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Top Gu : Mave ick

Top Gu : Mave ick is a 2022 Ame ica ac io d ama film di ec ed by Joseph Kosi ski a d w i e by Eh e K uge , E ic Wa e Si ge , a d Ch is ophe McQua ie f om s o ies by Pe e C aig a d Jus i Ma ks. The film is a sequel o he 1986 film Top Gu . Tom C uise ep ises his s a i g ole as he aval avia o Mave ick. I is based o he cha ac e s of he o igi al film c ea ed by Jim Cash a d Jack Epps J . I also s a s Miles Telle , Je ife Co elly, Jo Hamm, Gle Powell, Lewis Pullma , Ed Ha is a d Val Kilme , who ep ises his ole as Icema . The s o y i volves Mave ick co f o i g his pas while ai i g a g oup of you ge Top Gu g adua es, i cludi g he so of his deceased bes f ie d, fo a da ge ous missio .

Developme of a Top Gu sequel was a ou ced i 2010 by Pa amou Pic u es. Tom C uise, alo g wi h p oduce Je y B uckheime a d di ec o To y Sco , we e asked o e u . C aig w o e a d af of he sc ee play i 2012, bu he p ojec s alled whe Sco died la e ha yea .6 Top Gu : Mave ick was la e dedica ed o Sco ‘s memo y.7 P oduc io esumed i 2017, af e Kosi ski was hi ed o di ec . P i cipal pho og aphy, which i volved he use of IMAX-ce ified 6K full-f ame came as, ook place f om May 2018 o Ap il 2019 i Califo ia, Washi g o a d Ma yla d. I was i i ially scheduled o be eleased July 12, 2019, bu i was delayed seve al imes due o i s complex ac io seque ces a d la e he COVID-19 pa demic. Du i g he pa demic, seve al s eami g compa ies a emp ed o pu chase he s eami g igh s o he film f om Pa amou , bu all offe s we e decli ed o he o de s of C uise, who i sis ed ha i be eleased exclusively i hea e s.8

Top Gu : Mave ick p emie ed a Ci emaCo o Ap il 28, 2022, a d was hea ically eleased by Pa amou Pic u es i he U i ed S a es o May 27, 2022. The film was acclaimed by c i ics, wi h ma y deemi g i a sig ifica imp oveme ove he o igi al.9 I wo Bes Film f om he Na io al Boa d of Review a d was also amed o e of he op e films of 2022 by he Ame ica Film I s i u e. Top Gu : Mave ick was omi a ed fo six awa ds a he 95 h Academy Awa ds (i cludi g Bes Pic u e), wi i g Bes Sou d, a d eceived ume ous o he accolades. The film g ossed $1.496 billio wo ldwide, maki g i he seco d-highes -g ossi g film of 2022 a d he highes -g ossi g of C uise’s ca ee .

Plo edi

Mo e ha 30 yea s af e g adua i g f om Top Gu ,a U i ed S a es Navy Cap ai Pe e Mave ick Mi chell is a deco a ed es pilo whose epea ed i subo di a io has kep him f om flag a k.b Whe Rea Admi al Ches e Hamme Cai pla s o ca cel Mave ick’s hype so ic Da ks a sc amje p og am, Mave ick u ila e ally cha ges he a ge speed fo ha day’s es f om Mach 9 o he fi al co ac specifica io of Mach 10. Howeve , he p o o ype is des oyed whe he ca o esis pushi g beyo d Mach 10.

Af e he fligh , Cai ells Mave ick ha he would be g ou ded if o fo Admi al Tom Icema Kaza sky, Mave ick’s f ie d a d fo me Top Gu ival. Now comma de of he U.S. Pacific Flee , Icema has assig ed Mave ick o he Top Gu school a NAS No h Isla d.

The Navy has bee o de ed o des oy a u sa c io ed u a ium e ichme pla befo e i becomes ope a io al. The pla , loca ed i a u de g ou d bu ke a he e d of a ca yo , is defe ded by su face- o-ai missiles (SAMs), GPS jamme s, a d fif h-ge e a io Su-57 figh e s as well as olde F-14 Tomca s. Mave ick devises a pla o se d wo pai s of FA-18EF Supe Ho e s a med wi h lase -guided bombs, bu i s ead of pa icipa i g i he s ike, he is o ai a eli e g oup of Top Gu g adua es assembled by Ai Boss Vice Admi al Beau Cyclo e Simpso .

Mave ick dogfigh s his skep ical s ude s a d p evails i eve y co es , wi i g hei espec . Two of he s ude s clash: Lieu e a s Jake Ha gma Se esi a d B adley Roos e B adshaw—so of Mave ick’s deceased bes f ie d a d RIO Nick Goose B adshaw. Roos e dislikes Ha gma ‘s cavalie a i ude, while Ha gma c i icizes Roos e ‘s cau ious flyi g. Mave ick eu i es wi h fo me gi lf ie d Pe y Be jami , o whom he eveals ha he p omised Roos e ‘s dyi g mo he ha Roos e would o become a pilo . Roos e , u awa e of he p omise, a g ily ese s Mave ick fo blocki g his Naval Academy applica io —impedi g his mili a y ca ee —a d blames him fo his fa he ‘s dea h. Mave ick is eluc a o fu he i e fe e wi h Roos e ‘s ca ee , bu he al e a ive is o se d him o he ex emely da ge ous missio . He ells his doub s o Icema , who has e mi al h oa ca ce . Icema says, I ‘s ime o le go a d eassu es him ha bo h he Navy a d Roos e eed Mave ick.

