Is Fast & Furious 10 The Last One?
The upcoming Fast X is the latest installment of the Fast Saga, but is Fast and Furious 10 the last one? Long before the ensemble cast of Fast X, the Fast & Furious movies began with the modest introduction of The Fast & the Furious, which took the general template of Point Break and traded surfing for street racing. Eventually, the Fast & Furious movies became a belated phenomenon with the 2011 monster hit Fast Five. Not only has the franchise risen to towering heights of blockbuster success, but it also indulged in increasingly brazen levels of unabashed absurdity. By the time of 2021’s F9, it was more than fair to classify The Fast Saga as superhero movies.
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With Fast X on the way, the last adventures of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his inner circle, whom he regards as “family,” are finally in sight. Despite being a milestone, Fast X won’t be the last Fast & Furious movie. While there are some elements of Fast X that are taken as a given, most especially the fact that its action sequences will probably leave reality a distant memory, plenty of questions still remain in the minds of audiences. Here is how Fast X will set up the conclusion of the Fast Saga and what can be expected from it.
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Fast & Furious 10 Is Part 1 Of A Two-Part Finale
Is Fast and Furious 10 the last one? Fast X is part of the finale, but will not be the concluding chapter. While Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs won’t be returning, Fast 11 will follow Fast X up with the two acting as a two-part conclusion to the Fast & Furious series. In going this route, the Fast Saga will get in on a trend that was somewhat popular in long-running franchises in relatively recent memory.
Both the Harry Potter and the Twilight franchises concluded with two-part finales, and while the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still running, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame effectively functioned as a two-part story ending for the Infinity Saga. The Fast Saga might end somewhat differently, with Fast X and Fast 11 not being filmed back-to-back and thus likely not having the same one-year interval between ending chapters, but nonetheless follows the general two-part ending plan.
Why The Fast & Furious Franchise Is Ending With Fast 11
As for why the Fast & Furious franchise is set to conclude with Fast 11, the series’ continued box office strength shows that it is not due to a significant downturn in commercial viability, with F9 still performing strongly. As Vin Diesel, who is also an executive producer on the series has explained, Fast 11 ending the series is a matter of concluding the franchise at the right time. On Fast 11 ending the series, Diesel stated (via Vulture): “The finale comes because every good story needs a finale; because every book that you’ve read has a last chapter; because that’s the nature of storytelling.”
The idea of The Fast Saga having an outright finale at all, and specifically one of the nature Fast X and Fast 11 will provide, is one of the franchise’s unexpected accomplishments. The early Fast & Furious films were largely standalone stories like The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift (with Tokyo Drift becoming retroactively pivotal to the series) that did not have the same narrative structure or commercial dominance as they would later take on. The fact that Fast X and Fast 11 will fill that role for the series shows just how much The Fast Saga has indeed become a saga. Is Fast and Furious 10 the last one? No, but it is quite clearly setting the stage for something big to go down.
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Will There Be Fast & Furious Spinoffs After Fast X & Fast 11?
While the main Fast Saga is coming to an end with the grand finale of Fast X and Fast 11, both of those films are very likely to try to exceed F9’s space travel, but that doesn’t necessarily mean no more adventures in the Fast & Furious universe will be seen. Diesel himself alluded to this in his Vulture interview, stating, “I’m sure that there are people that would love for Fast to continue on and on and on and on. The universe, the Fast Universe, will do that, clearly, and there’ll be different iterations of stories and different storylines that are played out within the future.”
With one such spinoff, the animated Netflix series Fast & Furious Spy Racers, concluding in late 2021, it could serve as a template for other Fast Saga spinoffs in the future. Additionally, with the potential of Hobbs & Shaw, it is a similar branch-off from the main series that is intended for at least one more installment. Dwayne Johnson has also indicated it as the likely swan song of his character Luke Hobbs. While that would likely mark the end of the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff story of the Fast Saga, other characters in the franchise could potentially head off on their own solo adventures in spinoff stories in the vein of Hobbs & Shaw.
The Fast Saga has taken audiences for one of the wildest and most surprisingly long-running journeys of any action movie franchise ever made. As Vin Diesel points out, saying goodbye to Dom and his crew is bound to be a heart-tugging farewell for fans of the series, but with its longevity, the Fast Saga is ending when it should. Hopefully, Fast X and Fast 11 will be a strong finish to a series that has defied expectations in every conceivable way for its audience, who are as much a part of Dom’s family as his on-screen allies.
How The Fast X Trailer Teases The Fast Saga Ending
Other than answering “is Fast and Furious 10 the last one?”, there were also lots of questions about what would happen in the movie. There was little word on how the plot would look, with speculation surrounding the ruthless Cipher (Charlize Theron) as the villainess and Dom’s brother Jakob Toretto (John Cena). There were also open-ended questions about the mysterious Eteon organization. However, the Fast X trailer showed a lot more about the plot. This time, it introduced a new villain for the family to battle in Jason Momoa’s Dante.
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There was also the ominous motto in the trailer that said “the end of the road” begins with this movie. That clearly shows that the end is near, as Dante (the son of Hernan Reyes, the drug kingpin that Dom and his family faced off against in Fast Five) wants revenge for Dom ruining his life. The trailer showed carnage and wild car action, the return of everyone other than Dwayne Johnson, and life-or-death conflicts. Fast and Furious 10 is not the last one, but Fast X is the start of the road to that end.
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