The giant monster is coming back in Godzilla: King of Monsters, and we’ve got our first look at the behemoth. Godzilla looks very angry as he spews his irradiated breath high into the sky. It actually appears he’s creating a cloud around himself in order to provide camouflage against a new opponent or to give him a predator’s edge against a new foe.
The image was released by Entertainment Weekly who also spoke with director Michael Doughtery to give us an update on what we can expect in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
“The world is reacting to Godzilla in the same way we would react to any other terrifying incident, in that we are overreacting. But there’s paranoia and endless speculation about whether he is the only one out there or whether we’re threatened by others like his kind.”
And there are other beasts. We know this because they appeared in the original Godzilla back in 2014. The entire plot of the film revolves around Monarch and Godzilla tracking down a creature known as “MUTO” a.k.a Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism. In fact, the whole purpose of Monarch was to study Godzilla and other creatures like him and see if they are actually connected to each other. There’s a whole scene where the MUTO destroys buildings in Las Vegas and Hawaii. They even track it on television.
In Godzilla: King of the Monsters there will be other monsters and a number of them recognizable from past Godzilla films. They include the three-headed King Ghidorah, the giant insect Mothra, and the flying monster Rodan, who could create hurricane-force winds.
Doughtery talked about how Rodan is even more powerful than Godzilla:
“Rodan’s been kind of a sidekick character, but I’ve always had a soft spot for him. In a lot of ways he’s more powerful than Godzilla. He’s like this winged A-bomb. I think we’ve done him justice.”
As to the first look image above, Doughtery describes it as Godzilla’s ability to exhale “atomic breath.” But he also teases it has another purpose altogether, “Not without giving away too much. But it takes place at a very key moment and it’s a sort of call to arms.”
As for the human characters the main stars of the film will be Dr. Emma Russell played by Vera Farmiga, her daughter Madison portrayed by Millie Bobby Brown and her ex-husband Mark Russell played by Kyle Chandler.
Doughtery explains that Dr. Emma Russell and her daughter get kidnapped by a “a mysterious organization, with their own plans for the creatures.” Chandler’s character will attempt to rescue his ex-wife and daughter with Monarch employees played by Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is expected to hit theaters on May 31, 2019. It might feel like a long ways away, but I’m already excited for another Godzilla movie!