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Jason Momoa’s Dante Is Fast & Furious’ Goofiest Villain – Of Course He’s The Saga’s Final Boss

WARNING! This article contains major SPOILERS for Fast X!Jason Momoa has a stand-out performance as Fast X’s Dante Reyes, who brings an absurd goofiness that is completely appropriate for the saga’s final villain. After 10 movies, Fast X marks the beginning of the end of the Fast Saga, which follows Dominic Toretto’s street-racing crew/family on dangerous heists, spy missions, and battles with brutal villains across the globe. In Fast X, Dom’s life is flipped upside down when Dante Reyes, son of Fast Five’s druglord villain Hernan Reyes, vows revenge against Vin Diesel’s character for the downfall of his family. Up until the final moments of Fast X’s cliffhanger ending, Dante creates chaos and suffering for the Toretto family, with the severity of his attacks contrasting the silliness in Dante’s flamboyance.

Dante is unlike any villain Dom has faced before. Momoa’s Fast X character is the most ruthless with his attacks, contrasts Dom’s persona, has no moral compass, and – unlike Dom – has nothing to lose. Much like Idris Elba in Hobbs & Shaw, Momoa knows exactly what type of movie he’s in, so the utter absurdities of Dante’s lines and actions are fitting as contradictions to Dom. From gleefully painting the toenails of dead bodies to childishly calling Dom a “butthole” in a standoff, Fast X’s Dante certainly isn’t the grave villain Dom has often opposed. Dante may be a stark departure from past villains, but this change in ridiculousness is exactly what’s expected of the Fast Saga’s final boss, whose terror will continue in Fast & Furious 11’s story.

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Jason Momoa’s Villain Steals Every Fast X Scene He’s In
Jason Momoa in a car Fast X

Fast X is at its best whenever Jason Momoa is on the screen. Momoa can’t help but be simultaneously charismatic, hilarious, and terrifying in his character’s pursuit to ruin the life and legacy of Dom Toretto. Dante’s childish disposition is mixed with his cold, calculated plans to unleash the ultimate suffering on Dom, though the laughter that comes from Momoa’s lines and actions miraculously doesn’t undermine the sinister nature of his mission and attacks. Momoa’s persona is so large in Fast X that he overpowers every scene he appears in, making his appearances even more memorable than Dom’s.

Fast X features several sources of comic relief, particularly Tyrese Gibson’s Roman and John Cena’s now-deceased character Jakob, but they don’t compare to the chaotic energy of Momoa’s Dante. Many of Dante’s lines are so unexpectedly ridiculous as a contrast to Dom’s seriousness that they’re truly unforgettable, whether it’s gagging at the word “family” to make fun of Dom or calling his own father Hernan a “bad daddy” in a pouty voice. Momoa’s presence towers over the rest of the A-list cast in Fast X, which ultimately gives him a significant degree of power over the film’s tone and makes this high-stakes Fast & Furious installment his movie.

Dante’s Goofiness Is A Fitting Culmination Of Fast & Furious’ Growing Ridiculousness
Vin Diesel Jason Momoa Fast X

The Fast & Furious franchise has earned a reputation for the increasing ridiculousness of its stunts, character developments, cyborg inclusions, and plot points, with Fast X certainly being the pinnacle of this growing trend. The absurdity of the franchise’s stunts, the incomprehensible character resurrections, wild car features, and even the behind-the-scenes feud between Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have driven forth the lesson that the serious demeanors of the Fast & Furious characters do not reflect the seriousness of the movies themselves. Therefore, as nearly every aspect of the Fast & Furious becomes more bizarre, it’s fitting that the franchise’s final villain would also be the most ludicrous.

Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes is the personification of the Fast & Furious movies’ ridiculousness, which is appropriately taken to the next level through the character’s incredibly juvenile mannerisms. Rather than simply using the ridiculousness on their side to survive improbable situations, Dom and Fast X’s returning characters are finally battling their own amusing absurdities in the form of Dante Reyes, thus creating an eccentrically vicious match unlike anything the franchise has seen before. Dante’s level of goofiness and theatricality is almost surprising, but isn’t shocking given the increasingly illogical road that Fast & Furious continues to accelerate down.

Momoa’s Ridiculousness Makes Dante More Sadistic (& Dom’s Best Saga-Ending Foil)
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Jason Momoa as Dante Reyes in Fast X

While it would seem logical that Momoa’s ridiculousness would make Dante somewhat less menacing, his lack of seriousness and unpredictability in his demeanor are actually what make him so sadistic when it comes to tearing down Dom and his family. Dante will go to any length to get back at Dom, no matter how absurd or unthinkable the strategy. In fact, some of Dante’s Fast X plans to make Dom suffer are so immaturely ruthless that they can’t come from someone with a moral compass, such as releasing a giant rolling bomb to destroy the Vatican.

Proving the extent of his malicious ambitions, after Dante finishes destroying Vin Diesel’s Dom, he also plans to take revenge on The Rock’s Hobbs, as revealed in Fast X’s mid-credits scene. Not only is Dante trying to take down Dom as outrageously as possible, but the villain genuinely has no fear as he challenges the Fast & Furious franchise’s toughest heroes. Underneath Dante’s seemingly disarming flamboyant exterior is a terrifyingly wicked, calculated villain who will hold back nothing to defeat Dom and those who played a role in his father’s death, even if that means killing Dom’s young son Little Brian.

Dante’s silly ostentatiousness also makes him the greatest foil for the stern, stoic Dom as the Fast Saga comes to a close. Dom and Dante are clear opposites in their dispositions and values, with Dom’s seriousness, restraint, and control being undermined by Dante’s highly effective chaos. Dom doesn’t know how to deal with someone like Dante because he can’t begin to understand his tactics or morals; the only commonality they share is that their greatest motivations are their families. Still, Dante is driven more by his father’s loyalty and power than genuine love, whereas Dom sincerely loves those he deems “family” – blood or not. Dante is essentially the Anti-Dom, establishing him as the most ideal villain to complete Dom’s character arc.

Momoa Playing Against Type Makes His Villain More Unforgettable As Fast & Furious’ Final Boss

Jason Momoa is known for playing more rugged and intimidating action heroes, which makes the goofiness of his Fast X villain stand out among his distinguished filmography. Momoa’s most famous roles include the intimidating warlord Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, the tough and fearsome Arthur Curry in Aquaman, fierce fighter Duncan Idaho in Dune, and fearless warrior Baba Voss in See, yet his most prominent franchise villain role surprisingly flips the typical exterior toughness and stoicism of his well-known characters. Momoa playing against type in such an impactful manner not only makes Dante Reyes stand out among his filmography, but also makes the villain character one of the Fast & Furious franchise’s most memorable characters.

At the conclusion of the saga, Fast X’s villain needs to be someone whose legacy and image stick around long after being defeated by Dom and his crew. Considering Dante is the most unforgettable aspect of Fast X, Momoa’s take on this character was exactly what the 2023 sequel required. The Final Boss for the Fast Saga should be the most impactful, and Jason Momoa succeeds by giving his all to the massively entertaining goofiness of Fast X’s Dante Reyes, whose malice is expected to be even more unpredictable in Fast & Furious 11.

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The 69-Year Story Behind The Fast And Furious Name


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Collider

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10 Characters Who Should Be In It


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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