21 'Fast and the Furious' stars who have also been in DC and Marvel movies
The "Fast and Furious" franchise has featured notable stars since the first movie debuted in 2001.
Many of the actors, like Vin Diesel and Gal Gadot, have also portrayed Marvel and DC characters.
John Cena (Jakob Toretto) plays Peacemaker and Daniela Melchior (Isabel Neves) is Ratcatcher 2 in "The Suicide Squad."
Vin Diesel has simultaneously starred as Dominic Toretto in the "Fast and Furious" franchise and voiced Groot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The car racing franchise includes several films and a spin-off, but years ago, Diesel helped save the "Fast and Furious" movies from going straight to video. With Diesel producing and starring in the films, "Fast and Furious" has become a globe-trotting box office success that's drastically evolved since the days of Dom and his crew stealing DVD players.
The actor made his MCU debut as the voice of Groot in 2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy." The lovable creature is a fan-favorite for audiences and Diesel himself, who channeled Groot at the premieres of "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame."
Diesel returned as Groot in James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3."
John Cena went from a WWE champion to a full-on movie star, landing roles in "F9" and "The Suicide Squad."
After meeting up with Vin Diesel, Cena was cast as Dom's long-lost estranged little brother in "Fast 9."
Recently, he appeared in James Gunn's "The Suicide Squad" as Peacemaker, a skilled marksman who claims he'll do anything to keep the peace, even if it's questionable.
After reprising the role in HBO Max original series, "Peacemaker," Cena returned to "Fast X" as a more lovable and protective uncle.
Gal Gadot made her film debut in 2009's "Fast and Furious." Now, she's known for her role as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince in the DCEU.
Gadot starred as Gisele Yashar in three "Fast and Furious" films. Her character was originally killed off in "Fast and Furious 6," but was brought back to the franchise at the end of "Fast X."
A few years after exiting the "Fast and Furious" franchise, Gadot made her debut as Wonder Woman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." She reprised the role for two standalone movies about the Amazonian, plus "Justice League" and "Zack Snyder's Justice League."
"Aquaman" star Jason Momoa is joining "Fast 10."
The "Aquaman" actor officially joined "The Fast Saga" as its newest antagonist, Dante Reyes.
Dante seeks vengeance on Dom's family for stealing the Reyes' fortune in 2011's "Fast Five" and murdering his father at the film's end.
Marvel star Brie Larson joins the "Fast" family as Tess, Mr. Nobody's daughter.
Diesel announced Larson's casting on Instagram in April 2022 by sharing a candid photo of the pair laughing.
"Clearly there is love and laughter in this image," Diesel said. "What you don't see however, is the character you will be introduced to in Fast 10. You have no idea how timeless and amazing she will be in our mythology."
He added: "Beyond her beauty, her intellect… her Oscar, haha is this profound soul who will add something you might not have expected but yearned for. Welcome to the FAMILY Brie."
Larson was introduced as Mr. Nobody's daughter, Tess, in the tenth film.
Larson is no stranger to franchises, having starred as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the MCU since 2019's "Captain Marvel." Since then, she's reprised the role in "Avengers: Endgame" and the mid-credits scene for "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."
Larson will return as the superhero in the upcoming "Captain Marvel" sequel titled "The Marvels," in theaters on November 10, 2023.
Kurt Russell's Mr. Nobody is involved in plenty of covert missions in the "Fast and Furious" franchise. He also played a powerful villain at the center of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."
Russell didn't join the "Fast and Furious" franchise until the seventh movie, but "F9" revealed that his character has been working in the shadows a lot longer than anyone realized.
In the 2017 "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel, Peter Quill learned that Ego is his biological father.
"Fast and Furious" scene-stealer Helen Mirren plays a villain n DC's "Shazam" sequel.
Mirren joined the "Fast and Furious" franchise in 'The Fate of the Furious" as the Shaw matriarch named Magdalene (better known as Queenie). Since then, she's reprised the role for "Hobbs and Shaw," "F9," and "Fast X."
Mirren recently played the main villain, Atlas' daughter named Hespera, in "Shazam! Fury of the Gods."
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson starred in a few "Fast and Furious" movies before trying to change the hierarchy of the DC universe as an antihero.
He joined the franchise as an agent of the Diplomatic Security Service in "Fast Five" and appeared in three more sequels. A follow-up to "Hobbs and Shaw" is in the works, but don't expect it to come out any time soon.
Johnson developed "Black Adam" for years. Upon its October 2022 release the film failed to connect with audiences, making just $393 million worldwide. According to IMDBpro, its budget was reportedly $195 million.
In December 2021, Johnson said he won't return to the "Fast Saga" to close out the main franchise. That changed after the release of "Black Adam." Johnson surprised fans by appearing in a mid-credits scene to "Fast X," which was filmed during late stages of production.
Before Alan Ritchson played a "Fast" antagonist, he appeared in two DC universe shows.
Ritchson joins the "Fast" family as Aimes, the new mysterious leader of the Agency.
Previously, Ritchson made his acting on The CW's "Smallville" as Arthur Curry/Aquaman. He also appeared on the first season of "Titans" as Hank Hall/Hawk.
Charlize Theron recently joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a hero after playing a villain in the "Fast" franchise.
Theron has played an antagonist in the "Fast" franchise since 2017's "The Fate of the Furious."
She appeared in a mid-credits scene of 2022's "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" playing Clea, the niece of Dormammu (one of the villains from the franchise's first movie).
Daniela Melchior joins "Fast" as a relative to a fan-favorite. She recently appeared in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" and "The Suicide Squad."
Melchior joins "Fast X" as Elena Neves' sister, Isabel, making her the aunt of Dom's son, Brian.
The actor recently had a cameo in "GotG Vol. 3" as Ura, a woman Star-Lord flirts with as he's on a mission to save Rocket.
