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WARNING: This article discusses SPOILERS for Fast X.

The Rock’s Fast and Furious return has major implications for Fast X and the rest of the saga. Dwayne Johnson’s return to Fast and Furious has been officially confirmed ahead of Fast X’s premiere. After starring in four Fast and Furious films, including one spinoff, and missing F9, The Rock rejoins the Fast family for the franchise’s finale.
Hobbs was introduced in Fast Five, during which the FBI was chasing Dominic Toretto and his crew. Hobbs would return in Fast & Furious 6, now part of Dom’s family. Johnson also starred in Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious before exiting the main saga. Despite reprising his role as Hobbs in the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff, Dwayne Johnson was not expected to appear in any of the main Fast Saga movies following his clash with Vin Diesel. Here’s what Hobbs’ return means for Fast and Furious.

10 The Rock’s Return Is Great For Fast X & Fast 11’s Box Office

Jason Momoa's Dante Reyes in Fast X and Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Dwayne Johnson’s return to Fast and Furious in Fast X should have an immediate impact in the box offices of both Fast X and Fast X Part 2. The confirmation that The Rock has returned to Fast and Furious just a few days before Fast X premiers can only add to the anticipation leading up to the film, especially because Hobbs’ return always seemed very unlikely. Filming for Fast X began on April 21, 2022, and there were no hints or reports of The Rock returning as Hobbs until now. The Fast and Furious franchise is a box office titan by itself, but Dwayne Johnson’s star power can make it even stronger.

To put things in perspective, Fast Five, The Rock’s first Fast and Furious movie, grossed $626 million at the worldwide box office, a significant increase from Fast & Furious (2009). Fast & Furious 6, which saw The Rock’s Hobbs fighting side by side with Dom Toretto’s family, claimed $788,7 million at the box office. The two highest-grossing Fast and Furious movies of all time, Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, also featured Dwayne Johnson’s character. Both Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious broke the billion-dollar barrier. Hobbs & Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, grossed $760, 7 million.

9 Luke Hobbs Must Be A Big Part Of The Fast Saga’s Ending

Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in The Fate of the Furious

According to The Wrap’s original report, The Rock’s Hobbs returns in Fast X for a post-credits scene. While no official comment regarding Dwayne Johnson’s Fast and Furious return has been made, the actor would surely not return just for a small tease in Fast X. Hobbs will likely play a big part in the Fast and Furious finale, which begins in Fast X. Originally, Fast & Furious 11, or Fast X Part 2, was expected to the be the final Fast and Furious movie. However, Vin Diesel recently teased Fast & Furious 12 as the actual ending. If Fast & Furious 12 happens, Hobbs might be back for two movies.

8 Is Dwayne Johnson & Vin Diesel’s Feud Over Now?

Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson in Fast & Furious 6

Hobbs’ exit from the main Fast and Furious movies was the culmination of a long feud between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel. Reports of a clash between Vin Diesel and The Rock began during the production of The Fate of the Furious. Both actors would later confirm their feud, followed by the announcement that Dwayne Johnson would star in his own Fast and Furious spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw. The Rock did not return for F9, and it seemed like the bad blood with Vin Diesel continued. Hobbs’ return in Fast X suggests that the feud might be over, or that at least Diesel and Johnson are willing to work together.

7 Even More Characters Will Likely Return In Fast 11

The Rock as Hobbs and the Fast X cast

Fast X’s Hobbs return suggests that even more Fast and Furious characters will return in Fast 11. Vin Diesel has described the Fast and Furious finale as a story that had to be slipped into multiple pieces and referred to Fast & Furious 11 as Fast X Part 2 at CinemaCon 2023. How exactly Fast X leads into Fast X Part 2 remains to be seen, but Diesel has confirmed that the former ends on a cliffhanger. Fast X Part 2 can be the culmination of the Fast Saga, bringing back not only The Rock’s Hobbs but also other Fast and Furious characters. A potential Gal Gadot Gisele return, for example.

