dante Reyes looking sideways in the Fast and Furious movies

When the spinoff was announced, the intention was for Hobbs & Reyes to take place between parts ten and eleven, and set the stage for the latter. Given the tepid response to Fast X, reports suggest the roadmap for Fast 11 has changed. These changes are said to include a new villain to replace Reyes and a more streamlined narrative that will take the series back to basics. Given how bloated the last chapter felt, these alterations sound like they’re for the best, but they don’t bode well for Hobbs & Reyes.

Given that it was Hobbs who pulled the trigger on his father in Fast Five, it makes all the sense in the world that Momoa’s Reyes would seek revenge on Hobbs. If anything, the pairing of Johnson and Momoa sounds epic, and if Fast and Furious 11 truly is getting a new antagonist, it would work in the finale’s favor if Hobbs took down Reyes before then. Again, the lack of visible movement on Hobbs & Reyes puts a giant question mark on it, since it doesn’t appear it will beat Fast 11 to the big screen.

Will Fast & Furious Truly End After Fast 11?
Is it the end of the road for Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs too?

All of this leads to the central question: will Fast and Furious 11 actually end the entire franchise, or will it branch off in a new direction? Assuming Hobbs & Reyes doesn’t beat the next entry to theaters as originally planned, it would be odd for Fast 11 to “end” the saga, only for Johnson’s Hobbs to have a solo adventure straight after. It would be stranger for Hobbs & Reyes to arrive before the next sequel and become a hit, which would surely lead to calls for more sequels, undermining Fast and Furious 11’s ending claims.

Fast & Furious Movies Featuring The Rock Release Year Fast Five 2011 Fast & Furious 6 2013 Furious 7 2015 The Fate of the Furious 2017 Hobbs & Shaw 2019 Fast X 2023

The franchise was largely bulletproof for many years, but the reception to both Fast X and F9: The Fast Saga has shown cracks in the armor. Two decades on, it’s about time to wrap up the Toretto chapter and let the family enjoy their barbeques in peace without being targeted by the vengeful third cousin of a past villain. Fast and Furious 11 must deliver on its promise to end this part of the series – but there’s no reason Johnson’s Hobbs couldn’t continue for solo adventures in the aftermath either.

Watch Fast X on Prime Video

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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.Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures

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The Rock Will Have To Save Fast & Furious Again 14 Years After Doing It In Fast Five

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The Rock’s return to Fast & Furious signals the end of his beef with Vin Diesel and a pivot in his career.
Fast 11 needs a streamlined approach, shedding excess characters and bloated plots to regain momentum.
The franchise has evolved significantly since Fast Five, but Hobbs’ return may be crucial to its future success.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s first appearance in the Fast and Furious saga drove it to new heights, but over a decade on, can he do it all again? The Rock was such a charismatic presence during his WWE days that he felt like a natural fit for movie stardom – but it was a long road to get there. Most of his early star vehicles like The Rundown underperformed, and he was soon relegated to mediocre kids’ movies like The Tooth Fairy. It wasn’t until he was cast as Hobbs in Fast Five that his star persona finally clicked.

Hobbs evolved from an enemy to an ally of Dom’s (Vin Diesel) crew and scored his own spinoff with 2019’s Hobbs & Shaw. Outside of the Fast & Furious franchise, Johnson’s career took off in a major way too, with a run of hits that included his Jumanji sequels and Rampage. His high-profile falling out with Vin Diesel made it appear he would never return to the main series, but Fast X’s mid-credits sequence revealed Hobbs was indeed coming back, and being targeted by new villain Reyes (Jason Momoa).

