New Top Gun star Glen Powell was celebrating the display of emotion from male-identifying viewers of the film (Picture: Paramount Pictures/Getty)

Top Gun: Maverick star Glen Powell has come out in full support of the men who are sharing their experiences crying at the cinema as they watch the blockbuster for the first time.

The actor retweeted a post from a viewer on opening day who wrote: ‘Top Gun: Maverick; shout out to the guy next to me who’s [sic] girlfriend made fun of him for crying at the end.’

The 33-year-old, who plays Lt. Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin in the film, which is receiving rave reviews, gave his own thoughts on the tweet, and added: ‘Top Gun: Maverick should be a safe place for man-tears.’

Well, quite!

His response then inspired a thread of wholesome tweets as fans shared what had made them misty eyed – or indeed, induced full-on sobbing.

‘Yeah, I cried,’ admitted Deadpool writer and producer Rhett Reese while another fan gushed: ‘Oh by the end I was literally bawling my eyes out! There were a lot of man-tears all through out, lots of laughs and goosebumps too!

Powell features in Top Gun: Maverick as new character Hangman (Picture: Scott Garfield/Paramount Pictures)

“Top Gun: Maverick” should be a safe place for man-tears. https://t.co/1h2mDEZZFb

— Glen Powell (@glenpowell) May 28, 2022

‘That’s a helluva good movie y’all did!,’ they added.

‘If you DIDN’T get a touch of the feels w/ Mav and Iceman, you’re probably an undercover android,’ said another viewer, referencing actor Val Kilmer’s emotional return to the franchise after starring opposite Tom Cruise in the 1986 original.

In the intervening years he has battled throat cancer and lost his voice as a result.

‘Man tears-a-plenty in the screening I was at,’ piped up one fan while one joked about having ‘trouble eating popcorn and drinking tears’.

If you DIDN’T get a touch of the feels w/ Mav and Iceman, you’re probably an undercover android.

— jimlopezzo (@jlopezzo) May 28, 2022

It was amazing. I’m totally fine admitting I was crying my eyes out because of how happy #TopGunMaverick made me

— Connor Mazzuca (@TiberusSeptim) May 28, 2022

Man tears-a-plenty in the screening I was at.

I’m fairly sure they were emotional ones and not from the explosion of supersonic sound that hit us all from the IMAX speakers.

Best time i have had at the cinema for years. Thank you sir.

— Luke gray (@Lukejgray) May 29, 2022

My 46 year old husband cried…I am glad he was not alone.

— Jamie MorrisPease (@JamieMp1976) May 29, 2022

He did well to only cry at the end. I think the cinema was very dusty though, made my eyes water many times

— Elliott Holmes ⚽ 🐝 (@elhmcr) May 29, 2022

The Top Gun sequel, 36 years later, has been met with glowing reviews and fan reaction (Picture: Paramount Pictures)

‘Went with my dad and brother. We all teared up at the beautiful ending and shared an incredible bonding moment. If you’re close with male family members watch this movie with them,’ urged another.

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A Twitter user who said they had personal experience in the US Navy wrote of how they were moved personally by the film and its accuracy of spirit.

‘I cried for sure brought back so many memories for me as a navy vet who worked on the flight deck. Well done,’ they replied to Powell’s tweet.

Top Gun: Maverick is in cinemas now.

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