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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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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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