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The Biggest Questions F9 Needs To Answer

The Fast & Furious franchise is gearing up for the release of its ninth installment within the primary saga, and hopefully, F9 will answer the biggest lingering questions surrounding the plot. The Fast Saga officially kicked off in 2001 with The Fast and the Furious, the movie which introduced viewers to characters like Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster). Two decades later, the film series is still going strong, with new and returning cast members thrown into storylines that propel the stakes higher and higher.

Though Brian is no longer a core character, Dom and much of his long-running crew have made steady appearances in the franchise. The last installment, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, saw Dom reuniting with members of his crew, including Letty, Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), before betraying them to assist cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron). Through her manipulation and actions in taking his young son hostage, Dom had no choice but to follow in her plans. That was until he orchestrated his own plan, saving his son and the ones he loved.

Related: Fast & Furious Theory: Why Dom Quickly Forgave Deckard

Dom and his crew were in the clear, but viewers knew the calm would be short-lived. With Cipher still out there, the eighth installment was surely teasing her imminent return. Not only will she be a primary antagonist again in F9, but she will be joined by Dom’s brother, Jakob Toretto (John Cena), a character who wasn’t known to exist until the movie’s first trailer. In fact, the first-look footage spawned many questions, which hopefully F9 plans to answer.

Why Hasn’t Dom Ever Mentioned Jakob?
Jakob faces off against his brother Dom in Fast 9

Ever since Jakob made his debut in F9’s trailer, fans were left wondering how the saga could go without mentioning Dom having another sibling. With family such a prominent theme in the franchise, it seems odd Jakob’s name never came up. While it’s still unclear if Jakob is also Mia’s brother or if he’s only blood-related to Dom, F9 will need to do a lot of work explaining Jakob’s absence for the first eight installments of the series. His existence currently retcons Dom’s origins since viewers were always led to believe Dom and Mia were the only two members of the Toretto family in The Fast Saga. Clearly, the brothers are not on good terms, but something major must have occurred to explain why Dom acts like Jakob doesn’t exist.

Why Is Mia Involved In F9, But Not Brian?
brian oconner fast and furious 9 mia return

Due to tragic circumstances surrounding Walker’s death, any legitimate presence from Brian following Furious 7 was made impossible. While there are technical ways to feature Brian, it could cross the line when it comes to the moral obligations of the cast and crew. Granted, Brian is said to be alive and well in The Fate of the Furious, and that’s presumably the case in F9. Still, the character is missing from the action even though his wife, Mia, is aiding in Dom’s mission. It’s possible something happened to Brian since the eighth installment, or maybe Mia encouraged him to stay back while she assisted Dom’s conflict with Jakob. Either way, it will become harder and harder to explain Brian’s continued absence with the stakes becoming higher.

How Did Han Survive The Explosive Car Wreck?
Han Fast and furious 9 How he survived the crash Tokyo Drift

Aside from the revelation surrounding Jakob, the biggest surprise within the F9 trailer was the return of Sung Kang’s Han. The fan-favorite since his debut in Tokyo Drift was last seen in Fast & Furious 6, the movie that shed light on the character’s presumed death. Despite being T-boned by Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), resulting in an explosion, Han survived the fiery wreck. He then kept his survival hidden from Dom and the rest of the crew. While it’s still unclear why he didn’t reveal the truth, the other question surrounds how he survived what looked like a deadly wreck. One popular theory suggests Han escaped through a manhole before his car burst into flames, but F9 will hopefully shed more light on the mystery.

Related: F9 Theory: How Han Survived The Crash

Which Other Fast & Furious Characters Will Return In F9?

In addition to Han, F9 features a few other Tokyo Drift characters, including Sean (Lucas Black), Twinkie (Bow Wow), and Earl (Jason Tobin). Unlike Han, who appeared in subsequent installments after his 2006 franchise debut, the trio was absent from a brief Furious 7 cameo from Black’s character. With the reunion of sorts, it begs the question of what other surprises F9 has in store in terms of the cast. Now that the plot is culminating in a two-part finale, time is running out to bring back some familiar faces. While some fans expect Gal Gadot’s Gisele to appear, others predict that Eva Mendes, Devon Aoki, or John Ortiz are more likely to return.

