When it comes to iconic giant monsters in popular culture, on two countries at opposite sides of the Pacific the names to come first are America’s King Kong and Japan’s Godzilla. While created by separate studios to headline franchises of their own, the two behemoths have actually gotten to grips with one another in 1962 courtesy of a Japanese-produced film. When Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures conceptualized the MonsterVerse franchise with reboots of Godzilla (2014) and King Kong (2017), a reimagining of the two of them clashing was not far off. After the expected delays last year, “Godzilla vs. Kong” is aiming to premiere this 2021, with a newly-released trailer.

CNet tells us that the first big trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Godzilla vs. Kong,” the next chapter in the MonsterVerse film series, dropped this past Sunday, January 24. This preview has the vital duty of informing audiences how the franchise setting is moving forward following the events of 2019’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” The movie originally was slated to come out in November of 2020, but like much of the world last year, was put off by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initial trailer is quick to the point in stating the conflict the movie’s human cast must face. Godzilla, the atomic-breathing kaijuu that has been a technical (if highly-destructive) savior figure since his Hollywood reboot’s 2014 debut, is apparently now on a willful rampage destroying human population centers left and right. To stop him, humanity must turn to another giant: the massive ape Kong from Skull Island, whose only meaningful interactions with people include a geologist (Alexander Skarsgard) and a native island girl (Kaylee Hottle). Shipped off his home as a forced counter to Godzilla, Kong must face the King of the Monsters in a battle that has apparently been destined for eons, as seen in “Kong: Skull Island” (2017).

Boasting visuals both colorful yet dark, and apparently having some cool rock background music if the shipboard fight sequence is any indication, “Godzilla vs. Kong” looks ready put the Warner-Legendary MonsterVerse back on track following the anticlimactic reception of “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” almost two years ago. So far, social media has been positive with what the trailer has shown, but only the whole thing can decide if the franchise is still good. “Godzilla vs. Kong” premieres March 26.Image courtesy of ComicBook.com