Top Gun: Maverick, available on Paramount+ on December 22, 2022

November 22, 20228135 min

The streaming debut of Top Gun: Maverick has been officially announced by Paramount. Before the year was through, Tom Cruise reprised his role as the movie’s famous pilot in 1986’s sequel. Top Gun: Maverick was a smashing success in terms of critical and commercial success. Top Gun 2 had great summer box office legs, and its sequel is one of the best-rated films of the year. A total of $1.4 billion was made from ticket sales, making this film the highest-earning of 2022 anywhere. Only in cinemas and on home media have audiences had the chance to see the movie thus far.

Top Gun: Maverick will finally be streamable in nearly six months since its theatrical debut. To be released on Paramount+ on December 22, 2022, Top Gun 2 has been announced by the studio. It’s been nearly seven months since the film was first released in theaters, but the new version is just in time for the holidays. Paramount had contemplated a direct-to-streaming release of Top Gun: Maverick during COVID, but Tom Cruise has always advocated for the film’s viability in theaters. Top Gun 2 is available on digital, 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD for anyone who wants to watch it before it debuts on streaming services.

The Streaming Release of Top Gun: Maverick May Be the Movie’s Last Oscar Bid.
Paramount made a good call with the streaming release date of Top Gun: Maverick. Since many families may choose to watch the film together around the holidays, its release on Paramount+ may result in a significant increase in subscriptions. Paramount’s move to put Top Gun 2 and Tom Cruise back in the Oscar discussion appears to be a masterstroke. The sequel has emerged as a surprise candidate for the Academy Awards and other honors.

In December, when many other studios are releasing films they believe will be Oscar candidates, Paramount will stream Top Gun: Maverick. After Top Gun 2 premieres on Paramount+, Universal will release Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans, and the next day, Netflix will debut Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. The winter season also sees the release of other potential Oscar contenders like Will Smith’s Emancipation for Apple TV+ and Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, both trying to make an impression on Oscar voters.

The streaming release could be Paramount’s approach of reintroducing Tom Cruise’s sequel to the awards season discourse, given Top Gun: Maverick was released during the summer, well before the customary awards season window in Hollywood. Top Gun 2 may come in and remind everyone what made the original so outstanding while all the new films compete for attention and make voters remember them. After all, voting for the Academy Awards is scheduled to begin in the middle of January 2023, making the streaming release of Top Gun: Maverick quite appropriate.

Aviva Smadja

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