Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the delayed Godzilla vs. Kong, which sees the two most famous giant monsters in cinema come together for only the second time in their history.
The new film, a sequel to 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, sees the shady organisation known as Monarch take Kong away from his homeland to help fight an unidentified threat. During the voyage, a seemingly provoked Godzilla attacks. With the giant lizard having gone from friend to foe for apparently no reason, the human race has to put its faith in Kong to bring the world’s most destructive force to heel. This seems to conclude with the two slugging it out against the neon backdrop of nighttime Hong Kong.
The film is directed by Adam Wingard, best known for his 2017 adaptation of Death Note for Netflix. The cast include Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler, who reprise their roles from King of the Monsters. They are joined by the likes of Alexander Skarsgård, Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry.
The first trailer for King of the Monsters went for a mesmerising, almost graceful beauty in its presentation. Godzilla vs. Kong’s trailer however goes for brawn, muscle and fire, teasing minimal back story while hinting the scale of the upcoming fight. Details of plot points such as the child able to communicate with Kong, or why Godzilla has suddenly decided to turn on the humans, are anyone’s guess. What has already been confirmed is that a human conspiracy is threatening to eliminate all the titans from the face of the earth—and, as the end of King of the Monsters showed us, there are quite a lot of them now.
Godzilla vs. Kong’s release date has been rescheduled several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While many cinemas across the world are still closed, Warner Bros. seem quietly confident of the film performing in markets where they are still open, such as China—especially given the absence of any serious box office competition. It would be a welcome relief after the last film proved to be something of a financial disappointment for the studio.
Godzilla vs. Kong stomps its way into cinemas worldwide and onto HBO Max on 26 March 2021.
Words by James Hanton
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