Where Are Hobbs And Shaw During The F9 Mission?
Vin Diesel inn Fast and Furious 9 and Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Hobbs and Shaw

After Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw assisted Dom and his crew in The Fate of the Furious, which at times meant facing off with Dom, the pair ended up reuniting for a side mission in the spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw. The duo, who initially viewed one another as enemies, put their differences aside to save Shaw’s sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) while also taking down the villainous Brixton (Idris Elba) hell-bent on unleashing a deadly supervirus. Both Hobbs and Shaw survived the event, but they don’t seem to be present for the action in F9. Unless the plot of F9 is said to take place during Hobbs & Shaw, the movie will need to explain why the two aren’t involved this time around.

Why Is Cipher Still After Dom?
Charlize Theron as Cipher in a flight simulator in F9

When Cipher first approached Dom in The Fate of the Furious, she manipulated him into betraying his own crew he considered family to help her. Her motive stemmed from the hope of starting a nuclear war after having Dom steal key intel and devices to carry out her plan. While Dom was presumably double-crossing his team, he also made moves to betray Cipher when the time was right. Though Elena was killed, Dom hired the Shaw brothers to recover his son before thwarting Cipher’s plans in hijacking a Russian nuclear submarine. Cipher got away, but she clearly still harbors a hatred for Dom and his crew, seeing as she enlists the help of Jakob to kill her former associate. Though vengeance is a plausible motivation, there have to be more driving Cipher’s actions.

Why Is Dom’s Crew Going To Space?
Fast and furious 9 space travel

Ever since the Pontiac Fiero-modified rocket car was shown in the first F9 trailer, there was a consensus pointing at the Fast & Furious franchise heading to space. While that may or may not be, the rocket car is made for a particular reason. Roman and Tej are the two shown in the rocket car in the second trailer, but the details surrounding the special mission remain unclear. Something obviously forces the group to go to greater lengths to get the upper hand on Cipher or Jakob, and high-speed flight looks to be the solution. If the duo does travel outside of the atmosphere, it will mark a first for The Fast Saga while opening the door for even wilder stunts in future installments.

Related: Fast And Furious 9’s Space Travel Avoids Its Biggest Mistake

Will Ramsey Ever Learn How To Drive?
Ramsey drives a truck in Edingburgh in F9

For the duration of the long-lasting franchise, it seemed like a prerequisite for Fast & Furious characters to be highly skilled drivers in order to have prominent roles in the story. Whether it’s a member of Dom’s team, villains, or government agents, the majority involved know their way behind the wheel. However, that notion doesn’t include Ramsey, who is still stuck in the passenger seat leading in F9. Out of Dom and his crew, Ramsey is the only one who doesn’t drive, and there’s a justifiable reason: she doesn’t know how to drive. As revealed in an F9 trailer, Ramsey is forced to drive a truck, much to her dismay, reminding whoever she’s on the phone with that she can’t drive. Seeing as F9 is Ramsey’s third franchise appearance, it’s time for the character to get some lessons from some of the world’s best drivers.

What’s Left For The Final Two Fast & Furious Installments?
Vin diesel Dom Fast and furious 9

All things must come to an end, and that includes The Fast Saga’s admirable run. Already spanning two decades, the Fast & Furious franchise’s primary saga will conclude with a two-part event marked by a tenth and eleventh installment. Depending on what happens in F9, something will need to happen for Dom and the others to come together for a final high stakes mission in an Avengers: Endgame-esque storyline. If the series can create a never before mentioned brother of the central character in the ninth movie, there are certainly many avenues the franchise can still explore. Still, the primary story will need to come to a close while allowing the possibilities for continued Fast & Furious spinoffs. If Dom survives to the very end, something drastic would need to make him retires for good.

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Dwayne Johnson & Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious Feud Addressed By John Cena


John Cena acknowledges that he’s heard rumors about the Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel feud in the
Fast & Furious
Cena calls them both ”
” actors, suggesting that there’s only room on set for one of those personality types.
Johnson’s return to the franchise in
Fast X
suggests his feud with Diesel is over, but the two actors have yet to actually share the screen together again.

Fast & Furious franchise star John Cena shares his thoughts on the infamous Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson feud. After the release of the first movie in 2001, the popular action franchise just recently released its tenth installment with the poorly-reviewed Fast X. While the Fast & Furious franchise has been massively commercially successful, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing behind the scenes, with Dominic Toretto actor Diesel and Luke Hobbs actor Johnson reportedly butting heads during production on several installments, with the feud going viral in 2016.

