It’s been a spectacular run for Tom Cruise in the Mission: Impossible franchise with the seventh and eighth installments soon acting as the going away party for our favorite IMF agent and his crew of operatives. The franchise, especially in more recent movies, has made its bones on getting crazier and crazier with the stunts and set pieces, putting Cruise’s Hunt in increasingly perilous situations. And these next two movies might have things crazier than ever. According to The Hollywood Reporter (via Screenrant), Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 will feature Cruise and company aboard a submarine. Who even knows how they plan to use this as part of the action.
While the plot points for both Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 are being kept tightly under wraps, according to this reporting, both movies will feature scenes on a submarine as part of the main action. Considering this is a franchise that’s had Tom Cruise dangling off cliffs, submerged underwater for minutes on end, running down the side of skyscrapers, HALO jumping onto famous buildings, hanging off planes, and much more, setting the stage for a little submarine action could fit right in.
And there might have been some budgetary reasons for the inclusion of the submarine scenes in both movies in addition to however they factor into the overall plot. That’s because Tom Cruise and company filmed Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 back-to-back starting around September of 2020, a delay following the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Both movies were shot with the intention of releasing them a year apart with Mission: Impossible 7 coming out on July 14, 2023, and the eighth movie on June 28, 2024. Apparently, the addition to the sub to the seventh movie was a last-minute decision.
In addition to Tom Cruise, the final two Mission: Impossible movies will include some familiar faces with Simon Pegg returning as Benji Dunn, Ving Rhames back as Luther Stickell, and Rebecca Ferguson reprising her role of Ilsa Faust from the previous two installments. Plus, Henry Czerny is back as Eugene Kittridge from the franchise’s first movie. Others will include Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby, and Esai Morales. Plus, director Christopher McQuarrie is back on as director and screenwriter after helming Rogue Nation and Fallout.
The Mission: Impossible franchise has always been a solid performer at the box office, but things really picked up with the fourth movie, Ghost Protocol, in 2011. That movie saw the franchise really begin to dial up the set pieces with Tom Cruise pushing the realistic boundaries a bit more in the films. And it’s only picked up steam since. The last three movies have combined for more than $2.1 billion dollars at the worldwide box office.
And they’ve been successful with the critics as well over the recent stretch seeing as how the last three averaged well over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s been a resetting of the franchise that’s completely worked. Now we are set to see Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt off, but not before he spends a decent amount of time underwater submerged in a submarine (or maybe even outside of it).