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Weirdly, Fast & Furious 6 Changed The Franchise In 5 Major Ways

While it is sometimes overlooked because of the series-altering movies surrounding it, Fast & Furious 6 was hugely important to the course of the Fast franchise. Many of the plot elements and twists introduced in Fast & Furious 6 would come to define the larger-than-life tone of the later movies in the series, as well as how it would handle its multiple stars. There are at least five major changes made in Fast & Furious 6 that would have a significant influence on the shape of the series to come.

Released in 2013, Fast & Furious 6 was the fourth film in the franchise to be directed by Justin Lin. The plot of the movie saw Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner’s team of car thieves recruited to take down a mercenary organization led by Owen Shaw. It continued the Fast & Furious franchise’s transition away from street-level crime stories to larger-than-life action movies. Fast & Furious 6 was the highest-grossing film in the franchise when it was released, setting the stage for the even bigger success of Furious 7.

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Fast 5 largely reinvented the franchise as a globe-spanning action movie, and Furious 7 was both an emotional send-off to Paul Walker and one of the most financially successful movies ever. Because of this, Fast & Furious 6 is sometimes the forgotten middle child of the more modern Fast movies. However, Fast & Furious 6 introduced several important changes that would have both positive and negative ramifications still felt by the series many years later.

Fast & Furious 6 Proved Dead Characters Could Return
Letty repairs her car in Fast & Furious 6

One of the most significant developments in Fast & Furious 6 is the decision to bring back Dom’s love interest Letty Ortiz, who had been presented as killed off in Fast & Furious, the fourth movie in the franchise. Fast & Furious 6 retcons the previous movie so that Letty instead lost her memory and became one of Owen Shaw’s gang members. It was the first time that the Fast & Furious movies would bring back a seemingly-deceased character, but it wouldn’t be the last, with Han later resurrected in F9.

The plot twist, right out of a soap opera or comic book, helped contribute to the feeling that the Fast movies took place in a heightened reality where anything could happen. Michelle Rodriguez was also a great presence to have back in the franchise as a necessary counter-balance to the hyper-masculine personae of Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. However, Letty’s resurrection, and the series’ continued use of Fast & Furious retcons to bring back dead characters, eventually contributed to a sense that there were no real stakes in these movies.

Fast & Furious 6 Set Up Justice For Han
Sung Kang with Han's Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift Car

Fast & Furious 6 also made a major change to the franchise by seeming to conclude the story of Han, the fan-favorite character introduced in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift after previously starring in Justin Lin’s debut feature Better Luck Tomorrow. Han actually died in Tokyo Drift, but Lin wanted to bring back the character so the following three movies were actually set before the third one. However, this created a somewhat confusing chronology. Fast & Furious 6 helped the series finally move forward in its own timeline by concluding with Han making his fateful trip to Tokyo

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The mid-credits scene in Fast & Furious 6 also re-contextualized Han’s death, showing that he had in fact been killed by Deckard Shaw looking for revenge for his brother. This reveal created a cliffhanger leading into Furious 7, but also led to issues down the line. When Shaw later became part of the team in Fate of the Furious, many fans objected, feeling that the killing of Han had too easily been forgiven. This led to the viral #JusticeforHan hashtag. Justin Lin has said that he returned to the director’s chair in F9 in part  to provide this justice, bringing Han back to life in the process. Fast & Furious 6 put the franchise in a position where it later had to respond to fan pressure for the first time.

Fast & Furious 6 Leveled Up The Franchise’s Villains

Prior to Fast & The Furious 6, the crew largely dealt with drug lords and other relatively realistic antagonists, which increasingly led to problems with The Fast & The Furious villains. Even the larger-than-life Fast 5 had the crew clashing with a street-level threat in Brazilian cartel kingpin Hernan Reyes. As the main characters became more superhero-like, they needed more memorable and equally exaggerated villains. Luke Evans’ Owen Shaw, an international mercenary who had more in common with a James Bond villain than the street criminals of the earlier movies, fit the bill and marked a major turning point in the type of threats Dom Toretto and his crew would deal with.

The Shaw family would go on to become significant recurring characters in the Fast & Furious series, with brother Deckard being the primary villain of Furious 7, and later becoming a hero in Fate of the Furious and the Hobbes & Shaw spin-off series. Introducing Deckard in a cliffhanger also cemented that The Fast & The Furious was now more of an ongoing story instead of a series of episodic films. While Owen may not be the most remembered Shaw today, his characterization in Fast & Furious 6 marked a major shift in how the franchise used villains.

Fast & Furious 6 Took The Ridiculous Stunts To New Heights
Fast and Furious 6 plane stunt

The Fast & Furious series has always been based around dramatic action scenes using real stunt work, but Fast & Furious 6 raised the bar dramatically. In part this was a marker of how big the series had gotten. For instance, the opening scene where Dom drives his car through a cargo plane was originally planned for Fast & Furious, but only in the sixth movie was there the budget and technology to actually do it.

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Famous stunts like Furious 7’s cargo plane drop wouldn’t have been possible without the way in which Fast & Furious 6 expanded the range of the franchise’s action scenes. This is best embodied by the climactic scene where tanks are thrown through the air and cars race alongside a moving airplane. This involved building a 40-ton plane replica that was then set on fire as it pursued a stunt driver, with the sequence reportedly involving more than 200 crew members and over 350 visual effects. The over-the-top action sequences in Fast & Furious 6 represented a pretty dramatic escalation of a series that had started with street racing. The financial success of Fast & Furious 6 also meant that Universal was willing to pay for even more expensive and over-the-top stunts in future Fast & Furious movies.

Fast & Furious 6 Made The Rock’s Hobbs Part Of The Team
The Rock Hobbs Radio in Fate of the Furious

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character Luke Hobbs was first introduced as an antagonist in Fast Five, a government agent pursuing the team who eventually came to see that they weren’t the violent criminals he expected. In Fast & Furious 6, however, Hobbs fully joined the “family”, teaming up with them to take down Owen Shaw. He continued to be part of the crew in Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious. Adding a larger-than-life star like Dwayne Johnson to its recurring cast further helped the Fast & Furious movies to feel massive, and later enabled the spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw, raising the possibility that the Fast & Furious movies could become a broader cinematic universe beyond the main series.

Making Hobbs a regular character also substantially changed the on-set dynamics of the Fast & Furious movies. Vin Diesel was no longer the unquestioned biggest star in the franchise, and this led to a much-reported-on feud between Diesel and Johnson. This ultimately led to Hobbs’ departure from the mainline Fast & Furious movies, but the idea that the cast really was one big family behind the scenes was permanently shattered. Behind-the-scenes speculation has become a mainstay of discussion about the franchise, especially following events such as Justin Lin’s departure from Fast X. The elevated role of Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs is another example of how Fast & Furious 6 introduced trends that helped make the franchise feel bigger and more exciting, but created issues later on.

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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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