As promised, the first trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong hit yesterday ahead of its March 26 release. And while there is a lot to discuss in terms of the reveals and the plot, the name of the game for this first trailer is just plain fun. Whether this ends up representing the actual film remains to be seen, but this first trailer does everything it can to set a tone. The 2014 GodzillaThe trailer was mysterious. Godzilla: King of the MonstersThe first trailer went to greatness. This one is all about the wrestling match. And that’s how it should be. This is what we come to a movie called Godzilla vs. Kong because, after all.
Let’s take a closer look.
We start things off with a literal bang as an explosion rains rocks on an unsuspecting city. It’s unclear what city it is (sharp-eyed geography nerds feel free to ring the bell in the comments), but it doesn’t appear to be in America.
While this may seem like an arbitrary opening of the big-bang trailer, there is something significant to be gleaned here. Perhaps the biggest reveal of the entire trailer, actually. If you take a close look at the photo of humans fleeing all of these explosions, there is a barely visible figure towering over them. It’s not Godzilla, and it’s definitely not Kong. That, ladies and gentlemen, is almost certainly Mechagodzilla.
Things are moving forward now with a group of ships carrying a very large cargo: Kong himself. Is this how his introduction plays out in the film as well? Or will we see its actual capture? Honestly, jumping straight onto an already apprehended Kong isn’t the worst idea in the world, but as we’ll see later in the trailer, that’s probably not how it goes here.
It’s nice to see that the plan isn’t for Kong to sleep the entire trip. Although in chains, he is allowed to sit and hang around a bit, indicating a possible lack of rage after being captured. It could have something to do with the ship other cargo.
So in this movie, Kong has a little girl he has to protect. It looks like she’s from Skull Island, which apparently answers the above question of whether or not we’ll see Kong’s capture. This little girl has a connection to both Kong and her human ally Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall), who we can assume was picked up by the heroic / villainous Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgård), who needs Kong to protect the humanity against “what will happen”. . ”
As if the signal …
Here is Godzilla. And to protect his young friend …
The fight is on!
The above monster vs. monster action is like a dream come true for kaiju fans.
With this well-teased centerpiece, it’s time to get back into the main plot of Godzilla vs. Kong. Namely, with two films establishing Godzilla as a benevolent monster, why would he suddenly attack a group of ships? Someone seems to be manipulating it. Maybe someone is Walter Simmons (Demián Bichir). Or maybe it’s this guy …
It is not yet clear who these two characters are, but the person depicted here is definitely standing in front of a reading that further indicates the use of Mechagodzilla in this film. And judging from the foregrounds, Mechagodzilla from this movie doesn’t appear to be a hero.
This leads us to reintroductions for Godzilla: King of the Monsters characters, starting with Kyle Chandler’s Mark Russell, still yelling about Godzilla. Looks like he might be right this time.
In her own Godzilla adventure, we also have a returning Millie Bobby Brown, this time joined by Julian Dennison and Bryan Tyree Henry to find out who is behind this meaner, more violent Godzilla wreaking havoc everywhere.
Speaking of nasty Godzilla havoc, here’s a good pic of some. This movie really doesn’t hold back its atomic breath movement.
The trailer continues with a greater focus on Kong, telling us of a great kaiju war in the past, and that only Godzilla and Kong have survived. There are plenty of out-of-context footage to accompany this idea – Kong picking up an ax, Kong killing animals on Skull Island, Kong placing his hand on a bloody handprint – but none of that sheds light on the dialogue we hear. What was this war? MUTO, Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah or any other kaiju that we have seen King of monsters is part of? Kong and Godzilla have they ever clashed?
For those wondering how Lil Kong is now big enough to take on Godzilla, the answer seems to be easier than expected: the Kong we saw in Kong: Skull Island was not yet fully developed. Here.
The trailer definitely makes the movie feel like it culminates in a big brawl in a neon-lit city. Considering Mechagodzilla’s absence in those shots, it’s also possible that this was just a trailer-rich fight closer to the middle of the film, with a much bigger fight being kept under wraps for now. .
It could be that daytime fight, for example.
The two fighters are not, however, completely alone in the town fight. This photo shows a sort of winged bat that bothers Kong. The bright colors under him indicate that it’s part of that streak, but what are these little guys doing there?
It’s easy to lose sight of the human toll of all this fighting. And hey, there’s no need to focus on humans anyway. Nonetheless, this battle-worn photo of Alexander Skarsgård indicates that bad things await his character.
But let’s be honest. The trio of images above is what we all come to this movie for and it looks like Godzilla vs. Kong will deliver it in great abundance. Just starting out from what we see here, we have a ship fight, a smoky day fight, and a city fight. On top of that, we’ve got Kong ass kicking on Skull Island and a bunch of still unseen action with Mechagodzilla. That’s a fair number of action sets for a movie like this. I hope Godzilla vs. Kong Keeps the promise of this fun trailer. If nothing else, now we have a movie where King Kong fights Godzilla with an ax. It’s hard to imagine anything cooler than this.
Godzilla vs. Kong hits theaters and HBO Max on March 26, 2021.
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