While we are still waiting here in the U.S. for the return of the Fast & Furious crew in the upcoming F9, which will hit theaters on June 25, 2021, it has already released internationally. Because of this early international release, bits and pieces of the storyline are beginning to trickle over, one big one which talks about that F9 post-credits scene. Fair warning, this article will contain spoilers for what happens in that scene.
One big rumor and spoiler, which we previously covered here, is said to see the return of the late Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner. For now, though, we will focus on the return of one Deckard Shaw.
According to sources for We Got This Covered, Jason Statham as Shaw will appear in the F9 post-credits scene that will bring him back, apparently setting up the final movie in the series. Obviously, if his appearance isn’t until this time, he probably won’t have much interaction with the cast, but enough to make fans impatient for more. He’s expected to be seen in Hobbs & Shaw 2, and likely Fast & Furious 10.
Jason Statham was first introduced in an uncredited role as Shaw in 2013’s Fast & Furious 6. Statham returned for Furious 7 as the antagonist looking for revenge. Furious 7 is also the last film Paul Walker made before his tragic and untimely death. Furious 7 also brought back Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, the FBI agent who was first seen in Fast 5 and then again in Fast & Furious 6.
The importance of Statham’s return, if rumors are to be believed, is in the future. With the main Fast & Furious movies coming to an end with number 11, producers will try to keep the Fast & Furious banner alive. Previously they put together the Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, which paired up Johnson and Statham as reluctant partners. They look to continue, as a Hobbs & Shaw sequel is also in the works. Setting up Jason Statham in the F9 post-credits scene helps keep that character alive for future installments.
For F9, the movie sees the return of Justin Lin to the directing chair. He has filled that role in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and now ninth films and will also handle the directing duties for the final two films. Other than Johnson and Statham, it is unknown if any of the regular Fast & Furious cast will make any cross-over appearances or not. The regular cast includes Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster.
As the series moved forward, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, and fan-favorite Sung Kang joined the mix. Mirren also crossed over to Hobbs & Shaw so her future presence could be a for sure thing. While it sounds like we only see Statham as Deckard Shaw in the F9 post-credits scene, we’ll be seeing many other characters throughout the film. The movie introduces John Cena as Vin Diesel’s brother, so his ability to be in future movies could be a very workable situation.
So, where is Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs in all this? That is a good question and while it is highly unlikely, don’t put it past Lin to also sneak in a quickie from Johnson. The movie has been complete for a while so Johnson’s hectic schedule right now, which includes massive workout sessions in order to become the anti-hero Black Adam, would not have played a factor in getting the actor to shoot a scene.
Again, though, highly unlikely. For the longest time, both Diesel and Johnson were at odds, with Johnson calling out Diesel for his lack of movie preparation, and now there have been recent reports (by us even) that Diesel may be trying to minimize Johnson’s role in Furious 10. Let’s hope the water is under the bridge when it comes to those two.
Okay, all you Fast & Furious fans out there, how excited are you for F9 and a possible quick return of Statham’s Deckard Shaw in the F9 post-credit scene? Drop us your thoughts.