Tom Cruise has confirmed there will indeed be a sequel to 1986’s testosterone-fest Top Gun.
Production for Top Gun: Maverick hasn’t started yet, but Cruise told Access Hollywood “Aviators are back, the need for speed—We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one… but a progression for Maverick.”
A sequel has been in the works for at least seven years, but was delayed by the suicide of original director Tony Scott in 2012. Cruise insisted the followup, which comes more than 30 years after the original, “stylistically, it’s going to be the same.” Harold Faltermeyer will return to write the score, but no word on whether Kenny Loggins or Berlin will contribute tracks to the soundtrack.
The original Top Gun was one of the top grossing movies of the 1980s, and was seen as epitomizing the macho, pro-military attitudes of the era. But numerous critics have pointed out the undeniable homoeroticism at play—from slap-happy locker room shots to that infamous slo-mo volleyball scene.
Urban Dictionary defines “Top Gun Gay” as “a situation where things are totally straight, but seem a little off.”
In 1994’s Sleep with Me, Quentin Tarantino spells it out:
It is a story about a man’s struggle with his own homosexuality. It is! You’ve got Maverick, all right? He’s on the edge, man. He’s right on the fucking line, all right? And you’ve got Iceman, and all his crew. They’re gay, they represent the gay man, all right? And they’re saying, “Go, go the gay way, go the gay way.”
He could go both ways.
Kelly McGillis, she’s heterosexuality. She’s saying: “No, no, no, go the normal way, play by the rules, go the normal way.” They’re saying, “No, go the gay way, be the gay way, go for the gay way,” all right? That is what’s going on throughout that whole movie.”
‘He goes to her house, all right? It looks like they’re going to have sex, you know, they’re just kind of sitting back, he’s takin’ a shower and everything. They don’t have sex. He gets on the motorcycle, drives away. She’s like, “What the fuck, what the fuck is going on here?”
‘Next scene, next scene you see her, she’s in the elevator, she is dressed like a guy. She’s got the cap on, she’s got the aviator glasses, she’s wearing the same jacket that the Iceman wears. She is, like, “This is how I gotta get this guy, this guy’s going towards the gay way, I gotta bring him back, I gotta bring him back from the gay way, so I’ll do that through subterfuge, I’m gonna dress like a man.” All right? That is how she approaches it.
“But the REAL ending of the movie is when they fight the MIGs at the end, all right? Because he has passed over into the gay way. They are this gay fighting fucking force, all right? And they’re beating the Russians, the gays are beating the Russians. And it’s over, and they fucking land, and Iceman’s been trying to get Maverick the entire time, and finally, he’s got him, all right?
And what is the last fucking line that they have together? They’re all hugging and kissing and happy with each other, and Ice comes up to Maverick, and he says, “Man, you can ride my tail, anytime!” And what does Maverick say? “You can ride mine!” Swordfight! Swordfight! Fuckin’ A, man!
Somehow we doubt Top Gun: Maverick will spawn that kind of reading. But a girl can dream.