Icema dies o lo g af e , a d Cyclo e emoves Mave ick as i s uc o af e a FA-18F c ashes du i g ai i g. Cyclo e elaxes he missio pa ame e s, so hey a e easie o execu e bu make escape much mo e difficul . Du i g Cyclo e’s a ou ceme , Mave ick makes a u au ho ized fligh h ough he cou se wi h he o igi al pa ame e s, p ovi g ha i ca be do e. Cyclo e eluc a ly appoi s Mave ick as eam leade .

Mave ick flies he lead FA-18E, accompa ied by a buddy-lasi g FA-18Fc flow by Lieu e a Na asha Phoe ix T ace a d WSO Lieu e a Robe Bob Floyd. Roos e leads he seco d s ike pai , which i cludes Lieu e a Reube Payback Fi ch a d WSO Lieu e a Mickey Fa boy Ga cia. The fou je s lau ch f om a ai c af ca ie , a d Tomahawk c uise missiles des oy he ea by ai base as hey app oach. The eams des oy he pla , bu he SAMs ope fi e du i g hei escape. Roos e u s ou of cou e measu es, a d Mave ick sac ifices his pla e o p o ec him. Believi g Mave ick o be dead, he o he s a e o de ed back o he ca ie , bu Roos e e u s o fi d ha Mave ick ejec ed a d is bei g pu sued by a Mi-24 a ack helicop e . Af e des oyi g he gu ship, Roos e is sho dow by a SAM a d ejec s. The wo e dezvous a d s eal a F-14 f om he damaged ai base. Mave ick a d Roos e des oy wo i e cep i g Su-57s, bu a hi d a acks as hey u ou of ammu i io a d cou e measu es. Ha gma u expec edly a ives i ime o shoo i dow , a d he pla es e u safely.

La e , Roos e helps Mave ick wo k o his P-51 Mus a g. Roos e looks a a pho o of hei missio ‘s success, pi ed alo gside a pho o of his la e fa he a d a you g Mave ick, as Pe y a d Mave ick fly off i he P-51.

Cas edi

A ho y Edwa ds, Meg Rya , as well as Aa o a d Adam Weis appea as he B adshaw family i a chive foo age f om Top Gu , alo g wi h Kelly McGillis as Cha lo e Cha lie Blackwood.

P oduc io edi

Developme edi

I 1990, du i g he p omo io of Bo o he Fou h of July (1989), Tom C uise dismissed he o io of a sequel o Top Gu (1986) as i espo sible.14 Pa amou Pic u es bega developme o he film i 2010 af e maki g offe s o Je y B uckheime a d To y Sco o c ea e a sequel o Top Gu wi h Tom C uise ep isi g his ole. Whe asked abou his idea fo a ew Top Gu film, Sco eplied, This wo ld fasci a ed me, because i ‘s so diffe e f om wha i was o igi ally. Bu I do ‘ wa o do a emake. I do ‘ wa o do a ei ve io . I wa o do a ew movie.15 I was epo ed ha he film would focus o he e d of he dogfigh i g e a,16 he ole of d o es i mode ae ial wa fa e,17 a d would see C uise’s cha ac e , Mave ick, fly a FA-18E Supe Ho e .18 Followi g Sco ‘s suicide i 2012, he sequel’s fu u e became u ce ai , bu p oduce Je y B uckheime emai ed commi ed o he p ojec , especially give i e es exp essed by C uise a d Kilme .19

C uise evealed i Ju e 2017 ha he sequel would be i led Top Gu : Mave ick, o i g ha he did o wa a umbe i he i le.20 He added ha he film is goi g o be a compe i io film, simila o he fi s o e, bu cla ified i as a p og essio fo Mave ick.2122 By July 2017, Joseph Kosi ski was a ou ced as he di ec o , af e p eviously collabo a i g wi h C uise o Oblivio (2013).2324 Kosi ski me wi h C uise o he se of Missio : Impossible – Fallou (2018), p ovidi g a lookbook, a pos e , a d a i le, Top Gu : Mave ick, p io o his hi i g. C uise he co ac ed Jim Gia opulos a d eques ed o make he film.25

O Ju e 19, 2019, a Ci eEu ope i Ba celo a, a e dees we e able o wa ch fo he fi s ime some ea ly foo age of he film f om a special Pa amou p ese a io . Du i g he p ese a io he P eside of I e a io al Thea ical Dis ibu io Ma k Via e a d co-p eside of Wo ldwide Ma ke i g a d Dis ibu io Ma y Daily appea ed i fligh clo hes, as a pa of he p omo io .26 I 2019, Chi a’s Te ce i ves ed 12.5% of he film bu la e pulled ou of he p ojec a he e d of ha yea ove co ce s ha he film’s hemes could a ge he Chi ese gove me .27

W i i gedi

By mid-2010, Ch is ophe McQua ie eceived a offe o w i e he sequel’s sc ee play, which was umo ed o have C uise’s cha ac e Mave ick i a smalle ole.28 The followi g yea , Ashley Edwa d Mille a d Zack S e z we e c edi ed as sc ee w i e s o he p ojec .29 The s udio would la e move o o Pe e C aig o d af a ew sc ip u de Sco ‘s di ec io i Ma ch 2012.30 Howeve , he p ojec was u expec edly s alled due o Sco ‘s suicide i Augus of ha yea .31 I Ma ch 2014, B uckheime said he filmmake s we e aki g a ew app oach, which i volved pilo s bei g e de ed obsole e by d o es.32

I Sep embe 2014, he sequel was officially evived. Jus i Ma ks e e ed ego ia io s o w i e he sc ee play.33 Ma ks said ha he sequel o Top Gu was his d eam p ojec a d ha he o igi al was a ico ic film i his memo y ha i spi ed him o w i e sc ee plays.34 He esea ched he F-35 Joi S ike Figh e o gai i sigh i o how Top Gu would be ep ese ed i he cu e pe iod.34

Mave ick i ha film was i his ea ly we ies a d ow he’s i his fif ies. I had o be a diffe e jou ey, bu i was impo a i was a jou ey fo a ma a a diffe e pa of his life. We hi k of Top Gu as a ac io film, bu I hi k of i as a d ama. I has some i c edible ac io sce es i i , bu he e is a d ama a he ce e of i .

