In the Paramount Pictures trailer of "Top Gun: Maverick," two jacket patches that had originally shown the Japanese and Taiwanese flags appear to have been swapped out and replaced with two ambiguous symbols in the same color scheme — leading to social media speculation that the swap was done to appease China.
Chinese and Japanese relations have long been fraught, with tensions flaring in recent years over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
China and Taiwan also have a complex relationship — Taiwan has been self-governed since separating from China in 1949, but Beijing still views the island as its territory, and for decades has tried to threaten or cajole it into rejoining the mainland.
In a surprise appearance at Comic Con in San Diego last week, Cruise debuted the trailer before a crowd of cheering fans and said, "34 years ago I made a movie... For me Top Gun is about competition, it is about family, it is about sacrifice, it's about heroism and it's about aviation."
Tencent Pictures has also been affiliated with other popular Paramount films, including "Wonder Woman," "Terminator: Dark Fate," and "Warcraft, Kong: Skull Island," according to the company.