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5 Reasons ‘Fast 10’ Needs To Be The Final Movie (& 5 Why The Series Should Continue)

The release of F9 marks 20 years since the first Fast & Furious movie was released, with the series now having grown to accommodate spin-offs to go with the many sequels. Fast 10 has been set up through the events of the ninth movie, and there’s a good reason why Dominic Toretto and his family should make it their final adventure.

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F9 saw Dom take on his brother Jakob, and it featured the return of overarching antagonist Cipher, with plenty of plot threads still to be resolved in the next movie. Because of this, there are very good reasons for the series to nevertheless continue after Fast 10, although there may just be as many reasons for the franchise to come to a conclusion as well.

End: Characters Are Fully Developed
The Fast Family around a table in Fast & Furious.

There’s only so much development that characters can go through, with the series giving these characters several arcs from the original Fast & Furious to the reboot. By this point, viewers are thoroughly aware of who these people are and what their backstories are, meaning there’s really nowhere to go as far as characterization is concerned.

Fast 10 can serve as the coda to these characters’ stories, giving them one last run to tie into their endings and leave fans with a parting shot for them. Other than that, there’s no development left for these characters to undergo.

Continue: The Series Can Explore Different Genres
Fast and Furious 9 Tej and Roman in space car

The series used to be about all the expensive cars on display before shifting gears into action territory. This genre shift can be expanded upon in the future to keep things fresh, with the release of the female-led spin-off already hinting at things to come.

Even the mainline series can dabble in this aspect by either venturing into dramatic territory, becoming a thriller, or turning toward funnier material. Whatever it may be, the franchise has seen one evolution before, and there’s certainly room to do so again after Fast 10.

End: It’s Time To End Cipher’s Arc
Charlize Theron as Cipher in Fast and Furious 9

It was revealed in The Fate of the Furious that Cipher was the one behind the villains from Fast Five onwards and had been pulling the strings the whole time. F9 brought her into a subdued role, but one where she once again became the main villain by the film’s end.

However, the Cipher arc has gone on long enough, and Fast 10 is poised to bring her back a final time for the end of this storyline. Moreover, the fact that Cipher has been revealed as the main villain makes the addition of another in the future not all that appealing since it’ll be difficult to top Cipher’s threat.

Continue: The Mainline Series Can Act As The Culmination Of Multiple Arcs
Hobbs and Shaw fight in prison in Fast & Furious

The confirmation of a sequel to the Hobbs & Shaw spin-off – once again starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham – along with a female-led Fast feature has brought the potential to turn the Fast & Furious franchise into something resembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To this end, the mainline series can take the same role as The Avengers movies.

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This would mean that the characters would all be brought together in a Fast & Furious movie for an epic crossover while these plot threads would originally play out in the spin-offs. This way, the mainline series can become the must-see part of Fast & Furious where arcs collide.

End: Villains Inevitably Become Less Of A Threat With Each Movie
Hobbs and Shaw fight at the DSS offices in Furious 7

The problem with bringing in a new antagonist each time is that the previous ones become too weak. In Fast & Furious 6, Owen Shaw was Dom’s adversary, only to become a joke in The Fate of the Furious. Along the same lines, Deckard Shaw was unbeatable in Furious 7 but a minor threat – and later ally – in the next movie.

Cipher herself was captured easily by Jakob in F9 after proving impossible to catch in the previous movie. After awhile, the villains become characters that fans don’t want to take too seriously, which is why continuing after Fast 10 would keep on making former villains look like cannon fodder.

Continue: The Chance Of Seeing More Fan-Favorite Actors Appear
Queenie flees from the police in Fast 9

Ever since the Fast & Furious series has gone fully mainstream, there has been an influx of A-list stars. These include the likes of Helen Mirren, The Rock, Jason Statham, Kevin Hart, Ryan Reynolds, John Cena, Charlize Theron, and many, many more, with all of them playing their parts to perfection.

Carrying on from Fast 10 will allow the studio to cast more big-name actors to fans’ delights, with many already having names like Keanu Reeves and Denzel Washington on their wish lists. The sky’s the limit in this aspect and the series can bring in one big name after another.

