Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski explains how Maverick and Iceman's friendship has evolved since the original film.

Tom Cruise starred as Maverick in the first Top Gun, released in 1986. His character attended the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School where he flew with the best pilots in the Navy.

This included Iceman, as played by Val Kilmer, who was characterized as the best of the best. While Maverick proved to be the most formidable in combat

Now Top Gun: Maverick will see the two reunite onscreen. The long-awaited sequel picks up with Cruise's Maverick years after the first movie

he remains an instructor at the TOPGUN school, even despite his many opportunities to ascend the ranks. While much of Top Gun: Maverick involves a cast of newcomers,

the movie does feature the highly anticipated return of Kilmer's Iceman. Much has been said about Cruise and Kilmer's big moment in the film, and now Kosinski hypes it up even more.

Iceman is every bit as defining a character to the Top Gun mythos as Maverick, so having him appear in the sequel is apropos to that legacy.

Top Gun: Maverick will also close a chapter on the legacy of Top Gun, which would never have been the same without the rivalry and friendship of Maverick and Iceman.