The second trailer for Legendary's Godzilla: King of the Monsters has landed, featuring monster mash carnage on a bigger scale than ever before. Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah, the potential pretenders to Godzilla's throne, are all poised to do battle with the titular kaiju, though it's yet to be seen who will be squaring up against who, and whether any of these clashes will be in humanity's best interest.
Judging by the world-on-fire scenery from both trailers, it would seem that humanity could really use someone -- or something -- fighting in its corner. The dialogue we've heard from Vera Farmiga's Dr. Emma Russell signals that Earth is nearing the end times, with our only chance of survival pinned on a giant, atomic energy-breathing beast. "We would be his [pet]," Ken Watanabe says of this relationship, reprising his role from 2014's Godzilla as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa.
Considering the last time Godzilla ventured to the planet's surface he destroyed a decent proportion of San Francisco, the majority of the population (who didn't share heartfelt glances with the monster like Aaron Taylor-Johnson did) will be understandably skeptical about pledging their loyalty to him. In the franchise's history, the king of all monsters always swings between villainy (at worst) and antiheroism (at best). Sure, he's a good monster deterrent, but he does so out of personal desire, not as a savior.
While the trailers for Godzilla: King of the Monsters paint us puny humans as being entirely at the mercy of the emerging "titans," there's one easy-to-miss detail in the second trailer that may reveal humanity has an ace up its sleeve. A few shots towards the start and end of the trailer appear to be from the inside of a large, unmanned drone flying through scenes of colossal destruction.
Drones aren't futuristic technology anymore, so it's not surprising to see one being used here, either by the military or by Monarch, the cryptozoological organization that threads Legendary's MonsterVerse together. However, hardcore kaiju fans might recognize this as a possible nod to the Super X drone, one of the most successful man-made weapons ever used against Godzilla.
The Super X debuted in Toho's 1984 movie The Return of Godzilla, a reboot of the flagging franchise that erased decades of film continuity after the 1954 original. Created by the J.S.D.F (Japanese Self-Defense Force), the remotely-piloted flying vehicle managed to temporarily kill Godzilla by shooting cadmium missiles into his mouth, halting his assault on Tokyo. Its successor, the Super X2, was used in the 1989 sequel, Godzilla vs. Biollante, while the Super X has reappeared in Godzilla video games and comic book tie-ins since, proving the lasting impact it had on fans and creators.
Considering the drone was used in the first Japanese reboot of the iconic monster movie series, it would be a fitting Easter egg for the current American reboot series to include. It also makes sense from a merchandising perspective. A distinctive vehicle among a crop of distinctive monsters is prime toy-making material, and some impressive looking models of the latter have already been unveiled.
We already know that Monarch has "its own plans for the creatures," but an underground agency that has been around for as long as they have -- as Kong: Skull Island detailed -- must have some kind of contingency plan besides the unique skills of a kidnapped paleobiologist and her teenage daughter. Or maybe the new Super X is a secret military weapon? Either way, humanity may have more of a fighting chance in Godzilla: King of the Monsters than you think.