Though we thought that we’d be seeing Maverick back on our screens in 2021, it wasn’t to be. Top Gun 2, aka Top Gun: Maverick was hit with yet another delay, meaning we have to wait another year before reliving our need for speed.
All we can do is hope this is the last delay for the sequel, which was originally set to fly into cinemas way back in July 2019. The delay has been worth it, according to Jon Hamm anyway. He said it’s “everything you hope it’s going to be”.
Let’s hope that claim still holds true come summer 2022. The film sees Maverick return to pass his wisdom onto a new batch of Top Gun recruits before they head on a specialised mission that has never been seen before. It looks like we’re going to have to strap in for a high-intensity thrill ride, but what else can we expect from Top Gun: Maverick?
Top Gun 2 Release Date
To summarize, Top Gun: Maverick will be released in movie theaters on May 27, 2022, pushing Tom Cruise’s previous franchise installment – Mission: Impossible 7 – to September 30, 2022.
If that date holds true, it implies the sequel will premiere on our screens approximately three years after the original July 12, 2019 release. A one-year delay was followed before that date was advanced by a few days to June 24, 2020 in the US and July 17, 2020 in the UK.
Despite this, the sequel was delayed a third time to December 23, 2020, and it wasn’t the end of it, as Paramount subsequently moved the film’s release date to July 2, 2021 only for it to be postponed again until November 19, 2021.
Sadly that wasn’t the final delay, but maybe now we’re finally at the end of the road.
Filming on the sequel took place from May 2018 to June 2019.
Top Gun 2 Trailer
The first trailer was released at Comic-Con International on July 18, 2019. Maverick definitely still has the need for speed.
When the trailer was finally released, fans were quick to spot similarities between it and the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, citing specific shots that seemed almost identical to Episode VII’s trailer.
The second trailer landed on December 16, 2019 as an early festive treat for Top Gun fans. There’s also the fan-made LEGO version of the trailer that is just as incredible as it sounds.
At CinemaCon in August 2021 (before the latest delay), the first 13 minutes of the movie were shown to audiences, as well as a new trailer. According to Deadline, the opening sees Maverick defy the Admiral and fly to Mach 10.
He reaches Mach 10, but the plane soon explodes. Fortunately, Maverick survives otherwise it’d be a very short movie.
It’s unclear when the new trailer (or any of this footage) will be released online. Given the latest release date delay, it’s likely that we won’t see anything new from the movie until nearer its new May 2022 date.
Top Gun 2 Cast & Crew
It’s been more than 30 years since they faced off to be the best of the best, battling for the title of ‘Top Gun’ at the US Navy Fighter Weapons School in Miramar. But Top Gun 2 will definitely see rivals Maverick (Cruise) and Iceman (Val Kilmer) reunite.
Director Joseph Kosinski is keeping tight-lipped over how their relationship has changed in the intervening years though.
“The rivalry and relationship between Iceman and Maverick is one of those things that makes that first film so iconic,” he said. “It’s a relationship that is important to the Top Gun franchise and as a fan I would want to see how it’s evolved.”
Top Gun 2 Plot Explored
“When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialised mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt Bradley Bradshaw, 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.”
The world might have changed since the first movie for Maverick, but expect him to still be undertaking intense flights, ones so big that the crew had to ask the Navy for permission to film one of the most extreme stunts.