‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Debut Trailer Analysis

Welcome to the danger zone, again. One of the most anticipated trailers just dropped. It’s been 33 years since Top Gun debuted in theaters. In 2020, the wait ends. Today the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick released. Tom Cruise is back as the rebellious sky speedster, Maverick. So what to make of the trailer? Here are some key breakdowns:


It’s a good teaser. The trailer gives away little plot details, besides the fact that Maverick is back for a final call. There are a lot of plane shots of Maverick handling the jets. Some really cool visuals. Looked retro, which is a nice touch and homage to the original.


So we know Cruise is back as Maverick and the lead in the movie. There are numerous flight scenes taking place in the desert, mountains and over water, so you know they will be changing up locations and landscapes. Jon Hamm appears briefly and Ed Harris gives Maverick a sten pep talk. No sign of Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly. Of course there is the typical Cruise motorcycle cruise also.


I would say this was a successful trailer. It didn’t reveal much, but gave you an impression of what the feel for the movie will be. I expect lot of cool flying stunts, especially with Cruise involved. It looks like it will have more action than the original, but hopefully not over-the-top.

What did you think of the trailer? Share your thoughts and comments below.

Written by Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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