The executives dug too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in the darkness of 1980s nostalgia… A friggin’ GOLD MINE, is what! “Top Gun Maverick” grossed 1.45 BILLION - with a B - despite being a sequel 36 years after the original. And let’s not pretend the 1986 Top Gun was begging to be revisited; it didn’t have any of the trademark trappings of the usual sequel-bait, like complex lore or a big cliffhanger. With just a few actual airplanes, cameras, a can-do attitude, and the immortality spell passed down from Xenu himself, Tom Cruise did what most of us assumed was impossible and made us root for the American military industrial complex yet again.
With Top Gun, that leaves just three of the top 15 blockbusters from the 1980s that haven’t been dragged out of retirement for a prequel, sequel, sidequel, franchise or reboot. Who’s going to be next? Frankly, we want to see what E.T. has been up to since his race helped put Palpatine into power.
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Firing blanks was grounds for a lawsuit during the Renaissance.
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Nero made himself win at the Olympic Games.
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