For almost 30 years, Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt has saved the day with his IMF team in the Mission: Impossible film series. Obstacles great and small have been overcome, with Ethan winning the day no matter what. Now, the beginning of the end may be here, as Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One has just released its first trailer. Brace yourself for what looks like the most *ahem* impossible mission yet.
We knew that classic adversary Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny) was coming back for the seventh installment, which already raised a bunch of questions on its own. Looking at this trailer for Paramount’s latest Mission: Impossible adventure, one Impossible legacy query may have been answered. If what we’re seeing and hearing is correct, Kittridge is in league with what was once known as The Syndicate - and he looks very upset.
On top of this, the first-look preview at one of the most hotly anticipated upcoming movies includes tons of throwbacks to moments and locations throughout Mission: Impossible history. We also get glimpses of friends old and new. Esai Morales looks absolutely awesome as the villain for Dead Reckoning - Part One, and Guardians of the Galaxy star Pom Klementieff kicks quite a bit of ass in her brief moments as well.
Rounding it all off is fellow MCU vet Hayley Atwell, who plays a mysterious character pal-ing around with Tom Cruise’s Ethan. Which, as anyone will tell you, is the shortcut to the most dangerous life possible, and Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One does not seem to be an exception to that rule. Especially when there’s a harrowing car chase that throws Cruise and Atwell into a cramped yellow Fiat, a scene which had previously been teased during filming
The trailer for Mission: Impossible’s big return comes with another ominous, potentially villainous monologue; because why wouldn’t it? This is where writer/director Christopher McQuarrie’s deep dive into the franchise's history really pays off, as Kittridge’s intent is signaled by the following Dead Reckoning lines that dominate this first look:
Playing out as a two-part movie (according to McQuarrie), Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One throws out a lot of clues as to what’s headed our way next year. It also reunites franchise fans with the faces of Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby; on top of showing off Tom Cruise’s death-defying motorcycle stunt. It’s been a longer wait than expected, but the start of what looks to be Ethan Hunt’s final adventure looks to be bringing its S-game to the table. With amazing action like this, a grade of A+ doesn’t even cut it.
The fuse on Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One will be lit on July 14, 2023; with Part Two exploding into theaters on June 28, 2024 - a little under two years before the series’ 30th anniversary. All agents looking to brush up on some IMF history can do so with a Paramount+ subscription, as at the time of this writing almost all of the previous Mission: Impossible movies are available for streaming.
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