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Fast & Furious Wasted Its Best Villain In 12 Years (But These 2 Movies Can Fix It)


Fast X wasted Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes, the best Fast and Furious villain since Hobbs.
Fast X was disappointing compared to its great villain.
Dante Reyes is expected to return in a Hobbs spinoff movie and Fast & Furious 11 to conclude the Fast Saga.

Fast X wasted Fast and Furious’ best villain in 12 years, but two upcoming films can fix it. While the Fast Saga is heading toward its ending, there are at least two more confirmed Fast and Furious movies in the works. One of them is the upcoming Fast & Furious 11, which is currently titled Fast X: Part 2 and will serve as a direct follow-up to Fast X’s ending. Considering Fast X’s disappointing box office run, the saga will have to regain momentum if it wants to end on a high note.

Fast and Furious has several tropes, including having villains with a personal or even professional grudge against Dominic Toretto and his team. This trope was taken to the next level with Fast X’s Dante Reyes, who spent all of the film making sure Toretto would pay for what happened to Hernan Reyes in Rio during the events of Fast Five. Dante targeted not only Toretto but also everyone close to him, and every action he took was part of a larger plan to make Dom suffer. This unstoppable quest for revenge made Dante a fascinating villain.

Fast X Wasted Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes
Fast X was not as good as its villain

Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes was an incredible villain, but Fast X did not live up to the character. While it may seem paradoxical that a flawed movie delivered a great villain, there are plenty of films in which the antagonist stole the show despite the movie’s issues. Momoa’s Dante was the highlight of every Fast X scene he was in, and it is safe to say he was the best thing about the movie overall. Still, as great as Dante was, Fast X was very disappointing, especially when compared to some of Fast and Furious’ best movies.

Fast and Furious Movies Worldwide Box Office (via The Numbers) The Fast and The Furious $206,458,372 2 Fast 2 Furious $236,410,607 The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift $157,794,205 Fast & Furious $359,347,833 Fast Five $629,975,898 Fast & Furious 6 $789,300,444 Furious 7 $1,511,986,364 The Fate of the Furious $1,235,534,014 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $760,732,926 F9 $719,360,510 Fast X $714,582,375

As the beginning of the end for Fast and Furious, the bar was high for Fast X. After several promises of one last ride, Fast and Furious was finally about to deliver its long-awaited finale, or at least the first part of it. Rather than a celebration of the saga or an exciting setup for Fast & Furious 11, Fast X was a convoluted film with a weak story, predictable moments, and empty action sequences. Fast X’s problems were reflected in the movie’s critical and commercial reception, and it is arguably one of the worst entries in the franchise.

Fast X: Part 2
is set to be released on April 4, 2025.

Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes Was Fast & Furious’ Best Villain Since Hobbs
The Rock’s Hobbs stole the show in Fast Five
Jason Momoa's Dante Reyes in Fast X and Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X’s issues are made worse by the fact that its villain, Dante Reyes, was the best Fast and Furious antagonist since The Rock’s Luke Hobbs from Fast Five. While Hobbs has since become a member of Dominic Toretto’s family and even led his own spinoff movie, the character was first introduced as a villain in 2011’s Fast Five. Hobbs was the first Fast and Furious villain to truly feel like a threat to Brian and Toretto, the latter of whom was already turning into a “superhero” by that point.

The Rock’s Hobbs changed how the Fast Saga handled its villains, going from generic crime bosses in a suit to action stars chasing down Toretto and his family. Owen Shaw, Deckard Shaw, and Cipher are just some examples of Fast and Furious villains who were clearly influenced by Fast Five’s Hobbs – and the same applies to Momoa’s Dante. Fast X managed to introduce the most interesting villain in the saga since Hobbs, someone who would stop at nothing to defeat Dominic Toretto. Of course, there were also several differences between Dante and Hobbs.

Fast & Furious 11
will learn from
Fast X
’s mistakes and deliver a movie that is as good as its villain.

Whereas Hobbs was against Toretto because the former was an FBI agent tasked with tracking down a fugitive, Dante was all about revenge. Likewise, whereas Hobbs was serious and treated everything like nothing but a mission, Dante was having fun with his evil plans. Hobbs and Dante are very different villains conceptually, yet they are both similar in the sense of being major forces to be reckoned with that gave Toretto a difficult time. However, whereas Fast Five is widely considered the best Fast and Furious movie, Fast X was not as good as its villain.

Dante Reyes Is Expected To Return In Hobbs’ New Spinoff Movie
Fast X revealed Dante is coming after Hobbs
Hobbs and Dante Reyes looking sideways in the Fast and Furious movies

Shortly after the release of Fast X, Dwayne Johnson announced that a Hobbs spinoff movie bridging Fast X and Fast X: Part 2 was in the works. While not much is known about the new Hobbs spinoff, the film is expected to also feature Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes considering how Fast X ended. The Rock’s return to Fast and Furious happened during a post-credits scene in which Hobbs picked up a phone call from Dante, who warned the special agent that he was coming for him. Hobbs is the one who killed Dante’s father after all.

The Hobbs movie, which is not Hobbs & Shaw 2, could be about Dwayne Johnson’s character tracking down Dante Reyes or vice versa. It could also be some sort of bud cop movie in which Hobbs and Reyes would be forced to work together, although it is difficult to imagine how that would work considering everything the villain has already done. Regardless, if Dante is in the Hobbs film, Fast and Furious has the chance of doing more with the villain before his eventual return in the upcoming Fast X: Part 2, or Fast & Furious 11.

Fast & Furious 11 Will Conclude Dante Reyes’ Story
Fast X: Part 2 must learn from Fast X’s mistakes
Jason Momoa as Dante held at gunpoint in Fast X

While it is unclear whether Momoa will be in the announced Hobbs film, Dante Reyes will return in Fast X: Part 2, which is expected to wrap up the Fast Saga. Fast X ended with Dante exploding the bride Dom and his son was in, plus with the airplane that was carrying Toretto’s family exploding too. Even though Jakob Toretto is dead, Dante’s revenge is far from complete. Apart from Cipher returning in F9, Fast and Furious has so far avoided reusing villains for two movies in a row, which makes Dante’s return quite more interesting.

Custom image of Jason Momoa in Fast X and Paul Walker in Fast Five Related 8 Reasons Fast X Was Way Worse Than Fast Five (Despite Trying To Copy It) Fast X was full of callbacks to Fast Five, but the latest Fast and Furious movie wasn’t nearly as good as the saga’s fifth installment.

Hopefully, Fast & Furious 11 will learn from Fast X’s mistakes and deliver a movie that is as good as its villain. The new film should capitalize on Dante’s reception, perhaps focusing more on how brutal he can be. Having more of Dante may help Fast X: Part 2, but the sequel needs to be a good movie first and foremost. Assuming it will indeed conclude the Fast Saga, Fast & Furious 11 must be a worthy finale for the series, and it already has the perfect villain to accomplish so.

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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

Related Vin Diesel May Have Spoiled Fast & Furious 11’s Ending With $2.7 Billion Movie Comparison Dom’s death happening in Fast & Furious 11 may have been spoiled already, with Vin Diesel comparing the upcoming movie to another big franchise.

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.

2:34 Image 147 Related Predicting The Ending Of All 13 Fast & Furious Characters In Fast 11 The Fast Saga is set to conclude with Fast & Furious 11 – or Fast X 2 – but how will Dom Toretto and his family’s stories come to a definitive end?

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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