First M:I-7 Trailer Is An Epic Reckoning (VIDEO/IMAGE)

The debut trailer for the seventh MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movie proves yet again that this is the best franchise in movies today.

Of course I’ll choose to accept this mission.

The excellence of the franchise already dictated that the next two M:I movies (parts 7 & 8, being filmed back-to-back) would be must-sees, sight unseen, but now the first trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning (Part One) gloriously affirms that presumption.

After various COVID-related delays, the latest chapter in Tom Cruise‘s Ethan Hunt saga is now on the verge of hitting movie theaters (though not for another year, unfortunately).

Writer/Director Christopher McQuarrie — Cruise’s co-mastermind behind the previous two M:I missions (Rogue Nation and Fallout) that have vaulted the franchise to a whole other level of spectacle, intrigue and sophistication — returns to keep upping the ante of Hollywood’s biggest daredevil property of jaw-dropping stunts-and-effects that are real, not digital.

The mystery and suspense are equal to those visual heights, too, and this first look at Dead Reckoning seems to tease taking that even further. Hints of an actual mythos are dropped, one of conspiratorial depths so expansive that what’s at stake is nothing less than the fate of the world’s moral course over centuries.

Anyone familiar with the Jennifer Garner / J.J. Abrams‘ TV series Alias (like I am) may even get some Rambaldi vibes from what they see here. (I half-expected Arvin Sloane to pop up.) While this may not go quite to that supernatural scale, the ante is definitely being upped. Way up.

Joining series regulars Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Vanessa Kirby are newcomers Hayley Atwell, Cary Elwes, Esai Morales, and Shea Whigham.

Also along for the intrigue: Henry Czerny‘s Mr. Kittridge, the deliciously duplicitous agent not seen since the very first M:I film over 25 years ago.

With Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick about to dominate theaters in Summer 2022, we’ll have to wait a bit before Paramount (the studio behind both) will unleash this spectacle into theaters; over a year, in fact. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning (Part One) will open next summer in July 2023. Part Two will follow in 2024.

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