The first look at the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Godzilla vs Kong has dropped and fans are already placing bets on who will come out on top in this battle of the behemoths.
While many films have continued to experience delays throughout the global pandemic, the highly anticipated flick has been bumped two months ahead of schedule to March 26, where it will be released in cinemas and on HBO Max.
Warner Bros dropped the long-awaited trailer earlier today, which is a follow up to 2019’s: Godzilla King of the Monsters.
Fans of the iconic characters will be in for a treat as the trailer reveals plenty of epic action battle sequences.
In the opening sequence the gargantuan legend King Kong appears to be tranquillised as he’s transported by a ship before awakening, dazed and discovering himself chained up.
“We need Kong, the world needs him,” Alexander Skarsgard’s character, geologist Nathan Lin says.
The film also stars Stranger Things Millie Bobbie Brown, Brian Tyree Henry and New Zealand actor Julian Dennison.
But the biggest question posed by fans is who could possibly come out on top in this battle of the behemoths. Fans have taken to Twitter with their predictions of who will win the face-off, with speculation that some might be left disappointed that neither character will emerge victorious.
But according to the trailer there will be one victor the films tagline teasing: “One will fall”.
Director Adam Wingard also alluding to that very fact.
“I do want there to be a winner,” Wingard told Entertainment Weekly.
“The original film was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn’t take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie, you know. So, I do want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner.”
While many couldn’t contain their excitement at the announcement of the release date, many were also quick to praise the film’s impressive visual effects, one of which sees the giant gorilla punch the sea monster in the face.
“These are dangerous times,” Kyle Chandler’s character Dr Mark Russell says in the trailer.
“Godzilla is out there hurting people and we don’t know why.”
Thankfully, Godzilla Vs. Kong looks to have taken some cues from Kong: Skull Island, boasting a brighter color palette, daylight battles, and some gloriously stupid action sequences.
Watching King Kong punch Godzilla in the face, while standing atop an aircraft carrier, is exactly what we all expect from Godzilla Vs. Kong - but are we expecting a winner? The tagline promises that “one will fall,” but I think viewers have good reason to be skeptical.
The original film randomly imbued Kong with lightning powers to give him an edge against Godzilla’s atomic breath, and ended with both creatures falling into the ocean (although, only Kong surfaces).
Movies that pit two iconic characters against one another rarely allow a winner, for fear of disappointing one half of the fanbase; I suspect Godzilla Vs. Kong will do the same, despite director Adam Wingard’s claims to the contrary:
“I do want there to be a winner,” Wingard told Entertainment Weekly. “The original film was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn’t take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie, you know. So, I do want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner.”
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