Just like star Vin Diesel, the Fast and the Furious franchise might come off at first like a single-minded vessel of hypermasculinity. But the films aren't all slick cars, death-defying stunts, and bald men growling at each other. Just like Vin has surprising depth, it turns out there's actually some clever foreshadowing in the Fast and Furious movies.
While the franchise often foregoes plot and logic in order to deliver high-octane thrills, it still demonstrates at least a superficial commitment to continuity between its entries. Even when the forgotten "third" entry, Tokyo Drift, seemed like it was destined to be a standalone movie, the franchise retconned the heck out of it and somehow turned it into the sixth film chronologically. In fact, the seventh and eighth movies both explore the fallout from a major event in Tokyo Drift. Depending on how you look at it, that means that Fast & Furious, Fast 5, and Fast & Furious 6 are either really clever setup for Tokyo Drift, or are just tacking on information to make Drift seem like it was a major player all along. Either way, it's fun to pick apart Fast and Furious easter eggs and see how all the movies are connected.
From the timeline of Han and Gisele's doomed romance to revelations hidden in tie-in short films, here are the things you missed in the Fast and Furious movies.
A Line At The Beginning Of Fast & Furious Sets Up Fast Five
When Letty and Dom are figuring out where to escape to at the beginning of Fast & Furious, Letty tells him, "I hear Rio is good this time of year." Sure enough, Rio ends up being the setting for the events of Fast Five.
The Nightshade Device In Fast & Furious 6 Sets Up Cipher
Owen Shaw, the villain of Fast & Furious 6, creates a "Nightshade" device that can disable power to an entire region. In The Fate of the Furious, Owen's brother Deckard reveals that the villainous Cipher was actually the mastermind behind this plot.
Deckard Shaw Is Revealed As Han's Killer
In Tokyo Drift, Han is shown dying in a fiery car crash. The scene is revisited in a post-credits sequence at the end of Fast & Furious 6, but with a twist. The man responsible for ramming into Han's car is Deckard Shaw. His appearance foreshadows his identity as the Big Bad in Furious 7; he's the brother of previous franchise villain Owen Shaw.
This reveal also means the series has jumped back to the original timeline. Since Han is now dead, Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious both follow the events of Tokyo Drift.
Dom Shows Up At The End Of Tokyo Drift
Technically, Vin Diesel only agreed to appear in the post-credits scene of Tokyo Drift because Universal promised him they'd give him the rights to the Chronicles of Riddick. Diesel had recently branched out into production, and wanted to make a third installation in the franchise.
Still, the fact that Diesel's character Dom shows up at all indicates his merry band of road warriors is somehow linked to this otherwise standalone movie. This suggestion pays off later when Han completes his arc by moving to Tokyo and dying, thus causing Dom to travel to Tokyo and reclaim his possessions.