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Related Fast & Furious’ Next Movie Must End The Franchise’s 9-Year Downward Trend

The Rock’s Fast & Furious Return Comes Alongside Fast X’s Box Office Disappointment
Will Johnson’s Hobbs come to the rescue of Dom and friends?
Custom image of Dwayne Johnson a Hobbs in Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Just how much Hobbs and Dom will interact in the upcoming Fast and Furious 11 remains to be seen, but Johnson and Diesel at least appear to be on speaking terms again. Fast X’s Hobbs scene was a genuine surprise to fans, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time. The tenth installment was a troubled production, with original helmer Justin Lin quitting the project and being replaced by Louis Leterrier. The movie’s budget also ballooned to $340 million (via The Numbers), with Fast X’s eventual $714 million gross being seen as a disappointment by Universal.

The sequel was greeted with unenthused reviews too, and there are signs of general audience fatigue with the whole saga. Hobbs was missed during the last two entries, with the character being a good counterbalance to Dom’s self-serious presence, and while Hobbs & Shaw had issues of its own, it was more entertaining than Fast X. Johnson is a natural fit for this intentionally overblown franchise, and he brings a welcome amount of humor and macho energy to proceedings.

Fast & Furious Needs To Regain Momentum Ahead Of Fast X, Part 2
Fast 11 needs to get audiences excited again

A big sin of Fast X is that it reheated plot beats and twists the series had covered already, including yet another villain seeking revenge for the defeat of a family member. Most of the cast were split up into smaller groups, and the film had too many subplots and characters to track. If followers of the series felt fatigued by how bloated the narrative was, the film must have been near incomprehensible to newcomers. There are reports that Fast and Furious 11 will go back to basics, with a simple mission and a new villain.

Stripping away the excess – both in terms of characters and sidequests – will be crucial to Fast 11 regaining some sense of momentum. Even the action sequences in Fast X were lacking in genuine thrills or invention, and for a movie with “Fast” in the title, it didn’t feel very propulsive. Like with the purported superhero fatigue currently affecting the MCU, audiences may be getting weary of Fast and Furious’ bag of tricks. If part eleven is truly the end of the road, it really needs to focus on delivering an emotionally satisfying, flab-free outing.

The Next Fast & Furious Movies Can’t Repeat Fast X’s Mistakes
Hobbs and Reyes should take note from Fast X’s reception
A custom of Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Jason Momoa as Dante Reyes in Fast X

Alongside the next sequel, Johnson and Momoa will square off in Hobbs & Reyes, which is set to bridge the gap between Fast X and Fast 11. Given the hammy energy Momoa brought to the sociopathic Reyes, the pairing of him and Johnson should make the spinoff a fun one. An advantage of the Hobbs’ spinoffs is they’re free to untangle themselves from the baggage of the main story and can play with the rules a little. Hobbs vs Reyes already indicates a leaner storyline, but the next main entry isn’t so lucky.

Fast X’s cliffhanger ending left too many plates spinning, including the fates of Dom, his son and most of the gang after Reyes outsmarted them all. Presumably, the outcome of this will have to wait until Fast and Furious 11 is released, though if Hobbs and Reyes is set between the two sequels, the spinoff may have to deal with some of Fast X’s fallout too. If the news of the next sequel focusing on a single mission is true, this is a step in the right direction.

The tenth movie pulled itself into too many directions, so Fast 11 needs a streamlined approach. It doesn’t require any more wacky plot twists or surprise family members and must deliver on the promise of closing out the current era of the series. Instead of holding out for yet another sequel, Diesel should focus his creative energies on giving Dom and pals the sendoff they deserve, and realize that Fast X’s maximalist hurt the movie.

Fast & Furious (& The Rock’s Career) Have Changed A Lot Since Fast Five
Johnson’s return doesn’t guarantee a Fast & Furious return to form
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Every Fast & Furious Featuring Hobbs Release Year Fast Five 2011 Fast and Furious 6 2013 Furious 7 2015 The Fate of the Furious 2017 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 2019 Fast X 2023

Johnson’s Fast and Furious comeback is exciting because it means the beef between him and Diesel is officially squashed, and that Hobbs is no longer an outcast from the main storyline. That’s all good news, but in reality, Johnson’s career outside the property has changed in recent years. While his box office record was once unimpeachable, Johnson’s returning off the back of the high-profile failure of Black Adam, and the critical drubbing faced by projects like Red Notice.

