After a 34-year hiatus, Tom Cruise will be slipping back into the pilot's seat in the upcoming "Top Gun: Maverick," set for release in the summer 2020. Upon the movie trailer's release last week, fans were largely pleased to see Cruise in top form returning to the character that made him a box office star in 1986. Take a look:
Though not much appears to have changed in the three decades since "Top Gun" became a cultural phenomenon, social media has been abuzz with one glaring difference between the upcoming sequel and the original: two distinct patches representing the Taiwanese flag and the Japanese flag on Maverick's famous leather jacket have been replaced, presumably as an acquiescence to China.
"Over the weekend, obsessive fans began calling attention to a potentially significant difference between the classic leather jacket Cruise wears in the original film and the one he's shown putting on in the new trailer," reports The Hollywood Reporter. "Two patches on the back of the jacket that originally showed the Japanese and Taiwanese flags appear to have been replaced with unidentifiable symbols in the same color scheme."...
There’s a new Top Gun movie coming out. And Maverick is wearing the same leather jacket - only this time it’s Communist Party of China-approved, so the Japanese and Taiwanese flag patches are gone (screenshot on right is from the new trailer)... pic.twitter.com/gUxFNFNUKX— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) July 19, 2019
Further adding to the suspicions about "Top Gun: Maverick" is the fact that Tencent Pictures, owned by the Chinese company Tencent, is "a co-financier of the new Top Gun movie," according to THR. Skydance, which is co-producing the film with Paramount, is also partly owned by Tencent.