With each film, the Mission Impossible franchise looks for new, and even more implausible stunt sequences to top the last. Mission: Impossible 7 is the next installment in the long-running spy franchise, and is expected to bridge (no pun intended) a two-parter in the style of MCU’s Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
Tom Cruise – the man at the heart of it all – has scaled the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world (Ghost Protocol), clung to the outside of a plane in takeoff at the beginning of MI5 (Rogue Nation), before committing to real-life HALO jumps and ascending the payload of a moving helicopter in MI6 (Fallout).
Next up on the studio’s bucket list: blow up a real bridge as part of an action sequence. The context of the sequence is unclear, but it wouldn’t be far from the imagination to find Cruise in the heart of the action.
As reported by The First News, the proposed bridge is in Poland, but authorities, understandably, are not entirely happy with the prospect. The bridge was built in 1909 in a Polish village called Pilchowice. Despite being decommissioned from public use in 2016, as well as a lack of cultural value, there have been reports in some publications of locals calling for the bridge to be recognized as a national monument.
However, Deputy Culture Minister Pawel Lewandowski has said: “I would not be fixated on the fact that the Pilchowicki Bridge is a monument. It stands in ruins and has no value.” He adds that, “if an object is unused, unavailable, it has no such value. Therefore it is not a monument.”
Mission: Impossible 7 is due on November 19, 2021, starring Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Czerny, Esai Morales, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff and Shea Whigham.
Mission: Impossible 8 is expected for November 4, 2022.