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10 Huge Fast X Questions The Rock’s New Fast & Furious Movie Can Answer

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will return not only in the Fast & Furious saga but also his own spinoff that can answer some major questions brought up by Fast X. Despite Johnson’s character Luke Hobbs becoming a Fast & Furious staple since Fast Five, the wrestler-turned-actor didn’t seem to return to the franchise’s tenth installment as an aftermath of a publicized feud with fellow actor Vin Diesel. But as the Fast X post-credits scenes revealed, Hobbs still exists in the Fast & Furious franchise and Johnson is all set to return as the character. After Fast X’s release, a Hobbs-centric spinoff titled Hobbs & Reyes was announced, continuing the Fast saga.

This spinoff would be the second solo adventure Hobbs embarked on after 2019’s Hobbs & Shaw. A new spinoff can finally explain why The Rock returned as Hobbs in Fast X even though he was adamant about not returning to the franchise. In terms of narrative, Hobbs & Reyes can also touch upon the bounty hunter-federal agent’s connection with Jason Momoa’s Fast X villain Dante Reyes. While Reyes has numerous explosive run-ins with the other members of Dominic Toretto’s crew, he only talks to Hobbs via a phone call. Hobbs’ surprise appearance naturally led to much fan speculation about the character’s subsequent fate.

10 Where Luke Hobbs Was During Fast X

Hobbs looks suspicious in Fast X

The last time when the Fast & Furious fans witnessed Hobbs in action was in the spinoff Hobbs & Shaw. The post-credits scenes in this spinoff hinted at the future missions that Hobbs can undertake. But since then, his fate remained unknown. By the time Fast X ends, Dante Reyes has already inflicted significant damage on Dom and his peers. It’s obvious that Dante didn’t target Hobbs all this time and probably saved him for the last. But before he appeared on Dante’s radar, Hobbs might have embarked on a personal mission that Hobbs & Reyes can shed light on with a flashback sequence.

9 What Happened To Deckard Shaw During Fast X

Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) looking sideways in Fast X's official trailer.

Compared to Hobbs, his enemy-turned-associate Deckard Shaw gets more screen time in Fast X. While Jason Statham gets to still display his martial arts skills as Shaw, not much is known about his whereabouts later. He realizes that his mother Helena Shaw can also be a potential target as Dante is seeking personal vendettas against everyone associated with Dom. Armed to teeth and driven by familial devotion, Shaw rides alone to save his mother. Even though Dom’s allies like Han are working together with Shaw in Fast X now, his fate lies uncertain. Considering his close friendship with Hobbs, his future arc can be explored in the new Hobbs spinoff.

8 How Gisele Is Alive In Fast X

Gal Gadot returning as Gisele during the Fast X ending

While many franchise regulars returned in Fast X, the most buzz was created by Gal Gadot’s return as Gisele in Fast X. Presumed to be dead since Fast & Furious 6, Gisele is resurrected for a shocking cliffhanger. But then, again, the franchise has witnessed many characters coming back from the dead like Letty and Han. Gisele’s entry in Fast X came out of nowhere as it was never hinted at in the sequels or Hobbs & Shaw. With this appearance raising questions about Gisele’s survival, Hobbs & Reyes can finally offer answers to how Gisele survived and what she was up to before Fast X.

7 Did Dante Go After Monica Fuentes

Eva Mendes looking sideways in 2 Fast 2 Furious and Jason Momoa looking sideways in Fast X

Eva Mendes joined the series with 2 Fast 2 Furious in which she played the US Customs Agent Monica Fuentes. She eventually joined the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) as revealed in a post-credits scene in Fast Five. While Monica never returned afterward, Dante’s vision board in Fast X revealed that even Monica was one of his many targets. As for whether Dante actually exacted revenge on Monica or not, Hobbs & Reyes can offer the answers. The fact that Hobbs himself worked as a bounty hunter for the DSS makes them work partners and even hinting at Monica’s fate can offer fan service.
RELATED: Eva Mendes’ Monica May Finally Be Returning In Fast & Furious 11 After This Fast X Tease

