Top Gun: Maverick is one of the biggest blockbusters since the 2020 pandemic. The film sees Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) return to the prestigious school, Top Gun, to lead a group of young airmen on a near impossible mission. Seeing Tom Cruise return to Top Gun over 30 years later was a sight to remember. Top Gun: Maverick features familiar faces, new characters, and even appearances by characters who were only mentioned by name. This is a complete character guide for Top Gun: Maverick. If you need help sorting it all out, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Tom Cruise as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell
The main character of both Superior gun movies is Maverick himself, Pete Mitchell, played by the legendary Tom Cruise. Maverick started out as a loose cannon that marched to the beat of its own drum. After the death of his best friend, Goose (Anthony Edwards), Maverick learned to grow and become one of the Navy’s top airmen. When we meet Maverick in the Top Gun sequel, he’s still just as stubborn, but now he often fights for others. Once tasked to return to Top Gun, Maverick’s number one priority is to ensure the pilots return home after their mission without casualties.
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Val Kilmer as Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky
Top Gun: Maverick went so far as to make Kilmer’s real-life battle with cancer part of Iceman’s character. The Iceman graduated from Top Gun alongside Maverick. The two didn’t get along at first, but they became best friends by the end of the first film. Val Kilmer delivers a terrific performance as Ice, and Top Gun: Maverick allowed the actor to reprise the role. Kilmer had to retire from acting due to throat cancer. The film could therefore be Kilmer’s last role, which makes it all the more touching.
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Miles Teller as Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw
Miles Teller stars as Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw. The son of Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards) and Carole Bradshaw (Meg Ryan), the relationship between Rooster and Maverick is one of the most important sources of tension in the film. After Goose’s death in the first film, Maverick feels guilt but also a duty to care for Carole and Bradley. This leads to friction between Bradley and Maverick since Carole doesn’t want Bradley to be an airman and get killed like his father. In favor of Carole, Maverick sets Rooster back three years.
This doesn’t stop Rooster, and he becomes a strong naval aviator. Good enough to be invited back to Top Gun, where Maverick confronts him. The two have a unique relationship, and Rooster is one of the standout characters. Miles Teller is best known for his performances in Whiplash, war dogsand The Fantastic Four (2015). His most recent film is spider headand his upcoming projects are The Ark and the Aardvark, The barrierand Not without hope.
Penny is a character that was referenced in the original Superior gun but only appeared Top Gun Maverick. Penny and Maverick have had an on-again-off-again relationship for years, and we see their last encounter in Top Gun: Maverick. Penny has a daughter named Amelia and owns a bar near Top Gun. Jennifer Connelly brings Penny Benjamin to life. Penny and Mav rekindle their relationship when she returns, and hopefully that will last. She might be Maverick’s oldest and closest friend, which makes their bond all the more important to him. Connelly’s notable works include a beautiful spirit, Requiem for a Dreamand Labyrinth.
Lyliana Wray as Amelia Benjamin
Amelia Benjamin is Penny’s daughter. She loves her mother and has a good relationship with Maverick. With the odd nature of Penny and Maverick’s relationship, Amelia simply wants what’s best for her mother. Lyliana Wray starred in Blackish, The night shiftand strange angel.
Glen Powell as Lt. Jake “Hangman” Seresin
Lt. Jake Seresin is one of Top Gun’s best pilots, but he’s reckless and leaves his fellow airmen hanging, hence his name. Ironically, Hangman isn’t all that different from Maverick when he first came to Top Gun. In a way, Hangman and Rooster mirror Maverick and Iceman. Glen PowellThe charisma of is on full display as a Hangman. The actor first auditioned for the role of Rooster but later took on the role of Hangman after a conversation with Tom Cruise. Glen Powell previously starred in Implement, Scream Queensand Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society.
Monica Barbaro as Lt. Natasha “Phoenix” Trace
Phoenix is one of two female pilots featured on Top Gun. She is often at odds with Hangman and a friend of Rooster and the rest of the Airmen. Monica Barbarian is best known for her time on Chicago Justice, The good copand Separate togetherr. His next project will be Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.
Bob becomes Phoenix’s second seat and a trusted friend. His name is Bob and his call sign is Bob, which creates some pretty amusing banter between him and his fellow pilots. Lewis Pullman previously starred in Bad weather at the El Royale, Catch-22and Those who follow. His later appearances are in Thelma, Auxiliary manand Salem Bundle.
Jay Ellis as Lt. Reuben “Payback” Fitch
Payback and his partner Fanboy prove to be formidable pilots under the teachings of Maverick. So much so that they are chosen as major players in the mission to come. Jay Ellis starred as Payback and has previously been seen in Insecure, Mrs Americaand masters of sex. Her next role is in the next movie, someone i knew.
Danny Rodriguez as Lt. Mickey “Fanboy” Garcia
Fanboy is Payback’s flight partner and operates the backseat controls. He plays the same role as Bob for Pheonix or what Goose did for Maverick. Danny Rodriguez most recently published in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Assassination Nationand No Exit. His upcoming projects are More less and chestnut.
Bernie is a rank 1 warrant officer and works on a program that Maverick is testing. When Maverick is called back to Top Gun, Hondo goes with him and becomes his assistant coach. Bashir Salahuddin is the writer and star of Sherman’s Showcase, where he plays Sherman McDaniels. He also appeared in Robot Chicken, The stalland has an upcoming project titled Heaven.
Jon Hamm as Admiral Beau “Cyclone” Simpson
Admiral Simpson is assigned to oversee Maverick’s mission. He doesn’t tolerate Maverick’s shenanigans and doesn’t think he’s the man for the job. Cyclone is very strict and has a no-nonsense attitude, making him the perfect foil for Maverick. Jon Ham is best known as Don Draper from Mad Men. He also appeared in Label, baby driver, The cityand his upcoming projects include, Confess, Fletch, Out of season, Maggie Morreand Grimsburg.
Charles Parnell as Admiral Solomon “Warlock” Bates
Admiral Bates is much more forgiving of Maverick’s past and wants to support him. Warlock works alongside Cyclone and offers a less strict approach to the current situation. Charles Parnell has starred in many projects including, The last boat, The Venture Bros.and Ttransformers: age of extinction. It should appear in Mission impossible: dead reckoning – part one and Kinship.
Ed Harris as Rear Admiral Chaster “Hammer” Cain
Ed Harris made a brief appearance in Top Gun: Maverick, but his presence is felt. We meet Hammer when Maverick attempts to push his plane to Mach 10 to save the program he is currently testing for. Hammer arrives to shut down the program in person, and Maverick flies overhead. Hammer later informs Maverick that Iceman wants him to show up at Top Gun. Ed Harris is known for his roles in The Truman Show, Apollo 13, Westworldand Pollock. His upcoming projects include love is bleeding, Downtown Owland Get away if you can.