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5 Things Dominic Toretto Was Right About (& 5 Times He Was Wrong)

Dominic Toretto has been the lead protagonist of the Fast & Furious series for over two decades, continuing into F9. Vin Diesel’s star-making character has been portrayed as a wise leader who makes the decisions, be it for his sister Mia or his extended family including Roman, Tej, and the rest. Yet, Dom hasn’t been correct all of the time, having doled out a number of judgments that were ultimately unwarranted or just wrong altogether. 

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Of course, Dom has also made the right call when it has mattered, including acceptance of characters like Brian, Deckard Shaw, among others. It’s interesting to take a deeper look into how the main star of the series has evolved by learning from his mistakes, as well as being the voice of reason.

Right: That His Family Can Overcome Any Obstacle
The family has dinner in Fast and Furious 6

By Dom’s own admission, he doesn’t have friends as he considers those close to him as his family. In the sixth movie, Owen Shaw claimed Dom would be better off fleeing as it was the only way his family could be safe, to which Dom argued that they could beat anyone together.

This claim has been proven true time and again, with Dom’s team fighting off Deckard Shaw’s attempt on their lives, stopping Cipher’s bid for global domination, and being there for one another emotionally. It was through their love and support that they got over Giselle’s death, proving Dom’s belief that family is the most important thing in life.

Wrong: That His Father Had No Flaws
Young Dom talks to his father in a car in F9

Realizing he’d placed his father on an unrealistic pedestal was part of Dom’s story arc in F9. In the fifth movie, he described to Brian that his father was perfect, who would provide for the family, stay up to help his kids with homework, and was taken away too soon.

However, Dom learned in F9 that his father had made business mistakes that were leading the family to bankruptcy. He realized he’d been denying the truth that his father was human as well and capable of being flawed. Dom was overall wrong to have such high expectations of his father as it hindered his own parental abilities toward his son.

Right: That Letty Would Ultimately Remember Their Marriage
Letty and Dom wear formal clothes and smile at each other in Furious 7

After realizing that Letty was still alive, Dom tried to help her get over her amnesia by using trigger events in hopes she’d remember their past. While Letty remained unsure if she could, Dom was certain she would regain her memories.

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He was proven to be right in the seventh movie, as Letty not only remembered who she was but also recalled their wedding. Dom’s belief was so absolute that he never revealed to the amnesiac Letty about their marriage. He banked on the power of their love, and this brought his wife back to him when she remembered who Dom was after he nearly died fighting Deckard Shaw.

Wrong: That Brian Wasn’t To Be Trusted
Brian gives Dom the keys to a car

In the first movie, Dom was reluctant to fully trust Brian, who was actually an undercover cop. However, he was wrong to believe that Brian didn’t have his best interests at heart, as Brian was the one who allowed Dom to escape from the authorities in the climax.

He was under the impression that it didn’t matter to Brian if he brought Dom’s family down by proving his crimes in stealing car parts and engaging in street racing, yet Brian ended up being ousted by the cops himself in order to secure Dom’s safety. Later on, Dom greatly respected Brian for proving him wrong and being as close as a brother.

Right: That Everyone Deserves A Second Chance
Dom looks at Mia and Brian together in Fast Five

Over the last 20 years, Fast & Furious has shown Dom’s character development, with the most striking change his belief in second chances. Dom carries the hope that people can learn from their mistakes to overcome their past. Originally, he had the tendency to exile anyone he felt betrayed by, such as his own brother, Jakob, and childhood friend, Vince.

It was after he himself was given a second chance by Brian that Dom’s believed in the concept. And he’s been proven right to do so, as Dom releasing Deckard Shaw from prison resulted in the latter saving his son. Moreover, both Vince and Jakob betrayed the antagonists to align with Dom to return his faith in them.

Wrong: That Hobbs Wouldn’t Be Able To Find Him
Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five

After bringing down Hernan Reyes together, Luke Hobbs allowed Dom and his team a 24-hour head start. To this, Dom claimed that Hobbs wouldn’t be seeing him ever again. However, Dom was proven wrong by the beginning of the next movie.

As it happened, Hobbs always had Dom on his radar through his connection with Elena, who was romantically involved with Dom but kept in contact with Hobbs. He could have arrested Dom whenever he wanted, meaning Dom was wrong to believe that he had escaped the authorities and it was only because Hobbs let him be free that Dom wasn’t behind bars.

Right: That Going Into Hiding From Cipher Would Keep His Family Safe
Dom holds his son and smiles in The Fate of the Furious

Dom’s group were technically free people by the time the eighth movie ended, but he chose to go into hiding with Letty and his son to Thailand in order to be out of Cipher’s radar. F9 proved that Dom was right to think so, as Cipher had been actively pursuing him.

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She made an attempt on his life by the end of the movie when Dom came out in the open to confront Jakob. Although he was able to stave off her threat once more, she was only able to find him due to Dom coming out of hiding. Had he remained in the public eye, then Dom and his family would’ve been threatened by Cipher much earlier.

Wrong: That He Understood Deckard Shaw’s Character
Dom and Shaw crash each other's cars in Furious 7

After learning of Han’s death at the hands of Deckard Shaw, Dom went over to confront him. Here, he claimed he understood that men like Shaw only lived for the fight and that he had no respect for the concept of family. However, Dom was incorrect in this assumption, as Deckard Shaw did have redeeming qualities, and it turned out that Shaw had opposed Cipher just as Dom had. 

Moreover, Dom didn’t understand that Deckard’s character was similar to him, as he only wanted revenge for what Dom did to his family. By the end of the eighth movie, Dom had to admit that Shaw wasn’t a bad man, as proven when the latter saved Dom’s son.

Right: That Brian’s Retirement Wouldn’t Mean The End Of Their Relationship
Brian looks at Dom from his car in Furious 7

At the end of Furious 7, the group was saddened that Brian was going to retire. To this, Dom claimed that it would never be truly goodbye and that he and Brian would always be bound as family. This was proven right onscreen at the end of F9, where Brian showed up at the barbecue.

Where the rest of the team wondered if they would see Brian again, Dom’s faith in that they would remain in each other’s lives was for good reason. Brian was also the one to look after Dom’s son during F9, which goes to show that even being out of the adventurous life didn’t mean he wouldn’t be there for Dom when he needed him.

Wrong: That Jakob Willingly Tampered With Their Father’s Vehicle
Dom and Jakob have a heated argument in F9

Fans were finally provided answers to Fast & Furious’ biggest question about Jakob Toretto, in that why was he never mentioned before. It was revealed that Dom considered Jakob to have sabotaged their father’s racecar that resulted in his death and exiled Jakob due to this.

He turned out to be absolutely wrong in this belief, however, as it turned out that their father had told Jakob to tamper with the car in hopes of claiming insurance. Since the crash was a freak accident of their father’s own doing, Dom made his brother out to be a villain when he wasn’t to blame. In the end, Dom allowed Jakob to escape as a way of making amends and admit his misjudgment of his younger brother.

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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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