End: There Are Enough Characters To Be Spun-Off Now
Tokyo Drift Sean Boswell and Han Lue in F9

For this point, it would be worth ending the mainline series and opting to go just for spin-offs in the future to avoid too much Toretto family overload. With fans connecting to Roman Pearce’s hilarious lines, Han’s stylish attitude, and Sean and his crew, there are more than enough characters to continue the franchise.

Due to this, Fast 10 can bring the story of Dominic Toretto and his immediate family to a close and prepare the next phase of the series based on these spin-offs. It would make the mainline franchise a saga for the Torettos like The Skywalker Saga was and set up future stories.

Continue: To Bring New Over-The-Top Sequences
Vin Diesel as Dominic Torretto behind the wheel in Fast and Furious 9

There’s no doubt that the Fast & Furious ups the ante with each release, with F9 going so far as taking things to space. By now, everyone involved has accepted that being over-the-top is the series’ greatest strength and the best sequences are reserved for the mainline movies.

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Should Fast 10 be the final one, the fanbase will still have many set pieces they want to see, as the series has truly begun to push the envelope over the last few releases and can definitely go into further lengths the longer it continues.

End: F9 Set Things Up To Be Resolved In The Sequel
Jakob Toretto talks to Cipher in F9

The fact of the matter is that F9 is well and truly placed to be the final movie, as Cipher is the only threat standing in Dom’s way. With Jakob also looking for revenge, Han’s survival needing just one more explanation, and Mr. Nobody’s status to be revealed, every character is ready for the last hurrah.

Fast 10 is the only movie as of yet in the series to have so many plot threads connecting back to it, making it the perfect set-up for one last ride. As mentioned earlier, there have already been too many villains, and Cipher’s endgame has been shown already.

Continue: The Fanbase Keeps Growing And Has Never Diminished
Dom Toretto and his team in Abu Dhabi in Furious 7

When all is said and done, money is the ultimate deciding factor, and the Fast & Furious movies have raked in commercial success in big numbers. Fast Five is where the series took off and it has never diminished since then, with the seventh and eighth movies each grossing around $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office.

Fan demand trumps storyline purpose and a supposed Fast 11 can conjure up yet another reason for Dom to come out of retirement and saddle up in his car once again. With reviews also remaining positive since the fifth movie, there’s every reason for the series to continue its success both commercially and critically.

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The 69-Year Story Behind The Fast And Furious Name


The Fast & Furious franchise started with the 2001 movie The Fast and the Furious and went through several major changes in its sequel titles. The title for the original movie was almost different, with options like Race Wars, but the producer fought for The Fast and the Furious.

As the Fast & Furious series has one of the most recognizable franchise names in cinema, some may be curious as to where its origin came from. The multi-billion-dollar franchise started with 2001’s straightforward street racing movie, The Fast and the Furious, but following that, the series went through several major changes, and that was mirrored in the Fast & Furious sequel movie titles. 2 Fast 2 Furious introduced numbered titles, then The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift immediately dropped that format. The fourquel confused things further with the title Fast & Furious, and it only got more confusing from there. However, every title is still a play on the original 2001 title.

The Fast and the Furious came to fruition following a Vibe magazine article called “Racer X”. Universal had the incredible foresight of seeing how popular street racing would become in the 2000s, and the studio quickly grabbed the movie rights to the article. However, while the movie was originally titled after the article, the studio wasn’t totally satisfied with that name, and many other titles, including Race Wars, were considered. The movie even went into production under the title Redline, but producer Neal Moritz had his mind set on one title that seemed unachievable to get; The Fast and the Furious.

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The Fast And The Furious Is Named After A 1954 Movie
Dom and Brian sitting on a car with their friends in The Fast and the Furious

Another movie titled The Fast and the Furious already existed, and it was released almost half a century before the 2001 street racing film was released. 1954’s The Fast and the Furious, written by Roger Corman, has nothing to do with street racing as it exists today. The movie follows a prison escapee who kidnaps a rich woman and steals her Jaguar, then ends up in an epic road race that ends in Mexico. While the title perfectly fits the 1954 film, Moritz was desperate to use the title for his own movie that he was producing, having learned about it after seeing a Roger Corman documentary (via Entertainment Weekly).

