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Han Is Working For Hobbs & Shaw’s Villains

Han Lue (Sung Kang) may actually be working for the mysterious villain in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw when he returns in Fast & Furious 9. Ever since the first trailer for F9 revealed the return of the character, fans have been wondering how he managed to survive his presumed death in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. There have been several popular theories out there explaining his resurrection, but another possibility effectively pits him against Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew.

Originally introduced as Sean Boswell’s (Lucas Black) mentor in the Japan-set installment, Han’s origin story, however, was properly chronicled in Justin Lin’s Better Luck Tomorrow. After the filmmaker was brought into the Fast & Furious franchise, he took the character with him, making him a member of Dom’s team. Admittedly, the chronological order of the Fast & Furious films makes it a bit confusing to track down Han’s history in the film series; he’s able to return in the Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6 before his apparent death in Tokyo Drift because technically, the first two films take place before the Japan-set installment. Furious 7 directly picked up from the events of Tokyo Drift revealing that Owen Shaw’s (Luke Evans) brother, Deckard (Jason Statham) killed Han as part of his revenge plan against Dom’s gang.

Related: Fast & Furious: Why Shaw Killed Han (Instead Of The Others)

As an important member of the crew, Han’s return excited fans. That said, it might not be all good news. The character may not be as trustworthy as he was before the events of Tokyo Drift. F9 can pull the ultimate plot twist and reveal that he’s actually a double agent working for Eteon.

Han’s Resurrection Needs An Answer (Without Being Too Silly)
Han smiles as he easts in F9

F9’s decision to bring back Han means that they have a proper explanation for his sudden resurrection. The trailer for the film reveals Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) fighting some goons in a Japanese-style house, which is eventually revealed to seemingly be in the East Asian country based on the neon lights-lit streets. This implies that the women have to travel to Japan to potentially recruit Han for their new mission against Jakob (John Cena) and Cipher (Charlize Theron). Dom doesn’t seem to be too surprised when their supposedly dead friend makes an appearance unlike Roman (Tyrese Gibson) so, there’s a chance that he somehow knew what was coming. It’s worth noting that Dom was the only one who traveled to Japan to claim Han’s dead body at the start of Furious 7, and he has direct contact with Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) who also stars in F9 as well.

Regardless of what the case may be, F9 has to provide some answers regarding Han’s return, otherwise, the franchise risks disappointing their legions of fans who have been on the #JusticeforHan train for a while now. That said, it’s also important that they come up with a solid explanation about the matter; it can’t be as simple as Han surviving the crash and going into hiding for years. They pulled the same thing with Letty which received a considerable amount of backlash; they don’t want to repeat the same mistake in a much grander way with Han.

Hobbs & Shaw Introduced Resurrection From Death
Hobs and Shaw

Han’s surprising return in F9 may effectively tie it to the events of  Hobbs & Shaw. The Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham-led Fast & Furious movie spin-off introduced the concept of resurrection from death as seen in the film’s villain, Brixton (Idris Elba). Initially an MI6 agent with Deckard Shaw, he became disillusioned with what’s happening in the world making it so much easier for Eteon to recruit him. He was tasked to bring in Deckard with him, however, the older Shaw sibling received orders from the British Intelligence agency to take down his colleague. Deckard did so, putting a bullet into his head, believing that he had killed him, which is why he was puzzled when a seemingly stronger Brixton hassled them in Hobbs & Shaw.

Related: Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift is Now One of the Franchise’s Most Important Movies

Turns out, Eteon recovered Brixton’s body and essentially brought him back from the dead using their technology. He was implanted with cybernetic and mechanical implants to enhance their physical capabilities, hence, the nickname Black Superman. If Eteon can do this, then it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they could’ve also used the same process with Han following his car crash in Tokyo Drift.

Han Is Working For Eteon’s Director (And Cipher)
Charlize Theron as Cipher in Fast and Furious 9

Assuming that Han was indeed saved and resurrected by Eteon, it’s possible that the mysterious organization is also able to manipulate him in becoming one of their loyal operatives. It’s worth noting that the real identity of Eteon has remained unknown at this point, although there’s no scarcity of theories regarding them floating around online. What’s clear is that they’re not yet done wreaking havoc and will undoubtedly return in future Hobbs & Shaw sequel. They’ve yet to make their presence known in the main Fast & Furious film series; however, there’s a chance that they’re ultimately connected to Cipher who’s tipped to be the primary villain of the Fast Saga’s ongoing mini-arc. The cyber-terrorist is back for Fast 9 and this time, she’s able to recruit Dom and Mia’s estranged brother, Jakob for an intense family showdown.

Granted that there’s behind-the-scenes drama between the people involved in the Fast Saga and its budding spin-off series, at the end of the day, all the films are supposed to exist in a single reality. For the sake of building a cohesive franchise that viewers tend to like these days, they can ultimately set aside those differences to tell a better and bigger story which is something that these blockbusters have been known for. Tying their villains together would be a great and effective way to do that. It also brings Han closer to Deckard, who’s ultimately behind his apparent death several years ago.

Han Turned On Dom’s “Family” Because He Was Left Behind
Fast and Furious 9 Han Return

Aside from the possibility that Eteon resurrected and then brainwashed Han to be one of their loyal agents like they did with Brixton, Han also has a personal motivation to go after Dom and his old team. For a crew who prides themselves in treating each other like family, they sure quickly got over the fact that Deckard killed Han in Tokyo Drift. At the end of Fate of the Furious, Dom decided to forgive Deckard without so much as an apology for what happened with his friend. Not only that, they even went as far as offering him a seat at the table, further driving the idea that they’ve put the past behind them. This wouldn’t be a persistent problem in the Fast Saga if F9 was not bringing back Han, allowing everyone to move forward from their ugly history. However, with the character involved, the franchise will have to revisit the events of his accident and the involvement of Deckard in it.

Overall, pulling this massive plot twist centered on Han in Fast & Furious 9 seems like a great idea. It’s a fresh spin on family vs. family narrative that the franchise tried to pull off in Fate of the Furious, only this time, Han could really be seeking revenge against his old colleagues. This also effectively ties in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw into the upcoming film despite neither Johnson nor Statham making an appearance.

More: Fast & Furious: Why Han Is Always Eating In The Movies

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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

Related 10 Most Exciting Things To Expect From Fast 11 Fast & Furious 11 will pull all the strings to become bigger than the previous installments, and here is why the film is worth being excited about.

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

Related Vin Diesel May Have Spoiled Fast & Furious 11’s Ending With $2.7 Billion Movie Comparison Dom’s death happening in Fast & Furious 11 may have been spoiled already, with Vin Diesel comparing the upcoming movie to another big franchise.

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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