Yes, after threatening us with a sequel for what seems like over a decade, the second Top Gun film is even closer to coming to fruition. Tom Cruise is officially coming back and Val Kilmer is attached, so Top Gun 2 can complete the time-honored tradition of being a decades-late sequel to a 1980s film. At least now we don’t have to call it Top Gun 2 anymore…
Tom Cruise was interviewed by Access Hollywood, where he revealed the title of the Top Gun sequel, reports Entertainment Weekly. From now on, Top Gun 2 will be known by its official title, Top Gun: Maverick. Cruise told Access Hollywood:
“I didn’t want a number. You don’t need a number.”
Though I’m not confident a good sequel to Top Gun can be achieved this many years later, without nostalgia leading to disappointment, I must praise the decision on the title. Numbering sequels drives me crazy, as it can make them feel inaccessible, especially if the franchise has run for over three installments. Would you rather see a movie called Bond 23 or Skyfall? Mission: Impossible 5, or Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation? Speaking of Mission: Impossible, that franchise made the jump from numbers to subtitles after the third chapter, and Marvel too switched from numbering the Iron Man franchise to subtitling everything else. Even Star Wars has been dropping the episode number from its posters, trailers, and logos. It just makes the sequels seem cleaner, and less dated.
Cruise dropped another quick detail about Top Gun: Maverick:
“Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one…but a progression for Maverick.”
Are you excited for Top Gun: Maverick, or are you wary like me, having been burned by decade-delayed sequel after unnecessary decade-delayed sequel? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!