6 Hobbs & Shaw 2 Is More Likely To Happen Now

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in the rain in Hobbs and Shaw

Hobbs & Shaw grossed $760, 7 million on a $200 million budget, a solid start for what could have been a series of Fast and Furious spinoffs, Surprisingly, however, Hobbs & Shaw 2 never happened. The Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham Fast and Furious spinoff may not have outgrossed Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, but it made more than all other Fast and Furious movies released up until that point. With both The Rock’s Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Shaw back in Fast X, Hobbs & Shaw 2 becomes more likely to happen. Ideally, Hobbs & Shaw 2 could even feature other established Fast and Furious characters.

5 The Rock’s Return Proves Fast & Furious Still Needed Him

Dwayne Johnson and the Fast & Furious cast

More than a box office matter, The Rock’s return to Fast and Furious is good for the saga in terms of excitement. It is difficult to say what was the box office impact of Hobbs’ absence in F9, as the film was released in a pandemic context and therefore had a very unusual box office run. That said, F9 was just not as good as previous Fast and Furious movies, and The Rock’s absence is one of the reasons why. Be it as an antagonist or as a friend, Hobbs always brought something different to the Fast and Furious films. The best Fast and Furious movies featured The Rock, after all.
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Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs stole the show in Fast Five, delivering an antagonist that was unlike anything Brian and Toretto had faced up until that point. The Rock’s inclusion in Fast and Furious summarized the saga’s transition from films about cars to an action-oriented blockbuster franchise. Despite them being on the same side after Fast Five, there was always tension between Dom and Hobbs. This tension set the tone for The Fate of the Furious, during which Hobbs had to chase Dominic Toretto once again.

4 Dwayne Johnson Coming Back To Fast & Furious Shows His Franchise Problem

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam and Luke Hobbs in Fast and Furious

Dwayne Johnson’s return to Fast and Furious shortly after Black Adam’s box office failure confirms that Hobbs is The Rock’s most successful character. Even though Johnson has starred in multiple movies since The Fate of the Furious, most of which did okay at the box office, the star never got to launch a franchise as big as Fast and Furious. Not even Hobbs & Shaw, which could have been The Rock’s own Fast and Furious saga, got a sequel. The only exceptions are the Jumanji sequels, The Rock’s most successful movies outside of the Fast Saga. DC’s Black Adam could’ve been Johnson’s new franchise, but it flopped amidst a DC reboot.

3 The Rock’s Return Improves John Cena’s Fast & Furious Role

The rock john cena Fast and furious 9

John Cena joined Fast and Furious for F9 as Jakob Toretto, Dom and Mia’s long-lost brother, who had now returned as a villain. Jakob’s introduction right after Hobbs’ exit led to the perception that John Cena was replacing The Rock in Fast and Furious. Each Fast and Furious movie tends to be bigger than the previous one, meaning that F9 would have to find another action star to replace Dwayne Johson. This “Hobbs replacement” label played against Cena’s Jakob, who returns in Fast X. With Hobbs back into the Fast family, Jakob is no longer Hobbs’ replacement. In addition, The Rock and John Cena will finally be in a movie together.

2 Fast & Furious Can Focus Less On Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto

Dom Toretto driving his car in Fast X

The Rock’s return to Fast and Furious in Fast X means that the sequel can focus a bit less on Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, something that had become a problem in recent films. Dom Toretto had been the face of the saga along with Paul Walker’s Brian O’ Conner since the beginning, but recent Fast and Furious films were just way too Toretto-centered. Obviously, without Brian, Dom had to become the sole main character. However, Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs role allowed Fast and Furious to sometimes shift the focus from Dom to another major, entertaining character. Hobbs is big enough of a name to share the spotlight with Dom in Fast 11.

