Credit: Paramount Pictures/Scott Garfield

Tom Cruise reprises his role as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in "Top Gun: Maverick," which comes to theaters on May 27 — nearly 36 years after the original movie first thrilled us (It would go on to be the year's highest-grossing movie). Here's a look at how life has changed (or perhaps hasn't) since 1986.

 1986: TOM CRUISE'S AGE — 24

Credit: Paramount/Everett Collection

2022: TOM CRUISE'S AGE — 60 (on July 3)

Credit: Paramount Pictures/Scott Garfield

1986: THE METS — World Series winners

The New York Mets celebrate after winning the 1986 World...

The New York Mets celebrate after winning the 1986 World Series at Shea Stadium.

Credit: Getty Images/T.G. Higgins

2022: THE METS — World Series winners?

New York Mets celebrate their first combined no-hitter in franchise...

New York Mets celebrate their first combined no-hitter in franchise history after their 3-1 win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on  April 29, 2022. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

1986: BILL COSBY — America's Dad

THE COSBY SHOW, Bill Cosby, Keshia Knight Pulliam, (Season 3),...

THE COSBY SHOW, Bill Cosby, Keshia Knight Pulliam, (Season 3), 1984-1992. © Carsey-Werner Co. / Courtesy: Everett Collection Credit: Carsey-Werner Co/Everett Collection

2022: BILL COSBY — Accused of groping in civil lawsuit.

 In this April 26, 2018 file photo, Bill Cosby, center,...

 In this April 26, 2018 file photo, Bill Cosby, center, leaves the the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., after being convicted of drugging and molesting a woman.  Credit: AP/Matt Slocum

1986: U.S. PRESIDENT'S AGE — Ronald Reagan was 75.

 Ronald Reagan makes an announcement from his desk at the...

 Ronald Reagan makes an announcement from his desk at the White House, Washington DC. Credit: Getty Images/Hulton Archive

2022: U.S. PRESIDENT'S AGE — Joe Biden is 79 (80 in November).

Joe Biden speaks at the International Union of Painters and...

Joe Biden speaks at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 16 on May 7, 2019 in Henderson, Nevada.  Credit: Getty Images/Ethan Miller

1986: BILLY JOEL PLAYING MADISON SQUARE GARDEN? — Yes.

Billy Joel performing in 1986.

Billy Joel performing in 1986. Credit: Toronto Star via Getty Images/Mike Slaughter

2022: BILLY JOEL PLAYING MADISON SQUARE GARDEN? — Yes.

Billy Joel performing at Madison Square Garden in 2021.

Billy Joel performing at Madison Square Garden in 2021. Credit: Bruce Gilbert

1986: HOTTEST POP STAR — Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston performing.



	 

Whitney Houston performing.

Credit: Toronto Star via Getty Images/Ron Bull

2022: HOTTEST POP STAR — Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo performs onstage during the 64th annual Grammy Awards...

Olivia Rodrigo performs onstage during the 64th annual Grammy Awards on April 3, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Credit: Getty Images for The Recording A/Emma McIntyre

1986: TED DANSON NBC-TV SERIES — "Cheers"

 Ted Danson as Sam Malone on "Cheers."

 Ted Danson as Sam Malone on "Cheers." Credit: Paramount Television/Everett Collection

2022: TED DANSON NBC-TV SERIES --"Mr. Mayor"

Ted Danson as Mayor Neil Bremer in NBC's "Mr. Mayor."

Ted Danson as Mayor Neil Bremer in NBC's "Mr. Mayor." Credit: NBC/Colleen Hayes

1986: RALPH MACCHIO IN 'KARATE KID' — ""Part II" in theaters

Ralph Macchio in "The Karate Kid."

Ralph Macchio in "The Karate Kid." Credit: Columbia Pictures/Everett Collection

2022: RALPH MACCHIO IN 'KARATE KID' — "Cobra Kai" on Netflix

 Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso in "Cobra Kai."

 Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso in "Cobra Kai." Credit: NETFLIX/Curtis Bonds Baker

1986: MATTHEW BRODERICK STARRING IN — "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" in theaters

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, Matthew Broderick, 1986, (c) Paramount/courtesy Everett...

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, Matthew Broderick, 1986, (c) Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection Credit: Paramount/ Everett Collection

2022: MATTHEW BRODERICK STARRING IN — "Plaza Suite" on Broadway

Matthew Broderick in Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite."

Matthew Broderick in Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite." Credit: Joan Marcus

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