The following post contains SPOILERS for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

The face plastered all over Hobbs & Shaw’s trailers and posters in between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham is Idris Elba, who plays the “Black Superman” who fights them throughout the movie. Eventually, though, we learn that Elba’s Brixton Lore is merely an operative for the very large and very mysterious “Etheon Corporation.” And Etheon is apparently run by an unseen mastermind who only appears in the film as a voice emanating from various computers.

This mastermind makes vague allusions to knowing Hobbs and Shaw, and tries to recruit both of them to Etheon’s cause (supposedly to save the Earth from an environmental catastrophe by killing billions with a supervirus). We’re clearly meant to believe this unseen character — who even uses a modulator to disguise their true voice — is someone we’ve seen in the Fast & Furious films before, but Hobbs & Shaw ends without ever revealing just who the Etheon boss really is. This cliffhanger is surely designed to inspire speculation and fuel viewer interest in another Fast & Furious sequel. Soooooo — let’s do some speculating. Who could the secret Hobbs & Shaw bad guy be? Here are five of the most likely candidates according to one Fast & Furiologist (me):

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