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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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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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