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“There is a jet waiting for me in the future,” Glen “Hangman” Powell teases Top Gun 3

By Dario Leone
Jan 22 2024
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Some fun stuff being announced soon about Top Gun 3

Glen “Hangman” Powell, Top Gun: Maverick star, has addressed reports of a threequel in the works, Games Radar reports.

The actor played the arrogant Top Gun student Hangman in the film, starring opposite Tom Cruise and Miles Teller – who are both said to be returning for Top Gun 3.

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“There is going to be some fun stuff being announced soon…but it was confidential to me. I talk to [Maverick director Joseph] Kosinski, Cruise and Jerry [Bruckheimer, producer] all the time,” Powell told Variety. “There is stuff happening and it sounds very exciting. I don’t know when I’ll be going back… I’m sure there is a jet waiting for me sometime in the future.”

“I’ve been having some conversations with him [Tom Cruise] about it,” Teller said of a potential Top Gun threequel back in 2022. “We’ll see.” He added: “That would be great, but that’s all up to TC. It’s all up to Tom.”

There’s no word on plot details just yet, as the threequel is still in the very early stages. It’s also unclear when it might go into production, as Cruise is busy with both Mission: Impossible and a new deal at Warner Bros. Discovery.

"There is a jet waiting for me in the future," Glen “Hangman” Powell teases Top Gun 3
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More story to tell with Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell

When Maverick was released, it was a summer box office smash, going on to gross over $1 billion at the box office.

As one of the highest-grossing movies of 2022, the future of Top Gun franchise has been a source of speculation over the past few years.

In fact, there was a lot of speculation that a third film could tentatively be in the works amid the smash success of Top Gun: Maverick.

While Bruckheimer has repeatedly played coy about the possibility, Kosinski previously hinted that there is more story to tell with Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

“Is there another story that is compelling enough that we need to go back?” Kosinski asked. “It seems to me at the end of this film that Maverick has some gas left in the tank. He’s not settling down.”

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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