Top Gun: Maverick rejoins everyone’s favorite cocky jet jock, now a captain, as he nears the end of his career. Serving as a test pilot, Maverick is called back into duty as a Top Gun Fighter School instructor (the job he got at the end of the first film) to train a young cadre of Naval aviators that includes Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of his late buddy, Goose. A couple other callbacks to the first film sneak into the script as well. Val Kilmer makes a cameo, reprising his role as “Iceman” Tom Kazansky (now an admiral). Speaking of admirals, in the original Top Gun, Maverick is dressed down for making a “high-speed pass” over an admiral’s daughter—one Penny Benjamin—who shows up here as Maverick’s love interest, played by Jennifer Connelly. There’s even a brief snippet of an F-14 Tomcat in flight! (Is it Maverick aboard, or could it be one of the Tomcats in the Iranian Air Force being depicted as an adversary?) But as fun as these nostalgic nods are, we’re all really here for the air-to-air action, and the footage released so far—including the extended six-minute version of the clip released during the Super Bowl—does not disappoint.
For this installment, Maverick has traded in his F-14 Tomcat for an F/A-18E Super Hornet.
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