“I was always asked ‘When are you going to do another one?’ Well, you’ve been very patient with me. I felt like it was my responsibility to really deliver for you.”

To huge cheers from the crowd gathered in Comic-Con's Hall H, Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance to introduce the trailer to TOP GUN: MAVERICK, calling it “a love letter to aviation.”

The trailer revealed today opens on a desert plain with a jet rising to course over it. Ed Harris’ voice-over is heard “Thirty-plus years of service…you can get promoted or retire, but you refuse to die. You should be a two-star admiral, yet here you are a captain.” Then images of Cruise in the iconic leather jacket, racing on the motorcycle, singing in the bar with his buds, Jon Hamm stepping on the airfield as a commander, and shots of Cruise flying in a snowy caravan. “Maverick you should be headed to extinction,” says Harris. Cruise answers, “Maybe so, sir, but not today.”