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Every Fast & Furious Movie Ranked From Worst to Best

The best Fast and Furious movies show why it’s arguably the most successful film franchise based on underground street racing ever made — although it’s long since outgrown its roots across 11 entries to become a wide-ranging subgenre-bending action megahit. 2001’s The Fast and the Furious launched Vin Diesel to stardom and established the now-legendary friendship between Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner (played by the late Paul Walker). Nobody imagined it would become the multi-billion dollar franchise that’s entertained the world for over 20 years, nor that its characters would shift their ambitions from stealing DVD players to sending Ludacris into space.

2023’s Fast X pushed the franchise even further from its humble beginnings, but all 11 Fast and Furious movies — even spinoff Hobbes and Shaw and the controversial Tokyo Drift — keep things fresh by building on the original premise of fun, fast cars, and family. 2 Fast 2 Furious built on the formula the first movie laid out for the Fast and Furious movies. It wasn’t until the fifth Fast and Furious movie, Fast Five, that it crossed over into what it is today: a full-blooded, revved-up blockbuster franchise overflowing with gloriously ridiculous action set-pieces and grounded with a simple but earnest message about family above all else. Like all franchises though, the Fast and Furious movies aren’t created equal, and the best Fast and Furious laps the worst several times over.

11 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

Jason Statham as Shaw and Dwayne The Rock Johnson as Hobbs pointing guns in a warehouse in Hobbs & Shaw

Considering the popularity of their characters, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw could have been one of the strongest franchise entries instead of the worst Fast and Furious movie. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham had genuine chemistry in Fate of the Furious. Naturally, it became decreed that the duo should reprise that chemistry for a full 135-minute feature: Hobbs and Shaw. Either actor is clearly capable of anchoring his own movie, but together they’re an exhausting pair. It turned out pretty quickly that, while Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw made for stand-out moments as part of an ensemble cast, being the center of attention for an entire movie didn’t suit them.
Hobbs & Shaw both lacked what the best Fast and Furious movies so great — heart. Their interplay consists of shouted insults, macho posturing, and not-so-veiled threats about what the other can shove where. All of this is present in other Fast and Furious movies of course, but without the moral core of the franchise the many “Hobbs and Shaw” moments in Hobbs & Shaw feel jarring. There are none of the heartfelt musings on family and friendship present in the series proper, scenes of two actors trying to prove who’s the bigger tough guy. To cap it off, Hobbs and Shaw has a confusing ending. A couple of misfired cameos from well-known actors are a good reminder that the Fast and the Furious franchise has never been about A-list star power, but instead a refreshing underdog spirit.

10 The Fate of the Furious (2017)

Dom holds his son Brian in Fate of the Furious

The best Fast and the Furious movies franchise have flirted with moments of Michael Bay-level action, but the forays into territory usually held by movies like Mission: Impossible and James Bond went way too far with The Fate of the Furious. It’s not just the Arctic climax — which involves a giant submarine and a “nuclear football” — that makes The Fate of the Furious one of the worst Fast and Furious movies. The franchise seemed unsure of how to proceed after the loss of Paul Walker (and the gut-punch of an emotional climax of Furious 7) and Fate of the Furious feels like it’s trying to compensate by throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. The Fate of the Furious involves a hackneyed plot about Dom turning to the dark side.
This initially interesting narrative move that ultimately isn’t worth leaving the crew without a compelling leader, or a decipherable mission. The multiple plot threads feel disconnected, and the narrative of The Fate of the Furious feels like it was defined more by available set pieces than adherence to a consistent story. What The Fate and the Furious did deliver on was action (even if it felt unsuited to the franchise). Hobbs’ and Shaw’s prison break scene absolutely explodes from the screen in a mass brawl that capitalizes on the best parts of the Rock’s movie stardom. A zombie car centerpiece is inspired lunacy, and the sight of Jason Statham slaying a shootout while carrying around a baby is arguably worth the price of admission. Mostly, though, F. Gary Gray’s lone contribution to the franchise feels both aimless and unnecessary.

