Tom Cruise Is Feeling The Need To Tease Top Gun: Maverick In AFC Championship Pre-Game Message

What's more American than football on a Sunday? Fans are in for quite the match up this afternoon as the Cincinnati Bengals face off against the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2022 AFC Championship game on CBS and Paramount+. But before one of these two teams head to Super Bowl LVI against either the Los Angeles Rams or the San Francisco 49ers, a legendary cinematic figure was there to give a grand introduction to both teams before the game takes off.

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In an excellent example of corporate synergy, ViacomCBS tapped Tom Cruise, the star of Paramount Pictures' upcoming "Top Gun: Maverick," to appear in the intro for the AFC Championship game. As he recounted each team's treacherous journey through their division to the big game, footage from the long-awaited sequel was inter-spliced with highlights from this past NFL season. If you missed all the pomp and circumstance before the game, you're in luck because CBS' official NFL Twitter shared the video package shortly after it aired.

There's not a ton of new footage here, but it is a nice reminder that the sequel to Tony Scott's beloved 1986 film is still on the horizon. After it was initially scheduled for a theatrical release on July 12, 2019, it was pushed back to November 19, 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic. Now, Maverick's return to the cockpit is scheduled to kick off this year's summer movie season on Memorial Day weekend before heading to Paramount+ 45 days later. Until then, here's the film's official trailer and synopsis to hold us over until the promotional campaign has the need. You know, the need for speed.

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: "Rooster," the son of Maverick's late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka "Goose." Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, "Top Gun: Maverick" starring Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Anthony Edwards, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Greg Tarzan Davis, and Ed Harris flies into theaters on May 27, 2022.