First Image of Tom Cruise & Simon Pegg in 'Mission Impossible 6'

You can always count on the Mission Impossible movies to deliver much needed jolts during the summer movie season. It helps tremendously that Tom Cruise, playing Ethan Hawke, always wants to do his own stunts, which brings an authentic feel to the set pieces that many summer blockbusters would lack in their CGI-filled action. "Ghost Protocol" had Tom Cruise hanging on for dear life on the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. "In Mission Impossible" - Rogue Nation , one of the chief pleasures was how director Christopher McQuarrie could shoot the living hell out of an action sequence. The Vienna State Opera House scene was the highlight, bringing in a Hitchcockian vibe to the film. The setup has Ethan Hunt, Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), Ilsa Faust(Rebecca Ferguson), and a menacing bad guy knocking around the opera sets, the rafters, and the balconies—as Hunt attempts to find a terrorist and prevent an assassination. McQuarrie was clearly inspired by Hitchcock, as he used shadows, darkness and flashes of color to grab the viewers attention and brought a little clarity to a logistically complicated series of fights and chases, measures and counter-measures. Its 12 minutes were as terrific a bit of pure filmmaking as anything in the series and might only be rivaled by another sequence in the film -- an underwater stunt that has Cruise holding his breath for nearly 6 minutes. You can never fault Cruise for not trying to entertain us with these movies.

If you also saw "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" in IMAX, for my money the best installment of the never-ending franchise, the Burj Kalifa scene was the ultimate test of thrills. The story goes that Tom Cruise fired his own insurance company so he could perform this gravity-defying stunt atop Dubai's famous skyscraper. In the scene, Cruise runs, slides, crawls and, yes, even flies around the tall skyscraper. That's 28,000 feet above the ground. The fact that Cruise looked so comfortable and at ease doing this stunt does show the high that results from performing such a risk-taking, death-defying endeavor.  I wholly recommend you check out the behind-the-scenes featurette of the stunt HERE.

Another Mission Impossibe stunt nobody seems to be talking about is when Tom Cruise Held His Breath For 6 and a Half Minutes

Scientology stuff aside, Cruise is a genuine actor that is serious about his craft. I'm not sure how they're going to top the aforementioned stunts but in this latest installment of the "Mission: Impossible" series, the sixth, a stunt involving strapping the world's biggest movie star to an actual plane during take off has been shot. It has the potential to top anything the man has done before.

MI:6 stars Cruise and includes supporting roles from Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldiwn, Ving Rhames, Angela Bassett.
The film is set for release on July 27, 2018.