2015 is a tough year for major franchise sequels, purely because there are so many of them that it's difficult to stand out from the crowd. The summer will kick off with The Avengers: Age of Ultron and continue with George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, which crawled out from almost three decades of development hell and still looks excellent. The year will continue with Terminator: Genisys and Jurassic World and finish up with the first installment in Disney's revived Star Wars franchise.
Amidst all of this is Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, a movie in which Tom Cruise does his own stunts - and those stunts are, of course, ridiculous. Not content with climbing up and running down the world's tallest building in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Cruise strapped himself to the side of an Airbus A400 during takeoff and landing for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, as seen in the recent teaser trailer.
There's more to the film than just Cruise making insurance companies cry, of course. The new full-length trailer for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation offers a little more in the way of plot, as Ethan Hunt and his team take on a shadowy organization called the Syndicate - a task made more difficult by the fact that Washington D.C. bureaucrats have disbanded the Impossible Mission Force.
The Syndicate, from what we know so far, is essentially a bad guy version of the IMF. This means that Ethan and his returning allies William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) - along with newcomer Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) - will be going up against agents who are just as skilled as they are - and who have some friends in very high places.
In addition to the trailer, we also have some new promotional stills for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, courtesy of USA Today.
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The Mission: Impossible movies might stick to a certain formula but they're usually a blast to watch and that's reflected in their consistently strong box office performance. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is the first film in the series to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who previously worked with Cruise on action flick Jack Reacher.
This trailer also continues the trend of using sad or slowed down versions of popular songs (as chronicled by Screen Crush), in this case The Fugees' 'Ready or Not'. It fits with the film's story pretty well, but nothing beats the moment when that classic Mission: Impossible theme tune kicks in.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation hits theaters July 31st, 2015.