as we say, Tom Cruise starts to need a break and surely Mission Impossible may not be the best prescription that your doctor can prescribe, which is why it has announced the franchise’s plans for the coming years, which includes two new films but with a trick: it will be two different premieres although a single plot arc that will completely close the story of Ethan Hunt and his IMF (Impossible Mission Force or Impossible Mission Force).
Those two films, as Harry Potter did with the Deathly Hallows, or Avengers with Infinity War and Endgame, they will be titled Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 1 and Part 2, with premieres on July 14, 2023 and 2024. The reason? You have to go look for it in the pandemic, when filming was stopped and when it returned the costs skyrocketed to beyond 290 million dollars. Thus, dividing it in two could ensure that enough is raised so as not to lose money in the attempt.
Therefore, the seventh and eighth installments of the series will be the end of a story that began long ago. Specifically in 1966, with a television series.
Mission Impossible before Tom Cruise
It was the CBS network that had the idea, just four years after the first James Bond film, to create a fiction based on an organization that fights threats that endanger the world in the midst of the Cold War, so you can imagine the number of threats faced by the five members of the IMF: the boss (Peter Graves), the technician (Greg Morris), the actor (Martin Landau), the model (Barbara Bain) and the strongman (Peter Lupus). If you will remember it for anything, it is, without a doubt, for its legendary header, with that musical theme that the films inherited composed by the Argentine Lalo Schifrin.
The series was on the air from 1966 to 1973 with several very different stages: the first one had seven seasons while the second reached two. It’s more, in the 80s he came back again with two seasons but on this occasion, the production came from Australia, without the fame and flashiness of the first period. But if something has characterized this franchise, it is that it has always changed a lot of main actors without giving too many explanations, getting to see Leonard Nimoy, the mythical Spok of star trekacting together with the other members of the IMF.
All Mission Impossible movies
But it was in the 90’s when IP owned by CBS passed into the hands of Tom Cruise, who got down to work to transfer the adventures of the IMF to the cinema with resounding success. So we are going to tell you about all the movies that have come out in recent years, since Mr. Phelps became Ethan Hunt in 1996 and those old Cold War threats became quite different ones.
Mission Impossible (1996)
As a member of the Impossible Mission Force, they point him out as the culprit of the death of all his companions and his superior, so a mad race begins to prove his innocence. With many interesting plot twists, we soon learn that everything is the result of a conspiracy that threatens much more than the life of the protagonist. Directed by Brian de Palma, we will even see a fun tribute to the old characters of the original series.
Mission Impossible 2 (2000)
for the second part Tom Cruise wanted to have John Woo as director and, the truth, is that the film exceeds in many moments what is expected of a product like this, full of the characteristic histrionics of the Hong Konger. On this occasion, Ethan Hunt must hunt down a renegade agent like Sean Ambrose, although thanks to him he will meet Nyah Nordoff-Hall, a beautiful thief who is also a lover of the bad guy, with whom our hero will fall madly in love.
Mission Impossible 3 (2006)
The IMF is a labyrinth of corruption and conspiracies so Ethan Hunt must move very carefully. In this film, he will have to arrest an official of the organization, but things will not go as expected. On this occasion, our protagonist is no longer a field agent and is limited to training new agents, so his hands will be tied to achieve his goal. Of all the movies, this is perhaps the least relevant of the franchise.
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)
The IMF is suddenly shut down after an attack on the Kremlin forces the US to launch a covert operation called Ghost Protocol. Ethan Hunt and his team appear as the main suspects in the attack, although everything is part of a strategy to allow them to operate from the darkwith the aim of unmasking those behind the explosion in Moscow.
Mission Impossible Secret Nation (2015)
In this film appears for the first time the so-called Syndicate, an organization of special agents, who mostly work as mercenaries, and who want to change the world order. Soon Ethan Hunt and his team will realize that the tentacles of this threat reach places they could never have imagined and that they endanger the very existence of the IMF.
Mission Impossible Fallout (2018)
The IMF is limited in its functions after the events of Ghost Nation, although Ethan Hunt goes looking for a shipment of plutonium lost that could end up in the hands of the Syndicate. The threat is real and the old acquaintances he once saved could have the answers to the final blow that the criminal organization is preparing against the world order.
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