The first blockbuster of 2021 is on its way, and we’ve finally gotten our first true taste of what we can expect as the trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong has dropped today. The center of a lot of the controversy surrounding Warner Bros.’ decision to simultaneously release its 2021 slate to HBO Max at the same time that it’s released in (available) theaters, the newest entry in WB/Legendary’s MonsterVerse is giving hungry audiences their first dose of big tentpole entertainment this year, something they’ve rarely received in the last year since the COVID pandemic started keeping most people indoors.
What can we expect? Well, it’s a movie called Godzilla vs. Kong so I think you’ve got a pretty good idea. The trailer certainly delivers on the bombast and epic shots of the monstrous iconic figures. Of course, as always, there are some humans along for the ride, with what is on paper a fantastic cast joining forces to try and see if they can break the curse of the human characters in this franchise being received fairly coldly compared to the big beasties, who everyone is showing up to see.
Here’s the official synopsis for Godzilla vs. Kong:
In a new world where man and monster now coexist, Monarch must lead the way to a prosperous future alongside the Titans, keeping humanity in check. However, rival factions that want to manipulate the Titans for war begin to rise under the guise of a nefarious conspiracy, threatening to wipe out all life on the planet. Meanwhile, on Skull Island, strange seismic activity draws the attention of Godzilla and Kong alike.
The studio has continued their tradition in this series of bringing on a well regarded indie director for the latest project by hiring Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) for the big chair. As for that human cast, we’ve got Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, and Zhang Ziyi returning from their roles in 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, while newcomers to the franchise include Rebecca Hall, Alexander Skarsgard, Brian Tyree Henry, Eiza González, Lance Reddick, Julian Dennison, Demián Bichir, Shun Oguri, and Jessica Henwick.
Check out the trailer below, and see Godzilla vs. Kong in theaters or on HBO Max on March 26th: