Top Gun 3 Doesn't Need Tom Cruise

By: The Trend Wire

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Miles Teller said a third Top Gun movie depends on Tom Cruise. Teller's comment could mean the series will only continue with Tom Cruise at the helm. 

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Top Gun 3 doesn't need Cruise's star power and may be better without him. Maverick's box office success after seven weeks is legendary.

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It's Cruise's highest-grossing movie ever despite being a sequel to a 1986 film, but its performance is also vital to movie-going as a whole

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eviscerating industry misgivings about theater-exclusive releases after two years of uncertainty. Cruise reportedly helped the film's long run (an anomaly post-2020).

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 If he hadn't opposed a shorter theatrical window or straight-to-streaming bow, the film's success would have been harder to measure.

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Given all this, it's easy to believe Top Gun's fate is tied to Cruise, but locking him into top billing for Top Gun 3 would hurt a brand that may go in many interesting paths

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Maverick's participation in a lower position would be great, but he's not a compelling protagonist. 

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Relegating the new TOPGUN kids to side characters in favour of Maverick would go against Joseph Kosinski's film and make a third entry unnecessary.

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In many respects, Rooster is Maverick 2.0 — they're both bright, ambitious, cocksure pilots with pesky demons. Focusing on Rooster would be frustratingly safe for a risk-taking series

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Exploring less fleshed-out characters like Monica Barbaro's "Phoenix" or Jay Ellis' "Payback" would allow the screenwriters to explore new terrain without being bound by Rooster's Top Gun baggage.

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Cruise's age also looms. The mega-star turned 60 this month amid preparations to shoot a film in space with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman

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His long-running Ethan Hunt role is entering its twilight years with Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning. Cruise is one of the few big stars who does his own stunts, but it won't be safe or practicable to send him in a jet soon

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Given how much Cruise advocates for practical stunts, it's simpler to believe he'd forsake action films than let Top Gun use CGI.

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Maverick allowed him to train Teller, Glen Powell, and Danny Ramirez, so now is the time to step aside.

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Top Gun: Maverick is too huge a phenomenon to not have a third film, with or without Cruise. Like any successful "legacyquel," Mav passed the torch to a new generation of pilots.

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 clean slate approach would be most narratively rational and creatively liberating, as well as limit expectations. Tom Cruise was a force in Maverick

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both in front of and behind the camera, but forcing him back into the spotlight would be a mistake.