9 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

The Drift King looks annoyed in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the outlier of the franchise, but still considered by most to be the worst Fast and Furious movie. After two films that ostensibly set up a series about the cop misadventures of Paul Walker, the 2006 movie brushed all that aside to make a high school film about an army brat (Lucas Black) moving to Japan and learning how to drift. It would be an insane, franchise-ending move if the results weren’t so incredibly entertaining. Black sports a criminally thick Southern twang, as well as a shocking amount of chest hair for an alleged high schooler. However, whatever The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift lacks, it makes up for in personality.
From its slick theme song to its beautifully staged drift races in its unique Japan setting, The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift is endlessly entertaining. The movie also introduced Han(Sung Kang), the best F&F character this side of Dominic Toretto, a character so phenomenal the series made its next three entries prequels just to keep him around. Director Justin Lin marries bravura style to the series’ most refreshingly simple story, framing the motion of drifting cars like a testosterone-doused ballet. The Tokyo setting is a gorgeous, evocative backdrop, and that cameo at the end is such a satisfying cliffhanger. Tokyo Drift isn’t by any means a bad movie, and there are supporters who consider it among the best Fast and Furious movies, but its detractors are right in their assertion that — for all its strengths — it’s far too removed from the main franchise to be considered for the top spot.

8 Fast & Furious (2009)

Dom holds onto Letty on the hood of a moving car in Fast & Furious

Fast and Furious is the first real sequel to the original, the second and third installments missing Vin Diesel, who declined participation due to lackluster writing (while still finding plenty of time to partake in xXx). The movie is also series MVP director Justin Lin’s first step in revamping the films from a series of exploitation-style underground car flicks to a bona fide, balls-to-the-wall action franchise. The 2009 release is essentially a soft reboot, as it’s far better at setting up Fast Five than it is at capitalizing on the compelling dynamic between Brian and Dom set up in the original film.
Fast & Furious'”death” of Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty casts a pall over the proceedings that never really lets up, making it by far the moodiest and least popcorn-fodder-feeling of the Fast films. 2009’s Fast and Furious can take credit for bringing Brian and Dom back together again, but was also criticized for the character direction it chose for them. Many didn’t care much for Brian in a buttoned-up suit, or Dom as Terminator-style angel of vengeance with none of his ringleader charm As with most of the Fast and Furious movies, it’s hard to imagine the franchise as it is today without it, but Fast & Furious is one of the more forgettable entries.

7 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Brian and Roman pose in front of two cars in 2 Fast 2 Furious

While 2 Fast 2 Furious established that The Fast and the Furious wasn’t going to be a one-off, it’s not among the best Fast and Furious movies — although it’s very far from the worst of the franchise, and a more than worthy sequel in its own right. Rocking a title so horrible it somehow comes right back around to being amazing, 2 Fast 2 Furious had few characters return from the first installment, which meant the conspicuous absence of Vin Diesel. The first sequel in the franchise imagines a world where this entire series is about Paul Walker playing a stereotypical Southern California cop in a series of car-centric police procedurals. 2 Fast 2 Furious was also directed by the late John Singleton. He employs a hyperkinetic style that transforms the racing sequences into neon-drenched anime episodes, making for a stylish and fun opening ten minutes.
However, screenwriting has never been the highlight of these films, and 2 Fast 2 Furious is also burdened with some seriously questionable (and casually misogynistic) dialogue. Then there’s the bizarre casting of Dazed and Confused’s Cole Hauser as an Argentinean druglord, without a doubt the series’ most lackluster villain. Hindsight is 2020, and a video essay from YouTuber Ben From Canada reframes the movie as an exploration of a genuinely nuanced and subtle bisexual love triangle between Brian, Roman, and Eva Mendes’ Monica Fuentes. It might give the slightly puerile script more credit than it’s due, but the wild take affords the movie a rewatch it hasn’t wholly earned. All in all, 2 Fast 2 Furious is a middling entry among the 11 Fast and Furious movies, and one that’s definitely a product of its 2003 release year.

