The real reason Maverick is still a captain 30 years after ‘Top Gun,’ according to this hilariously accurate alternate trailer

Maverick just feels the need for speed — and the need to express it as inappropriately as possible

The real reason Maverick is still a captain 30 years after ‘Top Gun,’ according to this hilariously accurate alternate trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01FkOyjC_y8

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.

Jared Keller

Jared Kelleris the executive editor of Task & Purpose. His writing has appeared in Aeon, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the New Republic, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian, and The Washington Post, among other publications. Contact the author here.

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