There are numerous Easter eggs and references to earlier Fast and Furious films in F9: The Fast Saga. All of the major ones are explained here.
Easter eggs and connections to the rest of the Fast and Furious franchise abound in F9: The Fast Saga. F9, as the series’ ninth core film and tenth overall (11th if you consider the unauthorized Han prequel film Better Luck Tomorrow), has plenty of material to draw from throughout the franchise’s history. The new film also delves into Dom, Letty, Mia, and their untold pasts.
To begin, F9 contains a number of references that are crucial to the plot. The opening flashback scene with Dom, Jakob, and Mia’s father dying in a racing accident, as well as Dom’s assault on the driver responsible, are precise as they are described in the original film. Dom continues to drive variations of the black Charger in F9, as he has throughout the franchise, and the origins of the Toretto family Charger, which Dom and Jakob worked on with their father, are also revealed.
There are even more Easter eggs concealed in the more subtle sections of Fast and Furious 9 than there are in the main tale. Old characters make cameo appearances or are mentioned in passing, new cars harken back to prior films, and there are a few entertaining nods to the past. Here are all of F9: The Fast Saga’s major Easter eggs and allusions.
Dom’s Father’s Name
Dom’s father’s name is finally revealed in the film’s opening sequence: Jack Toretto. This may appear to be an insignificant feature on its own, but the name was chosen for a specific reason. Brian and Mia had their first kid, a son named Jack, in Fast and Furious 6. The series has made the younger Jack a namesake for his father by retrospectively naming Dom and Mia’s grandfather Jack.
The Tokyo Drift Crew
Sean Boswell from Tokyo Drift made a minor cameo appearance in Furious 7, but his position in the film is expanded significantly in Furious 9. Sean, as well as other Tokyo Drift team members Earl and Twinkie, return in the new film. Their part in the movie isn’t huge, but it’s significant enough to incorporate a few jokes. First, their new profession — testing rocket engines on car-harkens back to Tokyo Drift’s climax The crew in that clip installed a Nissan RB26 engine in a classic Ford Mustang and converted it into a drift car. Obviously, their F9 job is a little more extreme, but it’s amusing to think that the old crew is now making a living by giving cars engines that they aren’t supposed to have.
There’s also an amusing scene when Twinkie meets Tej and Roman for the first time. When the latter two refer to Twinkie by his Tokyo Drift moniker, he complains and clarifies that he no longer goes by that moniker. This is partly a jest about the character’s amusing early 2000s moniker, but it also appears to be a deliberate reference to Bow Wow, who portrays Twinkie. The rapper was known as Lil’ Bow Wow when he initially appeared in Tokyo Drift, but he eventually changed his name to Bow Wow.
Agent Michael Stasiak
The party reunites in one of Mr. Nobody’s old hidden bases after their first-act exploits in Central America. Of course, transferring an entire crew with cars and equipment is difficult, so Dom decided to enlist the help of an old friend, FBI agent Michael Stasiak. Stasiak initially appeared in Fast & Furious as a colleague of Brian’s before the latter turned rogue and broke Dom out of prison. Stasiak reappeared in Fast & Furious6, assisting Brian in infiltrating a prison in order to obtain information from Arturo Braga.
Buddy Drinking Corona
Buddy, who was originally Jack Toretto’s mechanic and close buddy, appears in Fast and Furious 9 as a new figure from Dom’s past. Dom comes to Buddy in the present-day timeline to find out more about Jakob, and while he’s there, his father’s old friend offers him a Corona. The first Fast and Furious film, “Fast and Furious,” was released in 1989. Dom makes it plain to Brian that the Toretto family is committed to Corona in all of their beer-drinking endeavors, and Buddy’s preference for the brand is a nice Easter egg.
Magdalene Shaw’s Time In Prison
In F9, when Dom reunites with Magdalene Shaw, he mentions that she had recently served time in prison. This is a reference to her involvement in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, a 2019 spinoff. Magdalene’s son Deckard and daughter Hattie pay her a visit in jail in that film, where she confesses that she has two years left on her sentence. Her children, on the other hand, leave her with a mystery package, however, which is implied to be a means of escape.
Han’s Snacking Habits
Han returns to Fast and Furious in F9 after years gone and an internet fan campaign to bring him back. And, of course, Han wouldn’t be Han if he didn’t have something to eat. Han used to be a big smoker, according to Fast Five, and he’s been snacking as a substitute ever since he quit. Better Luck Tomorrow, an unofficial Han prequel film directed by Justin Lin, depicts the drifter before his snacking phase, when he was still smoking multiple packs each day. Han’s eating habits haven’t changed as a result of faking his death, as he’s still chewing away in F9.
Cardi B’s Leysa Character
Fast & Furious has had a habit of including hip hop artists in cameo roles from the first film. Cardi B, who plays the new character Leysa — a thief and con artist who appears as an Interpol operative to save Dom from Jakob and Otto – continues this trend in F9. Dom mentions them stealing oil together in the Dominican Republic when speaking with Leysa. an allusion to the beginning of Fast & Furious. He goes on to say that Leysa is the sister of Cara Mirtha, who was a member of Dom’s group in the Dominican Republic and had a brief relationship with Han. Fast and Furious 10 will see Cardi B reprise her role as Lysa.