— Kosi ski, o he ew sc ip of Top Gu : Mave ick35

Sco had appa e ly fi alized he sc ip a d begu scou i g loca io s. He a d C uise ou ed Naval Ai S a io Fallo , Nevada, a week befo e his dea h.36 The Hollywood Repo e said he Top Gu sequel was o e of h ee di ec i g p ojec s i adva ced developme .37

Du i g sc ip i g discussio s i Pa is i 2017, whe e C uise was shoo i g fo Missio : Impossible – Fallou , Kosi ski pi ched wo ideas o C uise.2538 The fi s focused o he seve ed ela io ship be wee Mave ick a d Goose’s so , se agai s a da ge ous comba missio . The seco d focused o Mave ick’s cu e place i he Navy as pa of he Da ks a p og am a d he sec ecy su ou di g i .38 Wi h Kosi ski i place as di ec o , O ly he B ave (2017) sc ee w i e E ic Wa e Si ge boa ded he film o ew i e he sc ip by Augus 2017.3940 I Oc obe 2018, McQua ie, a f eque collabo a o of C uise, was b ough i fo ew i es du i g p oduc io .41 McQua ie op ed o mos ly ig o e he fi s film du i g he w i i g p ocess; he also flew wi h he Blue A gels i p epa a io .42 By Ja ua y 2020, fi al sc ee play c edi s we e give o Eh e K uge , Si ge , a d McQua ie, while s o y c edi was a ibu ed o C aig a d Ma ks.4344

Cas i gedi

C uise’s i volveme i Top Gu : Mave ick was a ou ced i Ja ua y 2016.45 He was paid be wee $12 a d $14 millio 46 plus a po io of he film’s box office g oss, which o aled mo e ha $100 millio .47 Val Kilme , ow ca ce -f ee, had campaig ed o his Facebook page o ep ise his ole i he film.48 I Ju e 2018, TheW ap epo ed ha he would appea i he film.49 While B uckheime a d he filmmake s wa ed o b i g Kilme back, C uise i sis ed o i .50 A aile eleased i Ma ch 2022 fea u ed a pho og aph of Kilme wea i g a u ifo m of a fou -s a admi al. I July 2018, Miles Telle was cas i he ole of Goose’s so , agai s Nicholas Houl a d Gle Powell.51 La e ha mo h, Je ife Co elly joi ed he film’s cas o play a si gle mo he u i g a ba ea he aval base.5253

I Augus 2018, Powell joi ed he cas i a pilo ai ee ole ha was e la ged fo him, havi g imp essed C uise, B uckheime , a d execu ives a Pa amou a d Skyda ce Media, wi h his audi io s.54 He was cas as he a oga Ha gma (o igi ally amed Slaye whe he ead he sc ip ). Powell was i i ially u imp essed by he p ospec of aki g he ole, feeli g he cha ac e was a u idime sio al dick ga ish a d a Navy D aco Malfoy wi h o payoff o easo o exis o he ha addi g co flic o Roos e ‘s cha ac e a c. C uise, B uckheime , Kosi ski, a d McQua ie ma aged o co vi ce him ha he could shape his pe fo ma ce o make Ha gma a mo e well- ou ded cha ac e . C uise advised Powell o body la guage i diffe e cul u es, helpi g him o play Ha gma so ha global audie ces would emo io ally co ec wi h he cha ac e .55 I he same mo h, Mo ica Ba ba o, Thomasi McKe zie, Cha les Pa ell, Jay Ellis, Bashi Salahuddi , Da y Rami ez, Ed Ha is, Jo Hamm, a d Lewis Pullma joi ed he cas of he film; Ba ba o, Pullma , Ellis, a d Rami ez po ayed avia o ai ees, while McKe zie was o po ay he daugh e of Co elly’s cha ac e .565758

Hamm sig ed o o he film befo e he was give a official offe o sc ip .59 I Sep embe 2018, Ma y Jaci o joi ed he cas .60 I Oc obe 2018, Ka a Wa g, Jack Schumache , G eg Ta za Davis, Jake Picki g, Raymo d Lee, Jea Louisa Kelly a d Lylia a W ay joi ed he cas ;61 W ay eplaced McKe zie, who d opped ou of he film af e sig i g o o Los Gi ls (2020).62 I Novembe 2018, Chelsea Ha is joi ed he cas .63 Kelly McGillis, Meg Rya a d Aa o a d Adam Weis, all of whom appea ed i he o igi al film, we e o asked o appea i he sequel.646566

Acco di g o a i e view wi h Va i y Fai , Lewis Hamil o was offe ed a figh e pilo ole because of his f ie dship wi h C uise bu u ed dow he offe due o his Fo mula O e commi me s.67

