|Date of birth:||c. 1967|
The man in glasses
The Syndicate (formerly)
Intelligence operative (formerly)
Great physical strength
Very high durability
High speed level
Great fighting skills
|Played by:||Sean Harris|
|First appearance:||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation|
|Last appearance:||Mission: Impossible – Fallout|
|“||Ethan Hunt is a gambler. And one day his luck will run out, and thousands of innocent people will pay the price. Which one of us will be the villain then?||”|
–Lane explains his motives to Ilsa Faust., Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Solomon Lane (born c. 1967), also known as "The man in glasses", is the sole recurring antagonist in the Mission: Impossible film series, being the main antagonist in the 2015 film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and one of the two main antagonists (the second being August Walker) in its sequel, the 2018 film Mission: Impossible – Fallout. He is a former British intelligence operative working for SIS/MI6 who went rogue after the agency's chief Atlee created a mysterious criminal organization named The Syndicate. Now an infamous and very psychopathic terrorist leading the Syndicate, Lane is also Ethan Hunt's archenemy who attempts to create a new world order based on unstoppable sequences of accidents and terrorist attacks and later to blow up several powerful explosives in order to kill a third of the world's population and frame Ethan for the attack.
Solomon Lane is a former MI6 agent who went rogue by hijacking a project called The Syndicate, a rejected top secret project within the MI6, which is meant to recruit foreign government agents to undertake clandestine missions without any regulation or supervision by the British Prime Minister.
Lane appeared, betrayed Atlee and MI6 and took up to lead the Syndicate and turned it into an international terrorist organization, consisted of former government agents who decided to help Lane and went rogue by faking their own deaths and betraying their countries. Lane's plan was to kill Ethan Hunt, his team, destroy the Impossible Mission Force at any cost and Ilsa Faust, an undercover MI6 agent that was sent to bring down the Syndicate from the inside, and eventually, he wanted to create a new world order of unstoppable terrorist acts and accidents.
Confronting the IMF for the first time Edit
Ethan Hunt is convinced that he can prove the existence of the Syndicate. Reporting into an IMF London substation to receive his orders, the Syndicate willingly reveals their existence to the American, as Lane infiltrated the substation to capture him. However, Ethan is rescued by Ilsa Faust who offers no explanation for her actions. With their existence confirmed, Ethan begins following his only lead: a blond man in glasses who oversaw his capture.
Six months later, Ethan leads a CIA Special Activities Division team to an empty safe-house as a means of passing new information on the Syndicate to his friend and an intelligence specialist Benji Dunn. Suspicious of Alan Hunley's actions and believing he will kill Ethan at the first opportunity, William Brandt recruits former agent Luther Stickell to discreetly find Hunt, using a likeness of Ilsa found at the safe house. Ethan arranges for Benji to attend an opera in Vienna, Austria, recruiting him to take part in a covert mission to locate the man in glasses. Realizing that the Syndicate plans to assassinate the Chancellor of Austria at the opera, Ethan intervenes by shooting him at the shoulder before the Syndicate can. Escaping with Ilsa, one of the intended shooters, he is powerless to prevent the Chancellor from being killed by a car bomb put in place as a redundancy.
Ilsa partners with Ethan and Benji to locate a file hidden by a Syndicate traitor on a high-security server used to regulate a Moroccan power station. Believing it to be a ledger containing the names of all Syndicate agents, the trio secure it before Ilsa betrays the IMF agents. She returns to London, passing the file on to her handler, Atlee. However, Atlee discreetly erases the file, forcing Ilsa to return to the Syndicate and prove her loyalty to Lane himself.
Regrouping with Brandt and Luther, Ethan and Benji follow Ilsa back to London, where they debate the nature of their work. Having betrayed one another so many times, they can no longer be certain of their own loyalty, question what to do next as they cannot be sure that Lane has not anticipated and moved to manipulate them. When Benji is abducted by Lane's men, Ethan realizes that the Syndicate leader will always have his plan to acquire the files and that the only sure way to stop him is to force a confrontation with him. He agrees to Lane's ultimatum to abduct the British Prime Minister and use his voice print to unlock the file.
