Fate of the Furious is now in theaters, bringing another high-octane chapter of the franchise to theaters. With fans now riding shotgun for Fast and the Furious 8, the franchise has officially established a big enough mythos to create plenty of fun in jokes and references.
Fate of the Furious came with plenty of fun Easter eggs and references to both the franchise's past, and other popular movies, and we've collected a few of the best ones for you to enjoy. Here are 8 Big Fate of the Furious Easter Eggs.
Respect Is Enough
Fate of the Furious begins with Dom embarking on an epic street race in Cuba, against local gangster, Raldo (Celestino Cornielle).
Dom (of course) wins the race - but rather than taking Raldo's car, he leaves the gangster his pride, stating, "Your respect is enough for me."
Easter Egg: That line from Dom is a callback to the first Fast and the Furious, when Paul Walker's Brian O'Connor used a similar tactic early on, in order to win Dom's favor.
In Fate of the Furious, actor Scott Eastwood steps in to play "the new white guy" - aka, CIA agent 'Little Nobody.' When the team hits the road to go into battle, Little Nobody gets his own ride: A blue Subaru BRZ.
Easter Egg: In the Fast and the Furious franchise, blue rides were Brian's things. From 2Fast 2Furious through Furious 7, Brian kept his cars as blue as those dreamy eyes...
One of the more obvious (and enjoyable) call backs is one Tej (Ludacris) finally gets his hands on a tank, courtesy of Mr. and Little Nobody's CIA resources. That's a call back to Fast and the Furious 6, when poor Tej got vexed by Owen Shaw's big heist... in a tank. But, it also had a deeper meaning fans may not have caught.
Easter Egg: The tank vehicle featured in Fate of the Furious is none other than "The Ripsaw" by Howe and Howe - the same kind of vehicle that Dwayne Johnson drove, while playing Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Retaliation!
Shaw's Fear of Flying
The big climatic scene of Fate of the Furious involves the Shaw Brothers (Jason Statham's Deckard and Luke Evans' Deckard) storming the plane of the evil Cipher (Charlize Theron) to rescue Dom's hostage son. When the Shaws drop into the plane, it's Owen who speaks boldly, proclaiming he can't wait to ruin Cipher's plans and steal her plane. Deckard reminds his brother that he and panes do NOT have a good history.
Easter Egg: This little brotherly exchange is of course a call back to Fast and the Furious 6, which climaxed with a big chase down a never-ending airport runway, ending with Owen Shaw getting a fiery beatdown from Dom, aboard an exploding plane. Needless to say, Owen remembers the incident - thanks to his burn-scarred face.
At the end of every new Fast and the Furious adventure, is a time for love. In Fate of the Furious, Tej (Ludacris) and Roman (Tyrese) are both competing for the love for hacker Ramsay (Nathalie Emmanuel). When the girl calls them out for not knowing her last name, Tej is the switer Don Juan, saying her last name is "Mrs. Parker." He follows that with a sultry "Heyyyy Ms. Parker."
Easter Egg: That "Hey Mrs. Parker" line is a reference to Fate of the furious director F. Gary Gray's cult-hit comedy, Friday, in a scene where Ice Cube and Chris Tucker use that same cat call to admire a sexy neighborhood woman.
The Dark Roman
Tyrese's Roman just loves to talk himself up, and at the end of Fate of the Furious, while trying to impress fellow teammate/hacker Ramsey, Roman refers to himself as "The Dark Knight."
Easter Egg: This line is obviously a reference to Chris Nolan's 2008 game-changing Batman movie sequel, which is apparently still on Roman's radar, nearly a decade after its release. A great question for Dom in F&F8 might've been, "Why So Serious?"
The Ice Charger
Dominic Toretto is known for his soupe-up 1970 Dodge Charger, almost as well as he's known for his brooding look backs. In Fate of the Furious, the Charger gets a boost rocket and armored upgrade into "The Ice Charger," in order to help Dom carry out Cipher's plan.
Easter Egg: Despite suffering more than a little damage in more than a few movies, the Charger returns in Fate of the Furious as a nice piece of consistent continuity in these films. However, at this point it's anyone's guess if the Charger in F&F8 is the same car Dom started the franchise with.
16 Years of Rock-Solid Service
At the end of Fate of the Furious Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs takes a temporary retirement, citing "16 years on the job" as a long enough run.
Easter Egg: For those not counting Hobbs' math, his time of service runs exactly as long as the Fast and the Furious franchise itself. It also has a secondary meaning, as 16 years ago was the same time that Johnson first began starring in major action movie roles, playing The Scorpion King in the 2001 sequel, The Mummy Returns. So is the line a reference to the franshise's long run? Or perhaps the meta-minded confession of an aging Dwayne Johnson? It could easily be both!