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The Mission: Impossible Movies Mirror The Story Of Tom Cruise And Scientology

The world has seemingly fallen in love with the Mission: Impossible movies for their intricate plots, fun characters, and how they’re the closest we’ll ever get to Tom Cruise starring in a bunch of Jackass movies. But bizarrely, if we look at the series as a whole, it seems to chart Cruise’s (also bizarre) real-life story.


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The first Mission: Impossible adds a layer of meta commentary by revealing that the villain was the TV series’ hero, Jim Phelps. The star of the movie literally has to kill the star of the old show — and as we’ve mentioned, they originally went after the original actor to play that role. To put that in perspective, that would be like if Spider-Man: Homecoming featured Tom Holland stabbing Tobey Maguire to death.

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The second movie … was about rock climbing or something. No one is truly sure. But then Mission: Impossible III gets conspicuously personal. The same year Cruise famously married Katie Holmes found Ethan Hunt also getting married.

Paramount PicturesAfter presumably desecrating all of the couch cushions in IMF headquarters.


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Ethan’s fiancee learns the truth about him by the end of the movie, but it still ends happily, as they get married and he whisks her back to IMF headquarters — which feels like she’s being recruited by some kind of secret society. Or a super cool religion, if you will.

Paramount PicturesDefinitely not a cult, or everyone wouldn’t be smiling.