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Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol surprised everyone upon its release. Not only did it end up grossing almost $700 million worldwide, but it signalled a real comeback for Tom Cruise and is arguably the best entry in a franchise that audiences have had a mixed relationship with. Cruise’s baby has taken a refreshing approach for most blockbuster series’, in that every entry actually takes its time. Rather than churning out crud every few years to capitalise on interest, a new director with a new vision is hired every time, and we always have a healthy break of 4 to 6 years between films- Cruise’s Ethan Hunt significantly matures and the whole thing never feels stale.

It was suggested for a while after the fourth movie’s massive success that Brad Bird would return. Luckily, cooler heads and Tomorrowland prevailed, and as well as a new director yet to be announced, Paramount took the wise decision to hire Hollywood’s hottest new screenwriter and jolly nice chap Drew Pearce. Pearce was behind this year’s highest-grossing and most enjoyable blockbuster, Iron Man 3. Madcap, smart and funny as hell, Pearce’s writing was one of the biggest factors behind Tony Stark’s best outing to date.

Pearce discussed his approach for the sequel with me to an extent, but due to the fact he’d only just started work on it that week and he’s shielded by that renowned secret-keeper J. J. Abrams, there was little to be said on the matter, so at this point in time what happens in the fifth entry is anyone’s guess.

So let’s have some fun- Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read on for my speculations about what Hunt and his team might get up to the next time they’re onscreen…

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This article was first posted on July 4, 2013