'Top Gun: Maverick' is now playing only in theaters, but it's expected to stream on Paramount Plus in July

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  • "Top Gun: Maverick" is now playing exclusively in theaters
  • The movie is expected to hit Paramount Plus in July, but an official date hasn't been confirmed. 
  • Paramount Plus costs $5/month for ad-supported streaming or $10/month for ad-free streaming. 

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"Top Gun: Maverick," the sequel to the 1986 movie "Top Gun," is now playing exclusively in theaters. The long-delayed movie premiered on May 27, and it's expected to start streaming on Paramount Plus in July.

An official streaming date hasn't been confirmed yet, but Paramount previously announced that its new movies will stay in theaters for at least 45 days before streaming. Based on that, "Top Gun: Maverick" could get added to Paramount Plus as soon as July 11. 

Tom Cruise returns to the "Top Gun" franchise as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a US Navy test pilot who is tasked with training a group of young Top Gun graduates for a high-risk specialized mission. The detachment includes Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of Maverick's late best friend Goose. 

Check out the trailer for 'Top Gun: Maverick'

Val Kilmer also reprises his role as Tom "Iceman" Kazansky, a longtime rival of Maverick's. New cast members include Jennifer Connolly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, and Ed Harris. 

As of writing, "Top Gun: Maverick" holds a "97% Certified Fresh" rating on review-aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with some critics saying it's better than the first movie. The film premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and received a five-minute standing ovation from the audience.  

Where to watch 'Top Gun: Maverick'

Right now, the only place you can watch "Top Gun: Maverick" is in a movie theater. You can look up movie times near you and purchase tickets on websites like Fandango.

When will 'Top Gun: Maverick' be available on Paramount Plus? 

"Top Gun: Maverick" will stream on Paramount Plus as soon as 45 days after its theatrical premiere on May 27. If this release strategy holds true, the movie could hit Paramount Plus as early as July 11.

Recent Paramount Pictures releases have been added to Paramount Plus within the same general release window: "The Lost City" and "Jackass Forever" both hit the streamer after exactly 45 days, while "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" began streaming after 46 days.

Once "Top Gun: Maverick" is available on Paramount Plus, all subscribers will be able to watch the new movie. Paramount Plus offers two subscription plans. 

The Essential plan costs $5 a month and includes access to the entire on-demand streaming library with limited commercial interruption, plus select live sports including NFL on CBS. Paramount Plus' Premium plan is $10 a month and lets you stream on-demand content without ads, plus you can watch your local CBS station live. 

Where can I watch 'Top Gun' (1986)?

You can watch the first "Top Gun" movie from 1986 on Paramount Plus or Netflix

If you want to watch "Top Gun" on Netflix, the service begins at $10 a month for standard definition streaming on one device at a time. Netflix 's Standard plan costs $15.49 for high definition streaming on up to two devices. For up to 4K UHD quality and the most screens, the Premium plan costs $20 a month. However, "Top Gun" isn't streaming in 4K on Netflix

The first "Top Gun" movie follows Maverick as he and a group of naval aviators are given the chance to train in the Navy's Top Gun program. The movie was released in 1986 and has held cultural relevance since; in 2015, it was added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry for preservation. 

Angela Tricarico

Streaming Editorial Fellow

Angela Tricarico is a Streaming Editorial Fellow for the Insider Reviews team, where she covers the latest in streaming services. In addition to her arts and entertainment reporting at the University of New Haven and for The Ensemblist, she has a background in theater and loves to tell people what it means to be a dramaturg. When she's not writing, you might find her reading comics or a book club pick, cooking, baking, or trying to catch up on the last ten years of television.

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