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How Will Fast & Furious End? Our Biggest Theories & Predictions

Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 will wrap up the saga, and while not much is known about the final two Fast and Furious films, the history of the franchise can help answer the question of how will Fast and Furious end. After Toretto promised “one last ride” several times, Fast and Furious star and producer Vin Diesel is making clear that the saga is coming to an end with Fast X and Fast & Furious 11. Although it was once assumed that both films would be shot back to back, Fast & Furious 11 currently does not have a director attached or a release date following Justin Lin’s departure from Fast X.

Considering that Fast and Furious would always find a way of bringing its main characters back for another adventure, even after seemly definitive endings like the one from Fast Five, Fast & Furious 11 will have to feel like an actual finale. Fast and Furious is known for always going bigger, meaning that Fast & Furious 11 has to feature the franchise’s most high-stakes mission yet – something that does not ask for a sequel or any sort of follow-up. Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 will also have to honor the franchise’s history, which can be done through flashbacks and cameos. Here are the biggest and most likely theories for how Fast and Furious will end.

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Fast X And Fast & Furious 11 Revisit The Franchise’s History
Dominic Toretto's car in The Fast and the Furious and Tej in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Similar to how Avengers: Endgame, which wrapped up the MCU’s first decade of films, Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 could honor the franchise’s history by revisiting past Fast and Furious movies. Actual time travel may be too far-fetched even for Fast and Furious, but the next two movies could still use flashbacks to recreate some of the franchise’s most important moments. Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 could also reveal new scenes that took place between The Fast and the Furious to F9, either to offer more context on a pivotal moment or simply to celebrate the previous movies. Ludacris recently teased potential Tej flashbacks in Fast X (via Instagram).

Cipher Is Finally Defeated
Charlize Theron in character as Cipher in F9 giving a withering look

Following two films in which the Fast and Furious family failed to stop Cipher, either Fast X or Fast & Furious 11 will have to conclude the villain’s story. Apart from redeemed villains like Hobbs and Shaw, Cipher, who is confirmed to appear in Fast X, is the only Fast and Furious villain to have appeared in three films. Previously, Braga had appeared in Fast & Furious (2009) and Fast & Furious 6, albeit in a smaller role. Cipher’s story has already become repetitive, and given that she killed Elena in The Fate of the Furious, a Shaw-style redemption is likely off the table for the villain.

The Rock’s Hobbs Doesn’t Return (But Jason Statham’s Shaw Does)
Shaw and Hobbs in the rain in Hobbs & Shaw

Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs is not returning for Fast X, and while Fast & Furious 11 still doesn’t have an official cast, it’s highly unlikely that The Rock returns to Fast and Furious. Johnson left the main Fast and Furious films after The Fate of the Furious and would later reunite with Jason Statham’s Shaw for the spinoff film Hobbs & Shaw. Statham reportedly did not return for F9 due to scheduling conflicts, meaning that Shaw could still appear either in Fast X or Fast & Furious 11. Helen Mirren, who plays Deckard Shaw’s mother Magdalene Shaw, is returning for Fast X, suggesting that Jason Statham might be part of the finale.

Jakob Toretto Joins The Family (For Good)
Fast and Furious 9 Jakob Toretto John Cena

A last-minute addition to the Fast and Furious family, Jakob Toretto was the villain for most of F9 but was redeemed at the end. John Cena is returning for Fast X, and given all the Fast and Furious retcons that were necessary for Jakob Toretto’s story to fit in the timeline, it makes sense for the character to have a significant role in the final two films. Jakob Toretto’s redemption can be similar to that of Luke Hobbs, who helped Dom Toretto’s family at the end of Fast Five but was technically not on their side yet. Jakob Toretto could now join the family for good, especially if Cipher is defeated.

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Fast & Furious 11 Has Its Own Endgame Final Battle
The Fate of the Furious submarine chase

Starting with Fast Five, each Fast and Furious film has felt bigger and more ambitious than the last installment. That can be perceived by the Fast and Furious action sequences, which have gone from Toretto driving a giant vault in the streets of Rio de Janeiro to Roman and Tej being launched into space. The Fast and Furious family has even saved the world from a nuclear attack, and at this point, no action sequence would be too big for the final two Fast and Furious movies. As such, Fast & Furious 11 will likely have its own “Endgame final battle”, with current and previous characters joining forces to stop a threat.

Brian Appears At The End
Paul Walker as Brian in Furious 7

A Fast and Furious ending would not be complete without Brian O’Conner. Saying goodbye to Fast and Furious without Paul Walker involved will be bittersweet, and it for sure will be an emotional moment. In F9, Mia joined the action while Brian was said to be at home. Previously, Furious 7 digitally recreated Paul Walker’s likeness with the help of his brothers, something that could be done again for Fast & Furious 11. Even if those involved prefer not to digitally recreate Paul Walker’s face, Brian’s presence could still be felt – perhaps with the character appearing from behind or from a long distance. Fast & Furious 11 can also honor Paul Walker through flashbacks.

The Fast & Furious Family Retires
The Team Lines Up With Deckard Shaw in Fate of the Furious

The Fast and Furious family has had plenty of chances to retire. After Fast Five, Dom Toretto’s crew were all millionaires, yet they eventually came together again to assist Luke Hobbs on a secret mission. Fast & Furious 6 then saw the crew getting their pardons, but that was not enough to stop the Fast and Furious family to continue working. Whatever threat Dom Toretto and his family face in Fast X and Fast & Furious 11, it will for sure be their most difficult mission yet. Therefore, after the crew eventually saves the world again from Cipher or Jason Momoa’s villain, the family can finally retire – this time for good.

A New Fast & Furious Generation Is Teased
Dom holds his son Brian in Fate of the Furious

Fast and Furious has always been about family, to the point Toretto’s “family speeches” have even become memes. As such, Fast & Furious 11 will likely end with a celebration of the Toretto family, plus teases of a new generation of Fast and Furious pilots. That is not to say Fast & Furious 11 will set up a new movie or spinoffs, only that it can tease a new generation of Torettos and O’Conners continuing the legacy of the family. Brian and Mia have two kids, and F9 already played with the idea of Brian Marcos continuing the legacy of Dominic Toretto and his best friend.

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Fast & Furious Ends With A Toretto Family Barbecue
Dom and the crew having a a BBQ in the yard in The Fast and the Furious

Perhaps the safest prediction for Fast & Furious 11 is that it ends with a Dominic Toretto family barbecue. The Toretto barbecues have been part of the Fast and Furious franchise since the first movie, and they illustrate how Dom perceives his friends as being part of his family. Given that Fast & Furious 6, The Fate of the Furious, and F9 all ended with Dom’s famous family barbecue, Fast & Furious 11 would not be complete without the Toretto family coming together for a meal. Fast X could end on a cliffhanger while Fast & Furious 11 ends on a happy note with all the characters sharing the screen for the last time.

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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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