Looking back over the articles I’ve written this past week I think that the recurring theme in all of my printed words has been one of nostalgia: An article on the return of Kevin Smith and his View Askew Universe of characters got the ball rolling, followed in quick succession by a short bit about not one, but two upcoming sequels in the Halloween horror series that will feature the return of Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter. Hey, why not make it a trifecta of warm and cozy familiarity and welcome back Maverick (AKA Tom Cruise) and his assorted flying buddies in the three plus decade in the making sequel to the 1986 phenomenon Top Gun?
The first official full trailer for Top Gun: Maverick was hand delivered by Tom Cruise himself to a mass of fans at this year’s annual San Diego Comic Con and what a doozy it was: Full of death-defying aerial maneuvers, a booming soundtrack and the return of everyone’s favorite, er, maverick pilot, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, this two plus minute sneak peek at June of 2020’s guaranteed summer blockbuster was a guaranteed buzz builder and the true definition of the old adage “A picture is worth a thousand words.” For the plot synopsis to the new Top Gun is straight to the point in its very simplicity; ready for it? Maverick returns to the screen to mentor a new generation of fighter pilots. And full stop.