Top Gun: Maverick: Everything you need to know about one of the year’s best blockbusters

After 36 years, Top Gun Maverick lifts off as one of the year's best blockbusters
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Tom Cruise’s return as Captain Maverick for a sequel is deserving of all the praises as the big-screen blockbuster is all set to hit theatres this summer. 

Top Gun: Maverick is a one-of-a-kind movie that will remind moviegoers why they enjoy going to the movies. It’s as close to a perfect summer blockbuster as you can get. A thrilling, hold-your-breath action extravaganza that dazzles with its hefty, dangerous airborne sequences, genuine emotional stakes, and a charming Cruise performance that reminds everyone why he is one of the few surviving bona fide movie stars. 

After 36 years, Top Gun Maverick lifts off as one of the year's best blockbusters
Credit: Paramount Pictures

Maverick is the pinnacle of the big-screen blockbuster, delivering all the fist-pumping action, death-defying in-camera dogfighting, and all the sensations we all need and deserve from a Top Gun 2022. It is a one-of-a-kind film that will remind moviegoers why they enjoy going to the cinemas. Joseph Kosinski’s Top Gun: Maverick is a 2022 American action drama film directed by him. Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie wrote the screenplay based on a story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks.

After 36 years, Top Gun Maverick lifts off as one of the year's best blockbusters
Credit: Paramount Pictures

We’ve compiled a summary of everything you need to know about the release date, plot, and cast, which will help you prepare before watching the movie. Continue reading to know everything about Top Gun Maverick.

Top Gun: Maverick Release Date 

Top Gun: Maverick will be released in theatres on May 27, 2022. It was earlier supposed to be released on July 12, 2019, by Paramount Pictures. 

On April 28, 2022, the film made its international premiere at CinemaCon. Also on May 4, the San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego, California, staged a global premiere. 

Top Gun: Maverick trailer is a surprise for San Diego Comic-Con 2019 attendees. Tom Cruise made a surprise visit at Comic-Con 2019 following a Terminator event to reveal the first trailer for Top Gun 2. 

It was also shown at an Official Selection Screening at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2022. A tribute to Cruise and his achievements will be shown at the Cannes premiere.

Top Gun: Maverick Plot 

Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs after more than thirty years as one of the Navy’s top aviators, pushing the boundaries as a brave test pilot and avoiding the elevation in rank that would ground him. Maverick meets Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose,” when he finds himself training a detachment of TOPGUN graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen.

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. Many fans have been demanding a sequel for a long time, and it is finally happening which is very exciting as Tom Cruise, also stated, “I’d thought about a sequel to Top Gun for all these years,” says Cruise of only now returning, as actor and producer, to perhaps his most iconic ever role.

“People had asked for a sequel for decades. Decades. And the thing I said to the studio from the beginning was: ‘If I’m ever going to entertain this, we’re shooting everything practically.” Further adding, “I’m in that F/A-18, period. So, we’re going to have to develop camera rigs. There are going to be wind tunnels and engineering.

It’s going to take a long, long time for me to figure it out.’ And I wanted to work with Jerry [Bruckheimer]. I wouldn’t do this movie without him in a million years. For years, people had said, ‘Can’t you shoot [the movie] with CGI?’ And I always said, ‘No. That’s not the experience.’ I said, ‘I need to find the right story. And we’re going to need the right team. This movie is like trying to hit a bullet with a bullet. I’m not playing.”

At the world premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in San Diego, Tom Cruise meets up with ET Canada’s Sangita Patel, where the megastar expresses his joy at being back on the red carpet and reveals what it needed to return to the Top Gun franchise. 

Take a look at exclusive stills from Top Gun: Maverick

After 36 years, Top Gun Maverick lifts off as one of the year's best blockbusters
Credit: Paramount Pictures
After 36 years, Top Gun Maverick lifts off as one of the year's best blockbusters
Credit: Paramount Pictures
After 36 years, Top Gun Maverick lifts off as one of the year's best blockbusters
Credit: Paramount Pictures
After 36 years, Top Gun Maverick lifts off as one of the year's best blockbusters
Credit: Paramount Pictures

Top Gun: Maverick Crew Details 

Top Gun: Maverick stars Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis with Ed Harris and Val Kilmer. 

Paramount Pictures and Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present A Don Simpson / Jerry Bruckheimer Production, A Joseph Kosinski Film, Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. Story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks. Screenplay by Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie.

Based on characters created by Jim Cash & Jack Epps, Jr. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, and David Ellison. Executive Produced by Tommy Harper, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Chad Oman, and Mike Stenson.

After 36 years, Top Gun Maverick lifts off as one of the year's best blockbusters
Credit: Paramount Pictures

Top Gun: Maverick Character Description 

  • Tom Cruise as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a test pilot and flight instructor. Maverick is recognized for his amazing aerial stunts, but he has resisted promotions in order to keep flying.
  • Miles Teller as Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, a pilot in the mission training group, and the son of Maverick’s late RIO and best friend, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. 
  • Jennifer Connelly as Penelope “Penny” Benjamin, Maverick’s new love interest, is a single mother, a bar owner, and the daughter of a former admiral. 
  • Val Kilmer as 4-star Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, a fellow instructor and friend/former rival of Maverick, and the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
  • Carole Bradshaw, Goose’s widow, and Rooster’s mother is played by Jean Louisa Kelly. Carole was played by Meg Ryan in the first film.
  • Pilot trainees “Hangman,” “Bob,” and Natasha “Phoenix” Trace are played by Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, and Monica Barbaro, respectively.
  • Payback, a TOPGUN graduate, is played by Jay Ellis, while Payback’s WSO is played by Danny Ramirez. Coyote, played by Greg Davis, is another TOPGUN graduate.
After 36 years, Top Gun Maverick lifts off as one of the year's best blockbusters
Credit: Paramount Pictures

Top Gun: Maverick Soundtrack 

The film’s soundtrack features two new songs: Lady Gaga’s Hold My Hand and OneRepublic’s I Ain’t Worried. On May 3, 2022, and May 13, 2022, they were released as singles, respectively. Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe, and Harold Faltermeyer collaborated with Gaga on the score. Interscope Records will release the soundtrack CD on May 27, 2022.

Top Gun Maverick Critical Reception 

Moreover, IGN states, that Tom Cruise’s Maverick is back to his old tricks in Top Gun: Maverick, which flies higher as a sequel that delivers spectacular action with an afterburner punch. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 80 out of 100, based on 41 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. 

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 97% of 122 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 8.3/10. The website’s consensus reads, “Top Gun: Maverick pulls off a feat even trickier than a 4G inverted dive, delivering a long-belated sequel that surpasses its predecessor in wildly entertaining style.”

Top Gun: Maverick Official Synopsis

The official synopsis released from Paramount states, “Test pilot Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) has purposely dodged an advancement in rank after thirty years of service. One day Maverick is called to be put in charge of training a group of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission under the orders of his fellow naval aviator friend and former rival, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Kilmer), who is the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Among them is Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Teller), the son of Maverick’s late best friend Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Edwards).”

Top Gun: Maverick Official Trailer

Top Gun: Maverick will hit theatres on May 27, so get your tickets as soon as possible.

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