During a recent interview with Dax Shepherd on the Armchair Expert podcast, Cena, who recently returned as Jakob as part of the Fast X cast, weighs in on his experience with the Diesel and Johnson feud. While much of the feud seemingly took place before Cena joined the franchise in F9: The Fast Saga, the actor seemingly doesn’t have a hard time believing that there was friction between the two costars. Check out his comments below:

“There’s certainly rumors about that. I can’t deny that. You have two very alpha, driven people. You get two, there can only be one.
“Man, you gotta remember I got dropped into a locker room where [we have] generational vets. ‘What’d your dad do?’ ‘Wrestle.’ ‘What’d your granddad do?’ ‘Wrestle.’ I’ve been in that environment; know the room and just kind of adapt to what’s going on.
“I’m being invited into someone’s home, into someone’s family. And regardless of how they look physically in comparison to another human being, this is one IP that has had nine installments and it’s an action movie — that’s rarefied air. At the very least, there has to be respect for that.
“I’m not trying to get the sandbox. That’s not my thing. I’m grateful for what you’ve given me, I just want to be be the best firetruck I can.”


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Vin Diesel & Dwayne Johnson’s Feud Seems To Be Over Now
But Will They Actually Appear Together Again On Screen?
Vin Diesel as Dom and Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs looking over each other's shoulders in Fast and Furious 6

A now-deleted social media post from Johnson in 2016 is what really kicked things off regarding his apparent feud with Diesel. In the post, Johnson referred to un-named Fast & Furious costars as “chicken sh*t” and “candy asses,” criticizing the work ethic of some on set. The feud has had its ups and downs since then, with Tyrese Gibson even getting involved at one point. Some years later, Diesel seemingly attempted to bury the hatchet by putting out a public plea for Johnson to return as Hobbs, but Johnson very pointedly shut the idea down.

Despite this, however, Johnson did return for a cameo during the Fast X post-credits scene last year. Not long afterward, it was confirmed that Johnson would star in his own Hobbs-focused film before the planned release of Fast & Furious 11, which will seemingly serve as the franchise finale. While it doesn’t sound like Diesel will be appearing in Johnson’s spinoff, Hobbs is now poised to play a role in the eleventh film.

Fast X
is currently available to stream on Prime Video.

Johnson does appear in the latest film, but he notably doesn’t share the screen with Diesel or any other cast members. If he does play a more prominent role in Fast & Furious 11, this will evidently require more collaboration, potentially opening the door for their larger-than-life personalities to clash once more. It remains to be seen whether Diesel and Johnson will share the screen together in the final Fast & Furious movie, but Cena’s latest comments suggest tension between the two “alpha” stars will be hard to avoid.

Source: Armchair Expert

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Vin Diesel May Have Spoiled Fast & Furious 11’s Ending With $2.7 Billion Movie Comparison


Vin Diesel already compared
Fast and Furious 11
Avengers: Endgame
It seems likely, therefore, that Dom will die just as Tony Stark did.
If Fast and Furious 11 kills off Dom, it will perfectly flip Fast X’s ending, echoing Avengers: Endgame’s impactful sacrifice.

Vin Diesel has already hinted that Dom will die in Fast and Furious 11 by comparing it to a $2.7 billion movie from another major franchise. The car-centered Fast and Furious movies began in 2001, and the franchise has experienced tremendous growth since then, releasing ten movies in the main series and the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff. The eleventh, and supposedly final, installment of the Fast and Furious franchise is slated to release on April 4, 2025, and is directed by Louis Leterrier.

While Fast X included a number of big character deaths, the fates of several others remain unknown. Antagonist Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa) is motivated by a desire to inflict suffering upon Dom (Vin Diesel) and ultimately resorts to eliminating those closest to him. In the Fast X cliffhanger ending, Dom appeared doomed as he drove into Dante’s explosive trap. The fact that Fast and Furious 11 is happening suggests Dom will survive, but there is good reason to believe Vin Diesel’s protagonist will meet his end in the upcoming movie.

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Vin Diesel Confirmed 3 Years Ago That Avengers: Endgame Inspired Fast & Furious 11
This Decision Was Influenced By His Involvement In The MCU

The Fast & Furious franchise ending with a two-part finale was inspired by Avengers: Endgame. Although Diesel doesn’t physically appear in Marvel Studios’ films, he has been lending his voice to the beloved Groot and its various iterations since the release of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. He subsequently featured in two sequels released in 2017 and 2023, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the latter of which marked the culmination of the MCU’s Infinity Saga.

