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Top Gun: Maverick, Previous Movie Recap Ahead of Summer 2021 Release

Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick is the sequel to the “Top Gun” movie from 1986, which served as the biggest film for the career of Tom Cruise. The film has completed production, and it will release in the summer of 2021. The original movie focused on Pete “Maverick ” Mitchell, who is accepted into Miramar’s elite Fighter School, also known as “Top Gun.” He even meets his girlfriend Charlie, an astrophysics instructor, and Iceman, his competitive rival. The first movie saw a huge competition between Maverick and Iceman.

The plot of Top Gun (1986)

In one of the competitions, Maverick was teamed up with Iceman to win the School contest. Maverick and Iceman ended up arguing with him, taking too long to attack an enemy craft. When two of the planes end up getting close, and one of them flies into the sea, both Maverick and Iceman eject from their planes, but unfortunately, one of Maverick’s good friends, Goose, is killed in the process.

Maverick is badly affected by Goose’s death, and his confidence is ruined because of that. Nonetheless, he graduates from his class and is promoted to the enterprise, where an incident with the enemy MiGs causes a battle between them and Maverick and Iceman. Iceman, alongside Hollywood, is launched to the air with the MiGs but is jumped by enemy pilots. Hollywood is shot down, and Iceman is left all alone until Maverick is also launched. Despite the malfunctioning catapults, Maverick arrives at the battlefield but is surrounded by one of the enemy pilots.

Tom Cruise in Top Gun

While he regains control, he ends up having flashbacks to Goose’s demise. Merlin demands Maverick to snap out of it and get back to the battle. Maverick gets himself together and returns to assist Iceman on the battlefield, and they together destroy the MiGs, causing the remaining squadron to surrender. Maverick and Iceman finally put aside their differences and become friends. For his heroic deed, Maverick is rewarded with choosing any assignment he wants to do. Maverick chooses to become an instructor at the Top Gun academy and even holds out a memorial for Goose.

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Top Gun: Maverick Release Date

Top Gun: Maverick was originally set for a release date on July 12, 2019, but was delayed to June 26, 2020. But due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the movie was delayed to December 25th, 2020. Later, due to the severity of the pandemic, the staggered releases of movies like Mulan and Tenet, and the theatres worldwide being shut down, the movie will now release on July 2, 2021.

Plot and Casting

The sequel will focus on Maverick pushing the envelope after his 30 years of service as the Navy’s top aviator. He must also confront his past as he trains a new set of aspiring pilots, including Goose’s son. Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer will be reprising their roles as Maverick and Iceman, respectively. Kelly McGillis won’t be returning as Charlie in the sequel, so Jennifer Connely is cast as Maverick’s new love interest Penny Benjamin, a bar owner, and a single mother. Miles Teller also joined the cast as Goose’s son Rooster. Other cast members include Glen Powell, Manny Jacinto, Monica Barbaro, Jon Hamm, Lewis Pullman, Jake Picking, Jay Ellis, and Jean Louisa Kelly.

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