It’s difficult to pin an exact tone on Godzilla: King of the Monsters. There’s that delightful exchange between Bradley Whitford (we are here for all of his commentary) and Kyle Chandler. But there’s also a soulful instrumental rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to announce the return of 17 (and counting!) titans amid the final showdown between King Ghidorah and Godzilla himself. And we’re not sure if the “ONE KING TO RULE THEM ALL” tagline is a joke for Lord of the Rings fans, but we were tickled regardless.
Check out the final trailer, full of storms and titan clashes and humans screaming for their champion slash
pet owner to survive to Godzilla vs. Kong, dammit:
Here’s the official synopsis from Warner Bros, with the reminder that this will be the middle installment in a quartet of MonsterVerse films that began with Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, and will conclude with Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020:
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 comes to theaters May 31.