Image of the Day: We're gonna need a bigger planet in first Independence Day 2 poster

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Jun 10, 2015, 11:05 AM EDT (Updated)

Remember how all those cities got stomped in the first Independence Day? Well, you ain't seen nothing yet.

When Independence Day came out in 1996, the film's most iconic images were of those giant alien spaceships hovering over major cities like New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., just prior to turning them into rubble. Those images were a huge part of the film's marketing and why the movie itself took blockbuster filmmaking to a new level.

Flash forward 20 years and with Independence Day 2 now actually in production after years of development, the first hint of the new movie's marketing strategy has surfaced. At the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas -- where hundreds of companies showcase thousands of entertainment, sports, fashion and other brands for distributors, retailers, manufacturers and other interested vendors -- Collider caught a glimpse of an early poster for director Roland Emmerich's sequel to his alien-invasion epic.

As you can see, this one replaces the alien ships blasting human cities with an even larger craft sending a massive death ray across the surface of the Earth, itself. While it's always possible that the image may be metaphorical and not actually appear in the movie, it certainly hints at the scale that Emmerich is shooting for.

The recently released official synopsis promised that the aliens’ "advanced and unprecedented force" will bring the world to "the brink of extinction," and it appears from this poster that this is indeed the case. How will humanity be saved this time? We'll find out in just over a year, when Independence Day 2 opens on June 24, 2016.