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Top Gun 2: Maverick Release Date: Where To Watch?

Here’s what you need to know about Maverick’s upcoming flight, now that he’s back in the pilot’s seat for the second time with Tom Cruise.

Top Gun 2, aka Top Gun: Maverick, is Tom Cruise’s return to the skies as Captain Pete”Maverick”Mitchell, a sequel to the original 1986 classic that catapulted the actor to fame.

Along with the Mission: Impossible star, original Top Gun star Val Kilmer returns as Maverick’s one-time archrival Iceman, albeit Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan do not.

Top Gun 2: Maverick release date

Miles Teller has joined the Top Gun: Maverick ensemble as Maverick’s protégé Rooster, the son of his old friend Goose, who famously died during the events of the first film.

Cruise previously stated that the film will be “everything you hope it will be.”

Top Gun 2: Maverick release date

According to CordBusters, Top Gun: Maverick was released in UK theatres on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. This comes little about a month after its debut at CinemaCon on April 28th, 2022. The film will also screen in competition at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival on May 18th.

The sequel was supposed to be released on July 12, 2019, but it was moved back almost a year to June 26, 2020 – and then again to July 17, 2020.

Top Gun 2: Maverick release date, Cast

However, due to the continuing coronavirus epidemic and its impact on the entertainment sector, the film was pushed back to December 23rd, 2020, before being rescheduled for December 23rd, 2021. The film was originally scheduled to be released in July, but it was pushed back to November before finally being released.

Tom Cruise announced the news on Instagram, writing: “I know many of you have been waiting for 34 years. Regrettably, it will take a bit longer.”

If you’re wondering why it took so long, Cruise explained that he doesn’t “create movies for the sake of doing movies.” From May 2018 until June 2019, filming took place.

How to watch Top Gun 2: Maverick

To begin with, the film will be released solely in theatres, so fans who want to view it at home will have to wait a little longer.

In fact, despite several release date delays caused by the epidemic, Cruise recently claimed that he never considered releasing Top Gun: Maverick on streaming.

However, the film is expected to be accessible for streaming on Paramount Plus around three months following its theatrical debut, though no specific date has been set at this time.

How to watch Top Gun 2: Maverick

That date will most likely be after Paramount Plus launches in the UK this summer as part of the Sky Cinema package at no extra cost to members.

Interestingly, The Wall Street Journal claimed in January 2021 that Netflix and Apple TV+ had both attempted to acquire the film’s distribution rights during the pandemic, but Paramount refused to sell them.

Who stars in Top Gun 2: Maverick?

Tom Cruise Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell
Miles Teller Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw
Jennifer Connelly Penny Benjamin
Jon Hamm Vice Admiral Cyclone
Glen Powell “Hangman”
Lewis Pullman Bob “Bob” Floyd
Ed Harris a Rear Admiral
Val Kilmer Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky
Monica Barbaro Nat
Charles Parnell Rear Admiral Warlock
Danny Ramirez “Fanboy”
Manny Jacinto Fritz
Bhir Salahuddin Coleman
Jay Ellis Lieutenant Reuben “Payback” Fitch
Lyliana Wray Amelia Benjamin
Jean Louisa Kelly Sarah Kazansky
Greg Tarzan Davis Coyote
Bob Stephenson United States Air Force General Edward Clayton
Chelsea Harris Flag Aide Angela Burke

Do Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan reprise their roles in Top Gun: Maverick?

Despite playing pivotal roles in the 1986 picture Top Gun, Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan do not reprise their roles in this sequel. McGillis, who played Maverick’s love interest in the first film, does not return as Charlie Blackwood and is barely referenced in the sequel.

Meg Ryan also does not reprise her role as Carole Bradshaw, Maverick’s best friend “Goose’s” wife and the mother of his son Bradley. However, Ryan appears in the film via archive video, and Carole is also mentioned.

Top Gun 2: Maverick Story

During CinemaCon, exclusive footage of the film’s first 13 minutes was presented, offering viewers a taste of what to expect. There are some minor spoilers for Top Gun: Maverick’s opening scene ahead.

Ed Harris’ Admiral informs Tom Cruise’s Maverick that the Top Gun programme is being cancelled. Maverick, who has never been one to follow the rules, disregards the Admiral’s warnings and jumps into his plane. His full-speed trip to Mach 10 ends in sorrow, as it appears that a mid-air explosion killed the pilot.

Top Gun 2: Maverick Story

Fortunately, Maverick is discovered to be alive when he enters a country diner and inquires, “Where am I?”

“Earth,” a young boy replies.

“After more than 30 years of duty as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the boundaries as a brave test pilot and avoiding the advancement in rank that would ground him,” the official synopsis says.

“When Maverick finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialised mission like no other live pilot has ever seen, he meets Lt Bradley Bradshaw, call sign ‘Rooster,’ the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt Nick Bradshaw, aka ‘Goose.’

“Faced with an uncertain future and the demons of his past, Maverick is driven into a battle with his own greatest fears, ending in a mission that requires the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.”

To keep up with the times, the film will focus on the end of dogfighting and the rise of drone warfare. It is speculated that, as in the original, our pilots will be pitted against the Russians.

Top Gun 2: Maverick Story

Top Gun: Maverick also features Tom Cruise in the pilot’s seat. He stated a wish to actually fly the fighter jets and requested that the feats be “realistic, no CGI.”

“Everything you see in this film is authentic,” he informed the SDCC audience later. “We’re working with the Navy, and all of the flying you see in this photo is true; I really wanted to give you all a sense of what it’s like to be inside that plane.”

“It’s a love letter to flying.”

It’s not the first time Cruise has taken to the skies to conduct his own stunts; in 2018’s Mission Impossible: Fallout, he learned to fly a helicopter.

“After more than thirty years of duty as one of the Navy’s best aviators, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the boundaries as a brave test pilot and avoiding the advancement in rank that would ground him,” reads the complete summary.

“When Maverick finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialised mission like no other live pilot has ever seen, he meets Lt Bradley Bradshaw, call sign ‘Rooster,’ the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt Nick Bradshaw, aka ‘Goose.’

“Faced with an uncertain future and the demons of his past, Maverick is driven into a battle with his own greatest fears, ending in a mission that requires the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.”

Top Gun 2: Maverick Trailers

Top Gun 2: Maverick trailer controversy

One scene in the first trailer featured Cruise’s Maverick wearing the identical leather jacket he wore in the original film, but with one key alteration.

While the previous Top Gun film featured flag patches for Japan and Taiwan, the sequel features the same two patches with unrecognisable forms in a similar colour scheme.

What’s the reason? Fans believe it all boils down to China, which has grown as a massive cinema market since Top Gun was launched 34 years ago.

Add to that the fact that Tencent Pictures, the film subsidiary of Chinese company Tencent, has co-financed the sequel, and many have concluded that the switch was done to avoid alienating Chinese power brokers and moviegoers.

How do I watch Top Gun: Maverick?

If you’re wondering when Top Gun: Maverick will be accessible to stream, we don’t have an answer yet, but we do know that it will first be available exclusively on Paramount Plus.