Editor Note: DaVette See, our Special Correspondent, is onsite at Comicon International in San Diego and has sent us this article as part of her coverage of SDCC 50. Thank you so much, DaVette (and Rob) for braving the Hall H madness. Look for more to come as she has time.
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SDCC 50 Hall H Panel – Top Gun: Maverick
With Surprise Appearance by Tom Cruise
San Diego Comic-con’s Hall H attendees had barely caught our breath from watching footage from Terminator: Dark Fate, when Conan O’Brien stormed the stage to yelling into the mic that everyone should stay seated because “the biggest movie star” they’d ever see was coming to the stage. That star turned out to be Tom Cruise who began to answer the unspoken question, “Why?”, saying, “Thirty-four years ago, I made a movie in San Diego, shot across the street in a restaurant. ” Of course the crowd went wild realizing he was referring to “Top Gun” and that they were likely in for a treat. “San Diego is a special place for Top Gun and the sequel was shot here last summer.” Sure enough, Cruise treated Hall H attendees to seeing the new trailer before anyone else.
An older Maverick is revealed, and one who hasn’t risen in the ranks as expected. No indication is given as to the reasons for his rank staying at Captain after three decades, except cryptic remarks for an officer played by Ed Harris, “Thirty-plus years of service. Combat medals. Citations,” a voiceover says, as video of what appears to be Maverick flying a plane. “Only man to shoot down three enemy planes in the last 40 years. Yet, you can’t get a promotion, you won’t retire, and, despite your best efforts, you refuse to die.”
Of course there will be romance, not to mention Aviator glasses, a badass motorcycle, bars, beer, and beaches, but this sequel appears to be a grittier, possibly darker tale the first film. But there are some amazing and thrilling stunts provided. Cruise let everyone know that ““Everything you see here is for real.” That means the flying, folks. And apparently the Navy and Pentagon were very helpful in making the military aspects as authentic as possible.
The Hall H crowd was wowed and if their reaction to the trailer is any indication, looks like Maverick will once again be flying high when it reaches theaters, on June 26, 2020.
Watch the Official Trailer below