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Impossible Does Better Than Fast & Furious (& 5 That F&F Does Better)

For more than two decades in the film industry, the Mission: Impossible and Fast & Furious franchises have ruled the roost. Both series have tasted enormous success and have been lauded for the way they’ve delivered intense thrills and awe-inspiring action sequences.

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However, there are a few things each does better than the other, with the Tom Cruise-starring Mission: Impossible movies one-upping the Vin Diesel-led franchise and vice versa. With F9 and Mission: Impossible 7 releasing this year, the two big-budget movies will be entertaining fans within months of each other, and it’s worth looking into the strongest aspects of either series.

F&F: The Scale Of The Movie’s Atmosphere
Fast and Furious 9 Han Car Dom Charger

Both Mission: Impossible and Fast & Furious feature globe-trotting adventures where the protagonists have to face incredibly huge odds that present themselves in tasks that require scaling massive defenses and taking down enemies in big-time scenarios.

However, Fast & Furious completely embraces this aspect by being more creative, with nothing off the table for this franchise. The protagonists have been shown going to the ends of the world and beyond in their adventures where the franchise comes up with ways for the battles to make sense while stressing about the stakes involved.

MI: Authenticity Of Stunts
Ethan Hunt climbing up the Burj Khalifa in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

The Mission: Impossible series is famous for featuring Tom Cruise pulling off a number of stunts. These have actually become the main appeal of the movies, with the stunts working so well due to the fact that they are authentically put together.

Fast & Furious stunts are definitely entertaining, but the nature of the things happening onscreen is so over-the-top that it’s clear that CGI is heavily involved. Mission: Impossible movies truly place viewers in the protagonist’s point of view, with sequences like scaling the Burj Khalifa and falling from the sky being something to marvel at.

F&F: Memorable One-Liners & Quotes
Hobbs and Shaw give each other fist bumps

There isn’t any lack of smart-mouth characters in the Fast & Furious franchise, with the movies doling out one-liners galore. The main protagonist Dominic Toretto is a man of few words, but the times he does speak highlights his characterization.

Hobbs & Shaw made the one-liners one of its most appealing factors, as both protagonists threw hilarious insults each other’s way as part of their dynamic. While Mission: Impossible dialogues have more depth in them, Fast & Furious quotes last longer in memory.

MI: Fight Scenes
Mission Impossible Fallout Bathroom Fight Scene Henry Cavill

Fast & Furious movies didn’t feature great fight choreography in the first half of the series since the action wasn’t a focal point. While they’ve gotten much better in this regard since then, it’s still hard to beat the Mission: Impossible series.

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Tom Cruise has gone a long way in ensuring that Ethan Hunt’s fight scenes are adrenaline-pumping sequences that show off the character’s martial arts skills. In addition, Mission: Impossible villains are shown to be just as proficient in fight skills as the protagonist, avoiding predictability and really keeping viewers hooked.

F&F: Sense Of Style
Fast and Furious 9 Letty poses with a bike

If there’s one word to describe the Fast & Furious series, it will have to be “cool.” The series started out by bringing in the best cars there are, making them a feast for the eyes. The main characters all have that level of attitude and edge that sets them a class apart as well.

The wardrobe, locales, and the way the characters carry themselves are all a way to highlight their sense of style, and the movies have never overstayed this aspect. Mission: Impossible did dabble with this in Ghost Protocol, but the series hasn’t fully made style its central focus.

MI: Better Storylines
Ethan and Mia about to kiss

In all fairness, the Fast & Furious movies carry the same template, in that Dom and his crew are called in to fight off a rival who’s similar to them. Mission: Impossible entries are more diverse in storylines, with each movie presenting a new challenge.

For a story that featured the hunt for a virus with global consequences, there was a more grounded story of Ethan protecting his wife. The more recent installments have made the scale larger, but have featured enough plot twists to keep viewers guessing.

F&F: Soundtrack That Fits The Series Theme
Dominic Toretto shifts the gears of his car

The ending of Furious 7 will always be special to fans due to the tribute to Paul Walker that was accompanied by the song “See You Again.” The soundtrack usually does point toward the theme of a particular movie in the Fast & Furious series, making it one of its strong points.

The earlier entries that focused on racing carried soundtracks that made note of the fast-paced style of the respective movie, while later entries have songs tied to the theme of family. Mission: Impossible’s main theme song will always be iconic, but there aren’t any other soundtracks that are as memorable.

MI: More Room For Surprises & Plot Twists
John Lark walks away from Erika Sloane in Mission Impossible Fallout

The Mission: Impossible series thrives on curveballs and plot twists that change the way viewers have seen the movie up until that point. It began from the first movie itself when Ethan’s boss and close friend turned out to be the main antagonist, following which every entry has had some kind of similar twist.

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To the benefit of the franchise, the spy theme ties in with the many grand reveals, as characters are expected to be duplicitous by nature. This also keeps things interesting as an additional layer is delivered to the plot that sets up the conclusion where Ethan has to save the day.

F&F: Carving Out The Series Universe
The Fast Family around a table in Fast & Furious.

Both Mission: Impossible and Fast & Furious have been around for two decades and have fleshed out their respective universes. However, Fast & Furious has had far more potential for spin-offs, owing to how the movies have set up scenarios for different characters to pursue.

The Mission: Impossible franchise has been a one-man show for Ethan, with the other characters not having enough appeal to warrant spin-offs. Meanwhile, Fast & Furious has had the likes of Sean Boswell, along with Hobbs and Shaw, at the helm of their own movies to carve out the film’s universe to greater lengths.

MI: Quality Of The Protagonist
Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Tom Cruise, and Simon Pegg walk through Dubai in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

It’s remarkable that Ethan Hunt first debuted 25 years ago and is still a draw for audiences to follow. While Dominic Toretto has been around long as well, he wasn’t seen for a good decade between 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift.

On the other hand, Ethan has been a more immersive character, with Mission: Impossible giving him a sympathetic background and tragic tales of romance. He’s also been placed as an everyman who puts his life on the line to save the world without ever asking for anything in return. This has allowed Ethan to retain fan interest and their loyalties for over two decades.

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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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