Next summer I’m going to be heading to the movie theatre to check out Top Gun: Maverick – the sequel to the revered 80s movie that helped make the F-14 (and Tom Cruise) a household name and synonymous with fighter jets. Now the sequel is in production with the latest trailer dropping earlier today. If you love fighter jets… I think you’re going to like this!
Watch it now!
We still don’t know very much about the plot of Top Gun: Maverick. We do know that Maverick has spent the last 30-years in the U.S. Navy, eschewing promotion, probably because he wants to keep flying fighter jets.
There’s lots of 1980s nostalgia here in this trailer but it also hints that the fundamental tension in the movie is around the dying breed that pilots are and the rise of drones. To be clear, I don’t think Top Gun: Maverick is trying to do something as heavy handed as Stealth but I guess we’ll just have to see.
Also, the F-14 does make it into this trailer right at the end. There were photos from the production showing an F-14 being placed on a carrier deck and it seems that we will see a F-14 flying in the movie – through the magic of cinema as no F-14s that still fly are accessible to the movie team.
Trailer screenshots and wrap-up
Here’s some stills from the trailer to highlight some interesting bits of the trailer. Who wants to go and recreate all of these with DCS: F/A-18C right now? I think we’ll be seeing a bunch of these kinds of shots very soon!
I think this looks like a fun action movie with just the right reverence placed on the nostalgia as well as enough new to separate it from the original. Of course that’s just the story that the trailer is telling us and we’ll have to wait for June 26th, 2020 to find out for ourselves.