Given Top Gun was one of the biggest hits of the 80s, it's surprising it took this long for a sequel to hit. But that's not what this column is about.
Shawn and I spoke about long-after-the-fact sequels on the show several weeks ago, the Cliff Note's version of which is not everything that's old needs to be new again. Sure, 2018's Halloween was a big hit, as was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. But recent efforts to tap into nostalgia like Terminator: Dark Fate and Charlie's Angels bombed, and bombed hard.
How successful Top Gun: Maverick, and the upcoming Matrix 4, will be is still in the cards. But I think we're near the end of the nostalgia wave. Trends typically last four or five years in Hollywood, and Stranger Things, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and even the new Halloween are already two to four years old.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Hollywood should stop banking on nostalgia and established franchises, and focus on new and interesting stories to put asses in seat. Audiences still love a good story.
Now, because we can, here's the Top Gun: Maverick trailer: