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10 Ways Dom Is The Real Villain Of The Franchise

The Fast and Furious franchise has become one of the biggest movie series in terms of its cobweb of characters. The series is filled with villains becoming heroes and vice versa. However, there has always been one character whose moral compass has rarely been off point, or at least not on the face of it.

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Dom claims to be all about family, but that thin veil couldn’t be any more transparent. Handing out Coronas and burgers at family barbeques might fool his crew, but Dom is actually the villain of the series. Between his treatment of Letty and being completely manipulative, the character is no hero.

He Uses “Family” To Manipulate His Friends Into Doing What He Wants
The Fast Family around a table in Fast & Furious.

The whole crux of the Fast and Furious franchise has become family. Though the fact that family can overcome any obstacle is one of the things Dom was right about, sometimes the word is thrown around so flagrantly that it loses meaning. The word has been said a total of 75 times throughout the nine movies, but there might be some ulterior motive to the use of the word.

Dom uses it in an almost emotionally manipulative way, saying things like, “you never turn your back on family,” when it’s always him who needs his so-called family. And he can’t even care that much about his family, as he was the one who turned his back on his biological brother.

He Treats Letty Terribly In The First Movie
Letty looks sideways while sitting inside a car in The Fast and the Furious

For all intents and purposes, in The Fast and the Furious, Dom is very much a “bro.” He loves fast cars, his home is almost like a frat house, and he seems to be under the assumption that the “treat ’em mean, keep ’em keen” approach is the best way to treat his girlfriend.

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From the very first moment they’re introduced, Dom is short with Letty for absolutely no reason when she asks him if he’d like a drink. It’s never followed up with a reason and audiences are never told why he keeps treating her like that, meaning that it’s simply because that’s just him.

He Encourages Bullying
Rome plays with Tej's homemade harpoon in Fast & Furious 6

Though they are some of Tej’s funniest quotes, the mechanic often goes way too far when it comes to the banter between him and Roman. It’s borderline bullying, especially when he’s calling him Scooby-Doo, and Rome hasn’t done anything to warrant the humiliation in the slightest.

Though he isn’t exactly the one doing the bullying, Dom absolutely humors it by laughing along with Tej when he’s embarrassing Rome. Given that he’s the elder statesman of the group and is so serious, he should be putting a stop to that kind of thing, and at the very least, he shouldn’t be laughing along.

He Lets Vince Treat His Sister Badly
Vince warns Dom about Brian in The Fast & The FUrious

There seems to be a nasty misogynistic streak that runs through Dom’s family, or at least there is in the first movie. Not only does Dom act terribly towards Letty in the 2001 movie, but Vince treats Mia badly too.

The character genuinely thinks she should stay in the kitchen cooking and cleaning, and that’s exactly why Vince is one of the most hated characters in the series. And with Dom being Mia’s big brother, anybody would think he’d give Vince the beating of a lifetime since he has beaten other people for doing a lot less. But instead, being his best friend, Dom just lets it happen.

He Is Selfish And Willing To Put His Friends In Danger
Dom points a shotgun in F9

All of the drama that happens in the Fast and Furious movies, at least in the last few, has revolved around Dom. The Fate of the Furious is all about how Cipher coerces Dom into helping her by holding his son hostage, and F9 is about his long-lost brother wreaking havoc.

Not only that, but many of his stunts are so instinctual that he doesn’t stop to think about how he’s putting his friends in danger. Though, having said that, in F9, he was the one who was wanting to sit the drama out. However, when he eventually got involved, he was back to his old habits and forced his friends to do things they didn’t necessarily want to do.

He Forced Tej And Roman To Go On A Suicide Mission
Fast and Furious 9 Tej and Roman in space car

The worst example of Dom forcing his friends into doing things they don’t want to do comes at the end of F9. He flat out tells Rome that he has to go to space, and he doesn’t give him a choice. The worst thing about it is that it was essentially a suicide mission, and Dom must have known that.

Rome and Tej did land back on Earth, albeit miraculously, but the intention was still there. There’s no reason why Dom couldn’t have gone instead of Rome or Tej. Not only is it another example of how all of Dom’s friendships are completely one-sided, but it also shows how Rome is the most heroic character in F9, not Dom.

He’s So Quick To Resort To Violence
Dominic Toretto about to shoot Shaw in The Fate of the Furious

From the very early days when he was just a teenager, Dom smashed in a man’s face with a wrench, and he’s been just as violent ever since. The character isn’t safe to be around and is more unhinged than anybody else.

Dom threatened to throw a man out of a four-story building in Fast & Furious if he didn’t get the information he needed, and in the same film, he beat Brian to a pulp without even knowing the full story. The same thing happened in F9, as, if only he put down his fists for just a moment and listened to his brother, their feud would have concluded a lot earlier.

He’s A Cold-Blooded Murderer
Vin Diesel Dom in Fast and Furious

Not only does he resort to violence in an instant, but Dom often takes it too far. In what is the most overt way of showing just how much of a villain he really is, there have been so many occasions when Dom has straight-up murdered someone. It isn’t always in an avenging-Letty’s-death kind of way either.

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Dom has control of so many lives when he’s taking on all these giant operations handed to him by Mr. Nobody, and he has a very “shoot to kill” approach to the action. Nobody in the series has been more cavalier about taking a person’s life than Dom.

He Destroys Whole Cities
Dom and Brian dragging large metal vault with their cars in Fast Five

Granted, every member of the crew is guilty of this, especially Ramsey, who unapologetically destroyed millions of dollars worth of personal property and small businesses in Edingburgh in F9. But the sheer amount of damage to public and private property started in Fast Five.

Though it was one of Dom’s best plans, stealing a vault led to the destruction of what seemed like the entirety of Rio. Furious 7 saw him ruin three skyscrapers in Dubai, and he caused a ton of damage to New York in Fate of the Furious.

Intentionally Keeps The Truth Hidden From His Friends
Dom and Jakob have a heated argument in F9

Though he calls them family, Dom still keeps a lot of secrets from his crew and best friends. It’s amazing that it took 20 years for Dom to tell anybody about his brother, and that was only when people had found out about them.

The crew definitely deserved to know about Jakob, as he was a potential threat to all of them, but Dom put their lives in danger by keeping the secret. The same thing happened in The Fate of the Furious, as it was his secrets that put the whole crew in danger in the first place.

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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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