The mayhem spreads worldwide in epic new trailer for Godzilla

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Feb 25, 2014, 5:04 PM EST (Updated)

A new trailer for Godzilla has rampaged onto the 'net, and it's packed with new details.

We loved the first trailer for Gareth Edwards' fresh take on the classic kaiju, but it didn't give us much in the way of story, just breathtaking images of destruction, chaos and fear. The new trailer, released by Warner Bros. earlier today, changes that, giving us big chunks of dialogue, a glimpse into Godzilla's origin and past, and plenty of brand-new grand-scale kaiju madness, including a glimpse or two of that other monster we've been waiting for. 

The trailer opens with an angry voiceover from Bryan Cranston's character, Joe Brody, telling us that there's been some kind of cover-up. Then, we hear Ken Watanabe's character, Daisuke Serizawa, explaining a bit of the beginnings of the Godzilla crisis back in 1954 (the year the first film was released). He also notes what will likely be one of the film's biggest themes: "The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in their control ..."

The dialogue and character moments aren't the only new things here, though. We also get lots of new footage of Godzilla's path of destruction, revealing that he's done much more than rampage through San Francisco. This kaiju crisis is definitely worldwide, and the Statue of Liberty's got the scars to prove it. We also see battleships thrown aside in the creature's wake, planes falling from the sky, a thin claw-like appendage that definitely doesn't belong to Godzilla (there's your other monster) and, for the grand finale, a front view of the star of the show roaring. And, once again, we hear the haunting sounds of Gyorgy Ligeti's Reqiuem (best known for its use in 2001: A Space Odyssey) in the background. It's two and a half minutes of cinematic awesomeness. 

Check out the full trailer below and see if you agree that May can't get here fast enough.

Godzilla makes landfall May 16.

(Via YouTube)