17 Appeal to the original "Top Gun" in "Top Gun: Maverick"

17 Appeal to the original “Top Gun” in “Top Gun: Maverick”

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:

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This post contains a plot burn for both Better And the Top Gun: Maverick.


Tom Cruise is back as Maverick, obviously

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The helmet! the coat! the glasses. It’s all here, and seeing Tom Cruise reprising one of his most famous roles might upset you a bit.


Val Kilmer’s emotional return as a snowman

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Val Kilmer appears in only one scene in Top Gun: Maverickbut the snowman has a major role in the story.


Penny Benjamin (Jennifer Connelly) did not appear in the original film, but is mentioned as Maverick’s ex-girlfriend.

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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.

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One notable difference is that the new movie’s title card says “A Fistful of Guys and women.” Yay!


The rooster (Miles Teller) is the son of Gus in which he appeared Better As an infant.

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Rooster and Maverick’s estranged relationship is a major plot point in the film.


The rooster plays and sings “Great Balls of Fire” just like Goose did in the original movie.

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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.

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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.

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It’s so funny that both movies start out by making Maverick a furious superior and then are rewarded with sending him to Top Gun. Look at their faces! They find it very annoying.


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.

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Many of Maverick’s lessons as a Top Gun instructor reflect his own experiences in the first film.

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For example:

– He scolds the executioner for abandoning the wingman during an exercise, which he himself did.

He suggests lowering the hardtop for training purposes, a reminder that he often ignored this rule as a pilot.

– Emphasizes that the pilots will have to explain any deaths to the families of their teammates, which we know what he had to do when Goss died.


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.

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The defector rides a Kawasaki bike in this movie, just as he did in the original movie.

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It is a new model.


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.

2022-06-03 18:52:26

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