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10 Most Bizarre Things The Fast & Furious TV Show Added To The Franchise (Including Ghosts)


Fast & Furious: Spy Racers introduces surreal technology and inventions that defy science, such as the Skeleton Key that grants its wearer god-like powers and control over electricity. The series takes the Fast and Furious universe underwater with cars that can transform into submarines, adding another level of absurdity to the franchise’s gravity-defying stunts. Spy Racers incorporates elements of fantasy, like invisibility cloaks and superpowered gloves, showcasing how the Fast and Furious franchise has evolved into a mix of action, science fiction, and superhero-like abilities.

Fast & Furious Spy Racers has done more than its fair share of helping morph the Fast & Furious franchise into something that’s so much more than a film series about street racing and over-the-top stunts. Just when it seemed like the sequences couldn’t get any more bizarre than a car being launched from space, the Fast & Furious universe waded deeper into silly territory with the creation of the Netflix children’s series Fast & Furious: Spy Racers. The family-friendly action series is Fast & Furious’ whacky take on family and espionage, featuring some of the most outlandish stunts and plotlines the franchise has ever seen.

Fast & Furious Spy Racers premiered on Netflix on December 26, 2019. During its six seasons, Spy Racers took the concept of espionage and ran with it, introducing mind-boggling tech and weaponry to the Fast & Furious universe. Although it has yet to be confirmed exactly where it fits into the franchise, Spy Racers is considered canon thanks to the involvement of The Agency and Dom Torretto. Since the series directly ties into the franchise, all of the inventions and science that appear in Spy Racers now technically exist in the Fast and Furious universe, leaving the door open for some captivating crossovers in the future.

At the time of writing, Spy Racers season 7 has not been confirmed.

10 Fast And Furious Now Has The Skeleton Key
A helmet that gives the wielder godlike powers
Shashi Dhar looks menacing with Skeleton Key

Although Spy Racers tries to say its surreal technology and inventions are grounded in science, its tech often adopts fantastical qualities; season 1’s Skeleton Key is a prime example of this. Created by the parents of big bad Shashi Dhar, the Skeleton Key is a specialized mask that gives its wielder god-like powers, allowing them to control electricity at will. Just by putting it on, the wearer can command the power of electricity anywhere within its radius.

This invention falling into the hands of a terrorist in the live-action Fast and Furious universe could mean doom for the main characters. Since there are no outlined rules to command it or limits to its power, the weapon can be used by anyone for seemingly anything. In Spy Racers, the Skeleton Key has been used to command armies, disable drones, steal money from casinos, and fly private jets to island getaways. As if the idea of a character in Fast and Furious wearing a mask and transforming into Electro isn’t comical enough, the mask also comes with mood-changing properties, changing displays according to the wearer’s energy.

9 Fast And Furious Cars Can Drive Underwater
Thanks to new upgrades, cars can drive underwater

Fast and Furious is no stranger to gravity-defying stunts. Torretto and his crew have driven cars through all sorts of conditions and atmospheres, including zero gravity. At this point, the drivers in Fast and Furious have already conquered the lands and skies, so it was only a matter of time until they branched out to sea, too. And now, thanks to these underwater upgrades in Spy Racer season 5, not even water would stop Dom Torretto from living his life “a quarter mile at a time.”

In season 5, the Agency grants the Torretto crew new “underwater upgrades” that allow the cars to transform into submarines. Everything from Layla’s Astanna Hotto to the crew’s hefty spy HQ was given upgrades, allowing them to make an aquatic escape just in the nick of time. Watching cars float and drift through the ocean, cutting through the water with their new state-of-the-art technology, is laughable. At this point in the series, with all the surreal upgrades and prototypes, the Fast & Furious cars are practically Transformers. The way they morph and adapt at will, defying the laws of mechanics and engineering, is truly awe-inspiring.

8 The Fast And Furious Now Has The Power Of Invisibility
Gadgets that turn people and cars invisible with the push of a button
Helicopter flying over an invisible truck

Just when it seemed like the science and upgrades in Fast & Furious couldn’t get any more unbelievable, Spy Racers introduced a magical element that proved this theory wrong. In season 1, the power of invisibility was introduced to the Fast & Furious universe when tech whiz Frostee is shown playing with a cloak that makes him disappear. However, Frostee assures the crew that the disappearing act is not magic but an illusion that uses light to play tricks on the eye and hide the wearer in plain sight.

Since its introduction in season 1, the power of invisibility has expanded tenfold from a small cloak to a power-up that’s activated at the push of a button. Since becoming button-activated, the power of invisibility has grown to include multiple people and cars, too. Now with the push of a button, an entire agency HQ can drive through the streets undetected, adding a whole new layer of security to its espionage.

7 Spy Racers Introduces Fast And Furious VR Goggles
A video game that allows players to shoot and collect coins while they drag race

Fast and Furious is known for breaking up its heavy themes and exhilarating action with periods of bonding time among its crew. After all, very few things matter to Dom Torretto more than family. This VR game introduced in season 5 certainly expands on the idea of bonding time, thanks to its thrilling, interactive gameplay.

