Val Kilmer's appearance is 'Top Gun: Maverick's most emotional moment

"Top Gun: Maverick's" lone sequence by Val Kilmer, Tom "Iceman" Kazansky, and Tom Cruise's Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is stunningly effective — not just because it accurately portrays their decades

But also because it relies on the actor's actual experiences. For a brief while, a superb, unrecognised talent may shine in this combo.

Iceman and Maverick were both equally boisterous and testosterone-fueled teenage jet pilots in the 1986 original

But Iceman read from the usual script while Maverick, to put it politely, had issues with authority.

It wasn't long until the two were inseparable, reliant on one other for survival in that picture.

"Maverick," which takes place 35 years after the events of the first film, shows Cruise's character still violating instructions and buzzing towers, although tamed and seasoned.

Mav and Ice are 35 years into a strong and brotherly bond, with now-Adm. Kazansky saving still-Captain Mitchell's bacon numerous times.

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