Fast X
is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Vin Diesel revealed that the original intention was to conclude the Fast and Furious series with its tenth film, but that perspective shifted after witnessing the impact of Avengers: Endgame. The decision to split one larger concluding chapter into two movies makes sense when there is a vast amount of story left to explore. Encouraged by the immense commercial and critical success of Avengers: Endgame, Diesel and his team envisioned replicating the MCU’s formula with the Fast & Furious movies.

Fast & Furious 11’s Endgame Influence Means Dominic Toretto Will Die
Dom Will Take The Iron Man Role, Sacrificing Himself To Save His Family
Peter Parker consoles Tony Stark in Avengers Endgame.

Fast and Furious 11 being influenced by Avengers: Endgame suggests that Dominic Toretto is likely to die. Arguably the most memorable aspect of the Avengers: Endgame ending was the tragic death of Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr. As Thanos engaged in battle with numerous heroes in a bid to seize all six Infinity Stones, Iron Man recognized the one chance to emerge victorious involved his own sacrifice.

If its Avengers: Endgame inspiration is any indication, Fast and Furious 11 will likely see Dom sacrifice himself to save his family, mirroring the iconic ending of Avengers: Endgame. While the MCU has no single main character, the franchise began with Iron Man in 2008, making RDJ’s Tony Stark the franchise’s first official hero. Similarly, Fast and Furious contains many different characters after over 20 years of releases, but everything began with Vin Diesel’s Dom. If Fast and Furious 11 is drawing inspiration from Avengers: Endgame in terms of how to conclude a movie franchise, Dom will die just as Tony Stark did.

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Fast & Furious 11 Killing Dom Will Perfectly Flip Fast X’s Ending
Dom Is One Of The Survivors In Fast X.

If Fast and Furious 11 kills Dom, it will perfectly flip the Fast X ending, which saw Dom and his son in precarious circumstances. Dom and Little Brian found themselves in a dam in Portugal that was poised to explode. It appeared that Dante had gained the upper hand over Dom, at least for the time being. While Dom surely survives Fast X’s cliffhanger, Jakob (John Cena) had previously sacrificed his life to protect Little Brian from Dante.

Fast and Furious 11 can flip this ending, with Dom making the ultimate sacrifice to protect his family from Dante. Such an ending would make sense for the character, who has always been selfless and shown immense care towards the people he loves. Vin Diesel has said family so many times in every Fast and Furious movie that it would complete his arc if he demonstrated his love for them with the biggest sacrifice possible. Comparisons to Avengers: Endgame only make that outcome more likely.

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

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Fast & Furious’ Lowest-Grossing Movie Explains Why The Saga Hasn’t Been About Cars For 15 Years


The Fast & Furious series has shifted focus from car racing to action, with Tokyo Drift being the lowest-grossing installment.
Tokyo Drift’s failure prompted the franchise to move away from street racing and towards more traditional action film elements.
Fast & Furious successfully shifted the franchise’s direction away from racing, towards bigger budgets and grander scales.

The Fast & Furious saga has not exactly been about cars for quite some time, and the franchise’s lowest-grossing installment seems to explain why. Every time the Fast & Furious franchise pops up, it is hard not to think about car racing, exotic supercars, and Vin Diesel’s signature quotes about family. While Vin Diesel’s quotes and overall hard-as-nails leader persona have not changed much as the movie franchise has progressed, Fast & Furious has seemingly shifted its focus from thrilling races to sensational action set pieces in recent years.

Given the franchise’s worldwide popularity, many factors may have contributed to these changes. Owing to this, one may not be able to pinpoint the precise reason why the Fast & Furious franchise changed its narrative direction. However, the lowest-grossing film in the Fast & Furious series might provide some answers to why the films are now less about racing and more about heists and across-the-globe action.

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Tokyo Drift Is Fast & Furious’ Lowest-Grossing Movie
The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift grossed $158.9 million worldwide

Since it has been around for over two decades, it is not surprising that the Fast & Furious franchise has had a fair share of ups and downs, highs and lows at the box office. Although the franchise is still fairly profitable, its recent installments have offered diminishing returns. However, despite the franchise’s dwindling box office numbers, none of its installments have had a box office as low as The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The first movie in the franchise, The Fast & the Furious, was a success after it raked in $207.5 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $38 million.