Previously, she starred in James Gunn's "The Suicide Squad" as Ratcatcher 2.
Ryan Reynolds had a cameo as Agent Locke in "Hobbs and Shaw," but before that, he brought two well-known Marvel and DC characters to the big screen.
In "Hobbs and Shaw," Reynolds played an old friend of Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson). Director David Leitch told SYFY Wire that Reynolds appeared in the movie "as a favor," but he'd like the actor to return in more potential installments of "Hobbs and Shaw."
Reynolds had a minor role as Wade Wilson/Deadpool in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." It would take seven years before the actor would play the anti-hero again in a larger capacity. Reynolds starred in "Deadpool" and its 2018 sequel. There's a third movie in the works, too.
Reynolds also portrayed Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in the critically panned 2011 standalone movie about the DC comics character. On the bright side, the film introduced him to now-wife Blake Lively.
Eva Mendes starred as undercover agent Monica Fuentes in "2 Fast 2 Furious" before playing a reporter in 2007's "Ghost Rider."
Monica had a short-lived romance with Brian O'Conner. She briefly returned as a colleague of Luke Hobbs at the Diplomatic Security Service in the end-credits scene of "Fast Five." Her image appeared briefly in "Fast X."
In the Marvel movie "Ghost Rider," Mendes starred as the love interest to Nicolas Cage's Johnny Blaze.
Tyrese Gibson's one-liners have entertained "Fast and Furious" fans since his first appearances as Roman Pearce in "2 Fast 2 Furious." Next, he'll star in the upcoming Marvel movie "Morbius."
Roman went to space with Tej (Ludacris) in "F9," and somehow they both survived the mission.
In "Morbius," Gibson's character named Simon Stroud tracked down the titular vampire (played by Jared Leto) for the FBI.
Djimon Hounsou is no stranger to starring in franchises. He played an antagonist in "Furious 7" and portrayed a few Marvel and DC characters.
First, he played a nightclub owner named Midnite in the DC movie "Constantine." Hounsou went on to portray Kree operative Korath in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and the '90s-set film "Captain Marvel."
He also starred as two other DC characters: King Ricou in "Aquaman" and the Wizard in "Shazam."
In "Furious 7," Hounsou played a terrorist named Mose Jakande who attempted to steal Ramsey's (Nathalie Emmanuel) powerful surveillance system known as God's Eye.
Idris Elba's "Hobbs & Shaw" villain named Brixton called himself "Black Superman" in the 2019 spin-off movie. In "The Suicide Squad," his character, Bloodsport, got locked up after sending Supes to the ICU.
After a near-fatal injury, Brixton's body was recovered and modified, therefore turning him into a deadly super-soldier.
Elba's first foray into playing comic-book characters was the 2010 movie "The Losers," which was based on a comic from DC imprint Vertigo. He played Roque in the star-studded movie that included future MCU actors Chris Evans and Zoe Saldana.
The following year, he made his debut as Heimdall in "Thor." Elba would go on to play the heroic Marvel character in the "Thor" sequels and two "Avengers" films.
He also portrayed a mercenary named Moreau in 2011's "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance."
Elba stars as a master marksman and leader named Bloodsport/Robert DuBois in "The Suicide Squad."
Scott Eastwood played Mr. Nobody's junior associate, nicknamed Little Nobody, in "The Fate of the Furious." He also appeared as Lieutenant GQ Edwards in "Suicide Squad."
Eastwood told The Independent that he was a "die-hard fan" since the first "Fast and Furious" movie. He joined the franchise after his close friend, Paul Walker, was killed in 2013.
"Paul was one of my best friends. He was like an older brother to me," Eastwood said on the home release of "The Fate of the Furious," according to Cinemablend. "Why not be part of something he was a part of?"
In "Suicide Squad," Eastwood played a decorated Navy SEAL lieutenant who died a hero during a mission with Task Force X.
Shea Whigham is known for his recurring role as FBI agent Stasiak in the "Fast and Furious" movies, but he also played a detective in "Joker."
Stasiak first showed up in 2009's "Fast and Furious," where he got his nose broken by Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker). His nose got injured again by Brian in "Fast and Furious 6" and the damages were apparent when Stasiak appeared briefly in "F9."
In Todd Phillips' origin story about the infamous DC villain, Whigham played one of two police detectives who went around questioning people in Gotham about gruesome subway murders committed by Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix).
In 2021, Michael Rooker starred in "F9" and "The Suicide Squad." Before that, he played fan-favorite character Yondu in Marvels' "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies.
Rooker's Yondu was the leader of a group known as the Ravagers. He also acted as a father figure to Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).
In "F9," Rooker played a mechanic named Buddy. He took care of Jakob after the death of his father, Jack Toretto (JD Pardo).
Director James Gunn enlisted his buddy, Rooker, to became a part of the DCEU as Task Force X recruit Savant in "The Suicide Squad."
Former MMA star Gina Carano played an accomplice of "Fast and Furious 6" villain Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). A few years later, she portrayed a villain named Angel Dust in "Deadpool."
Riley Hicks was first introduced as a member of Hobbs' team, but it was later revealed that she was an informant for Owen.
Similarly, she played an associate of "Deadpool" villain Ajax (Ed Skrein) in the 2016 movie and took pleasure in torturing Wade Wilson.
Matt Schulze is one of the original members of the Fast Fam, who portrayed Vince in the very first installment of the franchise. He also played a vampire warrior named Chupa in "Blade 2."
After playing Dom's childhood friend named Vince in "The Fast and the Furious," Schulze starred in the 2002 "Blade" sequel directed by Guillermo del Toro.
He didn't show up again in the "Fast and Furious" franchise until 2011's "Fast Five," in which his character was killed.
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