Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Official Trailer 2 - In Theaters May 31

Godzilla: King of the Monsters: Breathe a sigh of atomic-breathed relief with epic second trailer

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Dec 10, 2018, 12:09 PM EST

They did the monster mash! The second trailer for Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King of the Monsters has emerged from beneath the ancient crust of the planet, and you know what? It's even better than the first teaser that dropped during San Diego Comic Con in July.

We finally get nice good looks at the iconic kaiju Godzilla will be fighting this time around: the winged Rodan, the insectoid Mothra, and, most important, the three-headed King Ghidorah. All three were teased in the post-credits scene of Kong: Skull Island and barely shown in the first Comic-Con trailer over the summer. 

Watch the trailer now and make sure to, in the words of Samuel L. Jackson, "hold onto your butts"!

Yeah, so Godzilla's fighting our giant enemies, but we're more like pets to him than anything else. Sorry, folks, but we're not the dominant species on the planet anymore, at least in the movie's universe. This "clash of the Titans" looks like it'll be so much better than the actual 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans. It'll be worth it to see the planet's utter destruction for that sweet, sweet monster-on-monster action. Did you even see that awesome shot of Godzilla and Ghidorah rushing one another at the end of the trailer?

Grounding the story are human characters played by Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, Ken Watanabe, and more. In particular, Farmiga and Brown play the mother-daughter duo of Dr. Emma Russell and Madison Russell, respectively. Emma is scientist working for Monarch, but she Madison are held hostage by a shady organization that most likely wants to exploit the monsters for profit. 

This is Dougherty's first time directing a major studio blockbuster, but he's by no means a novice when it comes to creature features. Since 2007, he's cut his directorial teeth with horror offerings like Trick 'r Treat and Krampus, both of which featured monsters of varying degrees. He's also really good at subverting scary imagery with lighthearted humor without taking away from the thrills. 

Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, O'Shea Jackson Jr., and Zhang Ziyi make up the rest of the principal cast. 

The skyscraper-sized battle for the Earth begins in theaters May 31.