Filmi gedi

To c ea e he illusio ha he ac o s we e pilo i g he je s du i g flyi g sce es, he p oduce s paid he Navy $11,374 pe fligh hou fo FA-18E (si gle sea ) a d FA-18F (dual sea ) Supe Ho e s a d pilo s o fly hem. Fo ex e al sho s, eal Navy pilo s flew he E ve sio . Fo sho s of he ac o s i fligh , he F ve sio was used wi h he ac ual pilo i he f o sea .68 O e FA-18F was igged wi h special came as o film a ac o i he back sea . C uise desig ed a h ee-mo h boo camp o ai he ac o s wi h flyi g oles o ge hem used o ae oba ics a d high g-fo ces, as well as build he spa ial awa e ess hey would eed o ope a e he came a equipme . Some of he ai i g was equi ed by he Navy fo passe ge s i ac ical je s, i cludi g u de wa e evacua io .69 Ba ba o said he cas e du ed ae oba ics idi g i he Ex a 300L flow by Chuck Colema , i cludi g igh befo e fligh s i he FA-18F, o e su e hei bodies had he equi ed ole a ce. She also p aised he female pilo s she had wo ked wi h du i g he filmi g p ocess, a d comme ed ha while he mili a y avia io commu i y is p og essive, he e’s o way ha ***ism does ‘ s ill exis i li le mome s he e a d he e. I ‘s pa fo he cou se fo wome i his o ically male-domi a ed spaces. So I was glad we kep ha i .70 The ac o s also had o lea ligh i g, ci ema og aphy, a d edi i g o p ope ly u he came as, because, as B uckheime pu i , whe hey’ e up i he je , hey have o di ec hemselves, esse ially.71

P elimi a y p oduc io o he film officially s a ed o May 30, 2018, i Sa Diego.7273 The c ew filmed ae ial sho s a Naval Ai S a io Fallo .74 I la e Augus , a 15-pe so film c ew f om Pa amou a d B uckheime Films sho fligh deck ope a io s aboa d he No folk-based ai c af ca ie USS Ab aham Li col .7576 I mid-Feb ua y 2019, C uise a d he p oduc io c ew we e sigh ed o boa d USS Theodo e Roosevel a NAS No h Isla d.77 I Ma ch, filmi g i he Cascade Mou ai s was comple ed a Naval Ai S a io Whidbey Isla d i Oak Ha bo , Washi g o , whe e ou es we e scou ed by helicop e a d he L-39 befo e filmi g he FA-18s.787479 O Ju e 19, 2019, Miles Telle evealed i a i e view ha he had fi ished filmi g wo days ea lie .80 P i cipal pho og aphy was scheduled u il Ap il 15, 2019, i Sa Diego, Lemoo e, Chi a Lake,81 Chico,82 a d Lake Tahoe i Califo ia;83 Sea le;84 a d Pa uxe Rive , Ma yla d.85 The low-pass sce e wi h Ed Ha is was filmed a Chi a Lake wi h flyi g a Blue A gels pla e a less ha 50 f (15 m) a ou d 450 k (830 kmh), which o he 20 h a d las pass pulled oofi g ma e ial f om he gua d shack flyi g off held o ly by omex cable.74 The pos -p oduc io a d edi i g wo ks we e supe vised by Kosi ski a his home du i g he COVID-19 pa demic lockdow .86

The film was sho i IMAX fo ma usi g IMAX-ce ified So y Ve ice 6K full f ame came as.87 Kosi ski said ha he eam spe mo e ha a yea wi h Navy fo ces o use he IMAX came as i side he cockpi , wi h fou came as faci g owa d he ac o s a d wo faci g fo wa d, i addi io o came as mou ed all ove he ex e io s of he ai c af . He said he audie ce should feel he au he ici y, s ai , speed a d g avi a io al fo ces, some hi g ha ca o be achieved h ough sou ds age o visual effec s, which eeded a eme dous amou of effo a d wo k. NAVAIR e gi ee s used wi d u el es i g a d compu e modeli g o ig came as o he ai c af o wi hs a d he speeds a d g-fo ces sus ai ed du i g ma euve i g a d ca ie la di gs while mai ai i g safe y i he eve of ejec io .7435 The c ew sho he ae ial foo age ou side he FA-18s wi h gimbal-s abilized came as o h ee pla fo ms: a ose-mou ed ig o o e of wo modified Ae o L-39 Alba os ha could film a 350 k (648 kmh) a d 3 g, ose- a d ail-mou ed came as o a Emb ae Phe om 300, a d a ose-mou ed ig o a Ai bus AS350 helicop e .888978 Mo e ha 800 hou s of ae ial foo age was sho fo he film,74 exceedi g he combi ed foo age sho fo he films i he Lo d of he Ri gs ilogy.90

The old mili a y ba was co s uc ed i he beach side i Los A geles. The s eel s uc u e was assembled off-si e fo visual i spec io , he disma led a d e-buil o se .91

Ai c af edi

Fo mos of he pla es i cludi g he FA-18EF, he p oduc io c ew acqui ed 20 wo ki g ai c af f om all ove he cou y. Hi dle said ha Kosi ski had made specifica io s fo eve y de ail du i g desig , i cludi g he helme s, sui s, p ops, a d seve al o he s.91

Da ks a edi

The fic io al Da ks a ai c af was desig ed wi h help f om e gi ee s f om Lockheed Ma i a d i s Sku k Wo ks divisio . A full-scale mockup of he ai c af was buil a d filmed a Chi a Lake.92 Kosi ski said, The easo we app oached Sku k Wo ks is because I wa ed o make he mos ealis ic hype so ic ai c af we possibly could. I fac , as you saw, we buil i full-scale i coope a io wi h hem. Bu he easo i looks so eal is because i was he e gi ee s f om Sku k Wo ks who helped us desig i . So hose a e he same people who a e wo ki g o eal ai c af who helped us desig Da ks a fo his film.93 Lockheed de ied ha Da ks a is ela ed o he u c ewed Lockheed Ma i SR-72, whose exis e ce he compa y has eve co fi med.94

