The Fate of the Furious is the big, hot, blockbuster movie of the week, bringing back franchise stars like Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyresse and Ludacris for another installment of vehicular heroics and mayhem. However as the franchise saga continues to unfold in its eighth chapter, there is a growing potential for fun call backs, and even more fun surprise cameos.
Fate of the Furious, more so than any previous installment, has some big fun catering to those "ride or die" fans who have been with the franchise for every installment since the beginning. Click Start Slideshow to learn about Every Fast and the Furious character that made a Surprise Return in Fate of the Furious.
Obviously, MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW!
Elena (Elsa Pataky) was the love interest that Dom found in Fast Five - until Letty returned from the dead in Fast and the Furious 6. Elena went on to work with Hobbs at the DSS in Furious 7, but apparently, she had quite the secret.
In Fate of the Furious, Elena makes a surprise return when it's revealed that evil hacker Cipher (Charlize Theron) has captured Elena and her infant son as leverage against Dom, who never knew he was a father until Cipher broke the news to him.
Elena kept the baby a secret out of respect for Dom and Letty's love; however, that sacrifice becomes a complete one, when Cipher has Elena shot as punishment for Dom's disobedience.
Owen Shaw was the villain of Fast and the Furious 6, and is brother to Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw from Furious 7.
After F&F6, Shaw is imprisoned in a CIA black site, but Dom cuts a deal with his mother (Helen Mirren) to provide the location of that site, so that Deckard can spring Owen.
Together, the Owen brothers crash Cipher's plane base and rescue Dom's son, with Luke Evan's making a surprise appearance in the final, action-packed, act of the film.
Tego Leo & Rico Santos
Before Tyrese and Ludacris were the franchise's comedic duo, there was Tego (Tego Calderon) and Rico (Don Omar).
We met the pair in the Los Bandoleros prequel short to Fast & Furious, and then met them again in that film, and Fast Five, as official members of Dom's crew. After the Fast Five heist, the pair dropped out of sight, presumably spending their ill-gotten money in casinos.
In Fate of the Furious, the pair make a fun cameo appearance, in a flashback scene that shows how Dom scammed Cipher and got Deckard and Owen Shaw on his side. Tego and Rico acted as unseen couriers Cipher would never notice, but we the audience loved seeing.
Returning Character References
Fate of the Furious brings back a lot of characters form the franchise's past - but it also makes direct reference to other characters, without bringing onscreen. Here are a few of those:
Jakande (Djimon Hounsou) - The warlord seen in Furious 7 appears on a screen in Fate of the Furious as part of an analysis of Dom's unknown history with Cipher. Jakande was hired by Cipher to steal God's Eye in Furious 7 - a plan Dom and his crew squashed.
Brian & Mia - The big question hovering over Fate of the Furious was "How Would They Explain Brian's Absence?" Fate of the Furious addressed the issue in on quick, but powerful moment. When the chips are down, and "Evil Dom" has his team outmatched, Roman solemnly says that Brian would know what to do. Letty squashes that idea immediately, saying Brian and Mia got out, and must say out. R.I.P. Paul Walker.
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SYNOPSIS: Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family.