Disturbed by this turn of events, Brandt contacts Alan Hunley and reveals their location. The CIA director arrives at a charity auction to try and prevent Ethan from attacking the Prime Minister, and take him with Brandt and Atlee to a secure room. Having posed as Atlee, Ethan reveals himself and has the Prime Minister confirm the existence of the Syndicate: a top-secret project that sought to recruit disavowed foreign agents to undertake clandestine missions; an initiative that the Prime Minister rejected as too extreme. When the real Atlee arrives, Ethan subdues him, and he admits that Lane hijacked the project for his own ends and went rogue, which Atlee has been covering up its existence ever since. Atlee is presumed arrested and taken into custody.
Luther discovers that the file is not having a ledger of known agents, but contains the locations and access codes for billions of dollars in untraceable funds that Lane has been desperate to get to keep the Syndicate active for decades. Ethan so memorizes the data and destroys the file to force Lane to release Benji in exchange for what he knows. He lures Lane out into the open and into a trap set up by all the IMF team. Imprisoned in a bulletproof cell, the fallen terrorist is gassed and taken into custody with the Syndicate is dismantled for good.
Association to August Walker and second scheme Edit
After he was finally defeated by the IMF back in 2015, Lane was imprisoned in a highly-secured prison facility. However, his presence continues haunting Ethan in his dreams while he's sleeping. In a dream, Ethan and his wife Julia are remarrying after their breakup in the fourth film, but things change when Ethan realizes that the priest is actually Lane. The criminal starts talking about how hard it would be for Hunt to marry her, due to his job and how hard it would be to protect her from his enemies. Ethan says "that's enough" before seeing that the priest is actually Lane, and Lane says "you should have killed me". An explosion is seen in the background, and both Ethan and Julia die. When Ethan wakes up from the nightmare, he sees the tape announcing his mission, and it is trying to stop an enigmatic terrorist going by the name of "John Lark" who is recreating the Syndicate, under the name of the Apostles. Lane is suspected to be involved in this, but possibly even more dangerous this time around.
Later, British arms dealer White Widow makes a deal with Ethan which causes the spy to get access to Lane. When they interrogate him in order to make a mask for him and copy his voice, Lane threatens Hunt, saying that he is planning on ruining his entire life, "the fallout of all [your] good intentions". Benji uses the mask to disguise as Lane in order to see who is the true John Lark, until it's revealed; August Walker. Walker steps in and it is revealed that, while Walker is planning on killing a third of the world's population so that the world powers will work together, which may cause peace in the future, Lane does it just so that he can frame Ethan for the attack and get him arrested, making him rot in prison for years to come, seeing everything around him being slowly ruined and destroyed, which Walker gets frustrated on, asking Lane why he has to make everything so complicated. Eventually, Walker realizes that the Lane he is seeing is Benji on disguise. The traitor so tries to kill Benji but is prevented by Alan Hunley and is about to be arrested when Apostles and CIA agents attack them, allowing Walker to escape with Lane in a helicopter despite all efforts from Ethan to apprehend them.
Even later, in Kashmir, it is revealed that either Walker or Lane created a medical centre after spreading a disease through the village, just so that Julia would go and work at the centre, preparing on blowing it all up with the plutonium cores just to spite Ethan. However, Ethan along with Benji, Ilsa and Luther discover their plan to starve a 1/3 of the world's population and race to prevent this from happening. Lane sets the time to 15 minutes and gives the detonator to Walker to escape with, Ethan and his team rush to stop Walker. Hunt chases Walker in a helicopter while Luther begins to deactivate the bombs and Benji and Ilsa search for the other bomb. Sadly for Lane, Ilsa sees him standing by a house, and chases him. She so finds the bomb and as she begins to deactivate it, Lane brutally grabs Ilsa and pulls her through a wooden wall, knocking her unconscious. Lane then tries her up on a chair, leaving her to screaming in panic as she is unable to escape. Faust is so unable to speak with Benji, who comes as well and prepares to release her. Lane so comes from behind again however and brutally beats him, before hanging him from a rope, while Ilsa is forced to watch Benji slowly die. Fortunately, she is able to break free and to engages Lane once again, stabbing him on his leg with a pice of broken glass and beating him unconscious, before saving Benji. Ethan successfully obtains the detonator after killing Walker (who was impaled in the head with a hook attached to a chopper) and they successfully deactivate the bombs.
