The rocking trailer silenced any remaining critics, concerned about a "Top Gun" sequel 33 years after the original. Chris Pratt retweeted the trailer exclaiming, "TAKE. MY. MONEY!!"
Cruise, 57, looks as if he just walked off the original, flashing that smile, still wearing those Ray-Bans and that bomber jacket — and continuing his knack of chasing jets on his motorcycle (without those silly helmets, as we see in the trailer).
With our biggest trove of information, here's what we know about "Maverick," due out June 26, 2020.
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The flight footage is going to flat out kick butt
"And it’s mostly practical. There’s not a lot of CG," Hamm said. "Those guys are really up in planes and getting thrown around in multiple Gs."
Cruise, known for his own incredible stunts, puts Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the cockpit during the jet's catapult launch and shows impressive formation flying.
Amid the aerial splendors, there is also a glimpse of Maverick donning a mysterious high altitude pressure suit, which raises the flying stakes.
Grizzled Ed Harris tells Maverick, now a flight instructor, that he's a dying breed. "The end is inevitable, Maverick, your kind is headed for extinction."
This is perhaps an allusion to the reported drone theme meant to take humans out of flight warfare.
But Maverick responds "Maybe so, sir, but not today."
Cruise calls the sequel "a love letter to aviation...I really wanted to give you all an experience of what it’s like to be in that aircraft."
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Maverick will team up with Goose's son, played by Miles Teller
"Top Gun" focused on risk-taking pilot Maverick and his family-oriented wingman, Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards). The bromance ended tragically, with Bradshaw dying after ejecting from their stalled jet. Maverick never got over it (we see a picture of Goose hanging in his locker in the trailer).
We caught glimpses of Goose's son in the first movie during the "Great Balls of Fire" performance in the barbecue joint. Bradley's all grown up now, played by Miles Teller, who beat out Glen Powell and Nicholas Hoult for the coveted gig.
In the trailer, we get a view of Teller banging the piano keys just like dad (we can guess the song) and in an argument with another trainee. Looks like he's got Maverick's temperament.
The pilots are more diverse, with a female fighter pilot busting up the boy's club
The predominantly white, all-male fight Top Gun class from the original is extinct. "Maverick" brings the first female pilot on board with "Chicago Justice" star Monica Barbaro.
Barbaro will also play the love interest to Teller's character, a pilot in training. We get a view of her with her Phoenix flight helmet in the trailer with her flying gameface. She's also in the bar singing scene, part of the more diverse cast.
The right steely look can go a long way. Barbaro pointed out on Instagram that her "phone just blew up" in the excitement since the trailer dropped.
Maverick has a new love interest
We get a good look in the trailer of Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly, who will star alongside Cruise in the female lead role. She's described as a single mom who owns a bar near the base. Cruise confirmed the casting, promising Connelly will be "amazing" in the movie.
In the original film, Maverick was famously involved with astrophysicist and civilian Top Gun instructor, Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). It's looking like things didn't work out.
McGillis, 62, told Entertainment Tonight candidly that she wasn't asked back for the sequel. No hard feelings, she wished Connelly well, saying she's "so glad that she got that opportunity."
'Ice Man' is in the movie, but no sign of him so far
Cruise's main "Top Gun" adversary, Tom "Iceman" Kazansky (Val Kilmer), will be back. Kilmer, who has battled throat cancer, has even hinted on Facebook that we'll see a replay of the infamous beach volleyball game.
"I can’t comment on the screenplay, but we all know what we want to see!" Kilmer wrote. He was joking.
Cruise told "Extra" that working with his former screen rival was “special." But no sight of the co-star in the first trailer. However, there is a flash of Maverick mourning at a mysterious, pilot funeral scene.
Glen Powell made 'Top Gun 2' and he's pumped. Like really pumped.
Powell might have have lost out on the role of Goose's son. But producers were so impressed with the "Hidden Figures" star that they added a "Top Gun 2" role for him.
"This movie is one of the reasons I became an actor," wrote Powell, 29, in a now deleted August Instagram post announcing his casting. "It’s why I always go low after a high-five, always fall in love with my teachers, say things like ‘clean ‘em and fry ‘em’ on a daily basis, end volleyball games in oiled-up flexing, and why I can blame all my speeding tickets on Kenny Loggins."
He's lived up to his word, flexing impressively his short, but memorable trailer moment.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Top Gun: Maverick': What we know about Tom Cruise's cockpit return