Top Gun: Maverick – Will the Mysterious Enemy Nation Return in Top Gun 3?

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Tom Cruise is all set to put the box office on fire with Top Gun: Maverick. His movie is doing wonders at the theaters and is getting unanimously positive reactions. Fans area calling it the best movie of the year. And it hasn’t even been out for a week yet. Tom Cruise has a serious need for speed. In Top Gun: Maverick, he goes beyond his own limits. He goes on aerial dogfights, shoots down planes, and flies into the sunset just like in every other Tom Cruise movie out there. Top Gun: Maverick is no different. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is one hell of a fighter pilot. But who is he fighting? And will this enemy nation return in Top Gun 3? Or will Top Gun 3 will introduce a whole new rogue state??


SPOILER ALERT: Major Spoilers for Top Gun: Maverick Up Ahead…..

Top Gun: Maverick – Who Is The Enemy Nation

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A still from Top Gun: Maverick

Before addressing the villain question in Top Gun 3, let’s take a look at the elephant in the room. Maverick is tasked with training a bunch of fighter pilots in the Top Gun Navy Fighter Weapons School for a very important mission. An enemy nation has built a uranium enrichment plant in the middle of nowhere that the United States needs to destroy to protect their allies. But the plant is protected by a canopy of deadly surface to air launchers and a squadron of fifth generation fighter aircrafts. The enemy nation is well-equipped and ready for all kinds of combat in Top Gun: Maverick.

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Su-57 5th Generation Fighter Aircraft – Top Gun Maverick

But who is this enemy nation? Back when the original Top Gun movie was released, America was still in the final stages of the Cold War. It was easy to know the the 1986 movie portrayed Russia as the Soviet Russia as the villain.But Top Gun: Maverick flips the script. The snowy landscape and the availability of advanced weaponry not many nations have access to leaves very little to imagination. There are two basic contenders for the enemy nation in Top Gun: Maverick – it is either Iran, Syria, or North Korea.

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Enemy Nation – Top Gun: Maverick

Every nation has a coastline, has snowy mountains that look like the cascades, and yearns to become a military superpower. Having nukes is a big prerequisite for the role.

Enemy Nation May Return With A Vengeance In Top Gun 3

Top Gun Maverick - Tom Cruise
Top Gun Maverick – Tom Cruise

The enemy nation in question did have some incredible and advanced weapons system at its disposal. After Maverick and his squadron decimated the uranium enrichment facility, they cam across the full force of the enemy nation’s aerial fighting abilities. There were 5th generation fighter aircrafts that are equipped with stealth and super cruise technology. The aircrafts look like they were designed after the Russia Sukhoi Su-57 5th gen Fighters. The surface to air missile systems also looked like Russian in design.

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Tom Cruise in Top Gun 2

Maverick has clearly made a fool out of them. The movie may not show the real identity of the enemy nation but whoever they are, they are ready to spill blood. Since they already have enough resources to field such a huge standing armed contingent, it is only a matter of time before they either rebuild the plant or shift it to a more secure location.

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If Top Gun 3 does happen, the enemy nation will most likely be returning as an antagonist.


Top Gun 3 – All You Need To Know

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Tom Cruise in the poster of his new movie Top Gun: Maverick

Right now, Tom Cruise is super busy getting the filming done for Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 2. Top Gun 3 would begin only after the Mission Impossible movies are done for and his schedule is cleared. Top Gun: Maverick did give us a small story detail for Top Gun 3 to expand on. Admiral Cain intends to replace all human pilots with armed drones. Maybe Maverick comes back for one last ride to show them all who’s the real boss of the skies. It is never about the plane, it’s about the pilot. Most of the Top Gun: Maverick cast will most likely return to film Top Gun 3, if it ever happened.

Starring Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly. Miles Teller, and Jon Hamm, watch Top Gun: Maverick in theaters near you.

Top Gun: Maverick - Official Trailer (2022) - Paramount Pictures


Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

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With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.