It looks like the King of the Monsters is back!
Entertainment Weekly provided the first look at the next installment of the MonsterVerse, a shared film universe which includes Garett Edwards’ Godzilla and Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island.
The first image shows Godzilla using his iconic atomic breath, aiming it at the sky:
The second image gives us our first look at two of the new human characters, played by Millie Bobby Brown and Vera Farminga. The cast will also feature Kyle Chandler, with Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins reprising their roles from Godzilla:
In addition to the new photos, director Michael Dougherty provided new details about the film’s story:
“The world is reacting to Godzilla in the same way we would react to any other terrifying incident, in that we are overeacting[…]But there’s paranoia and endless speculation about whether he is the only one out there or whether we’re threatened by others like his kind.”
Dougherty also discussed Rodan and how he stacks up to the king of the monsters:
“Rodan’s been kind of a sidekick character, but I’ve always had a soft spot for him” Dougherty said. “In a lot of ways he’s more powerful than Godzilla. He’s like this winged A-bomb. I think we’ve done him justice.”
Kong and Godzilla are going to fight in 2020’s Godzilla Vs. Kong. Dougherty assures fans that the crossover will be set up in this film:
“It’s not like we’re bending over backwards to introduce Kong, but there’s definitely some bread crumbs.”
Going back to the first image revealed, Dougherty explained that Godzilla’s famous atomic breath will have an important scene:
“Not without giving away too much, but it takes place at a very key moment and it’s a sort of call to arms.”
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The next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters smashes into theaters May 2019.