The F-35B is a Harrier replacement used by the US Marines, its usually flown off the smaller Amphib carriers not the large ones as I don't think the decks are strengthened enough for them on the big carriers, they have the F35C's (one or two can be seen being moved in for launch at the opening of the film).
A recent TV doco indicated that the cockpit of the F35 is still classified so no photos would be able to be taken in them, so probably the reason why the went for the F18 (apart from the double seat configuration).
I think its what the americans needed, a USA USA type movie that stirs the loins (*stands up during fight scenes and salutes). even though it wasnt the normal usa usa flick, its good enough for them.Refresh for latest…: Paramount/Skydance’s Top Gun: Maverick has raced past the $1B mark worldwide, becoming only the second movie of the pandemic era to reach such rarefied air — and To…deadline.com
tl;dr - Top Gun: Maverick is only the second film since COVID to pass 1 billion worldwide (Spiderman: No Way Home is the other one). It is on track to be the biggest since the pandemic started.
Given July 4th coming up in the US, it is also on track to be the fifth highest grossing movie of all time.
If you told someone in 2019 a Top Gun movie would easily outperform anything in the next three years from Disney or Pixar, MCU, Batman, and the final Jurassic Park they'd have you committed.