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Mission: Impossible 7 Trailer Is Here To Remind You About Tom Cruise's Other Action Franchise

At some point, audiences will ask whether it's time for Tom Cruise to stop throwing himself out of plane, climbing the Burj Khalifa, or driving a motorbike off the side of a mountain... But today is not that day. Nor does it seem we've reached peak Cruise, with the long-awaited "Top Gun" sequel about to descend on theaters, propelled by universal critical acclaim. Perhaps hoping to capitalize on the buzz around "Top Gun: Maverick," Paramount Pictures is out this morning to remind you that another entry in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise is still en route — the seventh, in case you lost count.

The long-running film franchise has been given a vicious new lease of life under director Christopher McQuarrie, who has opted for an overarching story spanning multiple films. Although photos and videos from the "Mission: Impossible 7" set have steadily arrived online over the last few years, it has taken a while for Paramount to deliver any official footage. Thankfully, the first trailer from the sequel is finally here, and it teases what Hunt is up against when the latest "Mission: Impossible" film debuts in theaters.

New mission; same impossibility

When writer-director Christopher McQuarrie joined the "Mission: Impossible" franchise with 2016's "Rogue Nation," he introduced a sprawling story involving a worldwide cell of highly trained agents — and this spilled over into 2018's "Mission: Impossible – Fallout." Characters like Solomon Lane (Jared Harris) and Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) returned in the thrilling race to stop nuclear armageddon. It'll be interesting to see how "Fallout" affects the new film, since Ferguson is back for the sequel alongside Vanessa Kirby as Alanna Mitsopolis.

Making the latest chapter in the long-running franchise has been an impossible mission in itself, as production was hit with numerous delays thanks to the ongoing pandemic. Cruise's own frustrations wth the situation made the headlines in 2020 when audio leaked online of his angry rant at two crew members who broke COVID-19 guidelines on set. But has the stressful production paid off? The trailer certainly promises yet another high-octane adventure for Ethan Hunt and his fellow agents.