Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Hobbs and Shaw
There are a few notable Fast & Furious connections made in Hobbs & Shaw, which is a spinoff of the main franchise. The focus is on the two titular characters, former enemies who find themselves working together to save the world, but other characters from Fast & Furious are referenced.
Hobbs & Shaw follows Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) teaming up with Shaw's sister, Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), in order to take on a cybergenetically-enhanced criminal named Brixton (Idris Elba). This is the first time Hobbs and Shaw have worked together without the rest of the Fast & Furious crew. They started out as enemies in Furious 7 before transitioning to uneasy allies in The Fate of the Furious. Now, they've officially branched out with their own spinoff. Even though they're on their own mission in this movie, Hobbs & Shaw finds ways to connect these operatives to past Fast & Furious entries.
From Mr. Nobody to poor Han Seoul-Oh, here are all the Fast & Furious characters referenced in Hobbs & Shaw - both explicitly and obliquely.
Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) gets a shout-out early on in Hobbs & Shaw. His name is mentioned by Agent Loeb (Rob Delaney in a cameo appearance). Loeb includes a reference to Mr. Nobody while making a phone call to confirm Shaw was successfully recruited for the mission to recover a stolen virus.
In previous films, Mr. Nobody a covert operative working for an undisclosed agency. He is first introduced in Furious 7 when he needs help from Dominic Toretto's (Vin Diesel) crew to recover the stolen program known as God's Eye. Mr. Nobody returns for a few scenes in Fate of the Furious.
Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) is mentioned only once in Hobbs & Shaw, but his absence from the movie (which is surprising given the danger that his sister is in) is never explained. Deckard and Owen's mother, Magdalene "Queenie" Shaw, brings Owen up while speaking with Deckard during one of his visits to her in prison. There's one other line that could be a reference to Owen, but it probably isn't. In the movie's final act, Deckard yells at Brixton that he "made me kill my own brother," which is surprising given that, as far as we know, Owen is still alive. It's more likely that he's referring to Brixton himself, his brother-in-arms from the SAS, whom Deckard "killed" eight years previously.
Owen was first introduced in Fast & Furious 6. He was the criminal mastermind behind the effort to steal a program known as Nightshade, which had the power to shut down all military communications systems worldwide. It was later revealed in Fate of the Furious he was working for Cipher (Charlize Theron).
Magdalene "Queenie" Shaw
Speaking of Queenie Shaw, she actually appears in Hobbs & Shaw, making her a more tangible connection back to the Fast & Furious franchise. Queenie appears in a few scenes that show viewers she is currently behind bars after being caught for unknown (to us) criminal dealings. During her first conversation with Shaw, there is a discussion of possibly breaking her out of prison. This is brought up again when Shaw and Hattie visit Queenie and bring her a cake. Shaw recommends not eating it, implying there is something in the cake that will help them jailbreak her.
Queenie was first introduced in Fate of the Furious. She helped Dom get to Shaw and recruit him to go and save Dom's son, who was being held hostage by Cipher in exchange for his help. It's implied Queenie has criminal connections and is a seasoned pro at what she does.
Fast & Furious 6 revealed that Deckard Shaw was responsible for the death of Han Seoul-Oh in Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, which made it hard for some fans to get onboard with the idea of Shaw being a hero in Hobbs & Shaw. While the movie doesn't mention Han by name, Shaw does have a line where he says, "There's things I've done that I have to make amends for." Screenwriter Chris Morgan confirmed to EW that Shaw is talking about Han's murder, saying, "That line was specifically written and put in there just to let everyone know that he is talking about Han — it is on his mind. It tortures him, and he's going to get to it."
Hobbs Mentions Saving The World
Last but not least, Hobbs (another visible connection to the Fast & Furious franchise), mentions he's "saved the world a few times" while proving his merit for the movie's main mission. This is a clear connection back to his past missions with the rest of the Fast & Furious crew. Those missions began when Hobbs made his first appearance in Fast Five as a Diplomatic Service Security agent sent to find and capture Dom and his crew in Brazil. Hobbs has been involved in every Fast & Furious mission since then.