Top Gun: Maverick has been delayed once again, but is this an example that more studios will follow, eventually packing summer 2022 with lots of releases? The coronavirus pandemic was also a big shake-up for the entertainment industry, with cinemas all over the world being forced to close temporarily and studios being left with no chance to release their movies. As a result, most of their biggest releases had to be postponed, in some cases multiple times, while others were sent to different streaming platforms so they wouldn’t have to be delayed any further.
One of those movies that has been pushed back many times is Top Gun: Maverick, directed by Joseph Kosinski. Top Gun: Maverick is a sequel to Tony Scott’s 1986 movie Top Gun and follows Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) as he trains a new group of graduates for a dangerous mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice, forcing him to confront his past demons. Joining Cruise in Top Gun 2 are Miles Teller as Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (the son of Maverick’s friend, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw), Jennifer Connelly as Penny Benjamin, Jon Hamm as Vice Admiral Cyclone, Ed Harris as Maverick’s superior, and Glen Powell as “Hangman”, one of Maverick’s trainees.
Top Gun: Maverick was originally scheduled for a July 2019 release, but there were many changes for different reasons that have prevented the movie from being released. After its release date was changed twice, in April 2020 it was moved to December due to the coronavirus pandemic, and since then, it has been delayed twice, with its supposedly final date being November 19, 2021. Unfortunately, Paramount Pictures has delayed Top Gun 2 again, with the new date being May 27, 2022, and while not long ago this would have set an example for other studios, it’s unlikely Paramount’s decision will affect other studios’ plans and the overall schedule for summer 2022.
Other studios now have a different vision and approach with all their delayed movies, so it’s unlikely that Top Gun 2’s delay to summer 2022 will be an example to follow. Sony Pictures is committed to releasing all its movies in theaters, and one of its biggest examples is Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which was rumored to be delayed again but the studio confirmed that it will still release in October. Warner Bros. has found ways to stop pushing its movies back by either releasing them exclusively in theaters or simultaneously on HBO Max for a limited time, thus ensuring that its movies reach their audience. Disney doesn’t seem to have an issue with releasing its movies anymore, as it also has the option of sending them to its platform, Disney+, either for free or for a special price, and the studio can no longer delay Marvel movies, which are its strongest titles, as doing so would mess with their carefully planned schedule.
Although the entertainment industry is still recovering from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, things are a lot different now than last year, and the decision of one studio regarding its biggest projects doesn’t need to affect those of the rest. It’s unknown if Paramount will change its mind again about Top Gun: Maverick’s release date and if it will release on Paramount+ at the same time so fans will finally get to see it, but this move doesn’t have to heavily impact the schedule for summer 2022 and the release of other big movies from other studios.