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Today in Nerd History | May 27

Strap in for aerial acrobatics and lightsaber duels as we celebrate two epic returns in the realms of cinema and streaming. On May 27, 2022, audiences were thrilled by the high-flying action of “Top Gun: Maverick” and the much-anticipated “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series on Disney+. Both titles brought back beloved characters in new adventures, blending nostalgia with fresh storytelling. Let’s explore some “Nerdy Facts” about these modern additions to their legendary franchises.

Inclusion on this list does not imply that the entry is family friendly, only that is was a nerd culture milestone. Parents should, of course, use discernment.

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2022: Top Gun: Maverick (Theaters)

“Top Gun: Maverick” soared into theaters as a sequel to the 1986 classic, bringing Tom Cruise back into the cockpit as the iconic pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, now serving as a mentor to a new generation of Top Gun cadets.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Delayed Gratification: Originally scheduled for release in 2019, “Top Gun: Maverick” faced multiple delays due to production challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic, building anticipation among fans of the original film.
  • Flying High: To ensure the film’s authenticity, the cast underwent extensive flight training, and the film featured real aerial footage captured from fighter jets, a first for a major motion picture.
  • Box Office Boom: Upon its release, “Top Gun: Maverick” received critical acclaim for its breathtaking aerial sequences and emotional depth, quickly becoming a box office hit and one of the highest-grossing films of the year.

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2022: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+)

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” launched on Disney+, continuing the story of the beloved Jedi Master portrayed by Ewan McGregor, set between the events of “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.”

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • McGregor’s Return: Ewan McGregor reprised his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, marking his return to the Star Wars universe after last appearing in “Revenge of the Sith” in 2005.
  • Linking the Eras: The series bridges the gap between the prequel and original trilogies, exploring Kenobi’s life in exile on Tatooine and his mission to protect young Luke Skywalker from afar.
  • Fan Favorites Return: The series brought back Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, reigniting the complex relationship between Kenobi and his former apprentice, now a Sith Lord, adding layers to their storied past.

May 27, 2022, marks a day when fans were treated to thrilling new chapters in two iconic stories. From the adrenaline-pumping skies above to the dusty plains of Tatooine, these releases remind us why we fell in love with the worlds of Top Gun and Star Wars in the first place. Happy Nerd History Day to all who continue to fly high and wield lightsabers in their imaginations and beyond!

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