Gen X is finally getting to see their favorite 80’s movie brought up to date with a new need for speed.

In a surprise appearance, Tom Cruise took the stage this morning at the Comic-Con panel to introduce footage from Top Gun: Maverick, his long-awaited follow-up to Top Gun.

The original Reagan-era movie was a high-octane aerial drama that channeled Cruise’s stunt obsessions directly on screen.

While a Top Gun sequel seemed questionable after director Tony Scott died in 2012, Cruise handpicked Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) to punch the sequel to mach 5.

A 2020 release date is now locked and loaded.




The first trailer for the movie, which premiered at the panel, offers a little insight into Cruise and Joseph Kosinski’s vision.

“Everything you see in this film is real. We’re working with the Navy. I wanted to give you an experience of being inside that aircraft,” said Cruise.

The trailer is pure nostalgia peppered with plane stunts.

The spot opens on a desert, with a jet test flying across a desert. Ed Harris’ voice-over kicks in, skewering Cruise’s Maverick for still doing his thing after 30 years. “You won’t retire. You refuse to die.”

“It’s one of life’s mysteries, sir.”

From there, the trailer takes off with the classic Top Gun score, and plenty of throwback moments.

We see Maverick in the cockpit, taking off from an aircraft carrier, motorcycling by planes in the sunset.

There are Navy pilots drinking up a storm, then playing beach volleyball.

It all looks very familiar, except original fans are now 30 years older.

We also see Maverick attending a Navy funeral.

With rumors that Goose may die off in this sequel, it could very well be his emotional send-off.

Ed Harris’ commander returns to the screen. “Your kind is headed for extinction, Maverick.”

He’s probably talking about drones, but could be talking about the movie star himself.

“But not today,” Maverick says.

Top Gun: Maverick, starring Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Ed Harris, Jon Hamm, Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Manny Jacinto, and Monica Barbaro, is set for release on June 26, 2020.



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