Mission Impossible 7 Villain

AI is the Main Villain In Mission Impossible 7

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One director Christopher McQuarrie explains why they decided to make AI the Movies’ next big threat.

Mission Impossible 7 Villain

Mission Impossible 7 Villain: Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise’s popular franchise Mission Impossible has been one of the most celebrated movies of all time. Over the years, Cruise and the film makers have treated fans to several astonishing action sequences, making us want for more.

As the entire world eagerly awaits to watch some more daredevil stunts from Cruise, the next installment of Mission: Impossible 7 is reported to release next month. After multiple delays, fans will again see Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, agent of the Impossible Missions Force, in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1.

In an interview with Collider, McQuarrie claimed that AI was the next step up from the previous threats Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his crew have faced in the franchise. “We’ve done nuclear threats, we’ve done chemical threats, biological threats, you did the Rabbit’s Foot, and God knows what threat that was. In trying to keep it fresh, we were looking outward, and the big conversation I had with Tom [Cruise] very early on was about technology, information technology, and what, now, everyone is talking about is AI.” While McQuarrie noted that AI would’ve been “too intellectual” for most viewers just a few years ago, it now fits within the Mission: Impossible franchise since it is becoming increasingly present in people’s lives.

Mission Impossible 7 Villain

Expanding on the decision to make AI the villain of Dead Reckoning Part One, McQuarrie compared it to the Cold War. “When I was growing up, the Cold War was very real, it was a very present thing. We were under the threat, we believed, of nuclear annihilation, that at any point, there could be a war between two or three nuclear superpowers. So when you went to see a Cold War movie, you didn’t need somebody to set up the threat of the Cold War, you just felt it. It was something you brought to the movie.”

McQuarrie referred to Top Gun, which also starred Cruise, as a film that dealt heavily with the Cold War. He noted that the 1986 film actually made people feel safe from potential threats, which is something he wanted to accomplish with Dead Reckoning Part One. “That anxiety was something you were bringing to it, and you enjoyed that movie because that movie was telling you that everything was ultimately gonna be okay. You were showing them a way out.”

While plot details for the film have mostly been kept under wraps, the official trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One teases the power of AI. In one clip, Gabriel (Esai Morales) threatens Ethan, saying, “You have no idea the power I represent. It knows your story, and how it ends.” While the upcoming film was originally announced as the first of two parts that would wrap up the Mission: Impossible franchise, McQuarrie recently revealed that the end may not be as close as it seems. He confirmed that there are ideas for Mission: Impossible movies beyond Dead Reckoning Part Two. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One hits theaters on July 14.

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