Fast X Finds ‘Un-Mined Territory’ Froм A Previous Movie, Says Vin Diesel
The Fast & Furious movie franchise, which predates the Marvel Cinematic Universe and modern Hollywood’s attempts at creating cinematic universes, has become a universe of its own by bringing back many characters from past films. This has created an “Avengers”-like world, with convoluted yet crowd-pleasing cross-referencing. The upcoming tenth film, “Fast X,” will revisit “Fast Five” to explore the backstory of the new villain, as confirmed by Vin Diesel, who plays Dominic Toretto.
The Fast & Furious movies have retconned and rewritten their own continuity more than any other film franchise. Characters like Han and Letty have returned from the dead, while villains like Deckard Shaw and Dom’s brother Jacob have joined Dom’s “family” to become heroes. The chronology of the films is convoluted and bounces around like a 1970 Dodge Charger swinging from clifftops. It is so common for the films to flash back to previous events to make sense of the timeline that it would be weird if “Fast X” didn’t retell a scene from another movie in the series.
As hinted in the trailer, “Fast X” will reportedly show the bank vault heist from five films ago from the perspective of Dante Reyes, son of the antagonist from “Fast Five.” Diesel talked to Total Film magazine about returning to past events in true franchise flashback fashion in order to create a grander narrative.
The “F9” movie establishes that Jacob Toretto was involved in the death of their father, which was pivotal in building Dom’s character all the way back in the first “The Fast and the Furious” movie. It turns out that Jacob tampered with the car that was racing against Daddy Jack Toretto and may have accidentally caused the crash that killed him. Similarly, Dante was actually a villain hiding in the shadows this whole time, not dissimilar to the instance when it was revealed at the end of “Fast & Furious 6” that Deckard Shaw actually killed Han in “Tokyo Drift.” This convoluted soap opera plotting is also super fun, and it’ll be a hoot to see how “Fast X” further twists the series’ timeline into a muscly ouroboros.
In conclusion, “Fast X” will revisit past events from “Fast Five” and explore the backstory of the new villain from the perspective of Dante Reyes. The film will continue the convoluted yet crowd-pleasing cross-referencing that has made the Fast & Furious franchise a universe of its own.