TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - July 22, 2019
On the long list of sequels we didn't need, a sequel to Top Gun has to be pretty high up there. It's not as though the original was crying out for a sequel, and there's certainly no huge affinity for the film among large swaths of the population, but Tom Cruise has managed to make the most of unnecessary sequels for decades now.
Top Gun: Maverick is coming next year whether we want it or not, and this debut trailer certainly shows that they're doing their damndest to make an entertaining sequel. With the notable exception of The Mummy, Cruise has been able to personally elevate the vast majority of these premises that shouldn't work, so the potential that this could be something is high.
My other big gripe with this is the title. Top Gun: Maverick sounds like a spinoff movie or some sort of prequel along the lines of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Realistically they probably should've gone with Bottom Gun, although I'm the same guy that said the sequel to Now You See Me should've been Now You Don't. Hopefully this overcomes all of these hurdles to become an instant classic, but the odds are not really in their favor.
Top Gun: Maverick soars into theaters on June 26, 2020.
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