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10 Fast & Furious Hobbs Moments That Explain How The Rock Saved The Franchise


Hobbs’ addition saved Fast & Furious, taking action from street-level to global espionage adventures.
Hobbs vs Dom showcased shift to brutal fight scenes, setting tone for series’ bombastic growth.
Hobbs brought a new dynamic, showing enemies can become allies without joining Dom’s crew.

The addition of Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs to the Fast & Furious franchise expanded the scope of the films and breathed fresh life into the series, with his return for Fast and Furious 11 solidifying his importance to the series. The best sequences featuring the WWE veteran in the series played into the overall themes of the movies as they evolved from street-level action movies into globe-trotting espionage adventures. Hobbs debuted in Fast Five, as a law-abiding heroic antagonist to the heroic but criminal Toretto crew.

Hobbs helped save Fast & Furious and escalate the sheer scale of the series into something else. Hobbs’ arrival ushered in the openly bombastic second half of the series, setting up multiple appearances and even a spin-off film. Along the way, Hobbs highlighted some of the biggest themes of the franchise and proved that it didn’t have to be Dom Toretto and his “family” who drove the series forward. Here are the ten most important Luke Hobbs scenes in the Fast & Furious movie franchise and how they highlighted the evolution of the series.


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10 Hobbs’ Introduction
Fast Five

Hobbs was introduced in 2011’s box office hit Fast Five, which helped reinvigorate the franchise and expanded the scope far beyond the street racing that had dominated the prior films. Hobbs’ first scene in the series establishes him as a direct contrast to the bombastic personalities of Dom’s crew. After Dom and his allies are framed for the murder of several DEA agents, Hobbs arrives on the scene to bring them to justice. Hobbs is quickly established as a prepared and dangerous adversary, with a vast amount of resources at his disposal.

Instead of the villains of prior films, Hobbs is shown to be driven by the loss of his fellow agents and keen to not underestimate his adversaries. This effectively sets Hobbs up as a unique counter to Dom in the films. While Dom and his allies may be the heroes of the film series, they’re still career criminals. Hobbs, by contrast, is established as an effective lawman with the confidence to warn local authorities away from his investigation. After four films of overtly criminal antagonists, Hobbs gives the series a more engaging type of adversary.

9 Hobbs Vs. Dom
Fast Five

Hobbs’ big one-on-one fight with Dom in Fast Five underscored an important new element to the Fast & Furious films. Whereas earlier movies in the franchise had based much of their action around high-octane car chases and races, the films were increasingly featuring more brutal fight scenes. After locating Dom, Hobbs tracks him down and engages in a brawl that sees both men showcase their physical strength and endurance.

While Dom was increasingly becoming an unstoppable force in the series, Hobbs presented an impressive counter. Their fight takes them through several walls, highlighting how the fight scenes in the series were growing more over-the-top as well. A far cry from the more grounded beats of the original The Fast & The Furious, Fast Five’s big Dom and Hobbs fight helped shape the future of the series.

8 Hobbs & Dom Team-Up
Fast Five

One of the most consistent elements of the Fast & Furious franchise, especially in later films, sees former enemies steadily become unlikely allies. This occurs in Fast Five, with Hobbs and Dom deciding to work together to avenge their respective allies killed by Reyes. Despite his crew doubting his plan to get revenge on the crime lord, Dom finds an unlikely ally in Hobbs. The sequence sets the stage for Hobbs to become a genuine ally to Toretto and his friends. As a result, Hobbs went from being a potential one-movie antagonist to a secondary hero for the franchise.

Notably, though, this doesn’t have the effect it had on Brian. While Brian began the series as an enemy of the Toretto family, he eventually abandoned his ways as an officer to join their crew. Hobbs doesn’t do that, notably telling Dom that he’ll ride with him until Reyes has been killed. It establishes that enemies can still become allies, even if they don’t become overt members of Dom’s group afterward. It expanded the scope of the franchise beyond the crew in ways that would permanently alter the dynamics of the series.

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7 Hobbs Recruits Dom & The Crew
Fast & Furious 6

Following their brief alliance in Fast Five, Hobbs ends up turning to Dom and his crew in the subsequent film, Fast & Furious 6. While the stakes and scope of Fast 5 exceeded the street-level origins of the series, Fast & Furious 6 was the film that truly elevated the series into the explosive world of super spies and experimental technology. This has remained the film’s direction since, with Hobbs’s recruitment of Dom and the rest of the crew playing a big part in establishing the franchise’s new tone.

Even while the sequence keeps things directly tied to the Toretto family drama by revealing Letty’s survival to Dom, the scene leans heavily into an action-spy genre tone that had been absent from the previous films. This is quietly one of the most important moments of the franchise. The subsequent escalation of the series likely wouldn’t have happened without someone like Hobbs around to bring them into a much bigger world.

6 Hobbs Vs. Shaw
Furious 7

Hobbs’ fight with Deckard Shaw in Furious 7establishes how dangerous the character is within the story. Although he’d already been set up as a killer in the previous film and deadly earlier in the film, Shaw’s fight with Hobbs underscored how dangerous the character is. The franchise increasingly relied on bigger and bigger action beats, with Furious 7 featuring some truly wild moments. The Hobbs and Shaw fight was an ideal way for the film to set the tone for the rest of the action to come.

It also used Hobbs and his previous skills as a means of establishing how dangerous Shaw was to the rest of the crew. If Shaw could hold his own and get the better of Hobbs in a fight, then the danger presented to the rest of the cast is very real. In this sense, Hobbs was able to alter the trajectory of the film (and the later entries in the series) by serving as a story device to establish the dangerous potential of new villains.

5 Hobbs With His Mini-Gun
Furious 7

Furious 7 was when the Fast & Furious films fully became cartoonish in their scope and action, and that’s not a complaint. While the series had already featured plenty of ridiculous moments, Hobbs’s role in the third act of Furious 7 helped cement the new direction. Flexing so hard that his cast breaks, Hobbs rushes to help Dom and the rest of the crew by, among other things, driving an ambulance into the fight and using a mini-gun against a helicopter.

It’s openly and unabashedly ridiculous in the best kind of way. It sets the stage for the subsequent films more over-the-top moments like shooting a car into space. Dwayne Johnson plays every beat with a perfectly straightforward and earnest approach that keeps the moment from derailing the film around it. Hobbs helped cement Furious 7’s increasing bombastic action as the norm for the series.

4 Hobbs Scares Little Nobody
The Fate of the Furious

One of the underlying themes of the Fast & Furious franchise is the importance of family. Dom’s insistence that his found family and blood relatives stick together against all odds has been at the heart of the series since the beginning. However, it extends beyond Dom and the rest of the Torettos. In The Fate of the Furious, after being sent to prison, Hobbs is met by Mister Nobody and his new partner, Little Nobody.

When Little Nobody brings up Hobbs’ daughter in an attempt to intimidate him into working with them, Hobbs casually breaks his handcuffs and pins the agent to a wall. As the series expanded beyond the Toretto family, Hobbs’ commitment to his daughter underscores how themes about family in the franchise could extend beyond Dom and the rest of his crew, serving as an ideal teaser for Hobbs & Shaw.

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3 Hobbs & Shaw’s Prison Break
The Fate of the Furious

Despite his reluctance to accept an easy out of prison, Hobbs is forced into action in The Fate of the Furious when a chaotic moment gives Shaw a chance to escape. The prison break sequence is one of the highlights of The Fate of the Furious, and how well Hobbs fits into the franchise. The action is over-the-top and full of swagger, with Hobbs brushing off rubber bullets and casually throwing people around with ease.

As the series became more bombastic, Hobbs kept up with that morphing energy with gusto. The result is a fight that throws physics and reality out the window while Hobbs headbutts men in tactical gear and hits people with enough force to send them flying. The sequence is goofy and cool in equal measure, with big moments punctuated by Hobbs and Shaw casually taking down anyone who comes their way in a good tease of how the films would continue to become bigger and more ridiculous.

2 Hobbs & Shaw’s Island Fight
Hobbs & Shaw

While Hobbs is absent from F9: The Fast Saga, he got a bigger chance to shine in Hobbs & Shaw. Alongside his former enemy turned reluctant ally Deckard Shaw, Hobbs found himself facing off with a super soldier and his army of dangerous killers in their spin-off. More than anything, Hobbs & Shaw showcases how the series can continue and thrive outside the Toretto family and their respective story. The film features some tense car chases, bombastic fight scenes, and even a massive duel to close out the third act.

However, the more impressive moment comes earlier, with Hobbs and his reunited family — alongside Deckard and his sister Hattie — fighting back against Brixton and his forces. The sequence showcases how Hobbs works as a star in the series, fitting within the overall themes of the series while having a unique and cultural touch that separates his adventure from other movies in the Fast & Furious series.

1 Hobbs’ Cameo
Fast X

The ending of FX set up the return of several familiar faces for the upcoming franchise finale, including Hobbs. The mid-credits scene of the film sees Dante Reyes, Jason Momoa’s campy villain and the apparent final villain of the franchise, send a threat to Hobbs for his role in the death of his father. The sequence reinforces the idea that Johnson’s role as Hobbs in the series can still carry weight, even after he’d been absent from the prior film. Hobbs’ return to Fast & Furious underscores the important changes that the character brought to the series.

His return promises an even larger scope for the upcoming franchise finale Fast and Furious 11, which is impressive given the sheer scope of the prior entry in the series. Hobbs has been a crucial piece of the franchise since his introduction, helping shape the overall direction of the series into a much larger series. His cameo in FX and involvement in Fast and Furious 11 highlights this, proving the series wouldn’t feel right closing out without an appearance from Luke Hobbs.

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 Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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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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