How Will Fast & Furious End? Our Biggest Theories & Predictions
Here’s how Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 could satisfactorily wrap up the Fast and Furious franchise after two decades and a dozen of films.
Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 will wrap up the saga, and while not much is known about the final two Fast and Furious films, the history of the franchise can help answer the question of how will Fast and Furious end. After Toretto promised “one last ride” several times, Fast and Furious star and producer Vin Diesel is making clear that the saga is coming to an end with Fast X and Fast & Furious 11. Although it was once assumed that both films would be shot back to back, Fast & Furious 11 currently does not have a director attached or a release date following Justin Lin’s departure from Fast X.
Considering that Fast and Furious would always find a way of bringing its main characters back for another adventure, even after seemly definitive endings like the one from Fast Five, Fast & Furious 11 will have to feel like an actual finale. Fast and Furious is known for always going bigger, meaning that Fast & Furious 11 has to feature the franchise’s most high-stakes mission yet – something that does not ask for a sequel or any sort of follow-up. Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 will also have to honor the franchise’s history, which can be done through flashbacks and cameos. Here are the biggest and most likely theories for how Fast and Furious will end.
Fast X And Fast & Furious 11 Revisit The Franchise’s History
Similar to how Avengers: Endgame, which wrapped up the MCU’s first decade of films, Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 could honor the franchise’s history by revisiting past Fast and Furious movies. Actual time travel may be too far-fetched even for Fast and Furious, but the next two movies could still use flashbacks to recreate some of the franchise’s most important moments. Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 could also reveal new scenes that took place between The Fast and the Furious to F9, either to offer more context on a pivotal moment or simply to celebrate the previous movies. Ludacris recently teased potential Tej flashbacks in Fast X (via Instagram).
Cipher Is Finally Defeated
Following two films in which the Fast and Furious family failed to stop Cipher, either Fast X or Fast & Furious 11 will have to conclude the villain’s story. Apart from redeemed villains like Hobbs and Shaw, Cipher, who is confirmed to appear in Fast X, is the only Fast and Furious villain to have appeared in three films. Previously, Braga had appeared in Fast & Furious (2009) and Fast & Furious 6, albeit in a smaller role. Cipher’s story has already become repetitive, and given that she killed Elena in The Fate of the Furious, a Shaw-style redemption is likely off the table for the villain
The Rock’s Hobbs Doesn’t Return (But Jason Statham’s Shaw Does)
Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs is not returning for Fast X, and while Fast & Furious 11 still doesn’t have an official cast, it’s highly unlikely that The Rock returns to Fast and Furious. Johnson left the main Fast and Furious films after The Fate of the Furious and would later reunite with Jason Statham’s Shaw for the spinoff film Hobbs & Shaw. Statham reportedly did not return for F9 due to scheduling conflicts, meaning that Shaw could still appear either in Fast X or Fast & Furious 11. Helen Mirren, who plays Deckard Shaw’s mother Magdalene Shaw, is returning for Fast X, suggesting that Jason Statham might be part of the finale
Jakob Toretto Joins The Family (For Good)
A last-minute addition to the Fast and Furious family, Jakob Toretto was the villain for most of F9 but was redeemed at the end. John Cena is returning for Fast X, and given all the Fast and Furious retcons that were necessary for Jakob Toretto’s story to fit in the timeline, it makes sense for the character to have a significant role in the final two films. Jakob Toretto’s redemption can be similar to that of Luke Hobbs, who helped Dom Toretto’s family at the end of Fast Five but was technically not on their side yet. Jakob Toretto could now join the family for good, especially if Cipher is defeated.
Fast & Furious 11 Has Its Own Endgame Final Battle
Starting with Fast Five, each Fast and Furious film has felt bigger and more ambitious than the last installment. That can be perceived by the Fast and Furious action sequences, which have gone from Toretto driving a giant vault in the streets of Rio de Janeiro to Roman and Tej being launched into space. The Fast and Furious family has even saved the world from a nuclear attack, and at this point, no action sequence would be too big for the final two Fast and Furious movies. As such, Fast & Furious 11 will likely have its own “Endgame final battle”, with current and previous characters joining forces to stop a threat
Brian Appears At The End
A Fast and Furious ending would not be complete without Brian O’Conner. Saying goodbye to Fast and Furious without Paul Walker involved will be bittersweet, and it for sure will be an emotional moment. In F9, Mia joined the action while Brian was said to be at home. Previously, Furious 7 digitally recreated Paul Walker’s likeness with the help of his brothers, something that could be done again for Fast & Furious 11. Even if those involved prefer not to digitally recreate Paul Walker’s face, Brian’s presence could still be felt – perhaps with the character appearing from behind or from a long distance. Fast & Furious 11 can also honor Paul Walker through flashbacks.
The Fast & Furious Family Retires
The Fast and Furious family has had plenty of chances to retire. After Fast Five, Dom Toretto’s crew were all millionaires, yet they eventually came together again to assist Luke Hobbs on a secret mission. Fast & Furious 6 then saw the crew getting their pardons, but that was not enough to stop the Fast and Furious family to continue working. Whatever threat Dom Toretto and his family face in Fast X and Fast & Furious 11, it will for sure be their most difficult mission yet. Therefore, after the crew eventually saves the world again from Cipher or Jason Momoa’s villain, the family can finally retire – this time for good.
A New Fast & Furious Generation Is Teased
Fast and Furious has always been about family, to the point Toretto’s “family speeches” have even become memes. As such, Fast & Furious 11 will likely end with a celebration of the Toretto family, plus teases of a new generation of Fast and Furious pilots. That is not to say Fast & Furious 11 will set up a new movie or spinoffs, only that it can tease a new generation of Torettos and O’Conners continuing the legacy of the family. Brian and Mia have two kids, and F9 already played with the idea of Brian Marcos continuing the legacy of Dominic Toretto and his best friend.
Fast & Furious Ends With A Toretto Family Barbecue
Perhaps the safest prediction for Fast & Furious 11 is that it ends with a Dominic Toretto family barbecue. The Toretto barbecues have been part of the Fast and Furious franchise since the first movie, and they illustrate how Dom perceives his friends as being part of his family. Given that Fast & Furious 6, The Fate of the Furious, and F9 all ended with Dom’s famous family barbecue, Fast & Furious 11 would not be complete without the Toretto family coming together for a meal. Fast X could end on a cliffhanger while Fast & Furious 11 ends on a happy note with all the characters sharing the screen for the last time.