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10 Things To Remember Before Watching F9

After a long delay from the previous installment, the beloved Fast and Furious franchise is set to return with F9. The movie will see Dom and the family return for another high-octane action-adventure. Along with all the characters fans love, there will also be some interesting new faces and some returning ones.

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It is still pretty unbelievable this franchise has managed to deliver nine movies in the main series, each one wilder than the last. But with so much story covered over the course of those movies, fans may have forgotten some key elements that play into this latest chapter. Here are some important highlights to keep in mind before seeing F9.

Hobbs And Shaw Are Doing Their Own Thing
Hobbs and Shaw walk while holding a hammer and a bat, respectively

Dwayne Johnson joined the Fast and Furious franchise in Fast Five and was seen as a great jolt of energy to the series. Likewise, Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw made for an exciting villain in Fast and Furious 7 before becoming an ally in the next movie.

The chemistry between these two characters was obvious, and partially due to some behind-the-scenes drama, they were given their own spin-off movie with Hobbs and Shaw. While their return is possible before the franchise ends, neither Johnson nor Statham will appear in this adventure.

Dom Has A Son
Dom holds his son Brian in Fate of the Furious

In Fate of the Furious, Dom seems to turn on his family out of nowhere and begins working for the villainous Cipher. However, it is revealed that the reason for his treachery is because Cipher has kidnapped Elena and the son Dom never knew he had.

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After Elena is killed and Cipher is defeated, Dom takes in his new son, who he named Brian after his best friend. Reuniting with his new wife Letty, they seem ready to start their own family together.

There Will Be A Time Jump
Dom fixes a tractor with his son Brian in F9

Thanks to numerous delays, it has been four years since the last official Fast and Furious movie. But while it wasn’t the initial plan, the gap will actually work out in terms of the story, as the trailer confirmed there will be a significant time jump in the movie.

While young Brian Toretto was just a baby in the last movie, the trailer shows that he is at least a few years older now. It will be interesting to see how much has changed in those years in between and what surprises it might mean for the story.

Cipher Is Still Out There
Charlize Theron as Cipher in a flight simulator in F9

While the villains in the Fast and Furious franchise have always been a little hit-or-miss, Charlize Theron as Cipher was an interesting and intimidating antagonist in the last movie. In Fate of the Furious, she was using Dom to fulfill her plan of starting a nuclear war, only for it to be foiled.

However, she managed to get away and will return in F9. However, unlike Deckard Shaw, it doesn’t look like Cipher will be turning over a new leaf and joining the good guys. She seems to have a certain vendetta against Dom now.

A Bigger Threat May Be Out There
Dwayne Johnson Idris Elba and Jason Statham in Hobbs and Shaw pic vertical

While Cipher will apparently be the new big bad for this movie, there is still a possibility that an even bigger threat is lurking somewhere out there. In Hobbs and Shaw, the villainous Brixton is working for some unseen and very powerful mastermind who is purposely kept a mystery.

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Some fans have speculated that it is indeed Cipher behind it all, but there is also the possibility that Cipher is working for someone else who has yet to be revealed. This could be further teased in this movie to set up the final back-to-back installments.

Shaw’s Mother
Fast 8 - Vin Diesel and Helen Mirren

Dom is always the one talking about family in these movies, but somehow the Shaw family seems to be taking over everything. It started with Owen Shaw as the villain in Fast and Furious 6 before his brother Deckard arrives. Along with Hattie Shaw in the spin-off movie, there is also Queenie, the matriarch of the family.

Queenie, played by Helen Mirren, was introduced in Fate of the Furious and played a big role in helping Dom rescue his son from Cipher. She will be returning in this movie and seems to be getting in on the action more as she teams with Dom again.

Sean And The Tokyo Drift Crew
Fast and Furious 9 Tokyo Drift Characters

Being the only movie in the franchise in which Dom or Brian is not the main character, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift is often forgotten by fans. However, with the return of a key character from that movie, it seems like it is being folded into the franchise a little more going forward.

The movie followed a young American street racer named Sean Boswell who moves to Tokyo where he becomes a competitor in the underground racing world. Sean and several other characters from Tokyo Drift appear to be at least making an appearance in this movie.

Han Was Supposedly Killed By Shaw
Fast and Furious 9 Han holds a gun

One of the most controversial aspects of the entire franchise was the death of Han and the reaction to it. Han is seemingly killing in Tokyo Drift, only for it later to be revealed that the driver who struck his car was Deckard Shaw, who then went after the rest of Dom’s crew.

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While it was an interesting way of tying Han’s death into the overall story, the fact that Shaw was then forgiven and made an ally didn’t sit well with many of them. In a response to this, Han will make his return in F9, revealing that he didn’t really die.

Mia And Brian Started Their Own Life
Brian and Mia on the beach with their child at end of Furious 7

The Fast and Furious franchise was dealt a huge blow with the tragic death of Paul Walker, who had played Brian O’Conner since the first movie. However, he was given a fitting ending, as it was explained that he and Mia would go off to raise their family together.

After not appearing in Fate of the Furious, Mia will make her return in this movie, which makes sense considering the introduction of her other brother, Jakob. With Mia’s inclusion, fans can expect there to be more revealed about Brian’s life now.

Dom’s Father
Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto in Fast Five

John Cena will join the series in F9 as Jakob Toretto, Dom’s brother who also serves as the villain of the movie. It is a little silly that there has been no mention of Jakob thus far in the movie, but Dom has touched on his troubled past before.

In the first movie in the franchise, Dom explains to Brian that his father was a racer who died in a terrible race accident. Dom blamed one of the other drivers and nearly killed the man. Given all the bad blood among the family that will be brought up, it’s safe to assume the death of Dom and Jakob’s father will play into it as well.

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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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