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What Could Mission: Impossible 7 Be About?

Mission Impossible 7

After six films and two decades, the Mission: Impossible franchise is still going strong with the new release of Mission: Impossible - Fallout. The latest globe-trotting action thriller sees Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) butting heads with August Walker (Henry Cavill), a CIA agent sent along to monitor the IMF team, and also brings back Sean Harris' Rogue Nation villain Solomon Lane. Featuring the kind of nonstop, slickly-executed action that has come to define the franchise, Fallout already has us looking forward to more in Mission: Impossible 7.

Of course, at this early stage a sequel has yet to be green lit, let alone put into development. But Mission: Impossible - Fallout ends with the IMF team still intact and ready for more action, and even now Paramount is doubtless already looking forward to the possibilities of the next chapter in the story. Here's our rundown of what the stars have said about Mission: Impossible 7, and what to expect from the next chapter in the story.

Will There Even Be A Mission: Impossible 7?

Given that Mission: Impossible - Fallout is already off to a storming start at the box office, it's hard to imagine that Paramount Pictures would consider ending the franchise here. That said, it's equally hard to imagine a Mission: Impossible movie without Tom Cruise, whose dedication to the character of Ethan Hunt and commitment to throwing himself into the most extreme stunts is crucial to these movies' death-defying spectacle. That commitment allows directors like Fallout's Christopher McQuarrie to film lengthy action sequences without having to use cuts and careful angles to hide a stunt performer's face. While a character like James Bond can be recast over and over, Cruise has become synonymous with the Mission: Impossible movie franchise - particularly because Ethan Hunt was an original character created for the 1996 movie, as opposed to a character lifted from the Mission: Impossible TV series.

But while Cruise may still be able to pass for a man in his late thirties or early forties, he's actually 56 years old, and in the near future may be looking at slowing down a bit. Cruise famously suffered a broken ankle while filming a stunt on the set of Fallout - an injury that set filming back months. The franchise's stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood told NYPost that Cruise is so determined to do his own stunts that he will threaten to quit the movie if the studio doesn't allow it. But there's a reason why studios prefer to use stunt performers (to put it bluntly, an injured stunt double is replaceable, whereas an injured movie star is not), and if Paramount were to put their foot down on the matter, Cruise could well opt to walk away from Mission: Impossible rather than watch someone else perform his stunts.

All that said, Cruise is hardly past his action movie sell-by just yet, and will probably stick around for at least one more movie. Let's just hope he's smart enough to call it a day before he starts needing fifteen cuts just to climb over a fence.

When Would Mission: Impossible 7 Release?

Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett in Mission Impossible Fallout

So far the Mission: Impossible franchise has seen six movies released over the course of 22 years, and Ghost Protocol, Rogue Nation and Fallout were each released just three years apart. The last two movies were both released in July, and all of the Mission: Impossible films so far - with the exception of Ghost Protocol, which came out in December - have been summer blockbusters, comfortably holding their own against comic book movies and other tentpoles. With that in mind, the smart money is on Mission: Impossible 7 releasing in July 2021.

Related: Mission: Impossible - Fallout Cast & Character Guide

What Mission: Impossible Stars Have Said About a Sequel

Tom Cruise has done limited interviews for Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which means that we haven't had many chances to get his thoughts on a sequel. He does have a few different projects on the go at the moment, including a Top Gun sequel and two Doug Liman sci-fi movies: original project Luna Park, and a sequel to 2014's Edge of Tomorrow. Cruise may need a bit of a break after breaking his ankle and trying to act during a HALO jump at 25,000 feet, but it's hard to imagine him actually turning down another Mission: Impossible movie, given his love for the franchise and character.

We asked Simon Pegg what he thought was next for Benji, and he replied that he'd like to see his character "grow further," and have plenty more scenes with Ving Rhames' Luther, since he likes the dynamic of the two characters. Angela Bassett, who plays CIA boss Erica Sloane, told us that she hasn't even thought about returning, though she did note that it's certainly possible, saying, "I don't think I fell off into a ravine anywhere." As for director Christopher McQuarrie, who is the only director to helm more than one entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise, he told IndieWire that he's now hoping to go back and direct more independent films. McQuarrie's exact phrasing was "as I finish with this movie and potentially with this franchise" - so make of that what you will.

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