1 Hobbs’ Fast X Return Brings Fast & Furious Full Circle

Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Dwayne Johnson’s return as Hobbs in Fast X, even if from a post-credits scene ahead of a bigger role in Fast 11, brings the saga full circle. Hobbs was introduced in Fast Five, the movie that truly kicked off the current Fast and Furious franchise. Fast Five is now being revisited in Fast X, which brings the crew back to Rio de Janeiro to face Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes. Jason Momoa’s Fast X character is the son of Hernan Reyes, Fast Five’s villain, who is seeking revenge for the death of his father. It was Hobbs who actually killed Hernan Reyes, not Dom, which adds to The Rock’s Fast X return.
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Fast & Furious 11 Needs Hobbs Vs. Dom (To End The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud)


Fast and Furious 11 needs to feature an epic fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel to resolve the real-life feud and bring closure to their characters’ relationship. The clash between Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five was a game-changer, and revisiting that epic confrontation in Fast 11 would elevate the action and add nostalgia. A showdown between Dom and Hobbs in Fast 11 could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation, reaffirming the underlying themes of family and unity in the franchise.

Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has returned to the Fast Saga, Fast and Furious 11 needs to include an epic fight between Johnson and Vin Diesel. In the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, the thrill of fast cars and heart-stopping action has always been amplified by the magnetic on-screen chemistry between its stars. However, a real-life feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been brewing since 2016. Director Louis Leterrier achieved the impossible by bringing The Rock back into the fold. Now, he must find a way to reunite Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto on-screen.

Ever since Fate of the Furious, the void left by The Rock’s absence has grown more conspicuous. The actor’s feud with Vin Diesel has cast a shadow over the franchise, making it increasingly difficult for the writers and directors to craft a cohesive narrative. As Fast Saga fans await the next installment, all eyes are on Leterrier to weave a compelling story that not only showcases jaw-dropping action but also offers a chance for Hobbs and Dom to partake in an epic showdown.

Hobbs & Dom Fighting In Fast & Furious 11 Would Bring Their Arc Full Circle
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 act as sequels to Fast Five in many ways, so it makes perfect sense for the upcoming installment to build on the fight scene between Dom and Hobbs from Fast Five. The clash between the two powerhouse characters left an indelible mark on fans. Revisiting that epic confrontation could elevate the adrenaline-fueled action and add a layer of nostalgia to Fast and Furious 11. Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a change of heart and returned to the Fast Saga, the anticipation for a rematch between his and Vin Diesel’s characters has reached a fever pitch.

Dom and Hobbs’ showdown in Fast Five was a game-changer for the franchise, propelling it to new heights with its intensity and raw energy. Given the unresolved tension between the two stars in real life, a meticulously crafted fight scene in Fast 11 has the potential to invigorate the climax of the series and provide a cathartic experience for the actors and fans alike. As Fast 11 may be the final chapter in the Fast and Furious universe, all eyes are on this anticipated clash. Hopefully, a brotherly fight will be the defining moment that brings harmony back to the Fast Saga family.

The Rock & Vin Diesel Can Put Their Feud To Rest On Screen
Hobbs holding on to Dom in Fast and Furious 5

Vin Diesel and The Rock’s personal history adds a layer of complexity to any potential fight between their characters in Fast and Furious 11. Given their real-life feud, it’s unlikely either actor would be portrayed as the clear winner or loser. Moreover, from a storytelling perspective, it would be counterproductive to have Dom excessively harm or kill Hobbs or vice versa. However, as the series approaches its potential end, a showdown between Dom and Hobbs could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation. After all, throughout the Fast and Furious films, audiences have witnessed a recurring pattern of men engaging in physical conflicts before eventually forming unbreakable bonds.

For instance, Fast and Furious sees Dom and Brian’s tumultuous relationship evolve into a deep brotherly connection after a series of knock-down, drag-out fights. This same sort of understanding between Dom and Hobbs would reaffirm the underlying themes of reconciliation and family that have contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity. By embracing the notion that they are, in a sense, brothers, Dom and Hobbs could mend their on-screen relationship and deliver a broader message of unity. This would ultimately give fans a satisfying conclusion to their relationship in Fast and Furious 11.

