Friends, you might recall just a few weeks back when I wrote an article that was basically a lamentation on the lack of a trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong. Well, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment gifted fans of their MonsterVerse a brightly colored and action-packed trailer for the film today – finally giving us our glimpse at how things are going to play out when the King of Monsters crosses paths with the protector of Skull Island. Although as I will explain after the trailer, there appears to be more than meets the eye in our first proper look at Godzilla vs Kong. Consider this a warning of potential SPOILERS after the trailer, okay?
Okay, I think it in all honesty, we have to admit that there is quite a bit to unpack in that trailer – not the least of which is that amazing image of Kong using an axe – that is made up of one of Godzilla’s own dorsal plates. I suppose it makes sense that the filmmakers needed to give the deity of Skull Island some manner of protection from that legendary atomic breath, right?
As was pointed out almost immediately in the comments section for the Godzilla vs Kong trailer when it went live, during those first few seconds of the devastating attack on the city – it is quite possible that it is Mechagodzilla and not Godzilla that is causing such widespread destruction. That is especially of interest when in the trailer we can spot what looks like a schematic for the iconic mecha, along with what appears to be a message reading ‘Maximum Charge’.
Perhaps the most important takeaway from the trailer is that Godzilla for some reason has gone on a rampage – suggesting that the kaiju is turning heel from his role as protector of the Earth, as was hinted at in 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. In fact the newspaper clippings spotted at the end of that film suggested that the return of the Titans was having a healing effect on the planet, reversing some of the ecological destruction caused by humans. But from what we see in the nearly two minutes and a half of footage from the film, things have certainly changed and humanity is suffering from widespread attacks.
Personally I feel like the bizarre behavioral switch by Godzilla, and possibly the appearance of Mechagodzilla, is the result of the Eco-terrorist group that was headed up by Alan Jonah (Charles Dance) in the 2019 film. It is probably safe to say that they have either finally come up with a device to successfully control the Titans – or more likely there is a new threat that is being introduced in the MonsterVerse that does possesses that ability.
Those global attacks are the reason given for why Monarch, the secret intergovernmental research and defense organization that was founded in 1946 to study the sudden appearance of MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms), has traveled to Skull Island to capture Kong. Only a Titan can bring down a Titan after all and Kong it would seem is the last and best hope to put a stop to Godzilla’s assault on humanity – or at the very least that is the only plan left to Monarch. Taking Kong from Skull Island with the aid of a character named Jia (Kaylee Hottle), who we are told is the only one that the giant ape will communicate with, in what seems to be an attempt to draw out Godzilla. From that trailer it certainly seems to work as the King of Monsters emerges from the ocean and an epic throw down takes place on the aircraft carrier carrying Kong.
Also of interest in the trailer is a scene involving what looks like a futurist flying craft. I point this out as the synopsis provided by Warner Bros. Pictures on the trailer itself makes mention of the Hollow Earth theory that was brought up in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
“Legends collide in “Godzilla vs. Kong” as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe. The epic clash between the two titans—instigated by unseen forces—is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth.”
In closing out this article, I think it is safe to say that there are going to be some pretty heavy kaiju on kaiju battles featured in Godzilla vs Kong – although at the end of the day the two Titans will have to join up and defeat the real threat of the movie. As revealed in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, King Ghidorah was an alien entity from prehistoric times – who is to say the real villain of this upcoming film won’t also be a threat from outer space? No matter what the answer to that particular question might be – Godzilla vs Kong certainly looks like a whole lot of fun. Now we just need to patiently wait until March 26th to catch it on HBO Max or perhaps at the local movie theater!