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The sequel to 1986's Top Gun, Top Gun: Maverick, won't be released until July 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping fans on the edge of their seat even longer than they anticipated.

The release of the movie has been pushed back twice, with the initial release date scheduled for July 2019. The first time it was postponed was actually because the filmmakers needed more time to work out some super-rad technical flight scenes. The second time it was put off, as mentioned above, was to wait out the pandemic and be able to fill the seats of the theater with as many fans as possible.

An epic film like this deserves the chance to sell out at the box office, and I have a feeling that in spite of all of the setbacks, it will do just that.

If you've never seen the first Top Gun, now is your chance to set aside some time to become a super-fan. The film stars Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer and was the number one film upon its release, grossing $353 million dollars worldwide.

The flight scenes filmed are spectacular, but came at great cost. World-renowned pilot and cameraman Art Scholl was tragically killed during the filming of Top Gun when his camera plane went into a tailspin and crashed down into the Pacific Ocean.

Walmart stores are currently full of t-shirts, fanny packs, and everything in between, emblazoned with the Top Gun: Maverick logo, likely leftover from the second release date cancellation.

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