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Fast & Furious 9’s Villain Plot Explained

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Fast and Furious 9. 

Fast and Furious 9’s villain plot explained. After a year-long delay due to the global pandemic, F9 finally raced into theaters with an abundance of new car stunts, action sequences, family bonding (and fighting), as well as a trip to outer space. F9 had several moving parts, people switching sides, reunions, and two surprising villains who were ultimately after the same thing in the end. 

Following the events of The Fate and the Furious, F9 sees Letty, Dom, and his son Brian settling down into a quieter life. They don’t have phones and have been off the grid long enough to be surprised by their crew’s abrupt arrival. Naturally, they’re pulled back into the life they left behind after it’s revealed that Jakob, Dom and Mia’s estranged brother, has turned up with a plot to steal a very dangerous device called Aries. 

Related: F9 Ending Explained & Fast & Furious Future Set-Up

With Jakob scheming throughout the film, F9’s plot takes several twists and turns, one that even includes Cipher’s involvement and the long-awaited return of Han. The villainous storyline manages to connect several of the characters’ subplots together, while also introducing new people into the world of the franchise. Here is what happened with the antagonists’ plans for Aries during F9. 

What Is The Aries Device (& How Jakob Knew About It)
Jakob pointing a gun at Dom in Fast and Furious 9

The Aries project is a pretty dangerous digital device as it can hack into any weapons system from around the world and control it when connected to a satellite. The Aries device, too powerful to be in any one person’s possession, is split in half so that it wouldn’t be so easily found, and then tied to the DNA of the scientists who created it. The device included launching a satellite into space to upload the Aries system in an attempt to take complete control of the global weapons systems. The only reason Jakob knew about Aries was because he was working as a covert agent for Mr. Nobody. 

When he found out about the weapon, Jakob went rogue, teaming up with Otto, the spoiled rich son of a billionaire, to kill the people who worked on it, Elle’s parents, and retrieve it. It’s unclear when exactly Jakob began working for Mr. Nobody, but he abandoned his post entirely shortly after meeting Otto and they schemed together to steal Aries, which eventually came into Nobody’s possession. It’s why Jakob was able to get ahead of Dom’s team because he already had wealthy alliances and knew about certain things — including the highly secured bunker — from working as a covert agent beforehand. 

Why Jakob Wanted Aries (Its Connection To Dom)
Dom and Jakob faceoff inside jakob's base in Fast 9

A big part of the reason why Jakob Toretto wanted the Aries device was to attain global power. With a digital device that could control the world’s weaponry, Jakob would be indestructible with the fully utilized equipment. He would lord it over those in power to get and do whatever he wants. That said, it’s hard to gauge what Jakob’s long-term goals beyond that were. After acquiring Aries and controlling weapons, what exactly he would do next is a bit of a mystery. That said, much of Jakob’s reasoning for his plans was to ultimately upstage Dom. He likely didn’t care so much about what he could do with Aries, so much as who he could impress with his accomplishments.

Related: Who Plays Young Vin Diesel In Fast & Furious 9

For his entire life, Jakob felt overshadowed by his older brother; Dom was their father’s golden child and Jakob was alienated from the Toretto family after his death, driven out of the city by Dom and forced to survive on his own. Jakob was angry about that, so when he finally found out about the Aries device, he realized he could have the power and control that he didn’t have when a part of the Toretto family. He could finally step out from behind Dom’s shadow to be known for something and that was deeply important to him. It’s pretty warped to think Jakob would go to such great lengths to be able to create a separate legacy of his own. He and Dom have always had somewhat of a competitive relationship and the Aries device just showcased how wide the chasm between them had grown.  

How Aries Brought Han Back To F9
Han next to his adoptive daughter

F9 had a pretty convoluted plot surrounding Han, the beloved street racer who was presumably killed at the end of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift/Fast & Furious 6, while also delivering on the long-awaited justice for the character. Fans knew in advance that Han would be back in F9 and the film explained his return, which connected directly back to Aries and Jakob’s plot to steal it. Prior to the events of Han’s “death,” Han was tasked by Mr. Nobody to steal one half of the Aries device from the home of Elle’s parents, who had created it, after realizing Jakob had gone rogue. 

After watching her parents be murdered, Han killed all of the operatives and took Elle in to protect her. Mr. Nobody subsequently helped Han fake his own death to evade Jakob and remain in hiding while Mr. Nobody took Aries into his custody. Because of his involvement with Aries and protecting Elle, whose DNA was the key to unlocking the digital device, Han was roped back in with Dom’s crew. It’s a roundabout explanation for why Han is alive and one that somewhat alleviates Shaw’s role in killing him, too. All told, Han’s role with Aries reveals why he had to go off-grid and couldn’t reach out to Dom prior to F9. 

Why Jakob Kidnapped Cipher In F9
Jakob meets Cipher for the first time in F9

At some point between The Fate of the Furious and F9, Cipher had been taken in by Mr. Nobody, but their plane was hijacked by Jakob’s men, who kidnapped the cyber-terrorist, at the beginning of the film. Aries was clearly not easy to hack and, since it was split into two parts, Jakob needed to find out where the other half of it was before moving forward with his plan. That’s where Cipher’s expertise came in — she knew where the second half of the Aries device was being kept. Although she tried to convince Jakob to work for her instead, she ultimately caved and told him where to find what he needed. 

Related: F9 Gave The Best Justice For Han Possible

Cipher’s F9 Villain Plan Explained
Charlize Theron as Cipher in a flight simulator in F9

Cipher’s involvement in F9 is interesting because, despite being held in a cell for the majority of the film, she was able to sway Otto into betraying Jakob and work for her instead. Not only is she a master at hacking anything, she is also capable of manipulation and getting what she wants out of people. Her goals were similar to Jakob’s, only hers weren’t seeded in trying to step out of Dom’s shadow. Cipher is a cyber-terrorist and having control over the entire world’s weapons system was something she could use to get whatever she wanted. Creating chaos was very much her thing. 

Her schemes in F9 were an extension of her plans from The Fate of the Furious, in which she wanted to start a nuclear war by stealing Russian nuclear codes to start. With the Aries device, Cipher didn’t need one specific nuclear code as she did before; she would have all that she needed with the full activation of Aries and the satellite. With Otto’s money and the digital device under her control, Cipher would have been nearly invincible. What she probably didn’t expect is for Dom and Jakob to reconcile and team up, foiling her villainous F9 plot altogether. 

Next: Every Fast & Furious Character In F9’s Ending

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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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