Top Gun: Maverick is a 2022 American action drama film directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie, from a story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks. It serves as a sequel to Top Gun (1986). The film stars Tom Cruise as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, reprising his role from the original, alongside Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer who also reprises his role from the original installment. Set 36 years after its predecessor, it follows Maverick’s return to the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program (also known as “Top Gun”), where he must confront his past as he trains a group of younger fighter pilots, among them the son of Maverick’s deceased best friend Goose.
Development for a Top Gun sequel was announced in 2010 by Paramount Pictures. Cruise and Kilmer were approached to return in their roles from the original, as were producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott. By mid-2012 a draft of the screenplay was finished; however, Scott died by suicide and the film’s pre-production was put on hold. The film is dedicated to Scott’s memory. In June 2017, Kosinski was hired and a new draft of the script was written. Principal photography took place from May 2018 to April 2019 in California, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. The film was shot using IMAX-certified 6K full-frame cameras.
Its release, initially scheduled for July 12, 2019, was delayed first by efforts to shoot several complex action sequences, then by the COVID-19 pandemic and scheduling conflicts.
Top Gun: Maverick premiered at CinemaCon on April 28, 2022, and was theatrically released in the United States on IMAX, 4DX, ScreenX, and Dolby Cinema on May 27, 2022, by Paramount Pictures. It will also be released on Paramount+ more than 45 days after its theatrical release.
The film received widespread critical praise, with many deeming it superior to its predecessor. The film has grossed $300 million worldwide, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2022.
Cast Of Top Gun: Maverick
- Tom Cruise as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell
- Miles Teller as Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw
- Jennifer Connelly as Penelope “Penny” Benjamin
- Jon Hamm as Vice Admiral Beau “Cyclone” Simpson
- Glen Powell as Lt. Jake “Hangman” Seresin
- Lewis Pullman as Lt. Robert “Bob” Floyd
- Ed Harris as Rear Admiral Chester “Hammer” Cain
- Val Kilmer as four-star Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky
- Monica Barbaro as Lt. Natasha “Phoenix” Trace
- Charles Parnell as Rear Admiral Solomon “Warlock” Bates
- Jay Ellis as Lt. Reuben “Payback” Fitch
- Danny Ramirez as Lt. Mickey “Fanboy” Garcia
- Greg Tarzan Davis as Lt. Javy “Coyote” Machado
- Manny Jacinto as Lt. Billy “Fritz” Avalone
- Jack Schumacher as Lt. Neil “Omaha” Vikander
- Bashir Salahuddin as Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bernie “Hondo” Coleman
- Jake Picking as Lt. Brigham “Harvard” Lennox
- Raymond Lee as Lt. Logan “Yale” Lee
- Kara Wang as Lt. Callie “Halo” Bassett
- Lyliana Wray as Amelia Benjamin
- Jean Louisa Kelly as Sarah Kazansky
- Chelsea Harris as Flag Aide Angela Burke
- Bob Stephenson as Senior Engineer
Synopsis Of Top Gun: Maverick
Over three decades after the events of Top Gun, Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is a U.S. Navy test pilot and has avoided promotion to continue flying. When Rear Admiral Chester “Hammer” Cain plans to shut down the hypersonic “Darkstar” scramjet program and redirect the funds to drone programs, Maverick takes the prototype to its speed objective before Cain arrives. Reaching the objective, he pushes further into the hypersonic regime, destroying the prototype. Cain is poised to ground Maverick for his recklessness, but his friend and former rival Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, now commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, intervenes and orders Maverick to NAS North Island as a TOPGUN instructor.
Maverick is ordered to train an elite group of pilots assembled by Vice Admiral Beau “Cyclone” Simpson and Rear Admiral Solomon “Warlock” Bates to bomb an unsanctioned uranium enrichment plant that is deemed a threat to the United States by the Pentagon. The plant sits in a deep depression at the end of a canyon and is defended by surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries and enemy aircraft. Maverick plans an attack with two pairs of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, which will fly through a canyon and destroy the plant, while also exceeding the Hornet’s NATOPS limits. Maverick is initially rebuffed by the pilots, particularly by the cocky Lieutenant Jake “Hangman” Seresin and Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of Maverick’s late best friend and RIO Nick “Goose” Bradshaw.
As the pilots train for the mission, friction develops between Hangman and Rooster, who resents Hangman’s cavalier attitude towards his wingmen, while Hangman criticizes Rooster’s caution. As the pilots observe Maverick’s skill, they reassess and coalesce around him. Maverick also reunites with former girlfriend Penny Benjamin, who gives advice. He admits that after Rooster’s late mother Carolyn made him promise to keep her son from flying, he blocked Rooster’s application to the Naval Academy, setting back his career. Maverick later meets with Iceman, who has throat cancer and communicates by typing. Iceman reassures Maverick about teaching the pilots before passing away days later. Maverick and the pilots attend his funeral. With Iceman gone, Cyclone removes Maverick as mission trainer and sets new parameters that are less risky on approach but riskier on egress. However, Maverick makes an unauthorized flight of the simulated course with the original parameters, proving that it could be done. Cyclone is convinced and reluctantly appoints Maverick as a strike leader.
Maverick chooses and pairs himself with pilot Phoenix and her WSO Bob in a two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet, while Rooster is paired with Payback and his WSO Fanboy. Hangman and the remaining pilots are put on standby. The team launches from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt while the cruiser USS Leyte Gulf fires Tomahawk cruise missiles to destroy the airbase near the plant. The strike team reaches the plant and destroys it. They are attacked by surface-to-air missiles and a pair of patrolling Su-57 fighters. When Rooster runs out of countermeasures, Maverick sacrifices his jet to protect him and ejects. The remaining aircraft return to the carrier, believing Maverick is killed in action. Against orders, Rooster turns back and saves Maverick from a Mi-24 gunship, but is shot down by another surface-to-air missile and ejects nearby. The two reunite and head towards the destroyed airbase, where they steal a working F-14 Tomcat and head back to the carrier. Maverick and Rooster shoot down two intercepting Su-57s, but a third arrives as they run out of weapons and countermeasures. Hangman arrives from standby to shoot down the Su-57, and the planes return to cheers on the carrier, where Maverick and Rooster reconcile.
Sometime after the mission, Maverick and Rooster work together on a P-51 Mustang at a hangar near the test facility where Maverick was previously stationed. Penny arrives with her daughter Amelia, and Maverick takes her for a ride in the P-51. Rooster walks to a photo board and acknowledges a photo of their mission’s success, alongside a photo of his late father and a younger Maverick.