With two months before release, Mission: Impossible - Fallout is gearing up for its marketing push, releasing nine character posters that highlight the new and returning characters to the long running Tom Cruise-starring franchise.
Fallout is a direct continuation of the previous Mission: Impossible film, Rogue Nation as the villainous organization The Syndicate returns as its main antagonist. This is rare move for a franchise that has often focused on self-contained stories that connect around the recurring IMF team of Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, Ving Rhames’s Luther Stickell, and, beginning with Mission: Impossible 3, Simon Pegg’s Benji Dunn. Further, Fallout sees the return of a few more familiar faces, including Hunt’s wife Julia (Michelle Monaghan), last seen briefly in Ghost Protocol, in addition to new IMF Secretary Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin), Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), and Syndicate leader Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) from Rogue Nation. Christopher McQuarrie returns as writer/director following Rogue Nation, another first for the franchise which has traded out directors with each film.
The posters, as released by Paramount Pictures, show the aforementioned returning characters and a few new faces to the franchise, including Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, and Henry Cavill, whose mustache in this is now the stuff of film legend, contributing to one of the many laughable aspects of Justice League, which tried to digitally remove it during reshoots.
While not giving much away in terms of plot, all the characters are arranged in various states of pose with the tagline “Some missions are not a choice.” While details are scarce, Fallout follows Hunt as he attempts to rectify a mission gone wrong, as the CIA, led by Bassett, questions his motives. Judging from the previously released trailer for Mission:Impossible - Fallout, Cavill’s August Walker appears to be Hunt’s main antagonist.
Rogue Nation was one of the best films of the already great franchise, with Ferguson’s Faust being a standout new addition, so expectations are high for the newest film. At the very least, Cruise's penchant for outlandish stunts has only grown, with this film seeing him fly a helicopter himself during a complicated stunt, so expect McQuarrie and Cruise to one-up their previous plane stunt from Rogue Nation. Additionally, McQuarrie has seemed to settle into a comfortable rhythm with Cruise, leading to some of their best films together, including both Rogue Nation and Jack Reacher, so here’s hoping that both stick with the Mission: Impossible franchise for the long run.
Source: Paramount Pictures
- Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) release date: Jul 27, 2018