This afternoon, Warner Bros. released the long awaited first trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong. Let’s watch it again before digging into some of the highlights.
After some artistic shots of destruction and mayhem, we see Alexander Skarsgård using his best smolder to tell us that the world “needs” Kong, who’s significantly grown in size since we last saw him in Skull Island (which is set during the 1970’s).
We don’t get any hints as to why Kong is needed after Godzilla saved everyone in King of the Monsters, but it’s serious enough that’s he’s been sedated, taken from his home, and put on boat with a military escort. Kong is also accompanied by a child who is somehow able to control him (and who he’s apparently very bonded to).
Whatever’s going on, another scientist played by Rebecca Hull appears to tentatively agree with their present course of action. She also trusts that Kong wants to protect the child.
At this point, the trailer’s brief moment of serenity is broken when Godzilla rises up out of the ocean to attack the fleet carrying Kong and his friend. This causes the big ape to become understandably/predictably pissed. As ‘Here We Go‘ by Chris Classic begins to play, the two kaiju square up and starting brawling.
I’m normally not a big fan of pop music in epic trailers like this, but I kind of dig it here. Also, my fandom is firmly in Godzilla’s corner, but I still can’t help but enjoy that first pop to the jaw from Kong.
We’re then treated to various clips of kaiju related fisticuffs and destruction, which includes Godzilla rampaging through a city. Madison Russell (Millie Bobbie Brown) and Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler) return from the last film to inform us that something is provoking Big G into acting like a homicidal jerk instead of his previous role as earth’s protector. Rebecca Hull adds her theory that there was a war at one point that left these two as the last kaiju standing.
The trailer concludes by confirming that the battle-ax included with one of the figures isn’t just a weird action figure accessory, but an actual weapon Kong will use during the battle (and might very well be made from one of Godzilla’s dorsal fins).
Godzilla vs. Kong will premiere simultaneously in theaters and stream via HBO Max on Friday, March 26.
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