Tom Cruise makes surprise Comic-Con appearance to unveil ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ trailer

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SAN DIEGO -- Actor Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance in Hall H at Comic-Con Thursday to unveil the trailer for "Top Gun: Maverick," the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 hit movie.

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Tom Cruise makes a surprise appearance to discuss "Top Gun: Maverick" during 2019 Comic-Con International at San Diego Convention Center on July 18, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Conan O’Brien unexpectedly  took the stage at Hall H to introduce Cruise.

“I’m here to talk to you about a film -- a film that’s been anticipated and now will soon be here -- a film that has great meaning for San Diego -- a film we’ve been waiting for for a long long time," O'Brien said in a long build up. "Ladies and gentleman, be prepared to say hello to the biggest movie star you’re going to meet in a long long time: Mr. Tom Cruise.”

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“You are the first people in the world to see this,” said Cruise as he took the stage to a thunderous applause. He was referring to the trailer to ‘Top Gun 2.’

“Everything you see in this film is for real. The flying: we are working with the Navy. Everything is real, and I really wanted to give you an experience of what it’s like to be in that aircraft.”

After playing the trailer, Cruise waved to audience and told them they had been a great crowd.

Judging by the trailer, Cruise's danger-seeking Naval aviator has been busy since audiences last saw him. But his attitude also hasn't changed much. He's content with his life as captain -- even if, as his superior points out, he should be an admiral by now -- and living on the edge.

The new film seems to embrace the original's fondness for shirtless beach outings, singing and motorcycle rides whist donning a bomber jacket and aviator glasses. It also welcomes new cast members like Jon Hamm and Miles Teller.

Cruise made his surprise appearance at the end of a panel  with the cast of  "Terminator Dark Fate."  Arnold Schwarzenegger talked about when he got the call to do the first "Terminator"  back in 1984.

“From that moment on, everything has changed in my life,” he said.

Schwarzenegger said he’s had fans reach out to wonder if he was going to be in the latest movie in the Terminator series.

“It’s absolutely incorrect to say I don’t need to,” he told fans in Hall H. “Of course I need to come back. It’s like I’m addicted to Terminator. Terminator was the movie that launched my action career.”

The movie which features Linda Hamilton who plays the character Sarah Connor has Hamilton hunting down other terminators trying to kill them to keep another character alive.

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