Oof, poor William Brandt, he got here in useless final. Brandt, it’s possible you’ll recall, first surfaced in “Mission: Inconceivable – Ghost Protocol,” the place he turned a reluctant member of the staff. He returned in “Mission: Inconceivable – Rogue Nation,” after which he left the collection, showing in neither “Mission: Inconceivable – Fallout” nor “Useless Reckoning.” The place did Brandt go? It is unclear — he isn’t talked about. It is virtually like he by no means existed.
There’s in all probability purpose for this. Again when “Mission: Inconceivable – Ghost Protocol” was being made, Tom Cruise’s star energy was in flux. In 2005, Cruise appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Present” and proceeded to leap on the sofa as he proclaimed his love for Katie Holmes. It was a bizarre second that harm Cruise’s profession. By the point “Ghost Protocol” got here round in 2011, Cruise was nonetheless in a bizarre place. The answer, at the least within the minds of producers, was to flat-out substitute Cruise within the “Mission: Inconceivable” franchise. The alternative? None apart from Jeremy Renner. Renner’s star was on the rise on the time, and it was fairly apparent he was being set as much as take over the franchise. In an interview with MTV, Renner mentioned: “It is a franchise to probably take over … I am unable to predict the long run and what they need, however that is definitely the thought.”
After which every little thing modified. The script for “Ghost Protocol” was reworked whereas capturing to maintain Ethan Hunt entrance and heart, and the ultimate movie was an thrilling, creative thrill trip that helped salvage Cruise’s profession. Renner-as-Brandt would return for yet one more contractually obligated journey, after which he was gone. And it appears followers do not take care of him, at the least based mostly on our ballot.