Tom Cruise felt the need… the need to surprise Comic Con goers at Hall H on Thursday with the first look at Top Gun: Maverick.
Paramount had not announced the film would be featured during their panel so it came as a higher surprise when Cruise showed up during Paramount and Skydance’s Terminator: Dark Fate presentation.
“For 34 years you guys have been very patient with me and I felt it was my responsibility for me to deliver for you,” said Cruise after being introduced by Conan O’Brien. Cruise talked about filming the 1986 original in San Diego, adding that the the infamous barroom singing scene was filmed in a restaurant, Kansas City Barbeque, that is near the San Diego convention center.
“Everything you see in this film is very real,” said Cruise of the film’s airborne scenes and stunts to the Hall H crowd. Considering Cruise’ penchant for stunt work, we believe it.
The trailer opens with Cruise’s Maverick returning to the cockpit, speeding over salt flats, as voice over that says: “Despite your best efforts you refuse to die.” The spot sees Maverick and other pilots taking off from carriers, and tumbling over mountains and oceans.
Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 film that made Cruise a global star, also stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm and original Top Gun actor Val Kilmer. The film is set in the present day — but has the feel of the ’80s project from late filmmaker Tony Scott. It follows fighter pilots as they deal with drone tech making their old style of flying obsolete.
Top Gun: Maverick opens June 26, 2020.