The MonsterVerse expands this summer! The sequel to 2014’s GODZILLA, often called GODZILLA 2 and more properly known as GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, opens in May.
The new movie features not only our favorite giant atomic lizard, but a whole host of giant monsters — or kaiju, if you want to be proper — drawn from Japanese films. Here’s everything we know about GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS so far.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters Kicks Off This Summer
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS opens on May 31, 2019.
The GODZILLA sequel was originally set to arrive on June 8, 2018. When Legendary Entertainment left its partnership with Universal and went back to Warner Bros., the company pushed KONG: SKULL ISLAND forward first. That meant GODZILLA 2 got pushed into 2019.
Then, the sequel was set for a late March release. But Warner Bros. moved GODZILLA 2 to a much more summer-friendly date: May 31. That release date puts it a week after Disney’s ALADDIN and on the same weekend as the Elton John movie ROCKETMAN.
The Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer Is Amazing
The third and final GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS trailer is blowing all of our minds. But that’s been a trend of the marketing for this movie across the board. The first trailer arrived in late July and drove fans crazy thanks in part to its use of music. (The first GODZILLA 2 trailer music was “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy.)
The second trailer is where we started to see the main monsters. Now the third one, above, features incredible — and breathtakingly gorgeous — footage of Rodan, Mothra and the three-headed Ghidorah. It also suggests there are a lot more monsters in the movie than just the main quartet.
Remember the Titans
We’ll get to the story in a minute. Right now, the only thing that is really important is the GODZILLA 2 monsters, more properly called Titans. Yes, there are at least four Titans in the movie. There’s Godzilla, obviously, the 355-foot-tall atomic lizard which is primarily a guardian of natural life on Earth.
Rodan has been a villain and a comic character, and we don’t know precisely how the creature will behave in GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. We do know that Rodan is 154 feet tall, with a mind-boggling wingspan of 871 feet.
In the Japanese films, Mothra is often a benevolent character. The kaiju has appeared in both caterpillar and giant moth forms and is typically accompanied by twin humanoid fairies who act as the creature’s spokespeople. Whether the twins will be in GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS is unknown. Mothra has a wingspan of 803 feet.
The three-headed Ghidorah tends to be a villain, but the precise nature of the character has changed over the years. The GODZILLA 2 version of Ghidorah is 521 feet tall, which means he towers over Godzilla.
Wait, How Many Monsters?
“How many of these things are there?” asks one character in the trailer. The answer: “17 and counting.” That’s a LOT of monsters.
We see glimpses of a couple others in the latest trailer. One has some vague aspects of a turtle. The most turtle-like creature in Japanese kaiju films is Gamera, but that creature was actually created by another studio to rival Godzilla. There’s a lot to discover in the new movie!
The Godzilla: King of the Monsters Story
So, in the 2014 GODZILLA, we saw the massive lizard battle a host of MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms). An organization called Project Monarch studies creatures like Godzilla and the MUTOs and has uncovered information on Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah. While some of the GODZILLA 2 characters are aligned with Monarch, there is another organization that has mysterious plans of its own for the monsters.
Here’s how Legendary and Warner Bros. have described the story:
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
The Cast of Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Based on the trailers, one of the main stars of GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS is Millie Bobby Brown, who first leapt into the public eye by playing Eleven on “Stranger Things.” She plays Madison Russell, the daughter of a Monarch scientist.
Madison’s mother, Dr. Emma Russell, is a paleobiologist played by Vera Farmiga of THE CONJURING. Mother and daughter are kidnapped by an organization that appears to oppose Monarch. The scientist has been working to create a system of communication with the giant creatures. That likely makes her a person of interest for the new group. The first GODZILLA 2 trailer features Dr. Russell talking about what role the kaiju may play in the natural order and how that could affect humanity.
Kyle Chandler plays Dr. Mark Russell, Emma’s ex-husband, who goes on a rescue mission to save his daughter and former partner. He’s assisted by a character played by Sally Hawkins (THE SHAPE OF WATER) and Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, the character played by Ken Watanabe, who returns from GODZILLA.
There are many more people on hand, too, from Bradley Whitford (GET OUT) to Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) and Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”). Zhang Ziyi (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) plays a Monarch scientist, while O’Shea Jackson Jr. (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON) plays a military specialist.
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