F-14edi

P oduc io desig e Je emy Hi dle said ha usi g a F-14 Tomca (which is fea u ed i he fi s film) would have bee difficul . The e a e o F-14s ha fly because hey have bee decommissio ed i he U.S. a d all he e gi es have bee ake ou of hem.91 He said ha hey we e o able o use he ac ive F-14 Tomca s i I a , he o ly o he cou y ha acqui ed he ai c af , due o sa c io s. The U.S. scu led o disabled i s vas flee of F-14s o ce hey we e e i ed o p eve he illici expo of spa e pa s.95

Wi h help f om he Navy, he p oduc io eam secu ed o e F-14A f om he Sa Diego Ai Space Museum i Califo ia.96 Hi dle desc ibed fu he challe ges, i cludi g disma li g a d shippi g he pla e’s compo e s, a d maki g he ai c af as fu c io al as possible, hough s ill wi hou e gi es.91

Pos -p oduc io edi

I a i e view wi h avia io YouTube C.W. Lemoi e, VFX a is F ed Ly said CGI was used ex e sively i he film; he F-14 a d Su-57 we e visualized e i ely by compu e .97 Ly also said ha he FA-18 sce es p edomi a ly i volved a si gle je , which was he pu h ough CGI o c ea e he dogfigh ai i g sce es ha depic ed mul iple je s.97 The fou -je s ike fo ce a he e d of he film was also c ea ed h ough CGI f om a si gle FA-18.97

Skywalke Sou d wo ked o sou d desig a d emp mixi g fo he film. They we e asked wi h c ea i g avia io sou d effec s, wo ki g closely wi h GE Avia io , a je e gi e ma ufac u e ou of Ci ci a i.98 Wi h fi al sou d edi i g a d mixi g ha dled by Lo do -based Sou dby e S udios99 a d Twicke ham Film S udios, which he mix was comple ed i Dolby A mos a d IMAX du i g he middle of he pa demic. Reco di g mixe s Ch is Bu do a d Ma k Taylo wo ked i wo hea e s wi h diffe e audio co figu a io s o comple e he mixes, which ook place i Ju e a d July 2020.100

Af e his ea me a d ope a io fo h oa ca ce , Val Kilme los his abili y o speak effec ively.101 I 2021, he wo ked wi h So a ic, a UK-based sof wa e compa y ha specializes i voice sy hesis, o digi ally ec ea e his voice usi g AI ech ology a d a chived audio eco di gs of his voice.102 The collabo a io wi h So a ic led o a successful vocal model p og am ha Kilme could apply i fu u e p ojec s.102103 Fo Top Gu : Mave ick, howeve , his ech ology was o used. Di ec o Joseph Kosi ski said i a i e view ha hey used Kilme ‘s ac ual voice, digi ally al e i g i o i c ease cla i y.104

Foo age f om he o igi al film was used i a sce e whe e Mave ick wa ches Roos e playi g G ea Balls of Fi e o he pia o, i voki g memo ies of Goose’s family a d dea h.105 The foo age was used as a flashback, o help explai he cha ac e s’ ela io ship a d o deepe he emo io al co flic s i volved. This was o pla ed i he o igi al sc ip ; Kosi ski i oduced he idea i he film edi i g phase.106

Musicedi

Top Gu compose Ha old Fal e meye ep ised his ole, bei g joi ed by Lady Gaga, O eRepublic, a d Ha s Zimme . The sou d ack was p oduced by Lo e Balfe. The sou d ack was eleased o May 27, 2022, h ough I e scope Reco ds a d Pa amou Music.107108 I was p omo ed by wo si gles, Hold My Ha d by Lady Gaga a d I Ai ‘ Wo ied by O eRepublic. F om he fi s film, he sco e also i co po a es eleme s of he o igi al Top Gu A hem,109110 a d he so g Da ge Zo e, composed by Gio gio Mo ode a d su g by Ke y Loggi s.111

Ma ke i gedi

The film’s fi s ease aile p emie ed du i g a su p ise appea a ce by C uise a he 2019 Sa Diego Comic Co o July 18, 2019.112113 The fi s aile eceived high p aise f om fa s, wi h ma y laudi g he e u of he se ies a d some compa i g i o S a Wa s: The Rise of Skywalke .114 The Hollywood Repo e w o e ha some fa s o iced ha he flag of he Republic of Chi a ( he flag used by he gove me of he Republic of Chi a based o he isla d of Taiwa ) a d he Flag of Japa we e missi g f om he fligh jacke of C uise’s cha ac e a d accused Pa amou of emovi g i o appease Chi a-based co-fi a cie Te ce Pic u es.115 Howeve , he Republic of Chi a a d Japa ese flags we e la e es o ed, as Te ce would e d up pulli g ou of he p oduc io , leadi g o hem bei g u c edi ed i he fi al film.116 The seco d aile was eleased i Decembe 2019,117 a d a ew S apcha fil e fo he film was i oduced by Pa amou , o e gage you g-ge e a io audie ces.118

I Feb ua y 2020, oy ma ufac u e Ma chbox (ow ed by Ma el) a ou ced ha hey we e eleasi g a se ies of Top Gu die-cas models a d p oduc s, i cludi g he F-14 Tomca , FA-18EF Supe Ho e , a d he P-51 Mus a g, as well as ole play i ems. They we e scheduled fo public elease o Ju e 1, 2020, despi e he delayed hea ical elease.119 I Ju e 2020, plas ic model ma ufac u e Revell eleased a se ies of 148 scale Top Gu plas ic models, i cludi g a F-14A Tomca a d a FA-18E Supe Ho e based upo he ai c af i he movie. These a e ve sio s of p evious Revell offe i gs wi h modified decals a d ma ki gs.120 I July 2020, Hasb o a ou ced a Top Gu – hemed T a sfo me s oy, Mave ick, which was eleased la e i he yea .121 Hasb o la e e- eleased he oy as a Walma exclusive o ie i o he film’s fi al elease da e.

