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Tom Cruise is Finally Allowing You to Stream ‘Top Gun: Maverick’


Photo credit: Paramount

Photo credit: Paramount

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Remember when Marvel punted on a theatrical release for Black Widow, dropping Scarlett Johansson’s long-overdue solo superhero outing on Disney+? And ScarJo filed a lawsuit over the whole thing?

Well, one actor who wouldn’t let that happen, apparently, was Tom Cruise. Top Gun: Maverickthe sequel to Cruise’s 1986 iconic aviator romp, Top Gun—debuted in theaters over three months ago, on May 24. For those wondering if there was any chance that they could watch this jam outside of a movie theater in May, June, or July, Cruise squashed that notion. Before the film premiered at Cannes, during a Q&A event celebrating Cruise, he was asked whether or not a streaming debut for Top Gun: Maverick was ever considered during the coronavirus pandemic. “They wouldn’t dare,” he said. “That’s not going to happen, ever. That was never going to happen. Never. Not going to happen.” Tell us how you really feel, Tom!

Tom Cruise: man, actor, audience. Now, let’s fast-forward to August. Typically, Paramount-made films debut on its streaming service 45 days after theatrical release, which would’ve put the film on track for a mid-July appearance on Paramount+. Obviously, that did not happen, which you can only assume has something to do with, you know, money. Top: Gun Maverick cruised past Titanic as the seventh-highest-grossing release in U.S. box office history. Now, though, we have some good news. As of August 23, finally, you can pay $19.99 to watch Top Gun: Maverick on streaming services, including Amazon, YouTube, and Apple TV. There you go, folks. Let Cruise take your breath away. Again.

Still, we’re pretty sure that Cruise wants Top Gun: Maverick to play in cinemas indefinitely.

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