Over three decades ago, the action drama film Top Gun swooped into theaters, creating a cult classic franchise. And now, after years of development and numerous delays, the 1986 movie’s sequel, Top Gun 2: Maverick, is finally set to land in theaters.
Featuring the return of Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, Top Gun: Maverick is a highly anticipated film with a lot of hopes riding on it. So far, we’ve seen some brilliant visuals and heard a lot about how the movie serves as both a competition film like its predecessor and a tribute to aviation. What we haven’t seen yet is the movie itself but hey, we waited this long so what’s a little longer?
Top Gun 2: Maverick has been directed by Joseph Kosinski from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie and a story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks. Besides Cruise, the movie also features Val Kilmer, who is reprising his role as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky from the first film. Top Gun: Maverick also boasts a host of exciting new faces including Miles Teller as Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of Maverick’s best friend Goose (Anthony Edwards), who died in the 1986 movie.
Based on everything that we know about the movie, it looks like this is one long-delayed sequel that’s going to really be worth the wait. So we’ve pulled together all the details about Top Gun: Maverick that have been revealed so far, including release dates, trailers, cast, and plot information, into this handy guide. So tell me, do you feel the need?
Watch the Top Gun 2 : Maverick Trailer
The first official trailer for Top Gun 2 : Maverick was released on July 19, 2019. The video gives a quick summary of Maverick’s career in the years since the first movie and features some gorgeous aerial stunts. In December of the same year, a behind-the-scenes featurette was released that reveals how the movie’s stunts were done with real planes and live stunts.
The same month, the movie’s second trailer was released, introducing the new batch of trainees whom Maverick is going to be taking under his wing. The video also teases that one of the trainees is going to die during an exercise and shows a fight breaking out between Maverick and Rooster. A teaser for the movie was also released during Super Bowl 2020, which briefly reveals that Maverick is going to be running into some trouble with the top brass during the course of the film.
When Is Top Gun 2: Maverick‘s Release Date?
Top Gun: Maverick is currently scheduled to be released in theaters in the United States and Canada on May 27, 2022. The movie will also be made available to stream on Paramount+ 45 days after its theatrical debut.
The current premiere date is nearly three years later than when the movie was initially supposed to come out. Top Gun: Maverick was originally scheduled to release on July 12, 2019, but was postponed, first to June 26, 2020, and then, after a whole lot more delays, to the current date.
What Is the Top Gun 2: Maverick Plot?
Picking up decades after the events of Top Gun, Top Gun: Maverick looks at our hero’s life in the present day. Maverick is now an instructor, training the next generation of Navy aviators. He has a new love interest and has more or less remained the same person he always was, pushing limits and loving it.
But things get more complicated for Maverick when he is tasked with training a group of graduates for a special high-risk mission. The trainees include Rooster, the son of Maverick’s late friend Goose. As the ghosts of the past come back to haunt him, Maverick must make some tough decisions, all leading him to a deadly mission that might just claim lives.
Here’s the official synopsis for the movie:
“After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose”. Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.”
Who Is in the Top Gun 2: Maverick Cast?
Top Gun 2 : Maverick boasts a stellar cast of stars, led by Tom Cruise. Cast members appearing in the movie, besides Cruise, include Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer, Monica Barbaro, Charles Parnell, Danny Ramirez, Manny Jacinto, Bashir Salahuddin, Jay Ellis, Jake Picking, Raymond Lee, Lyliana Wray, Jean Louisa Kelly, Greg Davis, and Bob Stephenson.