The thrilling ending of Top Gun: Maverick definitively proved that Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise) still has the right stuff and reaffirmed his status as one of the best fighter pilots the U.S.

Top Gun: Maverick also paid homage to the original film's heroes like Iceman and Goose while introducing new characters, like Goose's son Rooster who can potentially move the franchise forward.

Top Gun: Maverick's ending centered on the mission Maverick trained the former graduates of Top Gun for, which was the destruction of an underground uranium facility in an unnamed hostile country.

pinpoint targeting precision, and a death-defying climb to avoid both colliding with a mountain and blacking out.

Then the Top Gun pilots would have to survive a dogfight against the enemy's technologically superior 5th generation fighter planes. After Iceman AKA Admiral Tom Kazansky died

Tom Cruise wanted to wait until the technology was available to execute his vision for breathtakingly realistic flying sequences with the actors actually flying fighter planes.

Tom Cruise may appear ageless but he is, in fact, nearly 60 and the window for him playing Maverick as Top Gun's lead action hero will eventually close.

Top Gun: Maverick poised to be an unqualified success, now would be the time for Tom Cruise to push the throttle and make Top Gun a trilogy.