Two actors that don’t look like real-life GI Joe figures but have redefined the action movie genre – now at the final frontier they are on a showdown path come 2021.
Matrix 4 or Mission Impossible 7 – Which movie do you think will prevail come 2021? Keanu Reeves and Tom Cruise are from a generation of actors who redefined the image of the Hollywood action hero.
Heads Up! Why Matrix 4 will destroy Mission Impossible 7?
- Mission Impossible and Matrix are two sides of the same coin.
- 2021 sets up the biggest showdown between action heroes of the 21st century.
- Return of Matrix 4 will overshadow the Mission Impossible 7 hype.
- Why Mission Impossible’s star cast has become redundant?
- Matrix 4 brings back on of the most iconic star-studded lineup of the millennium.
- The similarity between Matrix 4 and Top Gun 2 and how it sets both for blockbuster status.
Their movies signalled a shift from the hunky, full-blooded action hero era to that of lean, agile, super slick men who use technology and martial arts rather than traditional blow to blow bouts and machine-gunned chaos. They wear trim suits and sunglasses rather than camouflaged cargoes and tank t-shirts.
Mission Impossible and Matrix – Mirrored Effect
Tom Cruise has ruled the world for 2 decades with Mission Impossible. Each movie has taken the franchise from strength to strength. But Rogue Nation and Fallout took the franchise to global fame and solidified base for MI:7 and MI:8, set for 2021 and 2022.
Likewise, Keanu Reeves too hailed in a renaissance of sorts, first with Matrix which translated into John Wick after a decade. Both franchises were terrific hits and create a cult following for Reeves, similar to that Mission Impossible did for Tom Cruise. Consequently, both John Wick and Matrix are set for sequels in 2021 and 2021.
Come 2021… the biggest showdown
While John Wick 4 and Matrix 4 are scheduled to release in 2021 and incidentally on the same date i.e. 21 May, 2021; it’s likely that Wick will push back to ensure there isn’t a conflict of interest for the fans when ditching all others and selection one more for that weekend.
A couple of months after Matrix 4, comes out Mission Impossible 7 on 23 July 2021. While it is a significant 60-day period between them —
The direct clash of Hollywood’s two most iconic franchises and two most bankable actors is undoubtedly the showdown of 2021.
And while Mission Impossible 7 is expected to be up a notch from what Christopher McQuarrie offered us in both Rogue Nation and Fallout, the return of Wachowski led Matrix with its 4th sequel is set up to overshadow Cruise’s seventh outing as superspy Ethan Hunt.
Why Matrix 4 overshadows Mission Impossible 7?
Matrix 4 brings back Neo after an almost two-decade sabbatical from the silver screen. However, Ethan Hunt has been a constant in all that time. So, the Keanu Reeves-movie builds up more anticipation among fans. Not just action-movie lovers and teenage geeks, it will also bring back a whole generation that has now grown into the 30s and 40s.
Furthermore, Matrix comes with a now-forgotten star cast reuniting. Keanu Reeves has resurged on the map and now resonates with another cult-favourite action hero in John Wick. However, for Carrie Anne-Moss and Laurence Fishburne, playing Trinity and Morpheus was the height of their careers. Fans will be eagerly waiting to see these iconic characters along with Agent Mr. Anderson once again.
Mission Impossible’s Power-packed line-up lacks star power
Mission Impossible as a franchise is famous for swapping cast – picking, dropping and picking characters again – as per need in future films. That has inadvertently concentrated the limelight on Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt alone.
Other mainstays like Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Michelle Monaghan forever wander on the sides and are never in focus. Stars like Henry Cavill and Jeremy Renner come and go. Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Frost is one character that Mission Impossible 7 can bank upon, but she is unlikely to parallel the Matrix 4 effect in 2021.
The Come Back of a Stellar Cast
With Matrix 4, it’s an altogether different story. It isn’t just Neo, Morpheus, Trinity and Mr Anderson who will pull crowds, but the team behind the trilogy that changed our perception of the world. The man behind the iconic fights and physics-defying stunts Chad Stahelski is back.
So are producer Grant Hill, concept artist Geoff Darrow and also storyboard artist Steve Skroce. Even Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Niobe is back. Furthermore, there are new star entries into the line-up with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jessica Henwick in lead roles and also Neil Patrick Harris in support. Combined the Matrix 4 cast will have a much more magnetic effect on audience than the redundant Tom Cruise tour of Mission Impossible.
John Wick 4 and Top Gun 2 – Reverse Osmosis?
Mission Impossible is Tom Cruise’s most celebrated franchise. The resurgence of the MI films under McQuarrie has paved way for another iconic Cruise high-adrenaline film’s revival in Top Gun 2 which is hitting theatres this year with Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell reloaded. Quite possibly the movie will have a similar route to like what Matrix 4 will garner on the platform set by the John Wick franchise.
While this means that Matrix 4 and Top Gun 2 are likely to explode at the box office, the fate of John Wick 4 in and Mission Impossible 7 in 2021 is not that bright. Both the franchises will witness some humbling which is in itself a lesson at not overdoing a great concept. Too much too soon is never a good idea in entertainment.