The Origin Of Santos And Leo
Dom’s time in prison after his assault on Kenny Linder is depicted in one of the flashback scenes in Fast and Furious 9. Dom meets Santos and Leo, the hilarious team that originally featured in Fast & Furious while working on a car in the prison’s auto shop. Despite the fact that they are considerably younger, the two-act in the same way they have always done, squabbling like an old married couple. It’s a hilarious Easter egg, and it’s a terrific opportunity for Dom to show how he met two of his longest friends.
Jakob’s Old Blue Mustang
Jakob Toretto rides a blue Mustang when he initially appears in F9 to take the first half of Project Ares from Dom. When the film’s flashbacks show Jakob as a young man competing in street races, he’s driving a much older version of the same automobile. It’s a minor point, but it adds a lot to his characterization. Fast and Furious has always given its characters automotive preferences (American muscle cars, specifically Dodges, for Dom, import tuners, specifically Nissan Skylines, for Brian, and so on), and making Jakob a definitive Mustang man is a wonderful touch to fill out his character.
The Original Fast & Furious Crew
Although the flashback scenes in F9: The Fast Saga mostly focus on Dom and Jakob, the street racing scenario also features young versions of several other original Fast protagonists. The two most prominent child versions are Mia and Letty, but there are also young copies of Vince and Jesse hiding among the crowd. This gives the original picture a good sense of continuity while also paying homage to Dom’s skill
Dom And Jakob’s Drag Race
The memories in F9 culminate in a drag race between Dom and Jakob, with Dom’s future on the line. Dom is certain that Jakob is to blame for their father’s death, but he offers him a chance to stay in town if he defeats him in a one-on-one match. The race begins, and while Jakob does a good job, for the most part, he makes a classic Fast mistake by tapping his NOS too soon. Dom waits until the very last second to hit his NOS, passing Jakob in the closing milliseconds and taking first place. It’s exactly how Dom beat Brian in their first race in The Fast and the Furious, complete with Dom’s famous “too soon” comment. F9 highlights how excellent Dom has always been while also paying homage to the franchise’s beginnings by combining the two drag races in this way.
Dom Being Rescued By Letty
Dom collapses an entire tunnel on himself and a gang of enemies in one of F9’s most ludicrous action sequences, sending him tumbling into the sea below. Letty dives in and saves him from drowning just as it appears like all is lost. When he’s trying to help Letty regain her memory in Fast & Furious 6, he says, Dom tells a story about her being entangled in a reef while night swimming and how he saved her. In F9, Letty is the one who saves Dom from drowning, which is a great subtle twist on the scenario.
Han’s Orange Toyota Supra
The automobiles used by the Fast and Furious crew have always been significant, and this is still the case in F9, particularly with Han’s new ride. Han rides a stunning 2020 Toyota Supra in the film’s climactic pursuit scene, which is kitted out in orange and black. The car’s body style and paint scheme are reminiscent of the Mazda RX-7 he raced in Tokyo Drift, but it isn’t the only resemblance. Another famous orange Supra will be remembered by fans who have followed the series since the beginning. Dom and Brian create that exact automobile in The Fast and the Furious, which Brian then drives throughout the film. It’s the automobile he chases Dom in at the end of the movie in their legendary train-jumping drag, and it’s the car Brian gives Dom to get away from the cops.
Dom’s 10-Second Car
This Easter egg is a little more evident, but it’s still easy to miss. Dom and Jakob make atonement for their previous crimes at the end of Fast and Furious 9. The sweet moment is short-lived, however, because Jakob is still wanted by the majority of the world’s countries. Dom offers his younger brother the keys to his car to assist him in escaping, explaining that he was once given a 10-second automobile as a second chance and that Jakob deserves the same. This sweet nod to Dom and Brian’s closing scene in The Fast and the Furious is a fantastic detail for fans – when Brian gifted Dom a 10-second car – and a fitting way to cap Jakob and Dom’s F9 narrative.
The Rebuilt Toretto House
In F9, 1327, the Toretto family residence, reappears. It isn’t the same as it used to be, though. The house is definitely currently being rebuilt, a reference to Deckard Shaw’s bombing of it in Furious 7. While the new film makes no direct mention of the event, the sight of the house still being built is a great touch. It’s also a visual metaphor for the Toretto family being rebuilt since Dom and Jakob have reconciled their differences and begun the process of reconstructing their family and their former home.
Brian’s Blue Nissan Skyline
Fast and Furious 9’s final shot (excluding the post-credits scene) depicts a blue Nissan Skyline rolling up to the Toretto mansion, a car that any fan will recognize as Brian O’Conner’s distinctive ride. It’s a great way to remind everyone that Brian is still alive and well in the Fast world. Despite the fact that, following Paul Walker’s terrible death, he will never longer be shown on screen. The Skyline is a wonderful tribute to a man who helped shape the brand into what it is now, and it’s a lovely way to end F9: The Fast Saga.