Gojira's atomic breath fires up first look at Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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Jul 12, 2018, 10:25 PM EDT

It's been four long years since Godzilla last appeared in a blockbuster summer movie, but the people of Earth haven't forgotten. And now a fiery first photo of the kaiju from next summer's Godzilla: King of the Monsters reminds us that Gojira is always dangerously lurking.

Yes, next May, Godzilla is going to be bringing the nuclear heat. In a newly released photo from Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the follow-up to Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla, the scary behemoth releases his "atomic breath" into the world. 

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, writer/director Michael Dougherty (Krampus) wouldn't expand on what exactly the "atomic breath" can do exactly, but he did give some details on when its usage takes place: “at a very key moment and it’s a sort of call to arms.”

Could this "call to arms" refer to Godzilla calling for help from some other famous franchise monsters of yore expected to be in the film? Like maybe Mothra, King Ghidorah, or Rodan, a flying monster, who according to Dougherty can be "more powerful than Godzilla"?

EW also released an exclusive photo showing some human members of the Godzilla: King of the Monsters cast, Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Vera Farmiga. Farmiga plays Dr. Emma Russell in the film, and describes her role in the sequel as a "DJ for the monsters" because of her ability to communicate with them. Brown plays Russell's daughter Madison. Together, the duo gets kidnapped, likely because of Russell's ability to communicate with the creatures and the power that could bring to whoever controls it.

Scared yet? Well, you've got about 11 months to prepare yourself, because Godzilla: King of the Monsters roars into theaters May 31, 2019.

(via EW)