SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for F9. If you have yet to see to movie, proceed at your own risk!
There is no way of getting around it, F9 took things to the next level even in a franchise that has a reputation of consistently upping the ante. But, once your nerves calm down and you come back to Earth after watching Vin Diesel go all Captain America by taking out a room of highly-trained soldiers and Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris literally fly a Pontiac Fiero into space, there’s a good chance you’re wondering where the series, specifically Fast and Furious 10, goes from here.
Well, now that we’re in the final stretch — the endgame, so to speak — of the Fast and Furious franchise, there are some burning questions that will need to be answered before Dominic Toretto and the rest of his international crew of seemingly invincible superheroes go on their final ride. Below are F9 questions we need Fast and Furious 10 to address.
Will Fast And Furious 10 Go Back To The Franchise’s Los Angeles Roots?
From the very beginning, Los Angeles has always been near and dear to the Fast and Furious franchise. Following the destruction of the Toretto house in Furious 7, however, it looked like we would never return to Dom’s old stomping grounds, but then came the F9 ending with the family BBQ at a partially rebuilt Toretto base of operations. Is this a sign the Toretto crew is coming back home? I mean, it’s only fitting that the franchise’s two-part swan-song would at least go back to its roots. Even though it sounds like the cast wants to take the show on another globe-trotting adventure, bringing the franchise back to where it all started would be nice send-off.
What’s Happening With Han Lue And Deckard Shaw?
One thing I couldn’t stop thinking about when Han Lue (Sung Kang) was first revealed to be returning in the first F9 trailer was his eventual confrontation with Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), the man long-believed to be responsible for his death. Shaw has since gone on to become more an anti-hero who partnered up with the Toretto crew in The Fate of the Furious and he didn’t actually kill Han, but we all knew there was going to be a come to Jesus meeting at some point. And then we got it in the F9 end credits scene.
So, where do Han and Shaw go from here? Will Fast and Furious 10 see them reluctantly work together after Shaw tries to convince Han of the reasons behind his past actions? Will Han just laugh it off and mess with Shaw? Or will something else happen entirely?
What’s Cipher’s Ultimate Play Now That She’s The Big Bad?
I always had a feeling Cipher (Charlize Theron) wouldn’t be a one-and-done villain at the end of The Fate of the Furious, and that theory was backed up in the third of act of F9 when she convinced Otto (Thue Ersted Rasmussen) to betray Jakob Toretto (John Cena). It was made even more clear that Cipher is the franchise’s “Big Bad” when it was revealed her magnet plane was actually a drone and she was far from the action.
Now that she’s clearly the main antagonist moving forward, what is her plan for the Toretto crew? At this point it has gone beyond being personal, with the involvement of Dom and Jakob, not to mention the Shaw family. Cipher is beginning to look more and more like the Thanos of the Fast Cinematic Universe.
What Happened To Mr. Nobody?
It is never made clear what really happened to Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) when his plane was boarded by and brought down by Jakob Toretto’s army of rogue agents, but I doubt he is actually dead. If we’ve learned anything about Mr. Nobody since his introduction in Furious 7, it is that we should expect the unexpected. Also, if the Fast and Furious franchise has taught us anything, it would be that no one is actually dead unless you see a body; but even then it’s a mixed bag.
Chances are we’ll see a major Mr. Nobody reveal in Fast and Furious 10 where he’ll give the Toretto crew the least amount of information possible before making a few jokes about the nature of his business and how he constantly escapes death. But seriously, this is something the next installment (or two) will need to address, and maybe we’ll get to see more of Mr. Nobody standing side-by-side with the team in action.
Will Jakob Toretto Be A Part Of His Brother’s Crew?
Watching Dominic Toretto and his kid brother Jakob come to terms with their past and the death of their father to team up against Cipher at the end of F9 was, honestly, one of my favorite moments of the movie. Where do we go from here, though?
It was made pretty clear that Jakob Toretto is going to have to lay low for a stretch now that pretty much everyone in the world is after him for one reason or another, but it definitely seems like he’ll be back at some point to help out his brother’s crew, especially with whatever plans Cipher has the works. As we work towards the franchise’s finale, Dom is going to need all the allies he can get, and near the top of that list is his super-spy brother.
When Will We See Luke Hobbs Again?
After being a major part of the Fast and Furious franchise going back to 2011’s Fast Five, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) was noticeably absent from F9, but this doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t be seeing anymore of one of the series’ most badass characters. I mean, director Justin Lin has already said Hobbs could come back at some point in the future, but we don’t really know when and how.
This is something Fast and Furious 10 needs to address. With the Toretto crew needing anyone and everyone to take on the looming threat that is Cipher and her third attempt at getting the best of Dom and his family, Hobbs will need to be there throwing out one-liners, kicking ass, and driving ridiculously large vehicles. What he was up to while his friends were going into space is something else that needs to be addressed.
Will We Actually SEE Brian O’Conner Again?
Even though Paul Walker died in a tragic accident in late 2013, his character, Brian O’Conner, is very much still alive in the Fast and Furious universe. There has been a mention or two of Brian ever since he retired from the crew at the end of Furious 7, but his character was limited to just that: mentions. That all changed in the final moments in F9 when Brian’s blue Nissan Skyline pulled up into Dom’s new driveway, showing fans of the franchise that Walker’s legacy is still with us.
Will this be a one-off appearance by Brian’s iconic car or will the character actually be seen again in Fast and Furious 10 and its follow-up? I mean, the technology is there (which has improved tremendously since the efforts put into Furious 7), so it could be done. Whether or not it's the right thing to do is a completely different question though.
Is There A Chance We See Gisele Yashar Again?
Since we’re talking about characters returning to the franchise for Fast and Furious 10, now seems like the best time to discuss the death of Gisele Yashar (Gal Gadot) and if she’s actually dead or in deep-cover like Han Lue all those years. Gisele’s sacrifice to save Han at the end of Fast and Furious 6 was one of the most emotional moments of the franchise up to that point, but a return of the character wouldn’t necessarily cheapen that.
The franchise, which continues to get crazier with each passing movie, has laid the groundwork with Han’s return in F9, and the way in which Mr. Nobody does things. With Gisele having worked for Mr. Nobody prior to her time with the Toretto crew, she could have learned a few magic tricks from her former boss. We also didn’t really get to see how high that car was hanging over the runway when she fell to the ground.
Over the years, the Fast and Furious franchise has taught us to expect the unexpected and to never rule anything out. This will hopefully continue to be the case for Fast and Furious 10. While we wait to have those questions answered, check out our rundown of all the upcoming Fast and Furious movies.