“Best Shooter: Maverick” pays homage to the original film in several ways, and not just because Tom Cruise is playing in it. The opening title, Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” and the beach soccer scene (instead of volleyball) are just some of the most notable. But director Joseph Kosinski revealed one Maverick connection to the original “Best Shooter” that you probably missed if you don’t have a sharp eye.
“Best Shooter: Maverick” and the original have several things in common.
The opening credits, the Loggins anthem, and beach sports aren’t Maverick’s only references to the original. There’s also singing in the bar, a reimagined version of Maverick buzzing on a tower, and Cruz riding his motorcycle down the runway as a fighter jet takes off.
Miles Teller’s character also pays homage. He plays Anthony Edwards’ son Goose, and Teller took his preparation seriously. He grew his own mustache (which is very similar to the ones Edwards wore) and carefully chose his call sign “Rooster” as a tribute to the first film.
Director Joseph Kosinski wanted to create a new story with Top Gun: Maverick — that’s how he convinced Cruz to sign up — but there’s one connection to the original that he included, and chances are you missed it.