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Vin Diesel Posts Paul Walker Tribute On 10th Anniversary Of His Death


Vin Diesel shares a touching tribute to Paul Walker 10 years after the actor’s tragic death on November 30, 2013. Diesel expresses that “more smiles manage to break through the tears” as years pass because he knows his bond with Walker will be stronger than ever when they eventually reunite. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, remains alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and Diesel has previously teased that the franchise won’t end without a proper farewell to Brian and Walker.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel takes to social media to share a touching tribute to Paul Walker, 10 years after the actor’s death. First released in 2001, the debut installment in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise introduces Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Walker as Brian O’Connor. Both characters would return for a number of sequels, but Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, during the production of Furious 7.

Now, on the 10th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Diesel has shared a touching tribute post on Instagram to honor his late Fast and Furious costar. Check out the actor’s emotional post below:

Accompanying an image of Walker with one of his daughters, Diesel reminisces about an important lesson learned from the late actor and how his legacy still lives on today. Diesel’s full caption is included below:

I was listening to a song this morning…‘That Lucky Old Sun’… thought of you, racing around Heaven all day. Hahaha…
The family of the Mourning, feels like it has grown since a decade ago… feel’s like that experience of losing someone is far too common today. Leaving more and more of us in search for meaning, trying to make sense of this complex existence…
Oh, I have finally understood what you use to do with the phone, “phone Fasting”… you had the insight to turn off your phone for long stretches of time. I started this year to do just that. You used to say, Vin and I can go years without talking, and our brotherhood will always be stronger than we left it, the ones who truly love you will always be there.
Amen to that.
This is one of my favorite images ever taken… You knew how proud I was when my daughter, the Alpha Angel, your niece would play the piano… well last night she was playing Moonlight Sonata… it took me back to the night before she was born. Me and you were working late… you were telling me that the best moment in life would be witnessing my child being born. That priceless smile you had when I told you the next day that I had cut the umbilical cord…
The next song she started playing on the piano is by an artist you would have loved, named Billie Eilish, ‘What was I made for’… when she started to play, the other angels all came and joined her at the piano and they started singing… wow…emotions… angels, I know you were listening.
After ten years… I know these days of beautiful remembrance will be filled with tears. But as time rolls on, with each year that passes… more smiles manage to break through the tears. Cause I know, when I see you again… our brotherhood will be stronger than we left it.
Miss you.

Will Brian Be Seen Again In Fast & Furious?
Furious 7 Reveals How Paul Walker’s Character Can Return
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Walker’s death in November 2013 came with a great deal of sadness, but it also created problems for the Furious 7 production, which was about halfway done. It was ultimately decided that Walker’s remaining scenes would be completed with a digital recreation of the actor, with his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, serving as body doubles. Although Walker may have passed away, Brian remains alive and well within the world of the films, though he has not been seen in the flesh since Furious 7’s emotional ending.

The closet audiences have come to seeing Brian again (outside of the flashbacks featured in Fast X) is at the end of F9: The Fast Saga, when the character’s iconic Nissan Skyline pulls up at Dom’s house. This summer’s Fast X supposedly sets up the conclusion of the franchise in an 11th and potentially 12th installment (in addition to the announced Dwayne Johnson Luke Hobbs spinoff movie), and it’s very likely that the final movie will see Brian return in some capacity.

Diesel has also essentially teased as much, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar) earlier this year: “I couldn’t imagine this saga ending without truly saying goodbye to Brian O’Conner.” It’s unclear if this will mean a substantial digital recreation of the actor for extended portions of the film or a quick cameo at the very end, but it seems like audiences haven’t seen the last of Brian just yet. Even in death, Walker remains a key pillar of Fast and Furious, and it’s fitting that the final film will feature another heartfelt goodbye to further honor the late actor.

Source: Vin Diesel/ Instagram

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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)


Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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