The first trailer for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire has been released, and it appears to be another exciting, if goofy, monster mash of a popcorn action film.
The fifth film in Legendary Pictures’ Monsterverse franchise will see the titular giants pair up for the second time – if you include Godzilla vs. Kong’s ending, at least – to face a new, terrible danger.
Understandably, the initial teaser for the film does not reveal much about the plot. Nonetheless, based on the footage displayed, we have some ideas about the story.
For openers, we get a nice glimpse at the film’s antagonist. The Scar King, an ape-like titan, is thought to be Kong’s ancestors’ ancient antagonist. Given some of the dialogue in the teaser, he appears to be a formidable match for Kong and Godzilla as well, implying that the pair will have to work together to stop the Scar King’s bid for Earth supremacy.Speaking of Godzilla, he’s been given a makeover for his forthcoming film. At one point in the trailer, we see the famed kaiju imprisoned in ice – anyone else getting King Ghidorah thoughts from Godzilla: King of Monsters here? – But it’s not long before he emerges from his frozen cocoon with a fresh, pink appearance. Oh, and his atomic breath ability is pink, implying that it will be considerably more strong than before.
There are also other hints that the film will resolve some major questions raised by earlier films while also providing a possible insight into the franchise’s future.
Concerning the former, the Scar King has left a massive red handprint on a structure in the Hollow Earth (the subterranean planet from where titans emerge). Is the Scar King responsible for the handprints shown in Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla vs. Kong? If so, were they left as a warning to other titans that he intends to return (assuming he’s not been entombed somewhere)? And, given that one of such handprints was discovered on Kong’s former home of Skull Island, is the Scar King, rather than the Skullcrawlers, to blame for Kong’s kin’s death?
In terms of the film series’ future, the teaser shows a young ape introducing itself to Kong and the Hollow Earth-dwelling humans at various stages. Is this monster Kong’s progeny, or is it a ruse of some kind? It’s most likely the former, especially given that reports of a Godzilla vs. Kong sequel stated the tale would revolve around the Son of Kong.
We’ll find out for sure on April 12, 2024, when Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire hits theaters worldwide. And, regardless of whether all of these issues are answered, we’re delighted Godzilla vs. Kong represented the start of the Monsterverse rather than the conclusion.We assume that the upcoming release of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is making you want to re-watch every Monsterverse film and TV show.
Now is as good a moment as any to start. Right now on Apple TV Plus, the first Monsterverse series – Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, which takes place between 2014’s Godzilla and 2019’s King of the Monsters – is resolving some of our most pressing questions regarding the titan-researching facility and the Monsterverse as a whole. However, if you want a whole history of Legendary’s kaiju-based universe, you’ll need to watch the other films as well. Here’s how to do it, as well as where you can watch each one in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia: