The latest set photo from Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 7 shows a recurring character with a new look – but is it what it appears to be?
The latest photo from the set of the upcoming Mission: Impossible 7 teases a new look for Rebecca Ferguson’s character, Ilsa Faust. Production on the Christopher McQuarrie action- thriller has been an on again, off again process, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In recent weeks, however, things have been moving along much more swiftly, with production on Mission: Impossible 8 no longer scheduled to commence directly after M:I7 wraps.
For some fans of the M:I series, the production woes faced on this latest installment have been concerning. Lengthy, drawn out productions are not only extremely costly affairs, but they also tend to hint at underlying issues within the film itself. There have been numerous times throughout Hollywood history when a film that took longer than expected to arrive ultimately ended up not performing as well as had been hoped. Case in point is 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, which underwent a litany of headaches and delays in the lead up to its release, only to disappoint fans and become the lowest grossing live-action Star Wars film ever made. But while M:I7’s delays have been mostly down to Covid-19, there’s still plenty of reason to believe that the new film will bring the sort of action and surprises that fans have come to expect from the series.
The latest hint that Mission: Impossible 7 is potentially laden with unexpected surprises comes from McQuarrie via his Instagram account. At first glance, the photo of Ferguson as Faust doesn’t seem to reveal too much. But upon closer inspection, it does look as though she’s wearing an eyepatch, pushed up to her forehead during a break from the action. McQuarrie seems well aware of the conjecture he’s creating with the post, opting to simply accompany the photo with an ellipsis. Whether this is due to McQuarrie’s belief that the photo speaks for itself or if the eyepatch is a big hint in itself remains to be seen. See the photo below:
Ever since her introduction into the M:I series in 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Faust has quickly become an integral part of the franchise. The wearing of an eyepatch has yet to become one of the character’s identifying traits, which means that M:I7 could be about to introduce a new side to the character. Then again, the eyepatch could be nothing more than one part of a bigger disguise that Faust utilizes for a mission. Given the franchise’s reputation for the highest of high tech gadgetry, an eyepatch that isn’t quite what it seems and offers some sort of advantage is certainly not out of the realm of possibility.
It is possible, of course, that Faust’s new look has nothing at all to do with a covert mission or highly advanced spy technology of any kind. Instead, it could be that the character is subject to some unfortunate luck in Mission: Impossible 7 and actually loses an eye. If this is the case, she’ll be in good cinematic company, as the last highly engaging female character to wear an eyepatch on the big screen was Elle Driver in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill series. Hopefully Faust doesn’t meet a similar fate as Driver did, but with each passing day, the arrival of Mission: Impossible 7 becomes increasingly enticing.
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- Mission: Impossible 7 (2022)Release date: May 27, 2022
- Mission: Impossible 8 (2023)Release date: Jul 07, 2023
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