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10 Luckiest Movie Characters Of All Time

Bullet Train has had a successful run at the box office, making more than $120 million (via Box Office Mojo), despite not having the best reception from critics. The film is an entertaining, over-the-top action movie about a group of assassins out to get each other, but they all somehow have the best luck possible.

It’s hard for a movie where all the characters have great luck to actually be engaging and feel like it has stakes, but Bullet Train impressively pulls it off. However, the 2022 movie isn’t the first film where the characters are unbelievably lucky. Between a death-defying archeologist, a lost-in-space astronaut, and a bunch of Johns, these characters totally have Lady Luck on their side.

Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones Franchise)
Indy collects treasure in Raiders of the Lost Ark

For as great as the franchise is, the Indiana Jones movies are full of plot holes, but the biggest one of all is how he can be so consistently lucky. All four movies see the character avoiding some kind of life-threatening event several times over, whether it’s surviving a plane crash or narrowly escaping being crushed by a giant boulder, and at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, he simply needs to stand still and close his eyes in order to survive.

And in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, he survives being thrown hundreds of feet inside a fridge. It was so ridiculous that the term “jump the shark” was temporarily replaced by “nuke the fridge.” But above all else, he is knocking on death’s door in The Last Crusade until he drinks from the Holy Grail, which miraculously cures him.

Ryan Stone (Gravity)
Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) Gravity

While most movies’ luckiest characters have showcased how lucky they are over the course of several movies, Ryan Stone only needed a single film to prove how ridiculously lucky she was, and Gravity is a lean 90-minute film at that. Ryan has more luck per minute than any other movie character ever.

The astronaut is lost in space, literally aimlessly floating through it, but within an hour and a half, she is safely back on Earth without any help from NASA or any other space research agency. Ryan is fairly competent at being an astronaut, but a lot of luck was required to naturally fall into place for her plan to work. And that’s why some think it’s rated too high on IMDb.

Scrat (Ice Age Franchise)
scrat finally gets the acorn in final blue sky ice age short

Ice Age is the best Blue Sky Studios movie by a country mile, and that’s partly thanks to Scrat, a saber-toothed squirrel who continuously tries and fails to retrieve an acorn. Scrat’s sequences serve as vignettes throughout the franchise in between the main story of each movie. Some might argue that he is completely unlucky, given that he never does reach the acorn. However, his goal has caused so many catastrophes, and he has survived every single one of them.

And, as if he wasn’t lucky enough, Blue Sky Studios created one last animation, which sees the saber-toothed squirrel final catch the acorn. After all the trials and tribulations and near-death experiences Scrat has gone through, he finally achieved his goal after 20 years. It just goes to show that hard work and determination do pay off, either that or that Scrat is the luckiest animated movie character ever.

John McClane (Die Hard Franchise)
John McClane crawling through a vent in Die Hard

John McClane is nothing more than a New York City cop, but he has single-handedly taken down several groups of terrorists at this point in the Die Hard franchise. Almost everything McClane does is a complete stroke of luck. In the first movie, the NY cop blindly throws C4 down an elevator shaft and ends up blowing up a couple of villains. And when he’s in the air vent directly above a couple of Hans’ henchmen, not one bullet hits him when they’re shooting at him with a machine gun. His luck continued with each sequel, and he got even luckier with each consecutive release.

However, almost like Scrat, McClane has only proved how lucky he is because he so often finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s just as unlucky as he is lucky. Literally a couple of years after the Nakatomi Plaza incident, he found himself in the exact same situation, again during Christmas, only this time in an airport.

Domino (Deadpool 2)
Domino with a gun pointed in her face in Deadpool 2

Superhero characters might be off limits when it comes to luck, as they have so many superpowers and most of them have so much plot armor and are completely invincible. However, in Deadpool 2, Domino’s superpower is literally luck, and Wade doesn’t believe it until he sees it.