6 Fast X (2023)

Jason Momoa rides a motorcycle in Fast X.

2023’s Fast X is the first part of an epic two-part conclusion to the Fast and Furious movies (although there are already conversations about a potential Fast and Furious 12). As such, it’s difficult to judge Fast X as a standalone movie. It is the first half of a story, and one that may well be the end of the entire Fast and Furious franchise. It’s fair to say that Fast X always had some big shoes to fill, and being the opening act of the franchise finale meant it would always struggle to be the best Fast and Furious movie. However, despite some criticisms regarding the point in the narrative Fast X chose to end — with some feeling it left too much of a cliffhanger — it’s still managed to hold its own and is far from one of the worst Fast and Furious movies.
Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes, the new series villain who is way more sadistic and theatrical than The Dark Knight’s Joker, has been heavily praised. While Momoa is a scene stealer any time he’s on-screen, the rest of the Fast X cast have their moments, and the last-minute return of Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs sets up a sequel which — if it lives up to its place as the last in the franchise — definitely could be among the best Fast and Furious movies. Generally Fast X seems to have been received well for what it is, although time will tell how it ultimately ranks compared to other Fast and Furious movies when the sequel and second half of its story arrive.
Related: Fast X Cliffhanger Ending Explained

5 Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Dom catches Letty in midair in Fast & Furious 6

One of the best things about The Fast Saga is that, for a while, it totally reinvented itself with each film. In a world of cookie-cutter studio filmmaking, it’s remarkable that this series doesn’t settle on any particular formula until its sixth entry, Fast and Furious 6. While that formula is ultimately a good one, having been set by the inimitable Fast Five, it’s also a bit of a letdown to see the films switch into cruise control after so much swerving and drifting. Alas, that’s just what Justin Lin does in his fourth time in the director’s chair. Things chug along in a steady but workmanlike fashion.
Everyone on the team has their standard action movie quips, and the whole film feels the safest of all the entries. The most notable sequence is a dimly-lit finale as endless as the airport runway on which it takes place. While Gal Gadot’s Gisele is killed off (though not permanently, given her not-so-surprising cameo at the end of Fast X) Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty is thankfully brought back from the dead in an amnesia plot that sees the series diving headfirst into soap opera territory. The resurrection gives the film a slight but solid emotional throughline, culminating in a sweetly earnest final scene that helps underline the saga’s all-important family roots.

4 F9: The Fast Saga (2021)

Dom on his farm in F9

Just when the series seemed stalled out with no new roads to explore, Justin Lin took the wheel and brought it roaring back to life. So it seems only appropriate that after the low point of Fate of the Furious, he’d be the guy waiting in the pit stop to gas things back up. F9 gives the series exactly the boost it needs to send it careening toward the finish line. The film has been criticized for being too ridiculous, even by the franchise’s standards, proven by Roman and Tej’s gleeful and self-aware foray into space. However, it’s all carried off with such graceful, committed elegance that it feels pointless to complain.
What makes F9 one of the best Fast and Furious movies is that it seemed to — more than any other entry — marry the series’ past with its present. For all its outrageous action, it had family at its core, and refused to let that go. A lot of that has to do with Vin Diesel. The actor is so unparalleled in his ability to grunt out something absolutely absurd and make audiences believe every word of it, that it transforms the whole film into exactly the irresistibly giddy crowd-pleaser for which movie theaters were made. The set pieces are bigger, louder, and (in the best sense of the word) stupider, but the heart hasn’t gone anywhere. After 20 years, sans Paul Walker and the Rock, there’s still plenty of gas left in the tank.

