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.