In truth, the decision to return to Fast and Furious was likely to give his own career a little boost. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but while he’s arguably the biggest star of the main cast, The Rock could use a couple of solid box-office hits too. The main Fast and Furious films have changed a lot since Hobbs’ debut in the fifth film. Fast Five officially marked the turning point where they switched from street race action movies to the global-hopping blockbusters they transformed into.

The series is barely recognizable from its early days and has only become more outlandish. Hobbs’ return obviously won’t have the same impact as his Fast Five introduction, but it should at least signal the end of the series is near and all the key players will be there. If the franchise is to continue beyond the Toretto clan, Johnson’s Hobbs is the natural way to go, so he may be responsible for saving Fast and Furious in more ways than one.

Fast X
is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Source: The Numbers

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.Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures

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Fast & Furious 11’s Franchise-Ending Plans Reaffirmed By Vin Diesel In Emotional Development Update

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Fast & Furious 11
marks the end of the mainline franchise, with Vin Diesel confirming the finale in an emotional Instagram post.
Diesel shared that story meetings for the movie are complete, promising an incredibly powerful conclusion to the Fast Saga.
While the mainline franchise will conclude with
Fast & Furious 11
, spinoff films like
Hobbs & Shaw
will continue the series in the future.

While progress continues on the various spinoffs, Vin Diesel reaffirms Fast & Furious 11 will be the end for the mainline franchise in a new development update. The next installment in the long-running action franchise had been announced at the same time as Fast X’s development, with the plans for the movies to be a two-part sendoff for the series. After an initial pause due to the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes in 2023, Universal quickly got to work on putting together the script for Fast 11, with subsequent reports varying on how it would tackle its predecessor’s cliffhanger ending.

With just over a year remaining until its scheduled release date, Diesel took to his Instagram to offer an update on Fast & Furious 11’s development.

In his post, as seen above, the star/producer emotionally reflected on the franchise’s journey thus far, particularly as he reaffirms that the next movie will be the end for the mainline franchise. Diesel also offered a promising update on the movie’s development, confirming that the story meetings are finished and promising a finale in which “incredibly powerful is an understatement”.

Will The Fast & Furious Franchise Continue After 11?

Despite once being a dominant franchise at the box office, the end for Fast & Furious quickly seemed inevitable in recent years as the financial returns began dropping. While F9: The Fast Saga’s box office numbers could be chalked up to its mid-pandemic release, Fast X’s didn’t fare much better, despite touting a production budget over $100 million larger than its predecessor. This all points to a general waning interest among audiences akin to the recent superhero fatigue affecting the Marvel Cinematic Universe and remaining DC Extended Universe releases.

Though Diesel’s post confirms the end of the mainline franchise, it doesn’t mean Fast & Furious can’t continue after the upcoming eleventh movie. It was confirmed in mid 2023 that development was underway on a new standalone sequel entitled Hobbs & Reyes, with Dwayne Johnson continuing his role after his surprise return in Fast X and Jason Momoa reprising his villain role. Around the same time, Johnson also confirmed that Hobbs & Shaw 2 was still in development, but that those plans were postponed in favor of the movie bridging the gap between the tenth and eleventh movies.

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Additionally, plans for a female-led Fast & Furious spinoff were announced in 2019, with Charlize Theron expected to reprise her role as the villainous Cipher for the project, though very few updates have been shared in the years since. Given Universal seems to be generally reconfiguring their plans for the franchise’s future, it remains to be seen whether these spinoff plans will come to fruition after Fast & Furious 11. One can at least hope that Diesel’s promise of an epic finale proves to be true with the extended development time given to the next installment.

Fast X is available to stream on Prime Video.

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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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