Ethan Hunt will be leaving audiences a mission briefing this weekend. The official Mission: Impossible Twitter account and the IMAX Twitter account revealed that a behind-the-scenes video for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One will be shown in IMAX theaters this weekend. The video premieres this Thursday, December 15. Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, as the last two were, and sees Tom Cruise reprise his role as series lead Ethan Hunt, with Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby also returning (plus Henry Czerny, who hasn’t been seen since the first film in 1996!). Joining them are Haley Atwell (which automatically makes this my favorite), Pom Klementieff, Cary Elwes, and Esai Morales. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One will arrive in theaters on July 14, 2023. The ad for the behind-the-scenes video is below:
Starting Thursday, December 15, head to your @IMAX theatre to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at #MissionImpossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. Then see the movie in theatres July 2023. pic.twitter.com/jFDazp6oii
— Mission: Impossible (@MissionFilm) December 12, 2022
What the ad mysteriously omits is that this weekend’s IMAX film will be Avatar: The Way of Water, which is making its theatrical debut. Why they’d do that is puzzling; this is the sequel to the biggest movie of all time, isn’t it? Wouldn’t they want the added benefit of having Avatar as part of their marketing? Maybe it’s a rival studio thing, with Paramount putting out Mission: Impossible while 20th Century Studios – meaning Disney – is behind Avatar. Regardless, I’m sure it’s a cool video, as the stunts are the highlight of the Mission: Impossible movies. Tom Cruise has said that Dead Reckoning features his most dangerous stunt yet, and considering some of the things he’s done in these films, that’s a strong statement. But with Ethan Hunt’s next adventure still a ways away – after it was put off a few times – they likely want to get people excited for the movie. (They could just have someone show up and say “Haley Atwell,” but I guess a stunt showcase will work too.) Is it enough to make me want to see Avatar: Splish Splash Na’vi Taking a Bath? Nah, but I don’t think most people need much convincing on that score.