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Tom Cruise surprises Comic-Con audience with ‘Top Gun’ sequel trailer

Tom Cruise spoke Thursday during an appearance at Comic-Con.
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Tom Cruise spoke Thursday during an appearance at Comic-Con.

SAN DIEGO — Tom Cruise made an unexpected flyby on Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con to debut the first trailer for ‘‘Top Gun: Maverick.’’

The audience in an 8,000-seat room went wild for Cruise when closed out what had been billed only as a panel for ‘‘Terminator: Dark Fate.’’

All the flying in the trailer is real, Cruise said, adding that ‘‘Top Gun: Maverick’’ is a love letter to aviation. The crew worked with the Navy for the film, which is currently in production.

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‘‘Top Gun: Maverick’’ is expected to hit theaters next June. Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm, and Miles Teller co-star.

Cruise said Comic-Con was the perfect place to premiere the trailer. The original, released in 1986, was shot in San Diego.