Spy Racers season 5 opens with the Torretto crew playing a VR game in the streets of a deserted metropolis. The game’s objective is to shoot virtual bad guys and collect coins, with the grand prize going to the driver who captures the main boss, Bunzilla. The VR game doubles as a team-building exercise, helping the team build on their communication and problem-solving skills. The notion of Dom and his family incorporating a street racing VR game into their traditional linkups seems hilariously random, and is further off course from the original formula than the superhero-like action and science fiction tropes seen in the later Fast & Furious films.

6 The Fast and Furious Now Has Shock Gloves
Gloves with the power of electricity
Tony Torretto admires his shock gloves

Introduced in season 2, the Shock Gloves are a pair of tricked-out multipurpose gloves that double as tools and weapons. Using the power of electricity, the Shock Gloves omit bursts of shock waves that deliver powerful blows meant to stun and slow down enemies. Additionally, the gloves have electromagnetic properties that allow users to stick to metal surfaces, making them perfect for high-flying chases and pursuits. The inclusion of Shock Gloves in one of Fast & Furious’ high-flying action sequences would add an electrifying element that would kick the intensity of its chase scenes up a notch.

5 Spy Racers Introduce The Drone Suit
A drone-powered backpack that takes flight
Frostee flies in drone suit

Frostee’s Drone Suit is a gravity-defying, superpowered backpack that uses the power of drones to help the wearer fly. It has come in handy during moments of crisis, allowing Frostee to evade danger and assist his crew from a distance. With the creation of the Drone Suit, Torretto and his crew no longer have to be bothered with driving out of planes or making life-threatening leaps between glass buildings. With the push of a button, they can use the powers of drones to take to the skies, covering high ground and avoiding bullets with ease.

4 The Fast And Furious Now Has Animal Sidekicks
Furry friends that help with takedowns
Cisco smiling at his pet monkey Donut

The Fast & Furious crew has received assistance from all sorts of allies throughout the years, some of whom have since been adopted into their extended family. However, an animal sidekick has yet to be introduced; or at least that was the case before Spy Racers. Fast & Furious: Spy Racers gives the franchise its first introduction to animal sidekicks, featuring adorable furry friends who travel with the crew on missions and come to their rescue in times of crisis.

The first appearance of an animal sidekick was in season 2, with the introduction of the adorable squirrel monkey Donut. Known for wreaking havoc and foiling plans, Donut accompanies Cisco on his missions throughout Rio. The next was a dog named Roscoe who was adopted by Ms. Nowhere in season 4. Not only is Roscoe a loyal watchdog, but he famously runs to The Agency’s rescue during a crucial moment in the show’s finale.

3 The Fast And Furious Now Has Ghost Hunting Gear
Devices that can be used to capture ghosts
Commander White and Frostee at Agency

While the Torretto crew helps The Agency investigate a mysterious thief who disappeared without a trace, Frostee casually jokes that the thief must have been a ghost. The Agency’s Commander takes this bit and runs with it, mentioning that if the thief was a ghost, the Agency could use their ghost-hunting devices to track them down. Before being silenced by Ms. Nowhere for oversharing, Commander White confirms that The Agency has ghost-hunting equipment in storage. The existence of ectoplasm emission readers and corporeal replicators leaves the door open for Fast & Furious characters to be brought back as spirits, adding a bizarre, supernatural element to its world.

2 Spy Racers Introduces Wrestling
A new style of combat

Spy Racers season 4 introduces wrestling to the Fast & Furious universe, an ode to the season’s Mexican setting. The wrestling sequences occur a few times throughout the season, most notably during a confrontation between Cisco and his uncle Tuco. When Cisco suspects his uncle of betraying his crew, instead of approaching him normally, he poses as a wrestler and takes him down in the ring. During the sequence, Cisco and his uncle explore a full range of wrestling techniques, and exchange blows through a series of grapples, holds, and acrobatics that bring a new light-hearted take on Fast & Furious’ heart-pounding action scenes.

1 The Fast And Furious Now Has Parachutes For Cars
So drivers can skydive in their cars
Cars sky diving with parachutes

Taking a page out of F7 and 9, Spy Racers expands on the idea of flying cars in a never-before-seen way. Since death-defying drops in cars started to become a habit in the Fast & Furious universe, Spy Racers decided to make soaring through the skies normal by introducing parachutes for cars. Introduced in season two, the Agency’s outrageous invention allows drivers to skydive out of planes without leaving the comforts of their own four doors.

The parachute is deployed from the roof, pushing the hardware off into the air, and slowing down the pace of soaring vehicles until they float safely to the ground. This invention in Fast & Furious Spy Racers not only defies the laws of gravity and physics, but it seems to have no limit to its dimensions or weight capacities. From Cisco’s Rally Baja Crawler to Echo’s Hyperfin, every car in the series that uses the parachute levitates through the air at the same rate in the same controlled way. The odds of this happening are extremely unrealistic, which perfectly fits the style and tone of the Fast & Furious franchise.

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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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