Just in case you are a kaiju fan who needs a quick reminder, “Godzilla vs. Kong,” the latest entry in the “MonsterVerse” franchise of Legendary Pictures, is premiering internationally this coming Wednesday. The stateside release is at the end of the month, which will be simultaneous with the film arriving on HBO Max streaming. Earlier trailers of this movie were mind-blowing according to viewer comments online, as brutal as expected but not as grim and depressing as the less-positively received “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” And with the premiere close, a possible final trailer has revealed another Godzilla franchise character being part of this epic.
Yahoo News would have it that the newest trailer or “Godzilla vs. Kong” has put on official content something that was already spoiled by licensed merchandise: the presence of Mechagodzilla. Most of the preview itself is stuff viewers have seen before. In a recap: the human characters are puzzled by Godzilla suddenly attacking population centers without warning. Research agency Monarch decides the best counter to the atomic-breathing giant lizard is Kong, the giant ape from Skull Island. The former has two solo-feature films and the latter has one. They finally clash in a magnificent battle; then some interloper butts in.
In one of the last scenes for the trailer, we get a close-up of one of Godzilla’s eye. Reflected on the cornea is the image of a boxlike head and two glowing eyes. If that was not Mechagodzilla then the films’ director Adam Wingard was pulling an elaborate prank when he posted a photo of himself on Instagram with a Playmates “Godzilla vs. Kong” Mechagodzilla action figure package, and boxes of it behind him. And then, seemingly undeniable proof, we have a Chinese-text trailer released on Weibo this Tuesday that actually depicts Mechagodzilla being activated.
Mechagodzilla was first seen in the 1974 Japanese film “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla” by Toho. Owing to the many different canons in the franchise, Mechagodzilla has been depicted as anything from an alien mechanical copy of Godzilla, to an anti-Godzilla manned robot built by humans, to even a massive city-sized battle-fortress.
“Godzilla vs. Kong” stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri and Zhang Ziyi. It premieres internationally on March 24, at cinemas where they are open, and in the US on March 31, in theaters as well as HBO Max.
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