Lane is last seen after being once again arrested for his crimes. CIA new director Erika Sloane hands him over to MI6 but it is unknown what happens to the infamous anarchist after this. It is possible that he is executed by MI6 for his several crimes but this is unfortunately not confirmed.
Ever since he was an MI6 agent, Solomon Lane had always been a skeptical individual toward the motives and the ways the world or his government are choosing. When he first faked his death and went on to lead the Syndicate, his doubts were still inside him, but Lane decided to fix the world's motives and ways it chooses by creating chaos, with Lane becoming the perfect personification of anarchism.
Since becoming the leader of the Syndicate, Lane developed his anarchistic nature even further with recruiting more and more agents into this anarchistic nature. He was known more and more as a psychotic sociopath despite this is not true at all.
This false thing comes from the reason that Lane is choosing to believe that only chaos and destruction can fix everything which the humanity decided not to fix. He was stating that there cannot be peace without a suffering so he does it all in order to prove this point by creating chaos, terrorism and even deadly accidents.
A silent and quiet individual, Lane shown a different pattern of behavior based on violence, killing and anarchy but wanted to show this behavior silently, and made his actions without noise or explosions, describing his killing methods as "more surgical", presumably referring to Janik Vinter and his tools of torture.
With becoming known to the existence of Ethan Hunt, he haunted him via the Syndicate as well as his own team from the IMF, including Ilsa Faust, and continued telling him that peace comes only through suffering or chaos.
Ilsa Faust is an important key figure in Lane's personality, as she tried to gain his loyalty repeatedly despite Lane's great disappointment from her own loyalty.
In Fallout, his truly psychopathic and sinister nature which was "locked" in Rogue Nation came into the light; while still imprisoned, Lane continued haunting Ethan in his dreams and even when meeting him from the reason Hunt wanted information about John Lark, Lane psychotically told him that the end he always feared from is coming for him.
After escaping prison with the help of Lark, Lane went hiding but not before stating that Ethan's clock will be stopped and he shall lose everything he knows and love, and repeatedly wanted to prove it to Ethan. That means that Lane is a man which will always attempt to prove his point and will never give up on it, with Lane himself a man holding with his incredible willpower.
Lane has repeatedly shown himself to be a sadist who takes pleasure in seeing others suffer and in causing their pain and he makes it his mission to make Ethan suffer as much as possible rather than simply killing him. To this end, Lane is even willing to sacrifice himself, showing no hesitancy in putting himself in the path of his weapons, just so he can achieve what he sees as victory over Ethan.
Solomon Lane is a ruthless yet outstanding leader and planner. He was able to strategically think ahead and outsmart his opponents. A former MI6 agent Solomon can operate well in the field, able to move stealthily and and catch his victims off guard. He also revealed himself to be an outstanding marksman.
Lane also showed to be highly skilled in hand to hand combat, swiftly defeating Ilsa Faust and nearly killing Benji. During his fights he was able to systematically outmatch Benji and Ilsa using rope as an improvised weapon with great dexterity.
Behind the Scenes Edit
Harris was very hesitant to accept the role of Lane, because he felt that he was not well known on the big screen, but rather on the circuit of television. The reason he took the role was because of an exchange scene initially set at the climax where Lane and Ethan talk about the loss of faith of man. This scene was eventually cut off after the premieres, as mentioned earlier, and it did not fit the following revised scenes eventually.
Rogue Nation Edit
- Lane is the only main antagonist to not die in the Mission: Impossible film series, having already survived two of the films. It is unknown if Lane will re-appear in the 7th film, however with the Apostles still at large it can be presumed he may appear again (depending if MI6 kill him in the process to prevent him from giving vital information to foreign governments).
- He is considered by fans of the franchise as the smartest and most dangerous villain of it.
- He is also arguably the main antagonist of all the cinematographic franchise.