Coming off the tremendous financial success of 2018's MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, lead star Tom Cruise has officially confirmed the release dates of the next two installments. However, instead of the two installments being spaced apart and acting independent of each other, fans have speculated with Cruise's announcement that both will be filmed back to back and will have an overarching story. The first of the two will hit theaters in summer of 2021 and the latter will debut in the summer of 2022. This means that the next MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE is only around 2 and a half years away. The official release dates have not been announced by either Cruise or Paramount, the distributor and studio for the entire MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise.
In addition to Cruise's return is director Christopher McQuarrie, who helmed the directing position for the two previous films in the franchise, adding up his total sum to an astounding four MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE directing credits under his name. With MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT being labeled by some as the greatest entry in the entire series, many are unsure of how McQuarrie's additional entries could fare out, especially provided that McQuarrie's ideas may be wearing thin by the 2022 release. But with his track record so impressive, McQuarrie will surely at the very least bring a comfortable and entertaining measure to the bombastic set pieces Cruise and company are always able to create.
The announcement was confirmed by Cruise in a subtle Tweet that read "Summer 2021 and Summer 2022" with an animation of the official MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE logo. The Tweet can be found below.
In our review for FALLOUT, we described the film as "" before rating it a score of () out of 10. However, while my impressions of the film may have been far more negative than its outstanding critical and audience reception, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT is unquestionably a success in every sense of the word. Making nearly 800 million worldwide, placing it leaps ahead of the original most successful film in the franchise by nearly 100 million, FALLOUT connected with audiences globally thanks to Cruise's consistently daunting sequences of exciting moments, a trait surely to be continued in the next two installments in the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise.