Top Gun: Maverick has been delayed once again, now being pushed four months into a November 2021 release date. The sequel to the Tom Cruise-led fighter pilot epic was originally meant to release in 2019, but was delayed by various production issues, then delayed even after by the covid-19 pandemic. Top Gun 2 was recently slated for a launch within the Fourth of July weekend, but that release date has now also been pushed.
Released in theatres in 1986, Top Gun told that the story of an elite U.S. Navy flight school and the highly competitive pilots that train there. The movie was heavily praised for its high-budget flight sequences, which were groundbreaking at the time. Now, Top Gun is also remembered for its lead performances from Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Edwards, because of the iconic beach volleyball scene, also for the two titanic’80s anthems in Kenny Loggins'”Danger Zone” and Cheap Trick’s”Mighty Wings.”
The sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, was highly anticipated because of its announcement, especially because both Cruise and Kilmer have been verified to reprise their roles. Unfortunately for Top Gun fans, the wait for Maverick’s release is going to be a bit longer. The film was pushed four weeks from its projected July 2 release date. Top Gun 2 will release in theaters on November 19. Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 was formerly planned for the same date, but that movie has also been pushed, and will rather premiere on May 27, 2022.
In Top Gun 2, Cruise’s Maverick will jump out of the trainee seat to the teacher’s podium as he trains a new generation of fighter pilots. Cruise and Kilmer will star alongside novices like Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Ed Harris. The sequel is led by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), who’s most famous for his work in the realm of CGI. Maverick has assured new technical strides forward in its flight sequences, and it needs to be exciting to learn how Kosinski’s work from the digital distance blends with the technical effects of the original movie.
Aside from the broad storyline strokes along with the continued focus on Maverick because of character, much of the story of Top Gun 2 is still unknown. The world is a good deal different than the Cold War era in which the original Top Gun was created, and lots of the film’s design is distinctively reflective of the mid-1980s. Can Iceman be Maverick’s wingman that moment? Will Cheap Trick return to document another instant classic? Can Phantom Rider get permission to buzz the tower? All these questions and more will be answered once Top Gun: Maverick premieres on November 19.