I feel the need… the need for nostalgia. The need to watch a 60-year-old man do his own insane stunts. The need for more Kenny Loggins. The need for more beach sports. But mostly I feel the need to watch the new Top Gun: Maverick trailer on a loop because I can’t believe it exists.
“I wasn’t expecting an invitation back.”
“They’re called orders, Maverick.”
Tom Cruise is back as Maverick, and back at Miramar to instruct a new generation of the best of the best, including Miles Teller, sporting his father Goose’s mustache, and Glen Powell, in advance of a daring new mission. Val Kilmer will allegedly be back with a cameo, and Jennifer Connelly steps in for Kelly McGillis as the love interest who surely tries to tame Maverick’s untameable heart.
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), 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.
There isn’t a ton to this trailer in terms of plot, but there are a lot of callbacks to the 80s megahit, like bar sing-alongs, motorcycles, fly-bys, and the aforementioned beach sports. There’s also plenty of Maverick being Maverick, i.e., a danger to himself and other pilots.
The only thing that’s missing is Kenny Loggins. What an oversight.