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Fast & Furious: Dominic Toretto Vs. Brian O’Conner

As the focus character of the Fast & Furious series, Dominic Toretto has faced off against powerful enemies and led his team in pulling off heists around the globe. The character has made Vin Diesel an action icon due to fans enjoying Dom’s penchant for one-liners and big-time action sequences. However, Dom isn’t the only character fans consider to be a hero. 

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Prior to Paul Walker’s passing, Brian O’Conner enjoyed the status as one of the leads. In fact, Brian was introduced as the true hero of the first two movies, with the fan-favorite character intriguing viewers with his character arc and development. Both men proved to be worthy leaders and protagonists of the franchise – but if fans had to pick, who would they say is the best?

Dominic: Charisma

Dom about to start his car in Tokyo Drift

He may be a man of few words, but Dom certainly knows how to retain the viewer’s interest. Throughout the Fast & Furious movies, Dom’s character has changed a lot, to the extent that fans are drawn to him for audiences. This is mostly due to his charismatic influence, as Dom’s quiet but dangerous personality is an endearing quality.
Brian is an everyman personality, in that he’s approachable and clearly a decent guy. However, Dom’s persona is such that he carries an aura of mystery around, one which fans tend to enjoy as he pulls off this attribute to charismatic lengths.

Brian: Friendships Within The Crew

Brian and Roman have a laugh together in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Brian’s friendly personality allows him to have deeper connections within the group even though they are generally known as Dom’s crew. Dom has never been shown to be too tight with the rest other than with Han, with just Brian being his other close bond.
Meanwhile, Brian is Roman’s childhood friend, has a longstanding friendship with Tej, was a confidant to Letty, and also had a healthy relationship with Han and Gisele. The tribute to Brian in Furious 7 proved that the majority of good times in the series have to do with him.

Dominic: Combat Skills

Dominic Toretto about to shoot Shaw in The Fate of the Furious

Dom’s skills have only grown with each movie, to the point where he’s taken on the likes of Hobbs and Shaw on his own and beaten them. Unlike those men and many other villains, Dom has no combat training, yet his skills are so great, he can come away with the win.
Brian wasn’t in situations where he had to fight nearly as much as Dom has. The moments where he did engage in battle were kept low-key, with Brian hardly ever engaging the main villain. Due to this, Dom is the natural pick to defend anyone as he never loses.

Brian: Dialogue

Brian looks at Dom from his car in Furious 7

This is an easy point in Brian’s favor since Dom is a man of few words. Moreover, Brian has had far more genuine pieces of dialogue, ranging from his declaration of love to Mia and their children, to voicing out the abandonment he felt from his absentee father.
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Even his last line of bidding farewell to Dom remains memorable and attests to how Brian had such a profound presence. Dom is of the one-liner variety, where he utters out dialogue meant to sound cool but that just don’t carry deeper meanings.

Dominic: Feats Against Villains

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

The villains in the Fast & Furious movies are mainly established through their interactions with the protagonists. The antagonists in the movies Dom wasn’t in aren’t memorable, with his conflict with the likes of the Shaw brothers, Cipher, and Jakob all lasting in memory.
The main reason for this is due to Dom’s feats against these villains, such as Dom destroying Cipher’s drone in F9 by himself or his one-on-one match-up against Deckard Shaw in Furious 7. Brian has hardly ever had a personal grudge with the antagonists, so he’s not associated with them.

Brian & Dom: Car Skills

Dom and Brian look at the Lykan Hypersport in Furious 7

It’s true that Dom has always come out on top during races against Brian, but both men have been very entertaining in this department. In addition to races, Dom and Brian have put their car skills to use in action sequences. 
This has led to times like their driving off cars from the train in Fast Five, along with the duo driving a car through skyscrapers in Furious 7. Whether it’s Dom or Brian, viewers can be sure that the men will be putting on a great show if there happens to be a car around.

Dominic: Memorable Scenes

Dom drives a car out of a train in Fast Five

The majority of the best stunts in the Fast & Furious movies involve Dom, who’s made a name for himself mainly due to this aspect. It’s not the only memorable thing about him, though, as scenes like Dom’s confrontation with Hobbs in Fast Five and his monologue about family are also one of the series’ most treasured moments.
Brian’s strong points have pretty much always involved Dom as well, while his solo scenes haven’t been given as much weight. As far as Dom is concerned, his onscreen appearances are always treated as highly important, making them the ones fans tend to remember.

Brian: Romantic Potential

Dom looks at Mia and Brian together in Fast Five

Both Dom and Brian have love interests in Letty and Mia, respectively, but it’s Brian whose romance with Mia can be considered worthy of the main character. That’s because this pairing is the most developed, with Brian wooing Mia in the first movie, evolving into married life, and settling down.
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Dom’s romantic potential has certainly been explored through Letty’s absence, amnesia, and return, but it hasn’t been the focal part of his character. Brian is a far more romantic figure in general, whose arc is closely related to his love interest.

Dominic: Impact On The Story

Dom and Jakob have a heated argument in F9

While Brian was the main character of the first two movies, he wasn’t the basis for the Fast & Furious franchise. It’s Dom’s actions in the Fast & Furious movies, both right and wrong, that are highlighted and have an impact on the overarching story. After all, the direction of each movie is dependent on him.
The fifth movie had Hobbs pursue Dom, with the sixth and seventh showing the Shaw brothers consider Dom as their main rival. Cipher’s actions have been mainly to pursue Dom while the latter’s storyline with his brother was the backdrop of F9. It’s through Dom’s decisions and his dynamic with the villains that the story progresses, while Brian generally rides along.

Winner: Dominic Toretto

Dominic drives a car and looks sad in Tokyo Drift

Considering that some of the best Fast & Furious story arcs revolve around Dom, he’s definitely the main character of the series. Brian is a solid supporting protagonist, but he doesn’t have the same kind of appeal, plot relevance, and connections with villains that a lead character needs to possess.
That lies firmly on Dom’s shoulders, whose brand value is such that the Fast & Furious franchise has run strong for over 20 years by now. While it’s a shame that Brian’s journey has come to an end, Dom is still here to lead the film series as its rightful lead character.
NEXT: Dominic Toretto vs Luke Hobbs – Who Is The Better Fast & Furious Hero?

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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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