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What Fast & Furious 10 & 11 Need To Do To Properly End The Fast Saga

The Fast and Furious series is set to conclude with its 11th film, but the franchise will need to tie up a few loose ends before it wraps up. As moviegoers await the chance the se the upcoming F9, delayed to May 2021 from May of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fast and Furious series is still growing. The franchise has spanned an astonishing two decades from its modest beginnings in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious. The journey in that time has been one for the record books, going from street racing action movies that were moderate hits in their time to the biggest action movie franchise on the planet.

The series has also undergone a mind-boggling metamorphosis, slowly phasing out the Earth-bound stakes it once occupied to now sitting on a similar plane as superhero movies. A run like that is enviable by any measure, and news recently broke that the 10th and 11th chapters of the series will be its last. Given what a monumental tentpole the franchise has become for Universal Pictures, one certainly couldn’t be faulted for viewing such a claim with skepticism. There’s also a pretty fair chance that this falls in the “Yes and No” category, with the primary Fast and Furious series indeed coming to end after number 11, while the larger franchise continues to live on through spin-offs such as Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw and Netflix’s Fast and Furious: Spy Racers animated series.

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In any case, the 10th and 11th Fast and Furious movies cannot truly end the series without addressing a number of key issues pertaining to its story and characters. The increasingly outrageous territory the franchise has expanded into also presents it with an opening to do a few things that would have been bafflingly absurd when it first began, but which now fit right in with the kind of gloriously unhinged thrill ride that the series has come to embody. Here is what Fast and Furious 10 and 11 need to do in order to give the series the finale that it deserves.

Justice For Han
Han the Fast and furious 9

The most obvious, and the most called for, resolution of the Fast Saga is in the promise of justice being done for Han’s attempted murder by Deckard Shaw. Han was supposedly killed by Shaw in both Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift and Furious 7 due to their overlapping timelines, only for the trailer for F9 to reveal Han alive and well in the present day and returning to Dom’s crew. This opens a whole can of worms on its own with how Han survived the explosion of his car and where he’s been all this time, though the series easily skirted that exact complication with Letty’s return after her own supposed death in Fast and Furious 6. More importantly, there’s also a lot of water under the bridge that is Shaw’s attack on Dom’s family in Furious 7.

The Fate of the Furious casually retconned Shaw from a villain into an outright hero, even inducting him into Dom’s inner circle, and by Hobbs and Shaw, the only narrative link to prior assault on Dom and company was he and Hobbs continuing to butt heads more out of egos than a true grudge. From his own perspective, Shaw was acting in retaliation for his brother Owen Shaw’s near-death from his battle with Dom’s family in Fast and Furious 6, only for everyone (Owen included) to set that aside when it became clear they shared a common enemy in Cipher in The Fate of the Furious.

Though Shaw isn’t appearing in F9, his return to the mainline series is assured, and it would be horrendously negligent to not directly address his attempt to kill Han. A face-to-face encounter goes without saying, and perhaps even a physical altercation does too, its doubtless Han will refuse to trust Shaw. The Fast Saga found its own way for Hobbs to bury the hatchet with Shaw over his previous attempt to kill him, and however it goes about doing so, it has to extend some form of justice to Han, as well.

Bring Back More Fast & Furious Characters
Vin Diesel Eva Mendes Monica Gal Gadot Gisele Fast and the furious

Of course, with Han returning, there’s no reason why other characters can’t, and it would actually be a huge missed opportunity if the last chapters of the Fast and Furious series didn’t pull in everyone that they possibly could. Given that Han is back, the return of his girlfriend Gisele Yashar is right at the top of the list, all the more so for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman prestige. Though Gisele seemingly died herself in Fast and Furious 6, Han’s return itself is really the biggest argument for Gisele to also jump back in.

Eva Mendes returning as Monica Fuentes would be a lot trickier, given Mendes having essentially retired from acting, but if she were to show any interest in coming back for even a cameo, Monica’s return would certainly expand the ensemble of the franchise’s finale. Johnny Strong’s Leon was also one of the more minor associates of Dom and his crew, but bringing him back in some capacity would also be a wise choice as the series comes to an end, and the same would be the case for Lucas Black’s Sean Boswell from Tokyo Drift, as well as Tego Calderon and Don Omar as Leo and Santos from Fast Five (bringing back Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs also goes without saying.) One thing’s for sure – in a series predicated on the idea of family, the last two Fast and Furious movies should bring back every retired character that it possibly can.

