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Why Top Gun 2 Should Be the Last of the Franchise

Top Gun: Maverick was released a few days ago and it is doing exceptionally well at the box office. Moreover, it won heaps of praise from critics and the audiences alike. It has become a truly special film.  It comes 36 years after the original, Top Gun (1986). Tom Cruise was the lead in both films and with this film, he adds yet another feather to his cap.

Why Top Gun: Maverick should not have a sequel
A Still from Top Gun 2

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With such great success, many are understandably calling for a third installment. It makes sense. The formula behind the movie is a hit. A third film in the franchise would be as promising if not more. However, we argue that this film should be the last of the franchise. For good reasons. We discuss them in this article.

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Why Top Gun 2 Should Be the Last Movie of the Franchise

Why Top Gun: Maverick should not have a sequel
Tom Cruise

Even though Top gun: Maverick is proving to be a huge success, both, at the Box Office and with the critics and audiences, the franchise should conclude with this film. Yes, Top Gun 3 should not be made. First, Tom Cruise, who is arguably the central pillar behind the success of both films isn’t getting any younger. As much as we hate it, he is nearing 60. Unconfirmed rumors have it that he declined to do any more Mission Impossible films after Dead Reckoning Part 1 and 2.

A Top Gun film without Cruise would be a huge letdown. Further, while Top Gun 2 leaves some loose ends and unresolved things, they should be left the way they are. It is sensible to leave things at a high than to do so at a low point. An unsuccessful installment would cast a shadow over the first two films, which were one of the best films in Cruise’s career.

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Top Gun: Maverick Cast And Other Details

Tom Cruise in an Aircraft in the film

The film, Top Gun: Maverick was released on the 27th of May, 2022 in the United States. It stars Tom Cruise as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, Miles Teller as Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, and Jennifer Connelly as Penelope “Penny” Benjamin who plays Maverick’s love interest in the film, among others. It got 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and has an average rating of 8.2/10. What do you think about the film? Do you think a third installment in the franchise makes sense? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.

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Written by Angad Singh

Lawyer, news junkie and about a dozen other things.