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The pandemic has delayed many blockbuster titles and two of the upcoming sequels of A-lister  Tom Cruise, who is known for doing his own stunts are no exception. 

On September 1, a representative from ViacomCBS announced that Paramount Pictures has postponed the screening of Tom Cruise flicks Top Gun: Maverick to May 2022 and Mission Impossible 7 to September 2022 release respectively. The delay was a response to the ongoing effects of the increase of infections due to the Covid-19.

In this News Singapore piece, we will give you the latest update on the upcoming films of Tom Cruise.

Top Gun: Maverick

The second film on the Top Gun franchise has been put on a halt too many times during the pandemic era. It was supposed to be set for a release on November 19, prior to Thanksgiving to jumpstart the holiday theatergoing season.

According to the new release update, Top Gun will now take the original release date of Mission: Impossible 7 for a Memorial Day weekend release on May 27. On the other hand, Mission: Impossible 7 is now rescheduled for a September 30, 2022 release. 

The cause of these readjustments is the outbreak of the much deadlier Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus.

Major theatres such as Cineworld, AMC Theatres, and Cinemark Holdings are relying on blockbuster films such as Top Gun to aid audiences to go back to theaters. 

Top Gun: Maverick is a sequel to the 1986 blockbuster with Tom Cruise as its main star as a world-class US Navy fighter pilot.

Mission: Impossible 7

As for Mission: Impossible 7, the film is currently wrapping its filming. According to the featurette video of the upcoming film, Tom said that it was his most dangerous stunt by far. The clip was shown at the CinemaCon in the gathering of movie studio executives and theater operators in Las Vegas. 

Tom revealed in the clip, “This is far and away from the most dangerous thing I’ve attempted; we’ve been working on this for years. I have wanted to do it since I was a little kid.” The stunt involves Cruise riding a motorbike into a ramp then launched from a giant cliff and jumped mid-air before his parachute discharged. 

Mission: Impossible 7 will mark the return of Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, the intelligent and daredevil international agent for Impossible Mission Force. The movie was set for a May 2022 release but the shoot in Italy, UK, and Norway was interrupted by the rising infection cases in Europe. 

Postponement Decision

The decision of Paramount Pictures to postpone the release of the Top Gun: Maverick is a “smart move”, according to Jeff Block, senior analyst of Exhibitor Relations. 

Block posted on Twitter, he said, “Paramount needs this to be a big worldwide hit. Global marketplace just isn’t there yet.”

Despite the lukewarm numbers of theatergoers of the recently released films this year, movie operators are still hoping that Hollywood blockbuster films will stick to their 2021 schedules. The upcoming James Bond flick which will serve as the swan song for Daniel Craig’s version of the global spy is set for an October 8 release which its studio MGM stands firm to its decision.

Upcoming Blockbuster Films 

The last quarter of 2021 is filled with upcoming superhero-action flicks such as Venom: Let There Be Carnage on October 15, Marvel’s Eternals which will debut on November 5, and the much-awaited Spider-Man: No Way Home which will be released on December 17.

The movie studios are currently readjusting their movie release slate to accommodate the effects of the ongoing pandemic. Some are delaying the release of their films for a full theatrical release, while some are weighing between simultaneous theatrical and streaming service releases. 

Most of the films that debuted in the third and will debut in the last quarter of 2021 are experiments by the studio, to see if the number of moviegoers will increase. The result is crucial as it will define the next few years of filmmaking.