Top Gun: Maverick Early Buzz And Reactions To The Film's Opening 13 Minutes

Don't look now, but Tom Cruise has suddenly taken over CinemaCon. 

After other studios had their moment in the sun to generate excitement for their upcoming titles, it's now Paramount's turn to take a swing. We just found out about the sheer amount of preparation involved in Cruise's latest death-defying stunt for the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, and now comes the news that attendees were able to watch the first 13 minutes of "Top Gun: Maverick." Usually, these presentations run the risk of being held under embargo for a certain period of time, but everyone seems to want to capitalize on the runaway success of the "Spider-Man: No Way Home" trailer as well as the screening of "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" by allowing folks at home to get a taste of the action through journalists tweeting out their reactions. 

We've rounded up several of those tweets so you can check out the very early buzz for "Top Gun: Maverick."

Top Gun: Maverick Early Reactions

It's been two long years since the very first footage of "Top Gun: Maverick" premiered at San Diego Comic-Con, putting Cruise back in the danger zone of the 1986 classic. As you might expect, nostalgia has been a major selling point throughout this latest attempt to use a legacy sequel to turn a one-off film into a full-fledged IP of its own. From the strains of the legendary score to the incredible visuals of Cruise strapped into actual fighter jets as IMAX cameras capture all the action, as this THR report indicates, it would seem that the first 13 minutes or so of "Maverick" live up to those high expectations. Here's what everyone else had to say about the footage:

Oh yes, this trip back to the world of "Top Gun" simply wouldn't have felt complete without an encore appearance of Kenny Loggins' actual song. It's fascinating that the early portions of the film seem to be going out of their way to ease viewers back to the familiar trappings of the original movie before jumping right into the story of this new sequel. With Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell now far older than that hotshot pilot we all knew, this could be an intriguing way to comment on Cruise's own career as a do-it-yourself actor who's now facing the harsh reality of aging.

"Top Gun: Maverick" is directed by Joseph Kosinski ("Tron: Legacy," "Oblivion") from a script by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie. It will be released in theaters on November 19, 2021.