Tom Cruise and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Have Already Started a New Feud With the Air Force and Navy

The original Top Gun premiered in the United States on May 16, 1986. It opened in 1,028 theaters and quickly became the highest-grossing film of the year. It also catapulted Tom Cruise to stardom.

Over 30 years later and the film is finally slated to debut its sequel. However, with the movie starting to gain exposure, it’s seemed to inspire some friendly competition between the Air Force and Navy (page 6).

1. Top Gun: Maverick‘s debut date

Top Gun

Top Gun | Paramount

Top Gun fans have been waiting a long time for this day. On July 12, 2019, the wait is over — Top Gun: Maverick finally hits theaters. But if you’re starving for Cruise and just can’t wait until summer 2019, you can catch him in the upcoming Mission: Impossible — Fallout coming out July 27, 2018.

Next: The sequel will focus on drone warfare. 

2. The plot

Tom Cruise in Top Gun

Top Gun | Paramount

The film will be directed by Joseph Kosinski (who worked on Oblivion with Cruise), and was written by Justin Marks and Peter Craig. According to Yahoo, the plot will focus on drone warfare, “and how that modern technology threatens to make traditional dogfighting a thing of the past.”

Next: What you loved about the first movie will still be there. 

3. Not too much will change this time around

Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards in Top Gun

Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards in Top Gun | Paramount Pictures

All the things you loved about the last Top Gun will make an appearance in this film, according to Cruise.

“Stylistically it’s going to be same. Aviators are back. The need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines,” he said. “It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one… but a progression for Maverick.”

Next: But where’s Ice Man?

4. Except for maybe one big detail

Val Kilmer arrives at the Staples Center for the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012

Val Kilmer arrives at the Staples Center for the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012. | Joe Klamer/AFP/Getty Images

We’re not sure if Ice Man will be joining the rest of the Top Gun crew. Back in 2016, Val Kilmer posted that he would be joining the cast of Top Gun: Maverick, only to have to retract the statement shortly after. He issued an apology for his mistake and added: “I jumped the top gun.”

Since then he’s posted various photos with captions like “Still got it… Just saying” and “I’m ready Tom – still got my top gun plaque! Still got the moves! Still got it!” But nothing’s been announced as of yet about Kilmer actually being cast.

Next: The photo Tom Cruise posted of his first day on set. 

5. The picture that started the feud

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick first image

Top Gun: Maverick first image | Tom Cruise via Twitter

Cruise posted a photo of himself on set and in character to mark the start of production of the filmThe photo shows Cruise as Navy Pilot Pete Maverick Mitchell looking towards his aircraft with the words “Feel The Need” posted on top of the image.

He titled the post: “#Day1.”

Next: The Air Force used the photo to take a jab at the Navy. 

6. The Air Force used the opportunity to take a dig at the Navy

Air Force pilots

Air Force pilots | KuntalSaha/iStock/Getty Images

The Air Force posted the photo on their page, poking fun at the Navy.

“If Maverick really had a need for speed, he could hop into one of our F-15E Strike Eagles! #DYK: They have a top speed of 1,875 miles per hour,” it said, making reference to “the Air Force’s own 1980s-era jet that has long been hailed as the most successful dog-fighting aircraft in US history — tallying more than 100 aerial combat victories, according to Boeing, the plane’s primary contractor and developer,” reports Fox.

Next: The Navy’s quick response. 

7. The Navy’s response

Navy aircraft carrier

Navy aircraft carrier | DigtialStorm/iStock/Getty Images

The Navy was quick to respond with “Remember, boys, no points for second place,” quoting the movie.

“The F-15 knows nothing about this ‘second place’ thing you speak of. Check the scoreboard! #Undefeated,” the Air Force responded.

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