Tom Cruise has flipped on the jet engines for “Top Gun: Maverick,” surprising Comic-Con fans with an appearance Thursday and dropping the first exhilarating trailer.
The rocking trailer will even give critics, concerned about a “Top Gun” sequel 33 years after the original, the need for speed.
Cruise, 57, looks as if he just walked off the original, flashing that smile, still wearing those Ray-Bans and that bomber jacket — and continuing his knack of chasing jets on his motorcycle (without those silly helmets, as we see in the trailer).
With our biggest trove of information, here’s what we know about “Maverick,” due out June 26, 2020.
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Tom Cruise surprises Comic-Con crowd: Reveals epic first ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ trailer
The poster for "Top Gun: Maverick." (Photo: PARAMOUNT)
The flight footage is going to flat out kick butt
Jon Hamm, who clearly plays a hardened Naval officer by the stone cold looks in the trailer, was going nuts about the aerial footage Thursday, telling Collider it’s “mind-blowing.”
“And it’s mostly practical. There’s not a lot of CG,” Hamm said. “Those guys are really up in planes and getting thrown around in multiple Gs.”
Cruise, known for his own incredible stunts, puts Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the cockpit during the jet’s catapult launch and shows impressive formation flying.
Amid the aerial splendors, there is also a glimpse of Maverick donning a mysterious high altitude pressure suit, which raises the flying stakes.
Grizzled Ed Harris tells Maverick, now a flight instructor, that he’s a dying breed. “The end is inevitable, Maverick, your kind is headed for extinction.”
This is perhaps an allusion to the reported drone theme meant to take humans out of flight warfare.
But Maverick responds “Maybe so, sir, but not today.”
Cruise calls the sequel “a love letter to aviation…I really wanted to give you all an experience of what it’s like to be in that aircraft.”
Maverick will team up with Goose’s son, played by Miles Teller
Miles Teller in "Whiplash." He's now got Tom Cruise telling him how to fly. (Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)
“Top Gun” focused on risk-taking pilot Maverick and his family-oriented wingman, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards). The bromance ended tragically, with Bradshaw dying after ejecting from their stalled jet. Maverick never got over it (we see a picture of Goose hanging in his locker in the trailer).
We caught glimpses of Goose’s son in the first movie during the “Great Balls of Fire” performance in the barbecue joint. Bradley’s all grown up now, played by Miles Teller, who beat out Glen Powell and Nicholas Hoult for the coveted gig.
In the trailer, we get a view of Teller banging the piano keys just like dad (we can guess the song) and in an argument with another trainee. Looks like he’s got Maverick’s temperament.
The pilots are more diverse, with a female fighter pilot busting up the boy’s club
Martina Tolot will star as a pilot for "Top Gun 2." (Photo: Martina Tolot)
The all-white, all-male fight crew from the original is extinct. “Maverick” brings the first female pilot on board with “Chicago Justice” star Monica Barbaro.
Barbaro will also play the love interest to Miles Teller’s character, a pilot in training. We get a view of her donning the flight helmet in the trailer and a scene of the significantly more diverse cast.
Maverick may have a new love interest
Jennifer Connelly stars in "Top Gun: Maverick." (Photo: Jemal Countess / Getty Images)
We get a good look in the trailer of Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly, who will star alongside Cruise in the female lead role. She’s described as a single mom who owns a bar near the base. Cruise confirmed the casting, promising Connelly will be “amazing” in the movie.
In the original film, Maverick was famously involved with astrophysicist and civilian Top Gun instructor, Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). It’s looking like things didn’t work out.
‘Ice Man’ is in the movie, but no sign of him
A classic exchange between 'Top Gun' stars Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise. The movie marks its 30th anniversary on May 16, 2016.
Cruise’s main “Top Gun” adversary, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer), will be back. Kilmer, who has battled throat cancer, has even hinted on Facebook that we’ll see a replay of the infamous beach volleyball game.
“I can’t comment on the screenplay, but we all know what we want to see!” Kilmer wrote.
He was joking. But the trailer does show an impressively pumped up Cruise playing volleyball.
Cruise told “Extra” that working with his former screen rival was “special.” But no sight of the co-star in the trailer. However, there is a flash of a mysterious, pilot funeral scene.
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