To everyone’s surprise (except perhaps frontman Tom Cruise), Top Gun: Maverick blew up the global box office to become the biggest movie of the year (so far) and the one of the most accomplished Hollywood sequels in recent memory.
Director Joseph KosinskyThe action-packed story of an aging flying ace won over critics and audiences – we gave the film five stars in our rave review – and served as a timely reminder that netflix and marvel movies are not the only agenda in 2022.
It’s no wonder Top Gun fans are eager to find out when they can enjoy the long-awaited return of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell from the comfort of their homes. Details surrounding the film’s release on streaming services are still slim, but below we’ve rounded up everything we know so far.
Let’s start with what we know for sure – which admittedly isn’t much at this point.
Right now, Top Gun: Maverick isn’t available to stream anywhere in the world, mainly because the movie didn’t hit theaters until May 27th. It’s likely to continue playing exclusively on the big screen until late July at the earliest, when its parent studio, Paramount, will make a call on its physical and video-on-demand (VOD) release dates.
The post-theater release schedule for the film’s Paramount stablemate Sonic the Hedgehog 2, however, provides a useful blueprint for when we can expect to enjoy the thrills of Top Gun: Maverick at home.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 became available to buy and rent on demand roughly three months after hitting theaters – if Top Gun: Maverick follows that pattern, we expect it to hit virtual storefronts. ‘Apple TV, Prime Video, Google Play and a handful of lesser-known platforms between August and September. If and when it does, it’ll likely cost somewhere in the region of $7.99 / £4.49 to rent and $19.99 / £13.99 to buy.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is getting a DVD and Blu-Ray release in early August, about four months after its theatrical release, so, again, Top Gun: Maverick could follow that pattern with a physical release sometime between September and October.
Top Gun: Will Maverick be coming to Paramount Plus?
As for when Top Gun: Maverick hits streaming services, the jury is still out. The film will almost certainly Paramount More its exclusive home, but it’s not yet known when it will be available to stream on the still-young platform.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 hit Paramount Plus the same day it was released on VOD (that’s three months after its theatrical debut, in line with the studio’s other recent projects), but Top Gun: Maverick isn’t expected to follow. this pattern given its stratospheric box office success.
As part of his bespoke film deal, film star Tom Cruise has the final say on when Top Gun: Maverick makes the jump to Paramount Plus – and reports suggest Paramount is pushing him to agree to cut short the window film’s 120-day exclusivity in an effort to capitalize on its popularity (i.e. attract more Paramount Plus subscribers).
On the other hand, Cruise may be pushing to extend Top Gun: Maverick’s theatrical release window in light of the film’s outstanding performance. He is, after all, a big believer in the cinematic experience, and it’s hard to see him signing off on a move that would bring his beloved big screen project to streaming services sooner than necessary.
So right now, we just don’t know when Top Gun: Maverick is coming to Paramount Plus. As mentioned, Paramount films have, for the most part, hit the streamer 120 days after their theatrical debut, but Top Gun: Maverick could arrive sooner, on time, later – or potentially not at all. We’ll share more details when we have them.
Incidentally, Paramount Plus is now available in more regions than ever. The service has recently launched in the UK, having debuted in the US last year, and costs $9.99 / £6.99 per month (or $4.99 per month for funded viewing by advertising, if you are in the United States).
For our money, however, Paramount Plus is not yet able to compete with the likes of Netflix and Disney+ — and studio execs are hoping Top Gun: Maverick will change that reality sooner rather than later.