Warner Bros. and HBO Max have announced that their new monster movie Godzilla Vs. Kong will be coming out earlier than expected, releasing on March 26 instead of May 21. With Godzilla Vs. Kong now coming in two months, HBO Max has unveiled the first footage of the film, which delivers on the film’s title by showing Kong punching Godzilla right in the face.
The clip of Godzilla Vs. Kong opens up a rapid 30-second look at HBO Max’s upcoming slate of films that will be released on the streaming service the same day as they come to theaters. While the clip is only a few seconds long, we can see Godzilla rising out of the water, where a ticked-off Kong is waiting to knock him out. Godzilla Vs. Kong is what Legendary Entertainment’s monster film series has been building towards, after Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
With this clip, HBO Max shows off quite a few films that haven’t shown off any footage yet, in addition to Godzilla Vs. Kong. This quick montage also shows off bits and pieces of Space Jam: A New Legacy, which shows LeBron James next to Bugs Bunny, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, the Will Smith-starring film about the father of Venus and Serena Williams entitled King Richard, and the recently delayed The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark. There are also quick glimpses of Hell or High Water writer Taylor Sheridan’s Those Who Wish Me Dead, Clint Eastwood’s latest, Cry Macho, and the latest live-action Mortal Kombat film.
This teaser doesn’t only show clips from new projects like Godzilla Vs. Kong, it also shows new bite-size pieces of Dune, The Suicide Squad, Tom & Jerry, In the Heights, The Little Things, and Judas and the Black Messiah. Yet the only upcoming HBO Max film in 2021 that isn’t shown is The Matrix 4, which is saved for last by simply showing off the logo. While it’s not clear when we will see footage of this fourth film from Lana Wachowski, the film has wrapped, so it could be possible any day now.
Godzilla vs. Kong is directed by Adam Wingard, who is most notable for his horror films like You’re Next, The Guest, and 2016’s Blair Witch reboot. The screenplay comes from Eric Pearson, who also wrote the screenplay for Black Widow and did uncredited rewrites for many previous Marvel films, and Max Borenstein, who has helped write all of the Legendary monster films so far. Godzilla vs. Kong has an impressive cast, which we haven’t seen yet in the footage, that includes Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir, and Eiza González.
The last film in the series, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, didn’t do great in the United States, making only $110 million, while internationally, the film made $276 million. With many theaters in the United States still closed, it looks as though Warner Bros. and Legendary are banking on foreign markets to make Godzilla Vs. Kong a success. But you’ll soon be able to watch Kong and Godzilla punch the crap out of each other when Godzilla Vs. Kong comes out on March 26, 2021, in theaters and on HBO Max.