O Augus 26, 2021, he fi s 13 mi u es of he film we e p eviewed a Ci emaCo alo g wi h a ew aile wi h Tom C uise ma ki g his p ese ce vi ually a he eve .122 I Ja ua y 2022, CBS Spo s eleased a ew clip f om he film, coi cidi g wi h he AFC Champio ship Game be wee he Ka sas Ci y Chiefs a d he Ci ci a i Be gals.123 I Feb ua y 2022, he fi al aile of he film ied o Po sche was ai ed befo e Supe Bowl LVI.124 I Ap il 2022, P ojec ACES, he develope s of he Ace Comba se ies, a ou ced he elease of a ai c af collabo a io DLC fo Ace Comba 7: Skies U k ow wi h Top Gu : Mave ick, eleased o May 26, o e day befo e he film’s elease.125126 A f ee expa sio based o Top Gu Mave ick was also eleased fo Mic osof Fligh Simula o o he same day, co ai i g he FA-18EF Supe ho e a d fic io al Da ks a pla es as playable ai c af .127 A i e ac ive websi e was also lau ched o he same mo h.128 O May 23, C uise collabo a ed wi h The La e La e Show hos James Co de fo ec ea i g a figh e seque ce as a pa of p omo io s.129130

A h ee-week p omo io al ou was co duc ed i Mexico Ci y, Tokyo, Ca es, Lo do , Sa Diego a d Los A geles.131 Eve Ci emas a ou ced Top Gu : Mave ick Collec o Combo, fea u i g a medium la ge sal -popco wi h ef eshme s i a collec o cup, bei g ma ke ed wi h s ills fea u i g C uise.132 O he ma ke i g deals we e a a ged wi h Applebee’s es au a chai s133 a d Vudu.134

Releaseedi

Thea icaledi

Top Gu : Mave ick was eleased hea ically by Pa amou Pic u es i he U i ed S a es o May 27, 2022, wi h adva ce sc ee i gs s a i g he day befo e.135 I was o igi ally scheduled o be eleased o July 12, 2019, bu was delayed o Ju e 26, 2020, i o de o shoo seve al complex ac io seque ces.8 By Ma ch 2020, Pa amou moved he film up wo days ea ly o Ju e 24, 2020,136 a d i was he moved o Decembe 23 due o he o goi g COVID-19 pa demic decla ed by he Wo ld Heal h O ga iza io .137138 O July 23, 2020, he film was delayed agai o July 2, 2021, due i pa o scheduli g co flic s wi h C uise, as well as he ece delays of Mula a d Te e due o he ise of COVID-19 cases,139 a d was fu he delayed o Novembe 19, 2021,140 befo e fi alizi g he May 2022 elease da e.135

The film had i s wo ld p emie e a Ci emaCo o Ap il 28, 2022141 which was followed by a global p emie e hos ed a he Sa Diego Civic Thea e i Sa Diego, o May 4, which was also s eamed live h ough YouTube.142143 I also sc ee ed a he Ca es Film Fes ival o May 18 i a Official Selec io Sc ee i g, whe e i eceived a five-mi u e s a di g ova io f om he audie ce. The Ca es p emie e i cluded a ibu e o C uise a d his ca ee .144145 The followi g day i had i s UK p emie e a he Royal Film Pe fo ma ce a Lo do ‘s Odeo Luxe Leices e Squa e i aid of he Film TV Cha i y. The film was he las Royal Film Pe fo ma ce of Quee Elizabe h II’s eig as she died la e ha same yea .146 Sc ee X hea e s147 a d AMC Thea es148149 held Ea ly Access Eve sc ee i gs a limi ed loca io s ac oss he U i ed S a es o May 24, 2022.

Home mediaedi

Apple TV a emp ed o pu chase he dis ibu io igh s o Top Gu : Mave ick, bu Pa amou decli ed o sell hem. Whe asked a he film’s Ci emaCo p emie e abou Apple a d o he s eami g compa ies a emp i g o pu chase he dis ibu io igh s, B uckheime said ha he film had always had a big-sc ee des i a io . A he film’s p emie e a Ca es, C uise also de ied ha he film was goi g o s eami g.150151152 Despi e he model ha mos films debu o s eami g 45 days af e hei hea ical eleases,153 Pa amou decided o keep Top Gu : Mave ick i hea e s fo a ex e ded u due o C uise’s i sis e ce a d he successive week- o-week box office esul s of he film. The film was eleased digi ally i s a da d defi i io , high defi i io a d UHD o Augus 23, 2022, followed by he Ul a HD Blu- ay, Blu- ay, a d DVD eleases o Novembe 1, 2022, i he U i ed S a es154 a d Oc obe 31, 2022, i he U i ed Ki gdom.155 I i cludes he expa ded aspec a io of 1.90:1 i selec seque ces as see i IMAX sc ee i gs, fou fea u e es o he maki g of he film, C uise discussi g his ca ee a he 75 h Ca es Film Fes ival a d wo music videos of he so gs fea u ed i he film.156

Pa amou a d SkyShow ime (u de he joi ve u e be wee bo h Pa amou Global a d Sky G oup) made Top Gu : Mave ick available o s eam o Decembe 22, 2022, as pa of a cus ome ‘s subsc ip io o ei he se vice.157158 I he U i ed S a es, Top Gu : Mave ick became he mos -wa ched film o debu o Pa amou .159

