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F9 Delivers On EVERYTHING Fast & Furious Fans Wanted

F9: The Fast Saga had a lot to live up going into its theatrical release and, fortunately for fans, it delivers on nearly everything. After The Fate of the Furious and Hobbs & Shaw garnered criticism for their treatment of Han’s character and an overall staleness, hopes were high that Fast and Furious 9 could reestablish the franchise as the charming and ridiculous cinematic titan it’s been. And, thankfully, with the return of Justin Lin to the series’ director’s seat, F9 succeeds at nearly everything fans have been asking for.

While Fast and Furious is far from high drama or cutting-edge storytelling, the franchise has established a reputation for itself as being greater than the sum of its parts. The characters and dialogue are cheesy, but they’re charming and easily likable. The action is absurd but in a really fun way. And while the overarching Fast and Furious saga story can now essentially be described as James Bond with supercars, it’s remained compelling for a massive fan base spread all over the world.

Related: Every Fast and the Furious Movie Ranked From Worst to Best (Including F9)

Going into F9, there were a number of things fans wanted to see. So, does the movie deliver on all those expectations? The short answer is yes. F9: The Fast Saga is the best the franchise has been in years, thanks to a fantastic ensemble and a series of excellent creative decisions.

F9 Is Full Of Cameos And Callbacks
Helen Mirren in F9

A big part of what’s made Fast and Furious so fun is its sprawling, interconnected world. Like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, F&F has established a huge ensemble of characters who continue to pop up again and again, years after they were first introduced. F9 continues that tradition with both major characters like Han and Cipher, and guest characters like Fast & Furious’ Michael Stasiak, and The Fate of the Furious’ Magdalene Shaw.

F9 also makes a bunch of interesting callbacks to the series’ past that play into the story in fun ways. The flashback scenes to Dom and Jakob’s youth show moments that have only been described in the past, while also adding new depth to the Toretto family. Characters like Han and Brian O’Conner are treated with respect, and the film does a good job of tying in plot threads from all the previous movies, sometimes in absolutely absurd ways.

F9 Makes Tokyo Drift Better
Fast and Furious 9 Tokyo Drift Characters

Most Tokyo Drift characters return in Fast and Furious 9, with the noted exception of Neela. Having left Japan, Sean, Twinkie, and Earl have all gotten jobs building and testing experimental rocket engines – a skill that plays into the film’s finale in a hilarious and amazing way. Aside from its introduction of Han, Tokyo Drift has always been the one Fast and Furious movie that’s felt disconnected from the rest of the series. But by bringing in the old crew and basically making them Dom’s personal team of experimental mechanics, F9 finally ties all of Tokyo Drift back into the rest of the series in a complete and satisfying way.

Related: Fast & Furious Complete Timeline (Including F9 Flashbacks & Retcons)

F9 Makes Its Female Characters Better
Fast Furious 9 Women Letty Mia Ramsey SR

For years, both the fans and cast of Fast and Furious have been calling for improvements in how the series’ female characters are written and portrayed. F9 makes major strides forward in that mission, introducing a new and compelling character in Anna Sawai’s Elle and incorporating fun stories and great action scenes for Letty, Mia, Ramsey, Cipher, and Queenie. There’s always more work to be done in the interest of equity, but F9 does a lot, and stars Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster seem to be happy with the result. There’s even been recent talk of a spinoff film starring all the women of Fast and Furious, which could be a great addition to the franchise.

F9 Helps Give Justice For Han
Han in a promo from Fast & Furious 9.

Perhaps the biggest question going into Fast and Furious 9 was whether or not the film could properly give justice for Han after his attempted killer Deckard Shaw was made part of the family in The Fate of the Furious. That story still has chapters to tell, but it’s safe to say that F9 does right by Han and his story. His survival is explained with an incredibly ridiculous and complicated flashback, but it does what it needs to do – it gives him enough justification to return, and it makes him central to the story once again.

F9 also makes it clear that, though he briefly teamed up with Dom in The Fate of the Furious, Deckard was never truly accepted into the family. Dom aligned with him because he was the only hope of saving his son from Cipher, and after Shaw successfully accomplished that task, Dom felt obligated to end their feud. Shaw is nowhere to be seen in F9 however, emphasizing that while he teamed up with Luke Hobbs in Hobbs & Shaw, he’s not part of the core saga’s crew. In the film’s post-credits scene, Shaw is finally seen in some secret location, and the final shot shows him being confronted by Han. That means that while F9 does a good job of restoring Han’s character and legacy, his story of justice is far from over.

F9 Takes The Family To Space
Fast and the furious 9 Ludacris Space

For years, fans have been calling for Fast and Furious to go to space. F9 not only fulfills that wish but does so in the best way possible. At the end of the movie, Roman and Tej are the ones selected to go into orbit and destroy the satellite being hacked by Jakob and Otto. The decision to send them instead of Dom is perfect because it turns what could have been a ridiculous but self-serious moment into comedy gold. Roman and Tej being in space is one of the high points of the movie, and it finally gives the people what they’ve wanted for so long.

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

F9 Is All About Family
Fast and furious 9 Dom and jakob

After the tragic death of Paul Walker and the poor treatment of Han’s character, Fast and Furious looked like it may have lost some of its central focus on family – a theme that is so heavily associated with the franchise that it’s become a meme. If there were ever any doubt that family would continue to be the glue of the series, that doubt has been erased by F9. The introduction of Jakob Toretto’s character gives some great dramatic depth to Dom and Mia’s story, and his absence from the previous films is explained pretty convincingly.

Han’s story also ties into the theme of family in a cool way. It’s revealed that Han had been working secretly as Elle’s bodyguard for years, basically becoming her adoptive father. It was only in the interest of protecting her that Han faked his death and disappeared. Because family is such a common motivation for characters in the Fast and Furious universe, incorporating it into Han’s story makes his past absence a lot more believable. Is it completely realistic? No. But in this odd world where people race submarines and jump hypercars between skyscrapers, loyalty to family is the one rule that can explain away nearly any plot twist.

F9 Pays Perfect Tribute To Paul Walker
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Out of everything it does, F9’s treatment of Paul Walker’s Brian character might be its most impressive accomplishment. It would be easy to let the character fade into the background, but that wouldn’t be accurate to the story of the previous films. Instead, F9 creates ways to keep Brian in the story without showing him on screen. Furious 7 established that he wanted to give up his action-packed lifestyle to protect his family, so it makes perfect sense that he’d be the one watching over the kids while the rest of the crew is chasing Jakob and Cipher.

The final shot of F9 is also a perfect nod to both Paul Walker and Brian. After the whole family sits down to say grace at the Toretto backyard barbecue, Dom observes that one chair, next to Mia, is still empty. Mia smiles and says that he’s on his way, clearly meaning Brian, and suddenly the sound of a car engine is heard in the distance. The whole crew turns to look, and Brian’s iconic blue Nissan Skyline is seen pulling into the driveway. It’s a beautiful moment not just because it pays tribute to the character and the star who played him, but also because it reiterates to the audience that Brian still matters in this world. The whole table turns to look at him because, though he doesn’t appear on screen in F9: The Fast Saga, he’s still a huge part of the family.

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

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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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