Even the second film in the franchise, 2 Fast 2 Furious, proved profitable after it grossed $236.3 million globally on a budget of $76 million. The third installment was expected to continue this trend, with its relatively higher budget of $85 million. However, despite having a bigger budget than its predecessors, Tokyo Drift could not continue the franchise’s trend of getting higher returns with each new installment. Eight new Fast & Furious movies have come out since Tokyo Drift’s release, and none of them even come close to matching its low box office scores.

Fast & Furious Movie Budget Worldwide Box Office The Fast & the Furious $38 million $207,517,509 2 Fast 2 Furious $76 million $236,350,661 The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift $85 million $158,964,610 Fast & Furious $85 million $360,366,870 Fast Five $125 million $626,137,675 Fast & Furious 6 $160 million $788,680,968 Furious 7 $190 million $1,515,341,399 The Fate of the Furious $250 million $1,236,005,118 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $200 million $760,732,926 F9 $200 million $726,229,501 Fast X $340 million $714,555,549 Total $1.749 billion $7,476,903,108

Tokyo Drift Is The Street Racing-Focused Movie Many Want Fast & Furious To Be
Tokyo Drift is the most “Fast & Furious” movie in the franchise
Sean behind the wheel in Tokyo Drift

Even to this day, theFast & Furiousfranchise is associated with fancy cars and white-knuckling street races. However, one look at the recent movies in the franchise will reveal that its focus has drifted away from what it used to be about. While it still features high-octane car chases and expensive cars, the “racing” element seems missing. Given how street car races in the early installments of the film franchise played a crucial role in drawing audiences to it,Tokyo Driftarguably is amongFast & Furious’ better installments because it offers everything from drift competitions to intense underground racing scenes.

Christopher Nolan once said (via


) that he has a “soft spot” for Tokyo Drift.

Storytelling has never been the Fast & Furious franchise’s strongest suit. However, in some ways, Tokyo Drift also has a more relatable storyline than other films because its narrative primarily revolves around an underdog street racer who beats the bad guy in the film’s climax. The recent Fast & Furious movies are far superior when it comes to having an ensemble cast and high production value. However, they often prioritize spectacle over substance, sacrificing the simpler elements that made the first few films successful.

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Tokyo Drift’s Box Office Performance Prompted Fast & Furious To Change
Tokyo Drift’s failures triggered the franchise to move away from street racing

After Tokyo Drift’s inability to top or even match its predecessors’ success, the fourth installment in the film franchise, Fast & Furious, marked the return of the original cast. Since Tokyo Drift’s underwhelming box office numbers established that the film franchise worked better when it did not primarily focus on underground car racing, 2009’s Fast & Furious focused less on those elements and presented itself as a regular action film. Although Fast & Furious did not entirely shed the franchise’s roots in car culture, it paved the way for a new narrative direction for the movie series.

Fast & Furious proved that even though Tokyo Drift’s grounded storyline and underground street races had their charm, they did not have the blockbuster pull the franchise needed to maintain momentum.

Fast & Furious’s formula even worked wonders for the franchise, given how it earned almost twice as much as Tokyo Drift at the global box office despite having the same budget. With this, Fast & Furious proved that even though Tokyo Drift’s grounded storyline and underground street races had their charm, they did not have the blockbuster pull the franchise needed to maintain momentum. As a result, Fast & Furious became the blueprint for the franchise, resulting in Fast Five and the subsequent films repeating its formula with bigger budgets and even grander scale.

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Fast & Furious Was Never The Same After Fast Five
Fast Five marked the inception of a new era for the franchise

After adopting everything that made 2009’s Fast & Furious successful and becoming the first film in the franchise to cross the $500 million box office mark, Fast Five proved that the franchise had to rinse and repeat the 2009 film’s winning recipe. Owing to this, with each installment, the Fast & Furious franchise only drifted further away from its core identity, which revolved around racing and car culture. Although recent movies in the Fast & Furious franchise have not been performing as well as expected, it seems like it is too late for the 11th movie to take a U-turn and experiment with a return to its roots.

Untitled design (4)-5 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the third installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. Tokyo Drift follows Sean Boswell, a car-loving teenager shipped off to live with his Navy lieutenant father in Tokyo when his racing antics find him running foul of the law. When Sean discovers Tokyo’s nightlife, he embraces the dangerous underground world of drift racing.Release Date June 4, 2006 Studio(s) Universal Pictures , Relativity Media Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Chris Morgan Cast Lucas Black , Bow Wow , Sung Kang , Brian Tee , Nathalie Kelley , Sonny Chiba , Leonardo Nam , Brian Goodman Runtime 104 Minutes Budget $85 Million

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