Fast & Furious is one of the most successful franchises of recent years. As we have previously mentioned, it emerged almost out of nowhere and transformed into an action film that, through a lot of effort, became a unique franchise. And despite being on the verge of reaching its tenth installment, it has only grown in terms of audience appeal.
Fast X is set to be released on May 19th, and fans around the world are eagerly anticipating the return of the Toretto family. Furthermore, this movie has been marketed for years as the one that will conclude the saga… however, this is not entirely true. How many Fast and Furious movies are left, and how far are we from its conclusion?
Fast & Furious final trilogy arrives
“Without revealing too much, I can say this. When making this film, the studio asked if it could be two parts. And after the studio saw the first part, they said, ‘Could you make Fast X a trilogy?’ So, um…”.
These were the first words spoken by Vin Diesel regarding the making of Fast X and the conclusion of Fast & Furious. Despite being intended as the saga’s conclusion, plans quickly changed: it was first confirmed that there would be a second part of the same story that would wrap up the franchise. And later, a third part was added, which is now expected to be the one to conclude Fast & Furious.
Vin Diesel confirmed the news on the movie’s red carpet. This was reported by Eric Davis from Rotten Tomatoes via his Twitter account.
At the red carpet of #FastX in Rome, Vin Diesel seemingly confirmed that FAST X is not the first part of a two-part ending, but rather the first part of a three-part ending! It looks like we’re in for a Fast trilogy…
The ultimate Fast & Furious villain
To carry out this epic conclusion that will come in the form of a trilogy, Fast & Furious has chosen the best possible villain: Dante, the character portrayed by Jason Momoa. In early reviews of the film, Momoa’s villain has been compared to the two greatest comic book villains on the big screen: Joker and Thanos.
On one hand, his unhinged personality and evil plans bear a strong resemblance to Batman’s nemesis. But on the other hand, his grand schemes, power, and eloquence make him reminiscent of Marvel Studios’ Mad Titan. And even though he may not possess superpowers per se, he has little to envy from both of them.
But what is the movie exactly about? The synopsis of Fast X makes it very clear that, despite featuring all the classic elements of Fast & Furious, it aims to raise the stakes and pave the way for an epic conclusion that, apparently, will take longer than expected to arrive:
During numerous missions that are more than impossible, Dominic Toretto and his family have proven themselves to be smarter, braver, and faster than any enemy that crossed their path. But now they will have to face the deadliest opponent they have ever encountered: a terrible threat that resurfaces from the past, driven by a bloody thirst for revenge and determined to tear apart the family and destroy everything that matters to Dom forever.
The opponent in question is Dante, the son of the drug lord Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), who seeks vengeance for his father’s death during the events of Fast & Furious 5. Thus, Momoa’s character appears to be much deeper and more intricate than the usual ones in the saga.
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