From the iconic Top Gun: Maverick poster to the blockbuster success of the film, it’s safe to say that Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski have created something truly special. After years of anticipation, fans of the original were finally able to see a continuation of the beloved story and characters. Cruise’s portrayal of Maverick and the story of his relationship with Ruster, played by Miles Teller, was the key to the film’s success. Kosinski had the difficult task of convincing Cruise to make the film, but his vision of a reconciliation between Maverick and Ruster was what ultimately convinced the actor. With the stakes high, the team behind Top Gun: Maverick worked hard to make sure the sequel was just as successful as the original, with Cruise himself saying they had to “hit bullet with bullet.” The film has certainly done that, grossing nearly $1.5 billion at the global box office and garnering critical acclaim. Top Gun: Maverick has proven to be a worthy sequel, and fans are eager to see what the future holds for the characters.
Top Gun: Maverick became as big a hit as you can imagine. While it’s not technically the highest-grossing film of 2022, it still remains one of the highest-grossing films of all time worldwide. For many fans who thought they would never see a sequel to The Best Shooter, this film is a big deal, and we all have director Joseph Kosinki to thank for convincing Tom Cruise to make the film.
While Tom Cruise has long publicly expressed interest in making “Shooter 2,” Kosinski told Deadline that, especially after the suicide of Tony Scott, the director of the original film, Cruise really needs to be convinced. That didn’t stop Kosinski from pitching his idea for a Cruise sequel. The director explains…
Tom really didn’t want to shoot another one “Best Shooter”, and [director Tony Scott’s suicide] made that even less likely. I’m sure for him that’s probably another reason why he’ll never think about going back. But I pitched the idea of this story as a reconciliation between him and Ruster, as opposed to this mission that would put Ruster in a very dangerous situation where they would find themselves together across enemy lines, have to resolve their differences and work together to i go home
Looks like Tom Cruise it needs a reason to create a sequel. In particular, he needed a story that he felt would give the Maverick character a reason to return to the screen. This idea of building the film around the relationship between Maverick and Ruster, Gus’ son, played by Miles Teller, was apparently the spark that lit the fire in Cruise. Still, Kosinski says Cruz was aware of how high the stakes were. Kosinski continued…
As soon as I presented this idea, I saw the wheels turn to Tom head, and all of a sudden he had a very emotional reason, a hook attached to this character, and a reason to come back because I think in his mind it was like a one in a million chance that we could get it right. He kept saying, “Joe, we’ve got to hit bullet with bullet.” And that was his line in this movie. So of course I heard it in my head every day while we were shooting the movie. I think everyone who worked on this movie felt that the bar was very high because we were all fans of the original.
The Best Shooter is one of the most popular movies ever made. Fans have been waiting decades for it to continue. Tom Cruise he seems to have realized that it’s not enough to just make a good enough movie. They had to match or surpass the success of the first film, and there was a certain way of making sure they did, no matter how good everyone thought the story was. We know how much work they put into making the Maverick jet engine perfect.
However, somehow they really “hit the bullet with a bullet” and did Top Gun: Maverick everything necessary. Fans are excited, critics are excited. It grossed almost $1.5 billion at the global box office, and on top of that, “Maverick” could end up with a few big awards, as many believe it’s a movie we could see at the Oscars.