3 Furious 7 (2014)

Letty picks a fight in Fast & Furious 7

“This will win Best Picture at the Oscars. There’s nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing.” That’s what Vin Diesel declared upon Furious 7’s release. While that didn’t ultimately come true, the sentiment isn’t entirely misplaced. For a generation reared on these films, the tribute to Paul Walker was an emotoinal gut punch on par with the most emotionally devastating films to ever take home the gold at the Academy Awards. The fact that his mid-production death, caused by him engaging in the type of behavior these films glorify, didn’t cast a ghoulish cloud over the entire final product is its own form of miracle. There’s no question that Furious 7 was one of the best Fast and Furious movies, and it ensured the franchise would continue on to its later entries like Fast X.
Furious 7 sees the series flexing all its hard-won muscles. That’s not necessarily always a great thing; director James Wan gets lost in a relentless (and CGI-ridden) succession of sentiencies that drowns out a fairly compelling setup about Dom embarking on “one last job” to save The Family from any more funerals. Automobiles parachute out of a plane, and Dom and Brian pull off a car-jump stunt between the Etihad Towers skyscrapers — it’s thrilling, but a third-act firefight overstays its welcome by a long shot. Of course, almost all of Furious 7’s finer points are overshadowed by that emotional ending, a sequence sure to bring a tear to even the most jaded cynic’s eye.

2 The Fast and the Furious (2002)

The Fast and the Furious cast sitting together in front of the LA skyline

The Fast and the Furious may be the original, but it still ranks among the best Fast and Furious movies. Directed by Rob Cohen on a budget that’s shoestring compared to later movies like F9 and Fast X, The Fast and the Furious it’s an inescapable artifact of the time of its creation — a fact that’s only stood to make it more endearing as time marches on. The first Fast and Furious movie is dominated by an inimitable 00s soundtrack, filled with cringe early-aughts fashion. Despite all this, the film holds up for one simple reason: Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Connor emerge clearly drawn from the get-go. Their relationship touches on the same sort of primal bromance that made Point Break click. However, the cop loved the outlaw so much that deep down he wanted to throw away his badge and ride off into the sunset with him.
Given its context as a movie that never set out to be the first entry in a multi-billion-dollar franchise, there’s very little that can be held against The Fast and the Furious beyond its unfortunate pandering to the male gaze (a sin that it’s far from the only movie to commit, especially given its era). It’s also no mistake that the original film is really the only movie in the franchise with some genuine tension, with a few dramatic, almost crime-thriller-adjacent elements entries progressively moved away from. All of this was of course cemented by the cast. The late Paul Walker may not be the most compelling leading man to ever grace the screen, but he instantly feels one with the role of Brian, and Vin Diesel’s Toretto makes the kind of movie star and character debut here that legends are made of.

1 Fast Five (2011)

Dom and Brian stand on top of a falling car in Fast Five

In pole position when it comes to The Fast Saga is Fast Five, the best Fast and Furious movie. Fast Five manages to simultaneously be about everything that makes the franchise so beloved without ever feel convoluted or frenetic. It’s about brawny guys beating the tar out of each other and then hugging it out. It’s about genre- and logic-defying action set pieces, and showstopping stunts in cool cars. It’s about Vin Diesel spouting absurdities, but meaning every word. In that respect, Fast Five is the Rosetta Stone to the whole franchise, a magic act that takes its four exceedingly varied predecessors and retroactively transforms them into a setup for Fast Five, which defines the following Fast and Furious movies.
It also transitions the films from their underground racing roots to a heist-centered action franchise without making the audience bat an eye. A lot of the middle of Fast Five comes off like store-bought Ocean’s Eleven, but that’s part of its charm. This is the beginning of the crew, the beginning of Roman and Tej’s dynamic duo, Han and Giselle’s sizzling romance, and Dom’s obsession with “La Familia.” It’s also the beginning of bigger and better stunts: an expertly-filmed train heist, a parkour race through Rio, and a car chase involving a bank vault. Fast Five makes everything that came before look better and sets the foundation for everything that will come after with all the style and undersung elegance that has come to define Fast & Furious 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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