After a very, very long wait, the official trailer for the next installment in Legendary’s MonsterVerse franchise, Godzilla Vs Kong has finally arrived. The teaser promises an epic showdown in which the giant ape Kong acts as the protector of humanity and takes on the monstrous Godzilla after the giant lizard turns rogue and begins attacking cities. While the storyline seems pretty short and dry, the film’s director Adam Wingard hinted that there was more to it than meets the eye when promoting the trailer on Instagram.
“The GRP trailer is finally here! I’m thrilled to share the insane epic mayhem. I know it looks like, but this is just the tip of the monster iceberg;) Let me know if you’re a team. Godzilla or team Kong! “
Wingard’s comment only serves to underscore certain quirks that eagle-eyed fans have already noticed in the trailer. The biggest quirk is in regards to Godzilla’s size. Godzilla is known to have traditionally been a much larger being than Kong. Still, the trailer reveals that the two are very clearly the same height, indicating that the giant monkey has had a massive growth spurt since its solo film Kong: Skull Island.
But did Kong really grow immeasurably larger, or was it Godzilla shrinking? In the trailer there are a few points that support the latter theory. First of all, we see Kong and Godzilla propelling it out on an aircraft carrier.
Now aircraft carriers are no strangers to the MonsterVerse. They first showed up in 2014 Godzilla. At the time, the giant lizard turned out to be much, much larger than the carriers. If that version of Godzilla had been on a support, it would have sunk instantly. But in the new trailer, Godzilla is small enough to be on the carrier with Kong to battle things out.
The second hint regarding Godzilla’s smaller size appears in the scene where Kong and Godzilla attack each other in a city. The two monsters turn out to be about the same height as the skyscrapers around them. Again if we go back to 2014 Godzilla, the giant lizard in that film easily dwarfed the skyscrapers.
So now the question is, if this new, smaller version of Godzilla isn’t in fact the real King of the Monsters we’ve seen in the MonsterVerse in previous movies, then what is this dangerous new creature? There are two options.
We already know Mechagodzilla will appear in the upcoming movie, and the trailer even gave us a brief glimpse of the giant mechanical creature at the start when it appears to be attacking a city. In previous films, Mechagodzilla’s character looked like the real Godzilla, before the artificial skin was ripped off his body and his true form is revealed. Also in this movie, it is possible that the Godzilla who has turned against humanity and whose rage Kong is stopped, turns out to be Mechagodzilla.
Given the giant lizard’s small size, it’s possible that it is a spawn of the original Godzilla. Godzilla Jr. is a beloved part of Godzilla’s mythology, and bringing him into the MonsterVerse would take Godzilla’s character to a new depth.
A younger, smaller, and more inexperienced child of Godzilla would also explain the creature’s erratic behavior in attacking humanity, as it is not as well versed in the way the world works as the original Godzilla. If Godzilla Jr. would attack humanity out of fear, and Kong attacks Godzilla Jr. in response, that would be more than enough reason for the real Godzilla to take action and deliver a brutal blow to Kong.
Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein, Godzilla to Kong stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry. The film will hit theaters on March 26 and on HBO Max.
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