The Top Gun: Maverick trailer shows Tom Cruise’s title character at a funeral, so who’s in the coffin?
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Helmed by Joseph Kosinski, the film is a direct sequel to the original 1986 film directed by the late Tony Scott.
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The trailer suggest that Val Kilmer’s Vice Admiral Tom "Iceman" Kazansky is the dearly departed.
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Top Gun: Maverick’s trailer reveals that Cruise’s character remains a Captain despite his career accomplishments.
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Curiously, Iceman doesn’t appear. Even Goose briefly appears in a photo on the inside of Maverick's locker.
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It’s plausible that Kilmer only filmed select scenes, which may open the film and function as the inciting incident.
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Iceman’s presumed death establishes the character conflict for Maverick as he instructs Goose's son.
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After all, Harris’ character tells Maverick that “The end is inevitable… your kind is heading towards extinction."
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While some want to see more Iceman and Maverick sequences, the sequel is clearly Cruise’s film, evidence by the title itself.
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