Fast & Furious Universe Timeline Explained

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The trailer for the second Fast & Furious movie, Fast X, debuted last month, increasing interest in the street racing action franchise. But there is a complicated journey ahead for new viewers who were interested in the new film if they want to join the previous films. The franchise (which is bigger than you think) is known for its convoluted history, in which later films take place before their predecessors and the characters’ histories are changed by going back often. Here are the essential details for new and returning fans to keep in mind.

The early ‘Fast & Furious’ movies

The Fast and the Furiousreleased in 2001, follows LA police officer Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) as he enters the world of underground street racing to track down the criminal gang that has been stealing trucks in daring car heists. Brian goes undercover with Dominic “Dom” Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) street racing team, becoming close friends with Dom and starting with his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster). But when it becomes clear that Dom and his team are robbers. Brian reveals their identity to Mia and the two rescue Dom and company after their newest truck target shoots them with a shotgun. Although Dom is furious to find out that Brian is a cop, the two team up again to get revenge on their friend Jesse (Chad Lindbergh) after being killed by a rival team. Dom and Brian then engage in another street race in which Dom is nearly killed in a crash with an oncoming truck. Brian then gives him the keys to his car, so Dom can flee from law enforcement.


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Diesel and other members of the main cast did not return for the first series. Instead, 2 Fast 2 Watchful, released in 2003, acted as a semi-conversion for Walker. Since the events in Los Angeles cost him his career as a policeman, Brian has adopted the outlaw lifestyle, spending his time street racing in Miami until he is arrested by the Service US Customs. Brian has the option of avoiding prison time by assisting a Customs/FBI mission to capture drug dealer Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) by going undercover as a driver in his group. Brian agrees on the condition that he brings childhood friend and ex-convict Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) as his companion. After Verone is caught, Brian and Roman quietly steal some of his money before he is taken into evidence, intending to use it to open a garage together. However, at an unknown time Brian would instead return to law enforcement, and almost set himself up as an FBI agent. The feature continued with a short film, The Turbo-cut Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furiouswhich showed Brian leaving Los Angeles and played before 2 Soon at select theaters.

‘Tokyo Drift’ Time Jump

Tokyo running Han
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The third film, 2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift this is where the history gets very complicated. Although the film is mainly about American teenager Sean Boswell (Black Lucas), who is forced to move to Tokyo, is friend and street racing mentor Han Seoul-Oh (Sing Kang) that became a bigger part of the franchise at large. A version of Han named Han Lue was previously featured in another film from director Justin Lin, Better luck tomorrow (Lin considers them to be the same character) and clearly preferred by the filmmaker, since the Fast franchise went on to include him in four subsequent films directed by Lin, even though the character was believed to have been killed in a car accident near the end of the Tokyo runs. To continue using the character Lin set the next three films before the events of Tokyo runs. This shift in history was established by a cameo from Diesel at the end of the Tokyo runsin which Dom meets Sean and mentions his long friendship with Han.

The second short film, Los Bandolerossetting up the events of the fourth feature titled Confusion, 2009’s Fast and furiousand shows Dom setting up a team, which included Han, to steal gas trucks in the Dominican Republic. Fast and furious reunited Diesel, Walker, Brewster, and original film co-star Michelle Rodriguez, who plays Dom’s girlfriend, Letty Ortiz. When Letty is apparently killed while working as an undercover informant for the FBI Brian and Dom work to bring her target and killer, cartel leader Arturo Braga, to justice. , with Dom and Mia coming to forgive Brian for cheating on him in the first movie over time. . Although they successfully capture Braga, Dom is also arrested and sentenced to life in prison for his previous crimes. Believing this unfairness Brian once again abandons his career in law enforcement and he and Mia go on the side of the road, entering immediately to the next movie.

In 2011 Five quick the three, who are now all fugitives, flee to Rio de Janeiro, where they run away from local drug lord Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida) while Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). They decide to steal $100 million from Reyes and use it to escape the reach of the law, hiring a team of past friends that included Han, Roman and others to do so to do In the film’s post-credits scene Hobbs learns that Letty is still alive.

2013 at Vigilant 6 some of the different timelines and stories tied together. The team teams up with Hobbs to bring Letty home and her new criminal boss Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Brian discovers that Braga was working for Shaw, explaining how the latter came into contact with Letty, who was an amnesiac after Braga’s first attempt to kill her. Shaw chose to use this as an opportunity to recruit her instead of killing her as Braga wanted him to. The team convinces Letty to join them again and defeat Shaw, who is caught out of a plane during a fight with Dom. However, during the final action scene Giselle Yasha (Gal Gadot), Han’s lover, is killed. This encourages Han to move to Tokyo as he and Giselle had always talked about. The film’s mid-credits scene shows his death from Tokyo runs from a different perspective, revealing that it was not an accidental accident and that the other car was driven by Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Owen’s older brother, who is hunting Dom’s crew for revenge. This scene and Dom’s appearance from Tokyo runs are shown again during Vigilant 7which also expands Dom’s interaction with Sean, sending most of the events of Tokyo runs between the sixth and seventh films, although the beginning Vigilant 7 also goes back in time a little to show how Shaw learned Han’s location.

Wildly confusing plot twists

John Cena & Vin Diesel in F9
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The subsequent films have progressed with a simpler time, with one following another in a sequence. It is possible that a future installment will appear in those 2021s F9: The Fast Saga set before the 2019 spinoff Fast and Furious Gifts: Hobbs and Shaw, but so far there is no textual evidence that this is the case. However, the latest entries have continued to add more retcons to the franchise’s history that complicate the timeline, sometimes to the point where it’s logically impossible to different events all held as stated. For example, in 2017 Attendance of the Court it has been revealed that Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), who was a police officer in Brazil, was pregnant with Dom’s son Brian when she and Dom were dating before he learned that Letty was still alive. Brian is still shown as a child in his first scene, meaning that there are events at Vigilant 6 and 7 it could only happen for about a year. But this goes against those movies, like Vigilant 6 It showed the birth of Brian O’Conner and Mia’s son, Jack, who then shows him attending school in Vigilant 7suggesting a time jump of at least two years between the films.

Han’s position was also changed, creating more differences in the time between episodes. F9 revealed that the character had not only been a spy working for CIA agent Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) during his time in Tokyo, survived Shaw’s attack. Mr. didn’t know.Ann Sawai), a young girl whose biometrics were the key to a doomsday weapon. This addition to Han’s story indicates that he was in Tokyo for a long time before Shaw attacked him, leaving the short time he suggested. Attendance of the Court even more incredible.

Obviously, the history of the franchise is complicated and it looks like it will become even more so with the trailer for Fast X adding additional characters and events to the narrative Five quick. But this should not take away from the enjoyment of viewers in the movies. The Fast movies are good old fashioned entertainment and the relationships between the characters and the action scenes are a lot of fun apart from a few confusing issues.

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