San Diego Comic Con kicked off yesterday and one of the first big news out of it was the released of the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 original Top Gun.

Top Gun starring Tom Cruise was a phenomenon in 1986. It was the highest grossing movie of the year taking in $180 million. That doesn't sound like a lot by today's standards, but if you adjust for inflation, it works out to $420 million.

I was a sophomore in high school when Top Gun was released. I remember seeing it at the Hoyt's movie theater in Auburn since it was the closest theater at the time to South Paris where I grew up.

If you aren't familiar with the movie, which should be a crime, here's the plot summary from IMDB.com

The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn't only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he's also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).

This movie was such a hit that it's even been preserved n the National Film Registry, because it is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

There are two things I remember that I had that were Top Gun related. The first was the Top Gun soundtrack on cassette. 

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It had several hits including Berlin's Take My Breath Away and Kenny Loggin's Danger Zone

I also had the Top Gun video game for Nintendo. This game was ridiculously fun. You flew your jet fighter destroying enemies, had to refuel while in flight and then the hardest part was landing on the aircraft carrier. I splashed into the ocean more times than I can count.

 

So I am stoked to see that Tom Cruise is back in Top Gun: Maverick. The trailer doesn't show us much, but it's enough for me to be excited for its release next year.

 

 

And for more of the Top Gun nostalgia, here's the original trailer from 1986.