Godzilla King of the Monsters

The kaiju showdown begins in the first trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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Jul 29, 2018, 4:47 PM EDT (Updated)

It's been four years since the new big-screen version of Godzilla first arrived and launched a brand-new MonsterVerse courtesy of Legendary Pictures. Kong: Skull Island added a second legendary giant creature in 2017, and now we're less than a year away from the sequel that's set to grow that universe even more, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

The Godzilla sequel, directed by Michael Dougherty, will feature not just the titular kaiju and its legendary atomic breath, but also the return of classic Godzilla foes like Mothra, Rodan, and the mighty King Ghidorah, who will all emerge to battle each other while the human characters from the cryptozoological organization Monarch try to make sense of it all. The 2014 Godzilla film showed a lot of promise for fans of the classic kaiju characters, Kong: Skull Island built on that, and now it seems the stage is out set for an all-out monster slugfest.

The trailer, released today during the Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con, reveals a new sense of mythology for the franchise, as Dr. Emma Russell explains her theory that humanity is actually the cause of the coming "mass extinction" on Earth. Her solution: Find ancient beings known as "the Titans," giant creatures who have existed for millennia who will then rise up and restore balance. The Titans, as you may have guessed, are the monsters we know and love, and though we don't see much of them in this footage, there are gorgeous shots that finally give us the emergence of Mothra, Rodan, and of course, King Ghidorah. Check it out:

This footage, from the moment the monsters begin to appear, is all about the triumph of the Titans, from the gorgeous shot of Mothra unfurling from the water to Ghidorah emerged from the smoke to that epic visual of Rodan soaring over a half-destroyed Washington D.C. This movie promises to be massive in every sense, from its character motivations to its monstrous set pieces.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters, starring Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, and Ken Watanabe, arrives in theaters May 31, 2019.

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