Tom Cruise Returns As Maverick In 'Top Gun 2', Looks Half His Age Even 33 Years After The Original

Tom Cruise Returns As Maverick In 'Top Gun 2', Looks Half His Age Even 33 Years After The Original

Tom Cruise surprised fans with the release of the first Top Gun: Maverick trailer at Comic Con in San Diego

Tom Cruise surprised fans with the first trailer of Top Gun: Maverick at the San Diego Comic Con on Thursday. Top Gun fans have been eagerly waiting for the trailer ever since it was announced that the cult film was going to have a sequel. But no one had any clue as to when the first trailer was going to be released. Naturally, those at the Comic Con were pleasantly surprised to see Tom Cruise make an appearance. He wowed the audience at Comic Con with the new trailer that sees Tom Cruise return as Maverick, the hotshot fighter pilot, according to The Guardian.


The trailer features many stunning shots of fighter planes and Tom Cruise himself called the movie “a love letter to aviation”. The new film will see feature drone technology and fifth-generation fighters. Maverick has always been considered as one of Tom Cruise’s most iconic roles. The original Top Gun that was released in 1986 and directed by Tony Scott was a surprise hit that grossed over $350m worldwide.


In the trailer, Maverick is shown as someone who hasn't moved up the ranks. The trailer starts with a narration by Ed Harris, his boss, "30 plus years of service, combat medals, citations - only man to shoot down three enemy planes in the last 40 years. Yet you can't get a promotion, you won't retire and despite your best efforts, you refuse to die. You should at least be a two-star admiral by now, yet here you are, Captain.” The new trailer also reveals a blockbuster cast including Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glenn Powell, Miles Teller, and Jay Ellis. Val Kilmer will return to play Iceman but it remains to be seen how much screentime is afforded to Kilmer's character. 


Joseph Kosinski takes over director’s reigns from Tony Scott, for the sequel. Kosinski, who previously collaborated with Tom Cruise on the sci-fi adventure Oblivion, has been working on the sequel to the classic since 2010. Tom Cruise has been drumming up the excitement with his comments in the recent past. “Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one … but a progression for Maverick.”



Jon Hamm, in an interview with Collider, revealed that the effects on the film were going to wow the audience, “They’re using some technology on this that is never before seen. We’re shooting the movie in, I think, 6K. So it’s incredibly hi-def. The aerial footage is mind-blowing. And it’s mostly practical. There’s not a lot of CG. Those guys are really up in planes and getting thrown around in multiple Gs.”


“I think it’s gonna be, for the people who love the first movie, I think it’s gonna’ be very interesting to watch,” Hamm continued. “It very much takes the story in a different direction. But I think for the new fans it’s gonna be something very cool, too. I’ve seen some of the footage, it is out of this world,” added Hamm.



Miles Teller stars as Bradley Bradshaw, the son of Goose, played by Anthony Edwards in the original. The young actor said he was in complete awe of Tom Cruise. “I got a masterclass in how to make a movie, and Tom is always thinking of the audience. To work with someone who is so meticulous in every aspect, from the camera to the script to the character to the wardrobe to hair to makeup, literally every detail that guy is dialed in on, and anybody who works with him is fortunate.”

The trailer finishes on a high as Ed Harris warns Tom Cruise he is part of a dying breed. “The end is inevitable Maverick, you’re kind is headed for extinction. Tom Cruises agrees but then adds, “Maybe so sir, but not today.” Top Gun: Maverick will release worldwide on 16 June 2020.

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