There are more than 22 years of Ethan Hunt starring in his famous adventures. Are you a little lost in chronology? Check out the Mission Impossible timeline below.

Since 1996, the franchise Mission Impossible is a success. Now the sixth film hits theaters, Mission: Impossible- Fallout Effect, of which you can see the review on here.

But what makes Mission Impossible one of the best action series in current movies?

In addition to the charisma of its protagonist, Tom Cruise, without a doubt we can highlight the scenes that are theoretically “Impossible” to happen. But not so much, as they were all made by the actor. Of course with security devices, but even so, they are scenes with a lot of recklessness and madness. A bet against your character's life. And this is what defines the character Ethan Hunt: a madman with a lot of recklessness and a gambler, as said since the third feature.

This seems to be the recipe for Mission Impossible. To differentiate itself from other films, when something “impossible” is about to happen, the script presents all the factors that make it unique:

1. The nature of the mission, which is the challenge for the hero;
2. Open and extravagant scenes that remind the viewer that they are seeing something Impossible;
3. Present the rules for the Mission, which shows how reckless it is, such as not stepping on the ground, lack of time, holding the air for at least 3 minutes, slowly climbing a building, among others;
4. And the consequences if it all goes wrong.

The genre, which mixes action with espionage, started on the North American network CBS in 1966 and ended in 1973. For most of the series, Peter Graves represented the leader of this agency, Jim Phelps. Graves was the only actor from the original cast to participate in the 1980s relaunch of the series, Mission: Impossible (1988 series), this time aired by ABC.

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Peter Graves

In Brazil, the series was broadcast in 1966, with the dubbing work carried out by the now extinct Arte Industrial Cinematográfica (AIC), and later by Álamo. For some years, Missão Impossível was broadcast by Rede Bandeirantes.

Among the stars who went through the series, it can be highlighted Leornard Nimoy, who performed “The Great Paris” from 1969 to 1971.

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series cast

the timeline

It can be said that the first two films are independent of the other 4. The first serves as a presentation of the universe and characters, mainly Ethan Hunt.

The second, the weakest as described above, had many problems and still managed to give Tom Cruise the award for best actor at the MTV Movie Awards, in addition to having completely innovated in the opening theme of the film.

The third starts the events that we've been checking out so far. The film maintains the action, brings a little more depth to the character, presenting the dilemmas of a double life.

The fourth, which starts to have a subtitle, Ghost Protocol, it's fun and addictive. The “Impossible” scenes begin to bring a breath-taking degree to the fans. The verticality that started in the first movie with Ethan descending just a few feet off the ground is now many floors above.

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Secret Nation, when he arrived at the cinema, came with many doubts from critics and fans, thinking that Tom Cruise was already too old for the role, besides stating that the franchise could already start to tire. An error. The fifth film proved to be one of the best so far. The scene of Ethan invading the plane in mid-flight shows how the star is as crazy as the character. And maybe a lot more.

And finally the Fallout Effect arrives! The film brings new landscapes to the series, continuing the great mystery that surrounds this universe. Mission Impossible manages to maintain the coherence of previous films and their events. And the main thing: it doesn't show that it will end anytime soon!

The movies not to get lost!

Protocolo: Missão Impossível 4Mission Impossible
Mission: Impossible, USA, 1996
Action, 110 minutes
by Brian De Palma
With Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Valentina Yakunina, Marek Vasut, Rolf Saxon
Synopsis: During a mission in Prague, a special group of agents is trapped. American Ethan Hunt discovers that only he and another agent survived. Taken as an informer, he runs away and starts acting on his own. With the help of a new group, he will try to clear his name, finding out who was the spy who set up his team.
Budget: US$ 87 million
World ticket: US$ 457 million

Protocolo: Missão Impossível 5Mission: Impossible 2
Mission: Impossible II, USA/Germany, 2000
Action, 123 minutes
from John Woo
With Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames, Anthony Hopkins, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson, Rade Serbedzija, William Mapother, Dominic Purcell, Mathew Wilkinson, Nicholas Bell, Cristina Brogeras, Kee Chan, Kim Fleming, Alan Lovell, Dan Luxton, Christian Manon, Karl McMillan, Lester Morris, Kelly Ons
Synopsis: Ethan Hunt must stop renegade agent Sean Ambrose from unleashing a new type of threat that could affect the entire Earth, through the dangerous laboratory-created infection known as Chimera. To infiltrate Ambrose's organization, he will need the help of the thief Nyah Hall. In this mission, Hunt races against time to not only prevent the power over the disease from falling into the hands of his enemies, but also find the cure to save the people he loves.
Budget: US$ 125 million
World ticket: US$ 546 million

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Mission: Impossible III, USA/Germany/China, 2006
Action, 126 minutes
by JJ Abrams
With Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, Simon Pegg, Eddie Marsan, Laurence Fishburne, Carla Gallo, Aaron Paul
Synopsis: Agent Ethan Hunt is away from fieldwork for the IMF, working only as a trainer for new agents. He now leads a quiet life with Julia, whom he intends to marry and who knows nothing about his real work. However, Ethan is called back to active duty when one of his wards, Lindsey, is captured by Owen Davian, an unscrupulous arms dealer. To rescue her, a new team is assembled, formed by her old friend Luther Stickell, transport specialist Declan and Zhen.
Budget: US$ 150 million
World ticket: US$ 397 million

Protocolo: Missão Impossível 7Mission: Impossible - Phantom Protocol
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, USA, 2011
Action, 133 minutes
from brad bird
With Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Samuli Edelmann, Ivan Shvedoff, Anil Kapoor, Léa Seydoux, Josh Holloway, Miraj Grbic, Tom Wilkinson, Michelle Monaghan
Synopsis: Secret agent Ethan Hunt is disowned by the president of the United States after the country is accused of a bombing in the Kremlin. This is the beginning of the Phantom Protocol, which aims to end IMF agents. Without any resources or support, Ethan must find a way to clear his name and that of the agency he works for. To do so, he starts working with a team of fugitive agents, about whom he knows little.
Budget: US$ 145 million
World ticket: US$ 694 million

Protocolo: Missão Impossível 8Mission: Impossible – Secret Nation
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, USA, 2015
Action, 131 minutes
By Christopher McQuarrie
With Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, America Olivo, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Hermione Corfield, Jingchu Zhang, Simon McBurney, Rachel Ritfeld, Anastasia Harrold, Jorge Leon Martinez, Nigel Barber, Jessica Williams, Paul Grant
Synopsis: The IMF agency is threatened with extinction by the US government, on the other hand, it becomes the target of the Syndicate, a criminal faction with highly trained spies committed to destroying it.
Budget: US$ 150 million
World ticket: US$ 682 million

Protocolo: Missão Impossível 9Mission: Impossible - Fallout Effect
Mission: Impossible – Fallout, USA, 2018
Action/Adventure/Thriller, 147 minutes
By Christopher McQuarrie
With Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett, Ving Rhames, Wes Bentley
Synopsis: Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, in the company of key allies, are in a race against time because of a possible nuclear threat. After a certain mission goes wrong, they must repair past mistakes that present themselves as a new threat filled with old acquaintances.
Budget: US$ 178 million
World ticket office: –

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