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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 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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