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Dominic Toretto vs Luke Hobbs – Who Is The Better Hero?

The Fast & Furious series is unique in that a lot of characters involved can be legitimately leading protagonists in their own right, with the likes of Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Conner, Luke Hobbs, and Sean Boswell, all taking this role at various points. Overall, though, Dom is considered as the franchise’s main star.

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This has changed a bit from the original series to the reboot that has seen Fast & Furious develop into an action series, with Luke Hobbs the lead in Hobbs & Shaw. With both Dom and Hobbs as main protagonists, it’s worth noting in absolute terms who is the definite lead before F9 continues the Fast Saga.

Character Development: Luke Hobbs

Hobbs and Shaw give each other fist bumps

Hobbs was hellbent on capturing Dom and his crew in Fast Five, with his character mainly being about taking extreme lengths to catch his suspect. However, he’s had a gradual development of personality, Fast & Furious 6 mellowing him down before he became a full-on ally for Dom from Furious 7.
Hobbs has also become a better father and understood that justice isn’t totally black and white, as evidenced by him befriending former criminal Deckard Shaw. Meanwhile, Dominic’s character was essentially developed from the beginning, as his main values stem from his absolute belief in family that has continued into F9.

Action Sequences: Dominic Toretto

Dom and Shaw crash each other's cars in Furious 7

Dom has owned a number of top-of-the-line cars that he’s inevitably destroyed when engaging his enemies, yet this has made him an action icon. He’s a perfect blend of a hero with combat abilities and skills as a driver, which has seen Dom excel on all fronts.
His fight sequences have also been choreographed to perfection, with Dom’s battles against Hobbs in Fast Five, Shaw in Furious 7, and Jakob in F9 all carrying that sense of sheer thrill. Hobbs has had his own action-packed moments, but these have a bit too on the campy side — like him pulling on a helicopter with one hand — for Hobbs to contend with Dom.

Dialogue & One-Liners: Luke Hobbs

Luke Hobbs stands imposingly

While the series has a number of characters noted for delivering funny quotes, Hobbs is in a class of his own in this regard. The Fate of the Furious was where he hit his peak with the material in dialogue, with just about every comment out of his mouth being a jab at others.
He’s also had a number of memorable one-liners he’s used for intimidation, with Fast Five setting his character up through this means. Dom has been a silent protagonist for the most part who does have his own one-liners but lacks the witty dialogue that Hobbs has in droves.

Emotional Quality: Dominic Toretto

Dominic Toretto's wedding with Letty Ortiz

For someone who chooses not to show his emotions too much, Dom has actually displayed them a lot over the years. He displayed his sensitive side in Fast & Furious 6 when he used his love for Letty to get her back from her amnesia, with the same means used in Furious 7 by making her remember their wedding.
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Dom’s fatherly side has equally been a source for heartwarming moments, as The Fate of the Furious showed him in tears when his son was threatened. Hobbs’ source for emotional depth has also been his daughter, but she hasn’t been as developed a character for fans to truly be attached to their dynamic.

Comedic Potential: Luke Hobbs

Hobbs and Shaw point at each other

In addition to Hobbs’ sardonic quotes, he’s been very good at physical comedy, with his attitude and mannerisms in Hobbs & Shaw in tandem with Deckard Shaw making for highly comedic moments. He’s had a mixture of pure action and action comedy in his battles, turning even fight scenes funny.
Of course, his greatest asset remains the quickness with which he can burn other characters with his words, as Hobbs’ penchant for wisecracks is unparalleled. Dom has never been a comedic character and the funny moments involving him have seen him play the straight man while others make a mockery out of themselves.

Long-Lasting Potential: Tied

Dominic opens his arms while Hobbs watches angrily

This is where both protagonists are neck-and-neck, as they can deliver movies to great success for a long time to come. Hobbs & Shaw proved a spin-off to the series absolutely works, with Luke Hobbs no longer needing to appear in the mainline series now that he’s a lead on his own.
Dom has been the established protagonist of the Fast & Furious franchise for two decades by this point, so it goes without saying that he has proven his long-lasting potential. What’s more remarkable is how he’s held on to audience interest for so long and there’s no stopping his popularity.

Chemistry With Supporting Characters: Dominic Toretto

Dom Toretto and his team in Abu Dhabi in Furious 7

Dom pointing out his family may be something of a recurring gag but he’s not wrong to consider them as such as they all have undeniable chemistry. Dom would never have worked as a protagonist without a strong dynamic with supporting characters to go with his personality and the Fast & Furious franchise has largely worked due to this.
Hobbs was a supporting character himself until his lead in the spin-off, where his interactions with his family weren’t as strong as Dom’s have been. Dom has also had great chemistry with the series’ villains like Cipher and Jakob, proving he works well as a lead character with just about everyone.

Morality: Luke Hobbs

Dwayne Johnson in Hobbs and Shaw

The Fast & Furious series has been based on characters who are anti-heroes, seeing as Dom’s crew are all technically criminals who are forced to do good. To this end, Hobbs is a better representation of a hero with morality as he’s been on the side of the law.
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He did stray into Dom’s territory by The Fate of the Furious but Hobbs has still largely had the mindset of a good guy who wants to seek justice. Dom’s has no doubt been his anti-hero persona, yet he falls short where being genuinely good is concerned.

Better Storylines: Dominic Toretto

Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto in Fast Five

Dom is rather underrated as far as story quality goes, as he’s received a fair amount of backstory and arcs. From the first movie to Fast Five, his story was about overcoming his criminal history, after which it’s been about regaining his love for Letty and then looking for a way to reconcile with figures from his past like his son and brother. 
Hobbs has been front and center in the movies but has lacked a genuine arc, as his plotline has mainly been about catching the bad guys. The story of being there for his daughter and reuniting with his family wasn’t given as much importance, leaving Hobbs still searching for a that fully does him justice.

Winner: Dominic Toretto

Vin Diesel in the poster for F9

There’s a reason why Dom has been one of the leading action icons in blockbuster cinema. That comes down to him nailing the aspects of being an intimidating figure who still has genuine connections, all the while delivering top-notch action sequences that make him a must-see with every film release.
Hobbs has been a valuable contributor to the Fast & Furious experience, but he doesn’t have as much chemistry with supporting characters and lacks an arc that is truly memorable. He’s no doubt a leading protagonist himself, but Dom will definitely take the role of the main character should these two appear in a movie again.
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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.

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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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