Domino literally survives so many explosions and crashes, and every one of them should have resulted in a fatality. While every cameo, including Brad Pitt’s The Vanisher, died in the skydive, Domino was the sole survivor. She then fell into a truck that she and Deadpool needed to steal where the guard’s gun malfunctioned, and when she’s then shot into the sky, she comfortably lands on an inflatable panda.

Cole Young (Mortal Kombat)
Cole Young in his Arcana armor in Mortal Kombat 2021

Mortal Kombat was a huge success and fans of the video games loved that it was faithful to the source material. However, the one exception to that is Cole Young, a character created for the movie who is dumb and naive about what’s going on, but he survives every attack and enemy that the Netherrealm sends to kill him. The biggest stroke of luck Cole had was when his literal gold plot armor miraculously covered him when he was fighting Goro.

Goro is the Mortal Kombat champion in the game, and he isn’t easily defeated, but Cole achieves it almost with his eyes closed. It isn’t the last fans have seen of Cole, as he’ll undoubtedly have a major role in the upcoming sequel, even though that’s not what fans want for Mortal Kombat 2. Fans want to see a rematch between Cole and Goro, where Goro is depicted as the Thanos-level threat that he is in the video games.

Roman Pearce (Fast & Furious Franchise)
Rome laughs at his opponent before a race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Roman Pearce raised the issue about how lucky he was in F9 before critics got the chance. In the 2021 movie, he didn’t have so much as a flesh wound when he was literally in the middle of a gunfight. And he and Tej survived going into space in a rocket-powered Pontiac without any explanation.

But even way before F9 when Rome was introduced in 2 Fast 2 Furious, he was already super lucky. He was winning Demolition Derbys, squaring up to police officers without any repercussions, and flying into the sky in a muscle car and comfortably landing on a yacht. Whether it’s being stuck under ice or parachuting out of a plane in a car, Pearce should have died 10 times over by now.

John Connor (Terminator Franchise)
John Connor lies on the floor in Terminator 3

John Connor is actually incredibly weak, and most of the Terminator movies depict him as never being able to lead an army in an apocalypse. And the only reason he survived for so long was that he had a guardian angel in the form of a massive robot from the future, who turned up at the most convenient times. Whenever he’s in danger, the T-800 shows up to save him. That was the case in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and the exact same thing happened over a decade later in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

If it wasn’t for the T-800, John could never have led humans against the machines, he wouldn’t have survived Judgment Day in his 20s, and he certainly wouldn’t have survived in his teens either. The T-800 is the ultimate example of deus ex machina in movies, but it’s hard to criticize it when the character is so bad-ass.

John Wick (John Wick Franchise)
John Wick at the club

Granted, John Wick is extremely skillful, and getting out of fights with 30 other henchmen involved unscathed isn’t completely down to luck, but Lady Luck is certainly on the character’s side. Wick doesn’t dodge bullets like Neo does, but somehow, he rarely ever gets shot. But he isn’t just lucky when it comes to surviving.

At the beginning of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, the character runs through a random chandelier store and upstairs into some kind of knife museum. The character couldn’t have possibly known this place was in that location, but he seemingly had a sixth sense and knew exactly where to run. And, at the end of the 2019 movie, when he does get shot, he falls dozens of stories into an alleyway, hitting every possible thing on the way down, and he still lives to fight another day.

Ladybug (Bullet Train)
Ladybug fights off an attacker in Bullet Train

Bullet Train is the newest blockbuster action movie, and it follows Ladybug, who must retrieve a mystery briefcase. It’s a simple snatch and grab job, but Ladybug is under the impression that he has the worst luck. However, while the simple job does unfold into an all-out war between Russian gangs, British guns-for-hire, and several other mercenaries, Ladybug’s luck is absolutely incredible.

The character somehow survives a boomslang poisoning, getting shot, and several attempts on his life. And in the final act of the movie, he casually glides through the titular train as it’s speeding off the rails at 200 mph into a small village. Once all the action is over and everything has calmed down, Ladybug simply walks it off.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director

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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

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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

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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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