Moritz detailed how Universal didn’t seem to be completely on board at first. The producer explained, “I called up the head of marketing at Universal the next morning and said ‘Okay, I’ve got the title: The Fast and the Furious!’ And there was just silence on the other end. I was like, ‘Oh, I guess that is the worst title he’s ever heard.’ However, after mulling it over, Universal agreed, and it worked out perfectly, as the whole world now knows that name and it’s synonymous with the Vin Diesel-led franchise. Movie titles are extremely important, and it’s less likely that the movie would have become a billion-dollar franchise if it was titled Race Wars.

Paul Walker smiles in Dom's garage in The Fast and the Furious

Moritz revealed, “we made a deal with Roger to give him the use of some stock footage that Universal owned.” It isn’t clear if Corman ever benefited financially from that footage. In hindsight, he undoubtedly got a terrible deal. The Fast & Furious name is extremely important to the franchise and has made Universal billions. The name has even been used for spinoffs, and Fast & Furious Present: Hobbs & Shaw wouldn’t have made $760 million without the name attached to it. However, there was no knowing how huge the franchise became. After all, The Fast and the Furious was originally just a scrappy crime movie based on a magazine article.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Fast X Video Reveals BTS Of Real, Practical Fights In OTT Sequel


The Fast X fight between Letty and Cipher was filmed using practical effects, resulting in a well-choreographed hand-to-hand combat sequence full of emotions. Cipher’s decision to team up with Dom and “La Familia” was out of necessity, but spending time with Letty after escaping prison could lead to her becoming a member of the family. Cipher’s unexplored history with Giselle and her association with Letty could help in mellowing down the former villain and potentially setting up a redemption arc or even a Cipher spin-off.

A new Fast X behind-the-scenes video shows how Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Cipher’s (Charlize Theron) intense fight scene was filmed. Dom and his “La Familia” returned on the big screen in 2023 for the tenth main installment of The Fast Saga. In a major twist, however, instead of butting heads again with Cipher, the primary villain of the franchise for several recent entries, Letty had to team up with her. That didn’t stop Letty from expressing her true feelings about her when they were both captured by the Agency.

Courtesy of Collider is a behind-the-scenes clip from Louis Leterrier’s Fast X that offers a look at how Cipher and Letty’s one-on-one fight scene was filmed. Check out the video below:

The Fast X fight is arguably one of the best choreographed hand-to-hand combat in The Fast Saga, and it’s all because they filmed it with practical effects. The result, coupled with the history between the pair, is an effective action sequence full of emotions.

How Cipher & Letty’s Relationship Evolves In Fast & Furious 11
Cipher wearing a coat in Fast X

Granted that Cipher’s decision to team up with Dom and “La Familia” came from necessity after she was targeted by Jason Momoa’s Dante, spending more time with Letty after escaping prison can lead to her becoming a proper member of “La Familia.” There’s precedent to this, with a few of the recent The Fast Saga villains ending up being redeemed and joining Dom and his crew. This has been the case with Deckard Shaw (despite his attempted murder of Han Lue), and more recently, John Cena’s Jakob, who sacrificed himself in Fast X to save Little B.

Increasing the chances of this happening is Cipher’s unexplored history with Giselle. After she and Letty finally escaped the Agency’s bunk prison, they found themselves in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully, Giselle came to the rescue after Cipher notified her of their escape plan. There has never been any indication that Cipher and Giselle know each other before the massive Fast X twist. Making this more surprising is that Giselle has been believed to be dead for several years now. Her association with Giselle could help Letty mellow down on the former villain when they all return for Fast and Furious 11.

