The trailer for Mission: Impossible – Fallout made its debut during Super Bowl LII. Tom Cruise returns as IMF senior field operations agent Ethan Hunt, with fellow field agents Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) joining in on the action. While M:I – 6 will mark the first film in the series to not involve a new director per franchise tradition (Christopher McQuarrie also directed 2015’s Rogue Nation), everything appears to be business as usual for Agent Hunt and Co. in their globe-spanning espionage hunt to right wrongs and save the day.
Fallout sees some new faces joining the cast (including Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), and some familiar ones as well (including Michelle Monaghan, who appeared as Ethan’s wife Julia in M:I III and Ghost Protocol, and Alec Baldwin as IMF secretary Alan Hunley). Naturally, the plot is as secretive as a covert assignment, but woven through the trailer are various clues hinting at things to come once Fallout hits theaters this summer.
So, your mission—should you choose to accept it—is to keep keep reading to check out the full trailer breakdown for Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
25. ‘Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It…’
The M:I – Fallout trailer vibe is immediately dark – tonally and literally. A silhouette of Ethan Hunt descends a staircase, gun-in-hand, as Sean Harris’ Solomon Lane speaks the familiar Mission: Impossible credo: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…” The only notable difference is that, in this case, he’s gearing Ethan toward something of an existential crisis, with the follow-up question, “Did you ever choose not to?” Then, not unlike Mr. White’s “You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane” line from Spectre (there are noticeable Sam Mendes/007 vibes happening here), Lane addresses the fact that the end Hunt has “always feared is coming.” Cue subtitle mention as he adds: “The blood will be on your hands—the fallout of all your good intentions.”
24. The Returning Villain
If your memory has gotten a bit cloudy since 2015, Solomon Lane was the villain in Rogue Nation. He was a former IMF agent-turned-Syndicate leader. After the events of Rogue Nation, he ended up in custody, but appears to have a substantial part to play in this go-around. For whatever reason, Hunt appears to need him (For information? Personal reasons?), but we’ll touch on that later in the trailer…
23. A Mistake in Berlin
It appears that Hunt’s central problem in Fallout revolves around a mistake that went down in Berlin. IMF secretary Alan Hunley (Baldwin) reminds Ethan that he had to make a “terrible choice,” taking one person’s life to save million. Whose life that may be, as well as why it ultimately led to disarray, is a mystery. But what would a Mission: Impossible movie be without something going cataclysmically wrong in the opening sequence?
22. Alec Baldwin Returns as Alan Hunley
Speaking of Hunley, Alec Baldwin returns to the series after his series introduction in Rogue Nation. Starting out in more of an adversarial role back in Rogue Nation, Hunley has since shifted from Director of the CIA to Secretary of the IMF, building on the complicated relationship between himself and Ethan. He’s the man who ultimately tells Hunt that due to Hunt’s errors, “the world is at risk.”
21. The Plutonium MacGuffin
What sort of risk, you ask? According to Angela Bassett’s as-yet-unidentified character associated with the CIA, the risk is plutonium. During Ethan’s Berlin mission, he was meant to have retrieved said plutonium and—not unlike Doc and Marty in Back to the Future—kept it out of enemies hands. Per a news headline on a TV in the trailer, this mistake has apparently led to a nuclear attack.
20. The CIA
The first glimpse of Fallout’s CIA characters introduce the aforementioned Bassett, as well as Henry Cavill’s August Walker. It appears that Bassett’s character has taken over Hunley’s original position as CIA director, which would explain the heightened stress levels. Meanwhile, for anyone wondering what Superman’s digitally-manipulated face looked like pre-tampering in Justice League, here it is on full display.
19. The Team is Back Together
Fallout sees the reunion of Ethan Hunt’s familiar team, though it’s hardly under happy circumstances. It’s unclear whether or not they were directly related to the mishap started by Hunt (he has a tendency to shooting first, consult his team second) but they’re along for the ride nonetheless. According to Bassett’s character, they ought to have sacrificed themselves for the greater good. Missing from this go-around, however, is Jeremy Renner’s William Brandt.
18. Ilsa Faust
Former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust began a complicated relationship with Ethan Hunt back in Rogue Nation, ultimately proving to be a solid ally. In Fallout, however, it appears as though the two of them are going to have a—ahem—falling out. Judging by the fact Ethan insists she back down from whatever it is she’s pursuing, paired with her line, “Please, don’t make me go through you,” some friendly fire is sure to go down (which gets referenced later on in the trailer).
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