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10 Reasons Dom & Brian Are The Best Ship

The success of the Fast & Furious series has lasted for over two decades and will continue after F9 as well. However, no matter how many similar franchises to Fast & Furious are spawned, the chemistry between Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner is impossible to duplicate. Although Brian’s original mission was to infiltrate Dom’s crew to implicate him, the two went on to have a true bond that continues far past Brian’s last appearance in the seventh movie. 

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Many fans have taken to considering them as a couple, owing to how their dynamic can be interpreted as romantic if seen from a different lens. Since shipping these characters is so popular, it’s worth taking a look into the aspects that make the Brian and Dom pair worth following.

Brian Is Around Dom More Than With Mia

Dom and Brian look outside of their car in Fast Five

Despite Mia being his designated love interest, the majority of Brian’s scenes in the movies are actually with Dom. Moreover, these show them in close proximity to one another and heart-to-heart confessions are par for the course. 
In fact, the only reason Brian met Mia was that he was chasing after Dom, meaning his relationship with her is a result of his original pursuit of Dom. With much of their screentime dedicated to each other, it’s easy to see why fans have taken a shine to this pairing.

They’re Prepared To Die For One Another

Dom and Brian stand outside their car

It doesn’t even cross Dom or Brian’s minds that they could lose their lives when either man is in trouble, as they’re prepared to die for the other. Even times where one could escape, they choose to stay back for the possibility to perish together.
This kind of loyalty and attachment is easy material for those who ship the pair to continue doing so, as they’ve come close to the starcrossed lovers’ trope. No matter how many times a close call might occur, it’s always heartwarming to see Dom and Brian lay everything on the line to save the other.

Brian Broke The Law Every Time For Dom

Dom and Brian meet for the first time in Fast & Furious

There doesn’t seem to be any limit to the lengths Brian will take to keep Dom away from harm. As it is, he’s broken and defied the law multiple times whenever Dom is under threat. Brian forwent his job as a cop in the first movie to allow Dom his escape, along with becoming a fugitive after breaking Dom out of prison despite being an FBI agent at the time.
It’s no wonder why Dom is so taken with Brian as a person, as he’s not only owed his life to him but has respected Brian’s tenacity toward him out of loyalty. This kind of unflinching devotion puts most other canonical relationships to shame.

They’re Like A Battle Couple

Dom and Brian stand on top of a falling car in Fast Five

Dom and Brian check all the required boxes to be considered as a battle couple, seeing as they’ve got each other’s fight synchronicity down pat. As seen in Fast Five’s train scene the two can think on the fly and come up with exit strategies in tandem.
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Perhaps their best moment was during the sequence of driving the car through skyscrapers in Furious 7, as the two fought Mose Jakande and Deckard Shaw’s forces while completing death-defying stunts. They easily gel together much better than Letty or Mia do with them, as Dom and Brian’s fight styles mix and match beautifully.

The Two Are Very Open To Revealing Their Love For One Another

Dom and Brian look at each in cars in Furious 7

Dom could be incorrect with his judgments as he was proven wrong in F9 over Jakob being a villain. However, Dom was always right to trust Brian, with the two being very much at ease to let each other know how much they value their bond.
This is shown in pretty much all the Fast & Furious movie endings, where Dom and Brian are shown appreciating each other, and Dom outright voicing out his love for Brian in Furious 7. As shown in the eighth movie, Dom loved Brian enough to name his son after him.

They’re Responsible For Each Other’s Character Development

Brian gives Dom the keys to a car

Another major reason why fans love to consider this duo as a tight ship to follow is due to the fact that they’ve impacted each other so much. All of Dom’s character development in Fast & Furious has been due to Brian’s influence, as the latter giving Dom the chance to escape in the first movie led to Dom turning over a new leaf.
Similarly, it was after he saw a criminal like Dom could be a good man that Brian realized that he was working for corrupted authority figures and stopped seeing the law as black and white. It was also through Dom’s words of encouragement in Fast Five that Brian was encouraged to be a good father.

Their Embraces And Interactions Have The Most Passion

Dom hugs Brian and Mia in Fast Five

This may seem like a minor detail but is one that the shippers in the fandom has taken notice of. Each time Brian and Dom have been reunited, the duo has interacted with the most enthusiasm. In general, Both of them notably become more animated when the other shows up. 
Although their embraces haven’t been shown too much onscreen, the few times they have hugged have been quite passionate, owing to a mixture of happiness and relief to see one another safely before them. This is in striking difference to other characters who generally avoid contact when interacting.

They’ve Always Got The Other In Mind

Vin-Diesel-In-Furious-7-next to paul walker

While talking about family is easily Dom’s most popular Fast & Furious quote, it’s a safe bet for anyone to make that he will mention Brian at some point within each movie. The same goes for Brian as well, who mentioned Dom in the second movie where the latter wasn’t present.
This has even become part of the duo’s intuition, as they’ve got the knack to know where the other will be. This was shown in the ending of Furious 7, where Brian tracked Dom down just to say goodbye, and in F9 where Dom knew Dom was coming for dinner before the sounds of his car had even reached him.

They Have The “Will They/Won’t They” Dynamic

Dom and Brian look offscreen with worry

Prior to the ending of Fast Five, Dom and Brian’s relationship had shades of this trope as there were always circumstances preventing them from fully addressing what they meant to each other. This was reminiscent of how couples’ endgames are kept unclear until much later.
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It started with Dom keeping Brian a bit at arm’s length after learning Brian had been spying on him as a cop, while Brian had a chip on his shoulder for Dom beating him at their race. This kind of dynamic made for several moments of banter that fans saw as the way for the men to display their friendship. This then transitioned to full-on trust starting from the sixth movie, however.

The Series Was Established Based On Their Relationship

Dom and Brian wear shades and sit in a car

All in all, the Fast & Furious franchise is built on the connection between Dom and Brian, as the first movie was all about the latter wrestling with the weight of their friendship and his duties as a cop. Following this, the series took a turn toward the duo forming their crew to take on global threats.
For this reason, fans can be validated in their belief that Dom and Brian are meant to be shipped together, seeing as none of the franchise’s events would’ve come to pass without their relationship. Add to that, the movies tended to have moments dedicated to their bond, such as the ending of Furious 7, which none of the other pairings got.
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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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