After quite a bit of teasing, from cryptic images released online from the crypto-zoological agency Monarch to sound bytes of mysterious creatures traversing the planet, fans have finally gotten their first taste of the monster-brawl to come in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
To be honest, the trailer, which debuted at Comic-Con International in San Diego, doesn’t blatantly reveal too much, especially in the way of which fellow kaiju Godzilla will be facing off against (and there seem to be quite a few). But it does highlight the large scale destruction to come and the sinister role humanity may be playing behind the curtains.
There’s a lot to unpack from more than two minutes of footage, so let’s get started with the big moments.
Earth Belongs to the Titans
Warner Bros. set the stage by revealing the history of the kaiju, or as they’re now known here, the Titans. The trailer opens up with Vera Farmiga’s Dr. Emma Russell, a Monarch paleobiologist, laying down their origin stories, as we gloss over humans and their early encounters with the monsters.
As we see her daughter, Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), fleeing and seeking refuge from an electric storm, Emma more or less indicates Earth belongs to the Titans and it’s up to them if they’ll allow humanity to exist. “The mass extinction we feared has already begun, and we are the cause. We are the infection… The Earth unleashed a fever to fight this infection. Its original and rightful rulers, the Titans,” she says. With shots of mankind in awe, shock and yes, horror, as the landscape literally changes, Emma says they’re no longer willing to remain hidden after thousands of years.
It’s now down to natural selection taking its course so that only the strong will survive. There are even hints she helps free them to do battle, with hints of her husband Mark (Kyle Chandler) condemning her actions — a surprise given she’s kidnapped by a secret science team — and Madison calling her “a monster.” While this could be sly editing, at first glance it’s just enough to leave you wondering if Emma’s really the ‘villain’ of the film, as she’s also seen pushing buttons suspiciously before explosions and disasters ensue.
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