It’s been 36 years since the first Top Gun movie flew into theaters, and yet somehow, Tom Cruise has barely aged a day. That’s a good thing because after over three decades, Cruise is getting back in the pilot’s seat as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun 2aka Top Gun: Maverickwhich opens in theaters this weekend.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, with a screenplay by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie, the Top Gun sequel was originally scheduled to release in 2019 but was delayed due to the pandemic. This time around, Maverick, now a seasoned professional, is in charge of training a new batch of Top Gun graduates alongside his friend/formal rival Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, who will be played by Val Kilmer reprising his role from the 1986 movie . That means you’ll be seeing a lot of new faces in the cast, including Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, and Ed Harris.
The wingmen may look a little different, but if the rave reviews from critics are anything to go by, the spirit of Top Gun remains the same. You don’t want to miss out on the action, so read on to find out where to watch Top Gun: Maverick and when to expect Top Gun: Maverick to be streaming.
WHERE TO WATCH TOP GUN MAVERICK:
For now, the only way to watch Top Gun: Maverick is to go to a movie theater. Top Gun: Maverick will open in theaters in the US on May 27, 2022. You can find tickets at a theater near you here.
After the movie’s theatrical run, you will be able to stream Top Gun: Maverick on Paramount+, the Paramount streaming service. Paramount+ offers a premium plan priced at $9.99/month or an ad-supported plan for $5.99/month.
WILL TOP GUN MAVERICK BE ON HBO MAX? IS TOP GUN 2 ON HBO MAX?
No. Top Gun: Maverick is a Paramount movie, not a Warner Bros. movie, and therefore will not be streaming on HBO Max when it opens in theaters. More than that, HBO Max will no longer be streaming theatrical movies in 2022. Last year, Warner Media opted to simultaneously release its theatrical slate on streaming, meaning HBO Max subscribers could watch movies like Matrix Resurrections at home. This year, however, Warner Bros. theatrical movies will have a 45-day theaters-only run before moving to HBO Max. The movie may be on HBO Max someday, but it won’t be any time soon.
IS TOP GUN 2 ON NETFLIX?
No. Top Gun: Maverick is not on Netflix, and, because it’s going to Paramount+, it likely will not be on Netflix any time soon. Sorry!
WHEN WILL TOP GUN MAVERICK BE STREAMING ONLINE? WHEN WILL TOP GUN 2 BE ON PARAMOUNT PLUS?
While there is not an official Paramount+ release date for Top Gun: Maverickwe can expect Top Gun 2 to be on Paramount+ after about 45 days in theaters. Last year, Paramount announced all of its titles would be moving to Paramount+ after 30 days in theaters, while big tentpole titles would get 45 days in theaters. Therefore, you should see Top Gun: Maverick 2 on Paramount+ around July 2022. That said, because Top Gun is such a big film, it’s possible Paramount will extend the theatrical window beyond 45 days.
It’s not clear if you will also be able to buy or rent Top Gun: Maverick on VOD at the same time it releases on Paramount+. While The Lost City came to digital on the same day it was released on Paramount+, the release of Jackass Forever on Paramount+ was not accompanied by a VOD release. Instead, Jackass Forever came to VOD about a week after it was released on Paramount+. Therefore, if you want to be able to watch Top Gun: Maverick on streaming as soon as it’s available, your best bet is to sign up for Paramount+.