In the party scene, we find out that Ethan and Julia are engaged. For some reason, spy movies like to have agents get married in a film or two. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, James Bond marries Tracy. In Licence to Kill, Felix Leiter marries Della. It does not end well for the women they marry. In fact, in Licence to Kill, Della’s father tells her “I told you this was a mistake”. Is there any reason to believe things will end better for Julia?
In the clip for this section, we see Ethan boring one of the party attendees (Kevin) with a story about how he works for the department of transportation. Kevin is played by Greg Grunberg who also played Eric in J.J. Abram’s “Alias” television show. Greg and J.J. have been friends since kindergarten and has appeared in many projects which J.J. has been associated with.
One other parallel to “Alias” is that unlike Jason Bourne or James Bond, the theme of family is strong with Ethan hiding the fact that he is an agent from his fiancé and their friends. This was a common idea throughout “Alias”. In Bond and Bourne, there is almost no association with family. When Bond marries Tracy, her father is well aware of who Bond is.
In Mission: Impossible III, Ethan leaves the party to meet up with Musgrave. Ethan gets his mission from a disposable camera. It is yet another unique way of having the mission defined for the team leader. In Mission: Impossible (1), Jim Phelps gets his mission on the plane. In Mission: Impossible II, Ethan gets his mission in a pair of sunglasses which were a precursor to the Microsoft HoloLens.