In the Fast & Furious franchise, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character, Luke Hobbs, makes a surprising return in Fast X. Despite tensions between Johnson and Vin Diesel, the film brings Hobbs back into the main series. Fast X takes viewers back to the events of Fast Five, where Hobbs killed the father of the film’s antagonist, Dante Reyes. The story revolves around Dante seeking revenge against Dom and his crew. Although the film conveniently ignores the fact that Hobbs was responsible for Dante’s father’s death, it’s clear that the franchise had to overlook this due to the public feud between the actors.
The feud between Johnson and Diesel began in 2016 when Johnson called out his male co-stars, specifically referencing Diesel. They never worked together on-screen, and Johnson went on to star in his own spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw. However, with the franchise coming to an end, Diesel publicly asked Johnson to return, but Johnson initially declined. Surprisingly, he decided to rejoin the Fast series, making his return in Fast X even more shocking than the recent revivals of other presumed-dead characters.
Fast Five marked a turning point in Johnson’s movie career, establishing him as an electrifying presence. His portrayal of Luke Hobbs was a highlight, showcasing his commanding presence and intense dynamic with Dom. The film featured epic showdowns and a brutal fight between the two characters. Johnson’s return to the Fast series is a much-needed win for everyone involved, including Diesel, the franchise, and the fans. It allows closure on the Hobbs and Dom relationship, which became a central element of the series.
While there are still questions about Fast X Part II, one thing is certain: the power dynamics in the Fast Universe are about to change. Johnson’s return brings excitement and anticipation for what’s to come in the final film and the future of the franchise. It also marks a personal triumph for Johnson, who experienced some setbacks in his recent movie ventures. Returning to his Fast family allows him to play a beloved character in a beloved franchise while showcasing his larger-than-life persona.
Overall, Fast X and Johnson’s comeback provide a thrilling twist to the Fast & Furious series, leaving fans eager to see how the story unfolds and how the on-screen chemistry between Hobbs and Dom evolves.