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The Fast Saga Should Introduce Time-Travel
Dominic Toretto

At a glance, the notion of time-travel in a Fast and Furious movie sounds ridiculous, but realistically, should it? Few movie franchises have undergone such a radical facelift as the Fast and Furious series has, beginning as a pretty transparent Point Break knock-off to Dom BASE-jumping a car from one skyscraper to another in Furious 7. Once the series hit its stride in Fast Five, half of the fun of each new chapter has been in how each can be more over-the-top than the last, and sci-fi elements are also now firmly embedded into the franchise with Hobbs and Shaw’s cybernetically augmented villain Brixton Lore and the Eteon organization. The point is, the Fast Saga abandoned any pretense of being a grounded action movie series long ago.

There’s also the fact that F9 is now set to take the series into space, and while that feels perfectly fitting for just what the franchise is now, that also makes a hard to imagine just what the 10th and 11th installments can do to one-up it. After bringing space travel into the mix, time-travel is very possibly the only thing left for the series to dive into that can take it into even more outlandish territory. It could even make the concluding chapters of the series a kind of Avengers: Infinity War /Avengers: Endgame situation, and bringing the whole story full circle in what is now the true Fast and Furious style. Time-travel might be jumping the shark for The Expendables or John Wick, but in a franchise that has gradually transitioned from street racing to space travel and essentially shrugged while doing it, it’s just the next logical frontier.

How Dom’s Story Should End in Fast & Furious 10 & 11
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Going back to the family aspect of the franchise, that certainly needs to be central to how Fast and Furious 10 and 11 close the curtain on the series. With Han returning, that throws the door wide open for a whole slew of characters to come back into the mix, and this could turn the final installments of the franchise into a kind of family reunion, literally and thematically. Moreover, as the central pillar of the whole series, the biggest question of all is how Dom’s story should wrap up.

Considering how long the series has lasted, and done so against all odds and expectations, a final street race or scene of Dom riding off into the sunset would be fitting. At the same time, Dom going out in a blaze of glory might be the most fulfilling way to conclude his story. Tying into the family theme that the series is renown for, Dom would certainly be far from reluctant to lay down his life for the sake of anyone in his crew, so perhaps a final showdown in which Dom, armed with a pair of torque wrenches, no doubt, makes the ultimate sacrifice for his family would be the best way to finally conclude the legend of Dominic Toretto.

That the Fast and Furious series continued long enough to hit their groove with Fast Five and rise to where it is now is an astonishing accomplishment, and its ending will surely be an emotional farewell for audiences, even if it’s likely to continue in some form through spin-offs and whatnot. However the book ends up being closed on the series, there are a number of beats that it should hit, a few that it absolutely has to, and a few plot elements that are simply a logical extension of the wild vehicular adventure it’s transitioned into. The Fast and Furious series always lived its life a quarter-mile at a time, and the only proper way for it to conclude is for it to end that way.

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Fast & Furious 11’s Franchise-Ending Updates Makes The Rock’s New Hobbs Spinoff Even More Confusing


Fast & Furious 11 will be the final ride for the franchise, closing the Toretto chapter after many years of success and some recent disappointments.
The status of The Rock’s Hobbs spinoff, Hobbs & Reyes, is uncertain as plans for the franchise’s finale have undergone changes.
While Fast 11 may mark the end of the main series, there is potential for Johnson’s character Hobbs to continue with solo adventures in the aftermath.

The latest update for Fast and Furious 11 suggests the saga truly is coming to a close soon – leaving Dwayne Johnson’s planned Hobbs spinoff in a strange place. After struggling for about a decade to find his footing as a leading man, The Rock finally broke through with his supporting role in Fast Five. His character Hobbs was essentially a human tank chasing after Dom (Vin Diesel) and his gang, and Johnson completely stole the 2011 sequel.

He continued with the Fast and Furious movies for several entries, but after a high-profile falling out with Diesel during The Fate of the Furious, he exited. Of course, Johnson’s stardom was at the point where he could focus on his own project, though he did reteam with Jason Statham for spinoff Hobbs and Shaw. In Fast X’s mid-credits scene, Johnson made a shock return as Hobbs – after previously vowing to never return to the main series. This brief scene teased the upcoming spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, where Johnson’s character will face off against Jason Momoa’s vengeful Reyes.

