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10 Times The 'Fast and Furious' Series Completely Changed Its Mind

Updated July 1, 2021 2.1k votes 411 voters 63.8k views10 items

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In The Fast & the Furious saga, Dominic Toretto and his crew live their lives a quarter-mile at a time. They also change their minds and retcon the plot and timeline of the series on a whim. Decades have passed since these films were just about street racing, and now, they’re all-out action extravaganzas complete with mind-boggling physics that we can’t even get into. 

Aside from the bonkers set pieces in the Fast and the Furious series, there are plot holes that you just have to gloss over if you want to enjoy the films. Those plotholes, when combined with the shaky Fast and Furious timeline, make for an interesting watch. Latter movies in the saga feature characters who, while new to the series, have apparently been kicking around the universe for a while. In many ways, the viewer just has to accept these changes if they want to keep up. 

The Fast and Furious series has changed its mind about stories, characters, and relationships so many times that it’s honestly hard to keep track of these retcons.

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    Letty Didn't Actually Meet Her End In 'Fast & Furious'

    Fast & Furious is built around Dominic Toretto returning to Los Angeles to investigate Letty’s demise. She and her car were set on fire by a baddie named Fenix after he discovered that she’s working undercover. That’s it for Letty, or at least until the next film

    In the post-credits sequence of Fast Five, Monica Fuentes reveals to Luke Hobbs that Letty is actually alive and that she’s working for evildoer Owen Shaw. According to Letty, Shaw discovered her in a coma and then put her to work.

    Is this a blatant retcon?
  • Photo: Furious 7 / Universal Pictures

    Letty And Dom Actually Got Married Before 'Fast & Furious'

    This is one of the more out of nowhere retcons in the series, mostly because it deals with something that we should have known or even seen in one of the many films in this franchise. 

    Throughout Furious 7, Letty deals with intense amnesia and it’s not until Dom suffers a near-fatal incident that her memories come flooding back. While cradling Toretto, Letty reveals that she remembers their wedding - something that the audience didn’t see until Letty had a flashback.

    This means that she and Dom had to have been married after the events of the short film Los Bandoleros but before the events of Fast & Furious. So, when Dom leaves Letty in the beginning of Fast & Furious, he's not just abandoning his long time lover, he's abandoning the person he promised to be with "till death do us part."

    Is this a blatant retcon?
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    Elena Somehow Found The Time To Join The Diplomatic Security Service Between 'Fast 6' And 'Furious 7'

    In Fast 5, patrol officer Elena Neves is recruited by Hobbs to track down Dom and Brian while they’re in Brazil. She falls in love with Dom and the two run away together to live in bliss. When Dom finds out that Letty’s still alive in Fast & Furious 6, he leaves Elena in the Canary Islands. 

    Elena is still technically a fugitive, but the next time we see her is in Furious 7, she’s working as a trainee with Hobbs. There’s no explanation, no training montage, she just scores a job with a highly secretive military outfit.

    This wouldn't be so headache-inducing if not for Fate of the Furious, which reveals that Dom got Elena pregnant at some unspecified time in the past. The conception must have occurred in the beginning of Fast 6, because that's the last time Elena and Dom are together, and she must be pregnant in Furious 7, because there's no mention of the child whatsoever. So, Elena went from fugitive to agent in significantly less than nine months.

    Is this a blatant retcon?
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    Ages Are Fungible In The Shaw Family

    Jason Statham plays Deckard Shaw, and the actor is 52 years old. In Hobbs & Shaw, 31-year-old Vanessa Kirby plays his sister, Hattie Shaw.

    On its face, this isn't a problem. A 21-year age gap between siblings isn't super common, but it's not unheard of. Yet, in a flashback in the film, Hattie and Owen are shown pulling off heists with one another while they're children. How?

    Is this a blatant retcon?