This year’s San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) opened with the trailers for some of the most anticipated movies of the near future, one of which is Top Gun: Maverick – the long-awaited follow-up to the beloved ‘80s action movie about fighter jets and beach volley ball. The sequel will follow an older Maverick (Tom Cruise) as he trains a new generation of fighter pilots in a time when his profession seems to be on the way out.
Besides Maverick, some familiar names such as Iceman (Val Kilmer) have been confirmed to return for the sequel, though some have yet to be announced or are not involved in the movie at all. Here are seven characters that we want to see come back in Top Gun: Maverick and three who we’d prefer not to return.
10 Don’t Want: The MiG Pilots
The thinly-veiled Russian air force is an undeniable sign of the times that the first movie was released in, and their inclusion in Maverick would only make it look like a lost piece of Cold War-era media. Unless the MiG pilots also grapple with the new world where they could be phased out, they’re better left in the past.
9 Want: Top Gun Class of 1986
Since Maverick looks like it’ll pass the torch to a new generation of fighter pilots, it would be nice to know what became of the original group before moving on. After all, famous scenes like the dogfights or the volley ball game wouldn’t happen without them.
8 Want: Cougar
Now decades after he quit, it would be nice to see what Cougar’s been up to and how he’s been coping with his life-changing decision. It would also be interesting to see if he’s come to regret his choice or if he found his true calling outside the navy.
7 Want: Viper
Given how much of an impact Viper had on a young Maverick, it would be a shame for him not to return or at least be mentioned in the upcoming sequel. Currently, Ed Harris seems to have taken the mentoring role so only time will tell if Viper comes back.
6 Don’t Want: Goose
This may seem implausible, but remember that Harry Hart returned in the Kingsman sequel despite being shot in the face. Outside of contradicting Top Gun’s grounded tone, reviving Goose would also nullify Maverick’s growth. Goose’s death was a pivotal tragedy in Maverick’s life and his return would just revert Maverick to who he originally was.
5 Want: Goose’s Family
It would be a welcome sight for fans to see Goose’s fun-loving personality live through his son and (hopefully) wife, plus it’d be sobering to find out how they’ve moved on in the decades since his death. Most of all, it’ll provide some closure for Maverick’s irreplaceable second half.
4 Want: Charlie
Top Gun also ended with Charlie and Maverick reconciling, hinting that they rekindled their relationship after the pilot rediscovered his passion for flying. Leaving Charlie out of Maverick wouldn’t just be strange but ill-advised as well, since she’s as important to the story as Maverick’s co-pilot.
3 Want: Iceman
Top Gun wouldn’t be the same without Iceman and it’d be great to see Val Kilmer revisit one of his iconic roles. Maverick confirms that Iceman will be back, so hopefully he’ll be a wiser and respectful version of his once arrogant self. How he’ll interact with Tom Cruise is something to look forward to.
2 Don’t Want: Maverick The Hotshot
It also doesn’t help that Maverick – like Tom Cruise – is most probably in his 50’s by the time the sequel begins. Having him act like an overconfident playboy pilot at such an age wouldn’t just be backwards but oddly pathetic as well.
1 Want: Maverick The Veteran
Hopefully, this is exactly what Maverick has planned. Learning why Maverick was repeatedly denied promotions (or why he turned them down) despite his experience would make for an interesting arc, especially since he closed Top Gun by saying that he wanted to become the flight school’s next instructor.