Join our brand new verified AMN Telegram channel and get important news uncensored!

Controversy: Did Chinese company censor ‘Top Gun 2’ flags from Tom Cruise’s bomber jacket?

Tom Cruise in the movie trailer for "Top Gun: Maverick." (Paramount Pictures/Released)
July 23, 2019

Enter, the Danger Zone.

The first trailer for “Top Gun: Maverick” was released last week, and some social media users immediately noticed that the jacket Tom Cruise’s character wears no longer contains patches from Taiwan and Japan – and the move could possible have been made in order to appease China, as a Chinese tech company is one of the film’s producers, CNN reported this week.

Correspondent Mark MacKinnon recently took to Twitter to point out the missing flag patches.

He wrote, “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)…”

The Japanese and Taiwanese patches appear to have been replaced with unknown, similarly colored patches. Social media users are speculating that this was done due to the growing rift between China and Taiwan, and because the Chinese tech company Tencent is listed as one of Paramount Pictures’ partners on the film; users think the move is because Paramount likely doesn’t want to alienate the Chinese market, Movie Web reported.

“‘Mystery’ solved. China’s Tencent Pictures is one of the main producers of Top Gun Maverick,” MacKinnon also wrote.

Tom Cruise surprised fans and revealed the first movie trailer for “Top Gun: Maverick” at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday.

Watch it here:

“You should be at least a two-star Admiral by now, yet here you are – Captain. What is that,” actor Ed Harris asks Cruise in the opening scene of the trailer.

“It’s one of life’s mysteries, sir,” Cruise responds.

The movie wrapped up filming aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in August 2018.

Cruise had announced the start of production in May by posting an Instagram photo that said, “Feel the Need.”

Cruise will reprise his original role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the sequel, and Miles Teller is playing the son of Goose, Maverick’s co-pilot in the original film.

Top Gun, released in 1986, was said to generate many enlistments in the military after its release.

“Top Gun: Maverick” is slated for release in 2020.