You know what we love about the latest iterations of the Godzilla franchise? Sure, we love just how fat the big ol’ monster is, we really like the directors they’ve picked for these films, and we really love the cast (who are primed ready for some high Kaiju weirdness), but we really love that cities other than fuckin’ New York get to be destroyed by some big-budget blockbuster.
Aside from potentially being distasteful in the wrong hands, it also just means we get to spend a few hours with the New York State Tourism board hearing about how if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere, and we’re pretty fed up with it (however, Tokyo is always fine).
So we’re pumped to see that Godzilla: King of the Monsters is expanding its worldview even further, bringing the monster madness to cities all over the Eastern Seaboard — if you look closely enough, you can see Washington D.C. being hit by some sort of Kaiju-influenced storm — as well to our HQ, the City on a Hill, Boston. The first bit in the trailer, featuring Millie Bobby Brown’s main character on a rooftop awaiting some sort of chaos, is set downtown, as you can see the Prudential Center and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, amongst others, in the background (thanks Universal Hub!), before a giant storm system consumes our fair city.
Take a look for yourself:
So that’s pretty fun!
We’re also excited for, you know, the monsters, which will include King Ghidorah, Rodan and Mothra this time (no word if she’ll be summoned by twin Japanese schoolgirls in the American take on her), which will presumably cause a ton of chaos and crazy monster action. It’s got an even more stacked cast than the first, featuring Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler and O’Shea Jackson Jr., as well as returning faces Sally Hawkins and Ken Watanabe. We’re pretty stoked for this one, guys.
Here’s a synopsis:
“Following the global success of ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Kong: Skull Island’ comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse, an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters on May 31, 2019.
Featured screengrab image via Warner Bros.