Don’t worry, “Danger Zone” has entered the sequel.
Top Gun: Maverick Finally in theaters, this calls out for the 50’s everywhere.
It is a sequel the story continues from Better, but more than 30 years later… so things look a little different. However, it’s still full of nostalgia for the original movie, so here are them all, just in case you’re curious:
Tom Cruise is back as Maverick, obviously
Val Kilmer’s emotional return as a snowman
Penny Benjamin (Jennifer Connelly) did not appear in the original film, but is mentioned as Maverick’s ex-girlfriend.
The film’s biggest connection to the events of the original film is that Maverick is still grieving for Goose (Anthony Edwards) and appears to feel guilty about his death.
Both films open in exactly the same way: with a black title card describing Top Gun School followed by a montage of Naval Flight Deck operations.
The rooster (Miles Teller) is the son of Gus in which he appeared Better As an infant.
The rooster plays and sings “Great Balls of Fire” just like Goose did in the original movie.
it will not be Better A movie without “Danger Zone,” so you’ll be relieved to hear that this movie uses it twice.
Maverick’s arrival at the Top Gun facility is an accurate mirror of his entry into the original film, complete with “Danger Zone” running in the background.
Once again, the Maverick bumps heads with his supervisor at Top Gun. In 1986, it was Viper (Tom Skerritt); In 2022, it’s Hurricane (John Hamm). Either way, Maverick wins his respect reluctantly in the end.
Ed Harris’ appearance as Admiral Cain mirrors the scene in the original film when Goose and Maverick are first sent to Top Gun despite not following orders.
Hangman (Glen Powell) is very hostile towards Rooster throughout the film, but ends up saving his life and embracing him as a teammate. This is very similar to the dynamic between Iceman and Maverick in the original.
Many of Maverick’s lessons as a Top Gun instructor reflect his own experiences in the first film.
Football scene in Top Gun: Maverick It is a clear homage to the volleyball scene in Better.
During the film’s climax, Maverick and Rooster escape in an F-14 Tomcat, which is exactly the plane Maverick flew with Goose.
The defector rides a Kawasaki bike in this movie, just as he did in the original movie.
And finally, the smallest Easter eggs: When Hangman picks a song on the jukebox early in the movie, he punches in numbers 8 and 6. The OG Better It came out in 1986.