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10 Ways Dominic Toretto Has Changed From The First Movie

The presence of Dominic Toretto has been resolute in the Fast & Furious series, and it has been carried forward from the original movies to the reboot style of today. As the son of Jack Toretto and elder brother to Mia and Jakob, Dom has been responsible for his family since his father died, and he has accepted others in his surrogate family during his adventures.

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Having first appeared in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, Dom’s 20-year run onscreen has seen him develop as a character all the way to 2021’s F9. This includes his turn from being an anti-hero to a full-on leading protagonist, as well as a number of changes in his personality that have taken shape since his debut appearance.

He’s Willing To Show His Weak Moments
Cipher about to kiss Dom

Although Dom has remained a man of few words throughout the Fast & Furious franchise, he originally kept himself this way in order to hide any lingering feelings of doubt and insecurity. In The Fast and the Furious, he kept Brian at arm’s length so as to hide this aspect, and it took until Fast & Furious 6 when he finally changed this up.

This was when he wanted to appeal to the amnesiac Letty and remind her of their love, and since then, Dom hasn’t held back in showing his “weakness.” In The Fate of the Furious, Dom displayed this the most when he realized he had a son and he seems to have realized that showing weakness doesn’t inherently make him weak.

He Doesn’t Want To Go Looking For Trouble Anymore
Dominic Toretto looks behind

Dom was basically asking for trouble in The Fast and the Furious when he ran the illegal racket of stealing car parts even though he was painted out to be a protagonist. This continued until Fast Five, where he and his crew got enough money for it to never be an issue again.

After this, Dom has largely wanted to stay out of anything that can get him notoriety, with every installment since Fast & Furious 6 featuring characters like Mr. Nobody and Cipher forcing Dom to come out of requirement each time to take on personal missions.

His Rage Is Better Reserved
Dominic Toretto stands in front of his car

Dom was prone to jump into fits of rage in the first movie whenever he felt he was being done wrong by. This was one of the things his enemies targeted, as it had made Dom predictable. Starting from Fast Five, Dom has worked on keeping his anger in check.

This has enabled him to stay ahead of the antagonists in terms of planning, with Dom able to catch them by surprise due to their inability to read him. His rage has shown up in moments like Cipher threatening his son, but Dom has stopped getting angry over little matters.

His Fight Skills Have Massively Improved
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs in Fast and Furious 5

Dom was never the guy who lost his fights, with every battle he’s been in either ending in his victory or a stalemate by his choosing. However, while he only had street punks threatening him back in The Fast and the Furious, Dom’s skills have vastly improved since as he’s taken on stronger foes.

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Dom is now at the point where he can take down multiple, highly trained assassins at the same time and go toe-to-toe with the likes of Deckard Shaw, who was a black-ops soldier and mercenary. He also showed different brawling skills compared to the first movie in Fast Five when taking on Luke Hobbs, employing a mixture of defense and offense as opposed to just relying on the latter.

He Acknowledges His Mistakes
Dom and Jakob faceoff inside jakob's base in Fast 9

This was a very recent change in Dom’s character, as seen in F9 where he admitted he had wrongfully judged his brother. Dom was with the belief that Jakob had sabotaged their father’s car deliberately to kill him, but learned that this wasn’t the case and he had become estranged from John Cena’s Jakob based on his assumption.

In earlier movies, Dom always carried the belief that he was right, and justified this by finding out weaknesses in the other characters’ past. By F9, however, he acknowledged that he was wrong to think he knew everything about Jakob and reconciled with him afterward.

He’s Extended Those That He Considers To Be Family
The Fast Family around a table in Fast & Furious.

In The Fast and the Furious, Dom had very few people he could truly rely on, even suspecting some members of his crew. It took him until Fast Five to increase his level of trust, as the heist in Rio made him realize he had a group he could count on.

Before that, Dom was even unwilling to fully trust Brian, only for their adventure in Fast Five to convince him that Brian was like his brother. By F9, Dom has extended the courtesy of someone being his family to Roman, Tej, Ramsey, Han, Hobbs, and even Deckard Shaw to an extent.

He Doesn’t Need To Prove Himself Anymore
Dom and Letty in F9 The Fast Saga

Dom had an incredibly competitive streak in The Fast and the Furious, going so far as to put his own life at risk just to win races. This came down to his need to prove himself as the best, which has pretty much gone away in the following entries.

Where he wanted to beat Brian in their race in the original, Dom changed enough to let Brian win in Fast Five to make him happy. He’s also turned down personal challenges from villains by not taking their bait as he doesn’t feel he has to prove anything to them.

He Looks To Give People Second Chances
Dom and Shaw crash each other's cars in Furious 7

Dom was quite an unforgiving person in his first appearance, as he wanted to take down his enemy without caring for the consequences. The moment he changed was when Brian offered him a second chance when he allowed Dom to escape at the end of the movie.

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Since then, Dom has looked to give the people he trusts the benefit of the doubt while voicing out his appreciation for Brian doing the same for him. It was due to this that Dom accepted Deckard Shaw’s turn into a protagonist — leading into Shaw’s spin-off movie — along with letting Jakob escape similar to how he had once done.

He’s Developed A Level Of Respect For Authority Figures
Mr Nobody giving orders in Furious 7.

Dom was on the wrong side of the law until Fast & Furious 6, before which he was a criminal who didn’t care about the laws of society and openly mocked authority figures like Luke Hobbs. It was after the latter allowed Dom his freedom that he developed a respect for such people.

In his first appearance, Dom was prone to mock cops and didn’t think they were worth his time, but has since then developed friendships with the likes of Hobbs and Mr. Nobody while making sure to respect them for their own work.

He’s Made Peace With The Death Of His Father
Brian O'Conner Reading While Dominic Toretto Looks On

It took Dom decades to reach this point, but F9 brought this long-awaited change in his character. For the longest time, he held onto the tragic memory of seeing his father die before his eyes and was never at peace with this fact.

After learning that their father had intentionally had his car sabotaged, Dom came to terms with the fact that his father’s demise was his own doing and decided to move on. Where Dom frequently mentioned his sadness of the loss of his father throughout the series, he’s changed himself to focus on the things he learned from him rather than fixate on his demise.

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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.

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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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