Recep io edi

Box officeedi

Top Gu : Mave ick g ossed $718.7 millio i he U i ed S a es a d Ca ada, a d $777 millio i o he e i o ies, fo a wo ldwide o al of $1.496 billio .45 The film became he highes -g ossi g film of C uise’s ca ee o Ju e 17, 2022, af e c ossi g $800 millio wo ldwide.160 O Ju e 26, he film c ossed $1 billio , becomi g he seco d film o do so du i g he pa demic e a.161162 I is he seco d-highes -g ossi g film eleased i 2022 (behi d Ava a : The Way of Wa e ).163 So y Bu ch, w i i g fo The Washi g o Pos , a gued ha he film’s fi a cial success alo g wi h ha of Spide -Ma : No Way Home demo s a es ha secu i g a hea ical elease i Chi a is o ma da o y fo a Hollywood film o be p ofi able.164 Deadli e Hollywood calcula ed he film’s e p ofi as $391.1 millio , accou i g fo p oduc io budge s, ma ke i g, ale pa icipa io s, a d o he cos s; box office g osses a d home media eve ues placed i seco d o hei lis of 2022’s Mos Valuable Blockbus e s.1

I he U i ed S a es a d Ca ada, Top Gu : Mave ick was he highes -g ossi g film eleased i 2022.4165 I g ossed $126.7 millio i i s ope i g h ee-day weeke d a d $160.5 millio ove he fou -day Memo ial Day weeke d, fi ishi g fi s a he box office a d ea ly doubli g C uise’s p evious ca ee -bes . The film also had he la ges Memo ial Day fou -day ope i g weeke d.166 I i s seco d weeke d, i g ossed $90 millio ; he 29% d op was he smalles -eve fo a film ha had a ope i g of ove $100 millio , su passi g Sh ek 2 (33% d op i i s seco d weeke d f om a $108 millio debu i May 2004).167 The film was de h o ed by ewcome Ju assic Wo ld Domi io i i s hi d weeke d, hough s ill g ossed $51.9 millio .168 The film emai ed i he op five a he box office h oughou i s fi s e weeks of elease.169 The film fi ally d opped ou of he op five a he box office i i s 11 h weeke d, fi ishi g six h wi h $7 millio .170 I i s 12 h weeke d he film was e- eleased i ove 400 hea e s a d made $7.1 millio , e u i g o seco d place.171172 I i s 15 h weeke d, he film made $6 millio (a d a o al of $7.9 millio ove he fou -day Labo Day f ame), e u i g o he op of he box office.173 Box office a alys s a ibu ed he film’s lo gevi y a he box office o posi ive c i ical eviews a d wo d of mou h.174175

Ou side he US a d Ca ada, he film g ossed $124 millio f om 62 ma ke s i i s ope i g weeke d. I was C uise’s bigges ope i g eve i 32 of hose ma ke s a d Pa amou ‘s bes ope i g fo a live-ac io film i 18 of hem. The la ges ma ke s i i s ope i g weeke d we e he U i ed Ki gdom ($19.4 millio ), F a ce ($11.7 millio ), Aus alia ($10.7 millio ), Japa ($9.7 millio ), a d Ge ma y ($6.5 millio ). The film had he bes debu of C uise’s ca ee i he Middle Eas ($6.3 millio ), B azil ($5.3 millio ), he Ne he la ds ($2.4 millio ), Swede ($2.2 millio ), Belgium ($1.7 millio ), New Zeala d ($1.4 millio ), Pola d ($1.2 millio ), A ge i a ($1.2 millio ), Fi la d ($1.1 millio ), a d Po ugal ($770,000). IMAX accou ed fo $10.4 millio of i s ope i g weeke d ou side he US a d Ca ada.176 The followi g weeke d, i made $85.8 millio , a me e 16% d op ha i cluded $18.5 millio f om IMAX sc ee i gs.177 As of Sep embe  18, 2022upda e, he op ma ke s a e he U i ed Ki gdom ($102 millio ), Japa ($93.6 millio ), Sou h Ko ea ($67.2 millio ), Aus alia ($64.3 millio ), a d F a ce ($58.2 millio ).178

C i ical espo seedi

O he eview agg ega o websi e Ro e Toma oes, 96% of 470 c i ics’ eviews a e posi ive, wi h a ave age a i g of 8.2010. The websi e’s co se sus eads: Top Gu : Mave ick pulls off a fea eve ickie ha a 4G i ve ed dive, delive i g a lo g-bela ed sequel ha su passes i s p edecesso i wildly e e ai i g s yle.179 Me ac i ic, which uses a weigh ed ave age, assig ed he film a sco e of 78 ou of 100, based o 63 c i ics, i dica i g ge e ally favo able eviews.180 Audie ces polled by Ci emaSco e gave he film a a e A g ade o a A o F scale, while Pos T ak epo ed 96% of audie ce membe s gave i a posi ive sco e, wi h 84% sayi g hey would defi i ely ecomme d i .166

Pe e Hammo d of Deadli e Hollywood called he sequel be e ha he o igi al movie.181 The New Yo k Times-based c i ic A. O. Sco called i a hi , ove -s e uous a d some imes ve y e joyable movie a d a ea es s a eme of he hesis ha movies ca a d should be g ea .182 Pe e B adshaw w o e i The Gua dia ha C uise p esides ove some su p isi g diffe e ces f om his fi s ou i g as he avy pilo ho sho i a film ha ‘s missi g he homoe o ic e sio s of he 80s o igi al.183 Alo so Du alde of TheW ap w o e ha he movie cou s as a wo hy sequel i ha i succeeds a d fails i ma y of he same ways as he o igi al.184

