Fans of Top Gun 2 (also known as Top Gun: Maverick) have been waiting for it for what seems like an eternity, thanks to endless delays. At one point, the sequel was expected to hit theaters in July 2019. However, it currently appears that it will be released in May 2022 rather than July 2019.
Don't worry, and we made sure to cross every digit and touch every piece of wood in our vicinity before typing it. To hype up the film's release, Paramount published a new teaser for it on March 29, 2022, which we hope doesn't imply that another delay is in the works.
Don't be concerned since, in September 2020, actor JoRelease n Hamm promised that the wait would be worth it and that the film would be “all you think it would be.” On the other hand, Top Gun fans will be the ones to decide.
So, as we all patiently await the release of Top Gun: Maverick in a couple of months, here's all you need to know about it.
Top Gun 2: Release Date
Before we go into all the delays, let's get to the point. The UK and US release dates of Top Gun: Maverick has been set for May 25, 2022, and May 27, 2022, respectively.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, both Netflix and Apple inquired whether Paramount would sell the film to them for a streaming premiere. However, Paramount has decided to put the movie on the big screen, which is positive for the industry.
If the July 12, 2019 release date for Top Gun 2 holds, we can expect the sequel to land on our screens a little under three years later. There was a year-long hiatus before June 24, 2020, in the United States and July 17, 2020, in the United Kingdom.
That wasn't the end of it, though, as Paramount postponed the sequel to July 2, 2021, just to delay it again to November 19, 2021, making it a total of three delays. We're glad that wasn't the end of the journey, but we've reached the finish line at least now.
After filming ended in June 2019, the sequel was released in May 2018. It's been a long time, so best of luck to the actors when remembering the promotional trail.
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Top Gun 2: Trailer
On July 18, 2019, during Comic-Con International, the first trailer for the film was shown.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser enthusiasts were eager to point out the similarities between the new trailer and the original, highlighting particular scenes that seemed nearly identical.
Fans of Top Gun were treated to a second teaser on December 16, 2019, as an early Christmas gift. Additionally, a LEGO replica of the trailer has been created by fans.
Wow. This is incredible. Great work! https://t.co/AR4QP3mSHt
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) March 19, 2021
The first 13 minutes of the film and a new trailer were revealed at CinemaCon in August 2021. On Deadline, Maverick defies the admiral and flies to Mach 10 in the opening. Despite achieving a top speed of Mach 10, the plane explodes. To avoid an abridged film, it is fortunate that Maverick survives.
A new teaser was published on March 29, 2022, which provided additional narrative elements and a long-awaited look at Val Kilmer's Iceman making a comeback (albeit only in photo form in the trailer).
Top Gun 2: Cast
But director Joseph Kosinski remains mum on how their friendship has evolved in the ensuing years. In the first film, Iceman and Maverick's rivalry is one of the film's most memorable elements. “As a fan, I'd like to observe how the relationship has progressed.”
In a March 2022 interview with Total Film, Kosinski hailed Kilmer's comeback a “big, tremendous deal” but stayed mum about what we may anticipate. “Working with an actor of that caliber, seeing the connection, the friendship between him and Tom, and having those two characters reconcile in this film was amazing,” he said.
But how has Maverick changed since we last saw him? No, he hasn't.
“He's still the person from the first Top Gun,” Kosinski told Empire. He's the finest at his job and has dedicated his life to flying. His ancient Ninja is tarped at the hangar, and he still wears Ray-Ban aviators.
This has cost Maverick personally, and he must confront and reconcile with his past. A rite-of-passage narrative, like the first. But he is a different man.” Anthony Edwards hasn't ruled out a Ghost Goose scenario, but we'll get Miles Teller as Goose's son Bradley Bradshaw.
In the current trailer, Bradley appears to dislike Maverick. “My father trusted in you; I won't make the same mistake,” he says. Ouch. Michael Ironside, who played Lieutenant Commander Rick ‘Jester' Heatherly in the original, won't be returning due to a strained relationship with producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Charlie's arc was “left-back in the first one,” according to producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Some fans believe the trailer depicts the burial of Commander Mike ‘Viper' Metcalf (Tom Skerritt). False!
Glen Powell, reported to play Goose's son, did sign up for the movie in a mysterious part called Hangman. Jennifer Connelly will reprise her role as a single mother who operates a pub near the Navy installation in the sequel.
She'll be accompanied by vice admiral Cyclone (Jon Hamm) and Maverick's boss, an unnamed rear admiral (Ed Harris).
Top Gun 2: Plot
The official sequel storyline summary is as follows:
In the words of the article “Maverick,” Pete Mitchell is “where he belongs,” “pushing the boundaries as a brave test pilot and escaping the rise in rank that would ground him.”
‘Rooster,' the son of Maverick's late buddy and Radar Intercept Officer Lt Nick Bradshaw (aka ‘Goose'), joins Maverick's unit of Top Gun grads for a specialized mission unlike any other live pilot has ever seen.
The mission will require the ultimate sacrifice from those picked to fly it. “Facing an uncertain future and confronting his history, Maverick is driven into a battle with his own darkest fears.”
The world may have changed since Maverick's debut film, but the filmmakers had to petition the Navy for permission to film one of the most daring stunts. In case you doubted the lack of CGI, the makers offered this stunning video:
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He added: “In the first Top Gun, we placed the actors in F-14s and couldn't use a single frame, save for Tom, since they all vomited up. “It's hilarious to see their eyes roll back. So everything was gimbaled. Tom wanted to make sure the performers could fly the F-18s in this film.”
Miles Teller compared the filming experience to “Tom Cruise boot camp,” so we can expect great action and flying sequences worth waiting for the sequel. Onset, he said, “we were all tiny Toms.” “We were in great shape. Also, Tom's movie stunts and such require a lot of special training.
“The gym isn't simply about lifting weights. We trained for three months before shooting… We were put to the test.”