6 How Dom & Little B Will Survive Fast X’s Cliffhanger

Dom and Little B looking sideways from inside a car in Fast X

Throughout Fast X, Dom tries his best to save his son Little B. But with Dante gaining the upper hand in the very end, Fast X ends on a cliffhanger with the villain blowing up the dam where Dom was trying to drive off to safety (with his son alongside him). While there are high chances that the franchise cannot end with its hero dying in such a sudden manner, the cliffhanger deserves an explanation of how the father-son duo makes it out alive. Even if it puts the spotlight on its titular characters, Hobbs & Reyes needs to explain this aftermath given how crucial Dom is to the series.

5 Who Hobbs Is Working For In Fast X

Dwayne Johnson covered in dirt in Hobbs and Shaw

Most of the Fast & Furious characters that started out as law-enforcers dabbled in multiple professions after aligning with Dom’s crew. The same can be said for Hobbs who was introduced in Fast Five as a federal agent working under the DSS. But as his later adventures and solo adventures in Hobbs & Shaw showed, he can sometimes step out of the law for his bounty-hunting activities. So, before he is threatened by Dante in Fast X, who exactly was Hobbs working for this time? Only the Hobbs spinoff can explain if he had disappeared for another DSS mission or if he had any personal scores to settle.
RELATED: The Rock’s New Fast & Furious Movie Is Already Avoiding His $760m Hobbs Mistake

4 When Did Dante Go After Hobbs?

Hobbs and Dante Reyes looking sideways in the Fast and Furious movies

While the rest of Dom’s associates are targeted one after the other in quick succession in Fast X, Dante clearly wants to punish Hobbs at his own pace. With the bloodthirsty antagonist busy in executing his vast revenge plan in Fast X, it was natural for audiences to wonder when he got the time to target Hobbs. With Hobbs & Reyes offering more chronological details, the Fast X post-credits scene will finally be pieced together with the main story. If Dante tried hurting Hobbs and his family before Dom, then the Fast & Furious Hobbs spinoff can serve as a middle chapter between Fast X and Fast & Furious 11.

3 Where Hattie Shaw Was During Fast X

Hattie Shaw loading a gun in Hobbs & Shaw

Hobbs & Shaw introduced Deckard’s sister Hattie Shaw, an MI6 Field Agent who also becomes Hobbs’s love interest towards the end of the movie. Despite Vanessa Kirby’s character showing off her action chops earlier, she never appeared in the events of Fast X. But with Dante hellbent on destroying Hobbs’ life now, it is more than obvious that Hattie will be on his hit list. The spinoff can provide answers not just about her future but also her whereabouts during Fast X. Regardless if she was on a mission with Hobbs or pursuing a solo adventure, her return to the Fast & Furious franchise would be a welcome move.

2 Is Ryan Reynolds’ Locke Part Of Hobbs’ New Team?

Victor Locke looking sideways in Hobbs and Shaw

Before Red Notice, Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson shared screen space in Hobbs & Shaw. Reynolds dropped by for Hobbs & Shaw’s biggest surprise cameo as Victor Locke, a cheerful CIA Agent who is always eager to partner up with Hobbs. As Locke, the actor brought out his trademark comedic energy. With Red Notice bearing testimony to Reynolds and Johnson’s dynamic chemistry, this equation can be explored further if Locke has a larger role to play in the Hobbs spinoff. With all the intel that he provides, Locke can be a useful member of Hobbs’ new team. After all, Hobbs can’t take down a threat like Dante all alone.

Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five

Dwayne Johnson’s absence in Fast X would owe to behind-the-scenes tussles but from a narrative point of view, it is worth wondering why Dom never relied on Hobbs’ help during Dante’s reign of terror. Even the late Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner is name-dropped in Fast X, and it’s revealed that he’s very much alive but Dom doesn’t reach out to Brian because of his wish to lead a life of peace with his family. As for Hobbs, it’s clear that the bounty hunter is still very much eager to fight. Only the Hobbs spinoff can reveal why Dom chose not to contact him for additional firepower.

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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.

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


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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