The long-awaited sequel Top Gun: Maverick quickly soared towards success at the box office, already making over one billion dollars – only one out of fifty movies to ever do so. The success of this movie surpassed its original and has united multiple generations in the enjoyment and nostalgia of the story.
Top Gun: Maverick introduced new and interesting characters who, while they are meant to more or less take over the mantle, don’t disrespect or overshadow the original characters. The movie gave audiences a new legacy of naval pilots to believe in and root for. And while there may be hope for another movie starring this new generation to create a Top Gun trilogy, their next story might actually be better suited for a tv series instead. Here are a few reasons why.
Allow for More In-Depth Character Development
As well done as the films are, there’s only so much story and development that can be crammed into two hours without overwhelming audiences. The latest movie showed audiences the bonding between the younger generation of characters as they prepare for their dangerous mission, revealing fears, aspirations, and motivations that connect them all. We especially see growth in the fan favourite character Rooster, played by Miles Teller, who begins to let go of resentments and past wrongs in order to become a leader.
Having the stories of these characters progress in a series would give them more time to develop even further and give audiences a chance to really get to know them and feel like they are part of the story. Following the characters in easier-to-swallow episodic chunks would allow for the story to be more concrete and well-structured, as well as provide time between episodes for audiences to process what they have watched and discovered.
Inspire a New Generation, Like the Original Top Gun
Back when the original Top Gun movie came out, the navy saw a huge increase in enlistments. It inspired people to make a difference in their world and join the program. Even though many people have mixed feelings about the military these days, that isn’t the only reason to become a pilot. A new series could inspire people to be a travel pilot, a pilot for farming and crop dusting, a search and rescue or wildfire pilot – there are plenty of ways this series could still inspire a new generation of pilots, even if it isn’t for the navy.
And the spinoff with the new characters could simply inspire people to help better the world around them and fight for what they believe in, whether they are pilots or not. The cast of both movies are incredibly dedicated, both on and off-screen, and believe that the films hold a lot of value to the modern-day. It can be clearly seen how much love and talent was put into the films to make them heartfelt and inspirational.
Newer Top Gun Actors Would Grow Their Careers
Audiences love a good military movie, and Top Gun: Maverick gave us a wonderful cast of mostly lesser-known actors playing the new generation of pilots. Their talent showed that they deserve their spotlight. While the series would continue the story of the new characters from the sequel, it could also introduce other characters as part of the team, providing an opportunity for other lesser-known actors to be part of such a successful franchise. These younger actors deserve a chance to build their careers and show their talents by portraying the headstrong and competitive naval students working to prove themselves in the military. The spinoff series would center around the new generation, maybe even have some cameos from original cast members as a way of continuing to pass the torch. They would have the new characters inspiring the younger members of the audience in real life.
As audiences and readers have seen, Top Gun: Maverick has been an incredible success for both the cast and team of the film as well as the viewers who enjoyed it. It has given the original cast one last hurrah with the story while paving the way for the next generation of characters and actors. The film gave us great new characters with a lot of potential; hopefully, the team will take advantage of that.
The new and wonderful Top Gun characters deserve to have their stories developed and progressed, and it’s clear that audiences would love to see more of them. There are plenty of options for new challenges and hardships, new bonds, new characters, new successes, and victories. The sky is truly the limit for a Top Gun series, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that it doesn’t end here.