Ever since the first full trailer for Top Gun: Maverick dropped in mid-July, we've been consumed by a single burning question: how the hell is Pete "Maverick" Mitchell still flying combat missions as a captain after more than 30 years of Navy service?
"Thirty-plus years of service. Combat medals, citations, the only man to shoot down three enemy planes in the last 40 years. Yet you can't get a promotion, you won't retire, and despite your best efforts you refuse to die," snarls Ed Harris' unnamed rear admiral in the trailer. "You should be at least a two-star admiral by now. Yet here you are. Captain. Why is that?"
Sure, Navy Personnel Command offered up a handful of explanations for why Old Man Maverick is still rocking a F/A-18 Super Hornet more than three decades after Top Gun premiered in 1986: previous enlisted experience, a break in service, or even the possibility that Maverick was retired and retained.
But I prefer the simpler explanation offered by an eerily accurate and deeply hilarious 'alternate trailer' published to YouTube by Jonathan Hilaire on Monday: Maverick just feels the need for speed — and the need to express it as inappropriately as possible.
Watch the video above to see what I mean. How Maverick ended up dodging a post-service career hauling rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong after these hijinks is beyond me.
Top Gun: Maverick stars Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, and Ed Harris. The sequel will blast into theaters on June 26, 2020.