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Perhaps, this unexpected turn could be a set-up for the in-development Cipher spin-off. Specific plot details about the project are currently scant, with Universal still not announcing a tentative release date. Nevertheless, the events of Fast X could be the start of her redemption arc, with her relationship with Letty functioning as a barometer of whether viewers can finally forgive her for all of her transgressions.

Source: Collider

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10 Characters Who Should Be In It


Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty is the franchise’s biggest female character and the obvious pick to lead the all-female spinoff. Jordana Brewster’s Mia deserves a big role in the spinoff to expand on her character and showcase her growth. Brie Larson’s Tess is needed in the spinoff to explore the mystery surrounding her character and add her engaging screen presence to the team.

The Fast & Furious saga is meant to continue with an all-female-led movie, and casting the returning characters presents exciting options. An all-female spinoff could be the perfect way to continue the Fast &Furious story, as it will be able to retain the elements of the franchise that make it iconic while offering a new perspective. From the beginning, the franchise has been very male-dominated, and told male-centric stories, so offering the high-octane thrills of a Fast & Furious movie from a female perspective could be a welcome change of pace.

The series is known for having an all-star cast, so any female spinoff will have to match the previous films. Thankfully, the franchise already has several incredible female movie stars. Fast X, the latest film in the franchise, introduced and reintroduced some exciting female characters, setting the groundwork for the upcoming Fast & Furious movie. Obviously, whatever happens in the next film will determine who will be on the team and what side they will fight for. The franchise already has a healthy supply of female characters, both good and evil, who can factor into a Fast & Furious female spinoff.


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10 Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty Can Lead The Fast Spinoff Ensemble
She’s the franchise’s biggest female character

Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty has been a key member of the Fast family since the first movie, and no female spinoff would feel right without her leading the team. Dominic Toretto’s wife is one of the fastest drivers in the world. Letty has made her way from street racer to international woman of mystery, becoming one of the franchise’s best characters in the process. Rodriguez is an incredibly engaging screen presence thanks to her charisma and action pedigree. An all-female action movie is right in her wheelhouse, making her the obvious pick for the lead in the movie.

9 Jordana Brewster’s Mia Deserves A Big Role
The Toretto family member has been sidelined recently

Another extension of the Toretto family tree, Jordana Brewster’s Mia is Dom’s brother and the wife of Paul Walker’s Brian. Since Walker’s tragic death, as well as the introduction of countless new characters, Mia has been sidelined in recent films, which is a shame because she is one of the best parts of the earlier films. A spinoff with just the women could be a great time to expand on Mia’s character and see how she has grown over the past couple of years, especially now that she is the mother of two. Brewster is an underrated talent, and Mia should be heavily involved in whatever spinoff the filmmakers plan.

8 Brie Larson’s Tess Is Needed After Fast X Introduction
Mr. Nobody’s daughter has a bright future
Brie Larson as Tess firing a gun in Fast X

Fast X introduced several new faces to the franchise, but perhaps most notably was Brie Larson as Tess “Nobody”, a secret agent on a quest to protect Dom and his family. Larson had relatively little screen time in the movie, and her introduction felt like it was mostly included to set up a future spinoff. The Oscar winner is the perfect name to include in a spinoff. Larson is an incredibly engaging and vulnerable screen presence and a great addition to the team. As her family name would imply, there is still a lot of mystery about Tess that this spinoff could explore.

7 Ramsey’s Return Can Give Nathalie Emmanuel A Major Role
The hacker has a growing set of skills
Nathalie Emmanuel in Fast and Furious 7.

After her first appearance in Furious 7, Nathalie Emmanuel’s Ramsey has been the Fast team’s resident hacker and tech wiz. The Game of Thrones star has mostly been used for exposition and comic relief since joining the team, but Ramsey has a distinctive style and skill set that would make her a great addition to the female spinoff. While Mia and Letty are great drivers, Ramsey has skills in the digital realm that could help the team on whatever mission they are on. It would also be interesting to see how Ramsey functions outside the trio of her, Tej, and Roman.

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6 Daniela Melchior’s Return As Isabel Gives The Spinoff More Legacy
Isabel is the sister of Elena
Isabel (Daniela Melchior) in a car at a street race in Fast X

For a while, Elsa Pataky’s Elena was viewed as an obvious candidate to appear in a Fast & Furious female spinoff. However, after her untimely demise in The Fate of the Furious, her younger sister can fill that void. Another new female protagonist introduced in Fast X, Daniela Melchior’s Isabel also felt like she was included mostly to set up this future spinoff. Melchior is one of the more promising young actors to pop up this decade, and her work in The Suicide Squad proves she is more than ready to have a large part in a team-up action movie.

5 Gal Gadot’s Place In The Fast Spinoff As Gisele Is Likely
Fast X confirmed Gisele is still alive

Gal Gadot made her return to Fast and Furious in the final moments of Fast X’s ending, which confirmed that Gisele is alive after Fast & Furious 6. The character’s return had been speculated for a long time, and audiences should see much more of her now that her fate is confirmed. A Fast & Furious female spinoff can answer lingering questions about Gisele’s life, such as how she survived falling from a plane or what she’s been doing for the last several years. The movie can also finally give Gisele a prominent role in the franchise once again.

4 Charlize Theron’s Cipher Could Play Both Sides In The Spinoff
The franchise’s villain is not to be trusted

In both The Fate of the Furious and F9: The Fast Saga, Charlize Theron’s Cipher served as the franchise’s primary antagonist. While Fast X puts her allegiance into question, she is still one of the best villains in all of Fast and Furious and would make an excellent baddie for the all-women team to go up against. While Cipher could be a reluctant ally to the team, Theron is just much more fun hamming it up as the bad guy, and the film could serve as a fitting conclusion to her movie-spanning scheme.

3 Eva Mendes Can Return As Monica Fuentes At Long Last
She hasn’t been seen since Fast Five
Monica Fuentes pointing a rifle in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

The Fast & Furious female spinoff would also be a great opportunity to finally bring back Eva Mendes as Monica Fuentes. Following her debut in 2 Fast 2 Furious, she returned briefly in Fast Five’s post-credits scene. Eva Mendes has since mostly retired from acting, leaving audiences without a chance to see Monica’s story continue. A Fast X Easter egg did provide a reminder of her presence in the franchise. This could be to help set up her appearance in Fast 11, but a return alongside the franchise’s biggest female characters would be more fitting.

2 Vanessa Kirby’s Hattie Needs To Crossover With The Main Franchise
She’s from the franchise’s only current spinoff
Vanessa Kirby in Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw

Only appearing in Hobbs & Shaw, Vanessa Kirby’s Hattie is the third sibling in the Shaw family and one of the most dangerous women in the Fast universe. She was a scene-stealing presence in the previous Fast & Furious spinoff movie that left audiences wanting more. It would be great to see Kirby return for an even bigger role in the franchise spinoff, allowing her to interact with some of the other prominent characters along the way.

1 Helen Mirren’s Queenie Should Be The Female Ensemble’s Mentor
She’s become a frequent face
Dom Toretto and Queenie Shaw in Fast and Furious

With her appearances in the past four movies, including Hobbs & Shaw, Helen Mirren has become a surprising mainstay of the Fast & Furious franchise. Her role as British gangster Queenie is such a fun role for the Dame, and her time in the universe should continue especially in the all-female spinoff. Mirren’s roles in the movies have mostly been one-scene cameos, so this film could be a great space to expand the character and give her a chance to interact with more actors than just Vin Diesel.

Fast X Poster Fast X Release Date: 2023-05-19 Director: Louis Leterrier Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Brie Larson, Scott Eastwood, Jason Momoa Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 141 Minutes Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime Writers: Justin Lin, Dan Mazeau, Gary Scott Thompson Budget: $340 Million Studio(s): Universal Pictures Distributor(s): Universal Pictures Sequel(s): Fast and Furious 11, Fast & Furious 12 prequel(s): Fast & Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Fast And The Furious, Fast 5, Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7, Fast and Furious 8, F9: The Fast Saga1 Franchise(s): Fast and Furious

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