E e ai me .ie’s B ia Lloyd’s 4-s a eview said he film exceeds wi h flyi g colou s a d exis s i a wo ld ha is all of i s ow maki g. The e a e golde su se s, pe fec ly c isp whi e -shi s, exquisi ely coiffed hai , a d lo g-held flames of oma ce ha make i all impossible o esis .185 Cla ise Loughe y, chief edi o of The I depe de , w o e ha he film is as h illi g as blockbus e s ge . I ‘s he ki d of edge-of-you -sea , fis -pumpi g spec acula ha ca u i e a e i e oom full of s a ge s si i g i he da k a d leave hem wi h a wis ful ea i hei eye.186 Richa d B ody of The New Yo ke w o e, The ew film, less of a sequel ha a e ova io , i fuses he 1986 d ama of ai bo e comba wi h oday’s poli ics.187 Tom is Laffly of Roge Ebe .com w o e, Equally wo hy of ha big sc ee is he emo io al s okes of Mave ick ha pack a u expec ed pu ch.188

O Augus 3, 2022, filmmake Que i Ta a i o called Top Gu : Mave ick fa as ic, as he film, alo gside S eve Spielbe g’s Wes Side S o y, p ovided a ue ci ema ic spec acle, he ki d ha I’d almos hough ha I was ‘ goi g o see a ymo e. As a lo g- ime admi e of he o igi al Top Gu di ec o , he la e To y Sco , he added: The e was jus his lovely, lovely aspec because I love bo h To y Sco ‘s ci ema so much, a d I love To y so much ha ha ‘s as close as we’ e eve goi g o ge o seei g o e mo e To y Sco movie … The espec a d he love of To y was i eve y f ame. I was almos i eve y decisio . I was co sciously igh he e, bu i his eally cool way ha was eally espec ful.189 Ridley Sco , To y’s olde b o he a d whom C uise wo ked wi h i he 1985 film Lege d, was give a p iva e sc ee i g fo Mave ick.190191 B uckheime s a ed, O e of he mos hea wa mi g hi gs I expe ie ced is whe we showed he movie o To y’s b o he , Ridley. He was lauda o y i his p aise fo he film a d he ki d of ca e ha Tom ook o ho o To y h oughou he movie. Tha was fo emos i eve ybody’s mi d.190191

Role of he U.S. mili a yedi

The film was ac ively suppo ed a d i flue ced by he U i ed S a es Depa me of Defe se a d he U i ed S a es Navy o p ese he U.S. mili a y i a posi ive ligh a d aid i ec ui me a d e e io .74 The U.S. Ai Fo ce also a ec ui me ads befo e he film’s sc ee i gs.192 This led some c i ics, schola s a d jou alis s o c i icize he film as p opaga da.193194195196

Accoladesedi

A he 95 h Academy Awa ds, Top Gu : Mave ick eceived omi a io s fo Bes Pic u e, Bes Adap ed Sc ee play, Bes O igi al So g, Bes Film Edi i g, a d Bes Visual Effec s; a d wo Bes Sou d.197 The film’s o he omi a io s i clude fou B i ish Academy Film Awa ds,198 six C i ics’ Choice Movie Awa ds (wi i g o e),199 a d wo Golde Globe Awa ds.200 I eceived wo Na io al Boa d of Review Awa ds a d was amed o e of he e bes films of 2022 by he Ame ica Film I s i u e.201202

Lawsui edi

I Ju e 2022, he family of Is aeli au ho Ehud Yo ay, who w o e he Califo ia a icle Top Gu s i May 1983 ha i spi ed he fi s film, sued Pa amou fo copy igh i f i geme ove he elease of Top Gu : Mave ick a d sough damages as well as a i ju c io agai s he film’s dis ibu io . Je y B uckheime p oduced he o igi al film, whose sc ee play was w i e by Jim Cash (died 2000) a d Jack Epps J .; all h ee me pa icipa ed i he sequel.203 Acco di g o he lawsui , Pa amou had ob ai ed exclusive film igh s o Yo ay’s a icle bu ig o ed he 35-yea copy igh law, whe ei he igh s eve ed o Yo ay’s widow Shosh a d so Yuval i Ja ua y 2020 af e he w i e ‘s dea h i 2012.204

The lawsui claims ha Mave ick co ai s eleme s simila o he o igi al a icle a d ha Pa amou co i ued wi h he filmi g, eve af e eceivi g o ice of he copy igh ‘s e mi a io . The film dis ibu o co side s mos of he sequel o have bee comple e befo e he a d de ies ha Mave ick is de ived f om Yo ay’s a icle.205206

Fu u eedi

I May 2022, Telle evealed ha he had bee pi chi g a sequel, which would be e a ively i led Top Gu : Roos e a d ce e ed a ou d his cha ac e , o Pa amou Pic u es.207 By July of he same yea , he s a ed ha he has bee havi g o goi g discussio s wi h C uise ega di g a sequel.208

Top Gu : Mave ick

Af e hi y yea s, Mave ick is s ill pushi g he e velope as a op aval avia o , bu mus co f o ghos s of his pas whe he leads TOP GUN’s eli e g adua es o a missio ha dema ds he … Read allAf e hi y yea s, Mave ick is s ill pushi g he e velope as a op aval avia o , bu mus co f o ghos s of his pas whe he leads TOP GUN’s eli e g adua es o a missio ha dema ds he ul ima e sac ifice f om hose chose o fly i .Af e hi y yea s, Mave ick is s ill pushi g he e velope as a op aval avia o , bu mus co f o ghos s of his pas whe he leads TOP GUN’s eli e g adua es o a missio ha dema ds he ul ima e sac ifice f om hose chose o fly i .

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