Fast & Furious 11’s Finale Plans Make The Rock’s Hobbs Movie Confusing
Hobbs & Reyes’ status needs to be confirmed
Dominic Toretto overtop Fast X scene of cast eating at table

Before the release of the 2023 sequel, star and producer Diesel suggested Fast and Furious 11 might not be the end, as originally planned. Instead, Diesel said the finale could be extended to two more installments, but following Fast X’s disappointing box office performance, the story will indeed wrap up with one last ride. In a recent Instagram post, Diesel confirmed the eleventh outing will be “the grand finale” – which makes the current status of Hobbs & Reyes a tad confusing.

Vin Diesel looking serious as Dom in Fast X. Related Fast & Furious 11’s Franchise-Ending Plans Reaffirmed By Vin Diesel In Emotional Development Update VIn Diesel offers an update on Fast & Furious 11’s development, reaffirming the next sequel will be the end for the mainline franchise.

There hasn’t been much heard about the offshoot since it was first confirmed in 2023, though it’s said to bridge the gap between Fast X and the next outing. Whether this means it will resolve the latter’s cliffhanger ending or feature any other main entry cast members are also unknown.

Fast 11
is truly arriving in April 2025, that doesn’t leave much time for
Hobbs & Reyes
to enter production and come out before its release date. Unless the project has already begun filming in secret – which feels very doubtful – there are signs the plan for Hobbs’ next adventure have changed.

How The Rock’s New Fast & Furious Movies Will Tie Into Fast 11
Will the spinoff truly bridge the gap between Fast X & 11?
Hobbs and Dante Reyes looking sideways in the Fast and Furious movies

When the spinoff was announced, the intention was for Hobbs & Reyes to take place between parts ten and eleven, and set the stage for the latter. Given the tepid response to Fast X, reports suggest the roadmap for Fast 11 has changed. These changes are said to include a new villain to replace Reyes and a more streamlined narrative that will take the series back to basics. Given how bloated the last chapter felt, these alterations sound like they’re for the best, but they don’t bode well for Hobbs & Reyes.

Given that it was Hobbs who pulled the trigger on his father in Fast Five, it makes all the sense in the world that Momoa’s Reyes would seek revenge on Hobbs. If anything, the pairing of Johnson and Momoa sounds epic, and if Fast and Furious 11 truly is getting a new antagonist, it would work in the finale’s favor if Hobbs took down Reyes before then. Again, the lack of visible movement on Hobbs & Reyes puts a giant question mark on it, since it doesn’t appear it will beat Fast 11 to the big screen.

Will Fast & Furious Truly End After Fast 11?
Is it the end of the road for Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs too?

All of this leads to the central question: will Fast and Furious 11 actually end the entire franchise, or will it branch off in a new direction? Assuming Hobbs & Reyes doesn’t beat the next entry to theaters as originally planned, it would be odd for Fast 11 to “end” the saga, only for Johnson’s Hobbs to have a solo adventure straight after. It would be stranger for Hobbs & Reyes to arrive before the next sequel and become a hit, which would surely lead to calls for more sequels, undermining Fast and Furious 11’s ending claims.

Fast & Furious Movies Featuring The Rock Release Year Fast Five 2011 Fast & Furious 6 2013 Furious 7 2015 The Fate of the Furious 2017 Hobbs & Shaw 2019 Fast X 2023

The franchise was largely bulletproof for many years, but the reception to both Fast X and F9: The Fast Saga has shown cracks in the armor. Two decades on, it’s about time to wrap up the Toretto chapter and let the family enjoy their barbeques in peace without being targeted by the vengeful third cousin of a past villain. Fast and Furious 11 must deliver on its promise to end this part of the series – but there’s no reason Johnson’s Hobbs couldn’t continue for solo adventures in the aftermath either.

Watch Fast X on Prime Video

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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.Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures

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The Rock Will Have To Save Fast & Furious Again 14 Years After Doing It In Fast Five


The Rock’s return to Fast & Furious signals the end of his beef with Vin Diesel and a pivot in his career.
Fast 11 needs a streamlined approach, shedding excess characters and bloated plots to regain momentum.
The franchise has evolved significantly since Fast Five, but Hobbs’ return may be crucial to its future success.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s first appearance in the Fast and Furious saga drove it to new heights, but over a decade on, can he do it all again? The Rock was such a charismatic presence during his WWE days that he felt like a natural fit for movie stardom – but it was a long road to get there. Most of his early star vehicles like The Rundown underperformed, and he was soon relegated to mediocre kids’ movies like The Tooth Fairy. It wasn’t until he was cast as Hobbs in Fast Five that his star persona finally clicked.

