Even as they continue to dominate the box office, Tom Cruise has yet to hitch himself to any particular superhero franchise, and so far he hasn't really needed to. He's still one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, thanks in part to Ethan Hunt, the character he's played for more than two decades in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Hunt's superspy antics and Cruise's crazy stunts (including hanging from a plane in flight and holding his breath underwater for six minutes in the last film alone) have ensured that he's kind of a superhero already, and besides, he doesn't have to go to the superheroes when the superheroes will come to him.
Late Thursday, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation writer and director Christopher McQuarrie, who's returning to helm the sixth installment in the franchise, sent out an Instagram post offering Superman himself, Henry Cavill, a role in M: I 6. What followed was an amusing bit of comment banter which revealed that this was the director's way of announcing, and Cavill's way of confirming, that Superman and Ethan Hunt would be teaming up.
"How can I say no to a man with such perfect hair.....," Cavill replied.
"Just a few caveats: must enjoy extreme heights, high speeds, motor vehicles of all varieties (especially aircraft), practical stunts, firearms, and sporadic exposition," McQuarrie added. "All good?"
Cavill: "only if I get to fly for real"
McQuarrie: "I do believe I specified practical stunts. You in?"
Cavill: "Oh ok.....I'm in!"
So, Cavill's on board another major action franchise, and though we don't yet know what role he's playing, it seems like it'll be something relatively weighty. The M: I flicks just keep getting bigger in scope, and the last two in particular have been very solid spy stories as well as action spectacles, so it makes sense that McQuarrie and Cruise would want to bring in more muscle to beef up the sixth flick. Now we just have to wait and see what kind of crazy stunts Cruise can talk his younger co-star into.
Mission: Impossible 6 arrives July 27, 2018.