'Top Gun: Maverick' Streaming Release Date: When You Can Watch Online

Top Gun: Maverick is in cinemas now—and if Tom Cruise has his way, it will stay that way for a long time.

The Top Gun sequel was reportedly eyed by Netflix and Apple to go onto their streaming service, but its distributor Paramount refused their offer to make it available to watch online.

Tom Cruise (the film's eponymous Maverick) is also a noted critic of shortened theatrical windows, which means that fans might be waiting longer than usual for Top Gun 2 to make it to streaming.

Here's where the movie will be streaming—and the best estimate as to when.

Where Will 'Top Gun: Maverick' Be Streaming?

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Tom Cruise in "Top Gun: Maverick." The film will stream on Paramount+. Paramount+

That is the easy question. As a Paramount Pictures release, the film is coming to Paramount+ in all the territories where that streaming service is currently operating (as well as places where it is coming soon like in the U.K.)

Paramount+ is also where you can watch the 1986 original Top Gun—though unlike Maverick, that movie is also available on Netflix in the U.S.

When Will 'Top Gun 2' Be Streaming?

Numerous outlets have reported that the film will come to Paramount+ 45 days after its cinematic release, but that is unlikely.

There are two schools of thought here—Paramount's, and Cruise's. At a recent summit, Paramount's executive VP and CFO Naveen Chopra said that a 45-day theatrical window is the "default" for their films. This means that Paramount films come to Paramount+ 45 days after their initial U.S. cinematic release date. So far, their major releases like Jackass Forever, Scream and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 have all followed that pattern.

The CFO explained the reason behind this: "We like [...] that it allows us to capture the vast majority of the box office revenue [...] And it allows us to then move that content on to a streaming platform when it's still fresh and new."

Reportedly, however, Tom Cruise is not a fan of this shortened theatrical window. An advocate for the traditional cinematic experience, he is said to prefer the more usual pre-pandemic window of 90 days. This was revealed in a Hollywood Reporter article, where it alleged that Cruise and Paramount were locked in a battle over the theatrical window of another of his films, the long-delayed Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (aka Mission: Impossible 7).

While the two camps may still be fighting over M:I 7, it seems that Cruise may have won the battle over Top Gun: Maverick.

At the summit mentioned above, Chopra specifically picked out the sequel as a film that would not follow the 45-day rule. He said: "We do still look at it on a case-by-case [basis]. There are certain movies that are really made for the theatrical experience. Top Gun [Maverick] is a great example of that. You should see that movie in a theater, and it will stay in the theater for a longer period of time."

How long remains to be seen. A 45 day window would mean the film streams from Tuesday, July 12, 2022. If Cruise gets his way and the film gets a 90-day window, viewers will be waiting until Friday, August 25 to watch the movie online.