Hobbs evolved from an enemy to an ally of Dom’s (Vin Diesel) crew and scored his own spinoff with 2019’s Hobbs & Shaw. Outside of the Fast & Furious franchise, Johnson’s career took off in a major way too, with a run of hits that included his Jumanji sequels and Rampage. His high-profile falling out with Vin Diesel made it appear he would never return to the main series, but Fast X’s mid-credits sequence revealed Hobbs was indeed coming back, and being targeted by new villain Reyes (Jason Momoa).


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The Rock’s Fast & Furious Return Comes Alongside Fast X’s Box Office Disappointment
Will Johnson’s Hobbs come to the rescue of Dom and friends?
Custom image of Dwayne Johnson a Hobbs in Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Just how much Hobbs and Dom will interact in the upcoming Fast and Furious 11 remains to be seen, but Johnson and Diesel at least appear to be on speaking terms again. Fast X’s Hobbs scene was a genuine surprise to fans, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time. The tenth installment was a troubled production, with original helmer Justin Lin quitting the project and being replaced by Louis Leterrier. The movie’s budget also ballooned to $340 million (via The Numbers), with Fast X’s eventual $714 million gross being seen as a disappointment by Universal.

The sequel was greeted with unenthused reviews too, and there are signs of general audience fatigue with the whole saga. Hobbs was missed during the last two entries, with the character being a good counterbalance to Dom’s self-serious presence, and while Hobbs & Shaw had issues of its own, it was more entertaining than Fast X. Johnson is a natural fit for this intentionally overblown franchise, and he brings a welcome amount of humor and macho energy to proceedings.

Fast & Furious Needs To Regain Momentum Ahead Of Fast X, Part 2
Fast 11 needs to get audiences excited again

A big sin of Fast X is that it reheated plot beats and twists the series had covered already, including yet another villain seeking revenge for the defeat of a family member. Most of the cast were split up into smaller groups, and the film had too many subplots and characters to track. If followers of the series felt fatigued by how bloated the narrative was, the film must have been near incomprehensible to newcomers. There are reports that Fast and Furious 11 will go back to basics, with a simple mission and a new villain.

Stripping away the excess – both in terms of characters and sidequests – will be crucial to Fast 11 regaining some sense of momentum. Even the action sequences in Fast X were lacking in genuine thrills or invention, and for a movie with “Fast” in the title, it didn’t feel very propulsive. Like with the purported superhero fatigue currently affecting the MCU, audiences may be getting weary of Fast and Furious’ bag of tricks. If part eleven is truly the end of the road, it really needs to focus on delivering an emotionally satisfying, flab-free outing.

The Next Fast & Furious Movies Can’t Repeat Fast X’s Mistakes
Hobbs and Reyes should take note from Fast X’s reception
A custom of Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Jason Momoa as Dante Reyes in Fast X

Alongside the next sequel, Johnson and Momoa will square off in Hobbs & Reyes, which is set to bridge the gap between Fast X and Fast 11. Given the hammy energy Momoa brought to the sociopathic Reyes, the pairing of him and Johnson should make the spinoff a fun one. An advantage of the Hobbs’ spinoffs is they’re free to untangle themselves from the baggage of the main story and can play with the rules a little. Hobbs vs Reyes already indicates a leaner storyline, but the next main entry isn’t so lucky.

Fast X’s cliffhanger ending left too many plates spinning, including the fates of Dom, his son and most of the gang after Reyes outsmarted them all. Presumably, the outcome of this will have to wait until Fast and Furious 11 is released, though if Hobbs and Reyes is set between the two sequels, the spinoff may have to deal with some of Fast X’s fallout too. If the news of the next sequel focusing on a single mission is true, this is a step in the right direction.

The tenth movie pulled itself into too many directions, so Fast 11 needs a streamlined approach. It doesn’t require any more wacky plot twists or surprise family members and must deliver on the promise of closing out the current era of the series. Instead of holding out for yet another sequel, Diesel should focus his creative energies on giving Dom and pals the sendoff they deserve, and realize that Fast X’s maximalist hurt the movie.

Fast & Furious (& The Rock’s Career) Have Changed A Lot Since Fast Five
Johnson’s return doesn’t guarantee a Fast & Furious return to form
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Every Fast & Furious Featuring Hobbs Release Year Fast Five 2011 Fast and Furious 6 2013 Furious 7 2015 The Fate of the Furious 2017 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 2019 Fast X 2023

Johnson’s Fast and Furious comeback is exciting because it means the beef between him and Diesel is officially squashed, and that Hobbs is no longer an outcast from the main storyline. That’s all good news, but in reality, Johnson’s career outside the property has changed in recent years. While his box office record was once unimpeachable, Johnson’s returning off the back of the high-profile failure of Black Adam, and the critical drubbing faced by projects like Red Notice.

In truth, the decision to return to Fast and Furious was likely to give his own career a little boost. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but while he’s arguably the biggest star of the main cast, The Rock could use a couple of solid box-office hits too. The main Fast and Furious films have changed a lot since Hobbs’ debut in the fifth film. Fast Five officially marked the turning point where they switched from street race action movies to the global-hopping blockbusters they transformed into.

The series is barely recognizable from its early days and has only become more outlandish. Hobbs’ return obviously won’t have the same impact as his Fast Five introduction, but it should at least signal the end of the series is near and all the key players will be there. If the franchise is to continue beyond the Toretto clan, Johnson’s Hobbs is the natural way to go, so he may be responsible for saving Fast and Furious in more ways than one.

Fast X
is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Source: The Numbers

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.Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures

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Fast & Furious 11’s Franchise-Ending Plans Reaffirmed By Vin Diesel In Emotional Development Update


Fast & Furious 11
marks the end of the mainline franchise, with Vin Diesel confirming the finale in an emotional Instagram post.
Diesel shared that story meetings for the movie are complete, promising an incredibly powerful conclusion to the Fast Saga.
While the mainline franchise will conclude with
Fast & Furious 11
, spinoff films like
Hobbs & Shaw
will continue the series in the future.

While progress continues on the various spinoffs, Vin Diesel reaffirms Fast & Furious 11 will be the end for the mainline franchise in a new development update. The next installment in the long-running action franchise had been announced at the same time as Fast X’s development, with the plans for the movies to be a two-part sendoff for the series. After an initial pause due to the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes in 2023, Universal quickly got to work on putting together the script for Fast 11, with subsequent reports varying on how it would tackle its predecessor’s cliffhanger ending.

With just over a year remaining until its scheduled release date, Diesel took to his Instagram to offer an update on Fast & Furious 11’s development.

In his post, as seen above, the star/producer emotionally reflected on the franchise’s journey thus far, particularly as he reaffirms that the next movie will be the end for the mainline franchise. Diesel also offered a promising update on the movie’s development, confirming that the story meetings are finished and promising a finale in which “incredibly powerful is an understatement”.

Will The Fast & Furious Franchise Continue After 11?

Despite once being a dominant franchise at the box office, the end for Fast & Furious quickly seemed inevitable in recent years as the financial returns began dropping. While F9: The Fast Saga’s box office numbers could be chalked up to its mid-pandemic release, Fast X’s didn’t fare much better, despite touting a production budget over $100 million larger than its predecessor. This all points to a general waning interest among audiences akin to the recent superhero fatigue affecting the Marvel Cinematic Universe and remaining DC Extended Universe releases.

Though Diesel’s post confirms the end of the mainline franchise, it doesn’t mean Fast & Furious can’t continue after the upcoming eleventh movie. It was confirmed in mid 2023 that development was underway on a new standalone sequel entitled Hobbs & Reyes, with Dwayne Johnson continuing his role after his surprise return in Fast X and Jason Momoa reprising his villain role. Around the same time, Johnson also confirmed that Hobbs & Shaw 2 was still in development, but that those plans were postponed in favor of the movie bridging the gap between the tenth and eleventh movies.

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Additionally, plans for a female-led Fast & Furious spinoff were announced in 2019, with Charlize Theron expected to reprise her role as the villainous Cipher for the project, though very few updates have been shared in the years since. Given Universal seems to be generally reconfiguring their plans for the franchise’s future, it remains to be seen whether these spinoff plans will come to fruition after Fast & Furious 11. One can at least hope that Diesel’s promise of an epic finale proves to be true with the extended development time given to the next installment.

Fast X is available to stream on Prime Video.

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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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