A little less than a month before its release in theaters and on HBO Max, Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Godzilla Vs. Kong. As the name implies, the film will face Godzilla against Kong once more, a conflict that has raged since 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla. The fourth of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ series starring these monsters will finally have one of these beasts winning when they finally fight again next month.
This first trailer shows Kong being brought in to fight against Godzilla. Alexander Skarsgård plays Nathan Lind, a geologist who has shipped Kong to the mainland, alongside a little girl that can communicate with Kong. “We need Kong. The world needs him to stop what’s coming,” Lind says in the opening on the Godzilla Vs. Kong trailer.
The rest of the Godzilla Vs. Kong trailer shows the two giants facing off against each other, whether it’s in the ocean, or naturally destroying major cities. Godzilla keeps trying to hit Kong with large blue beams of energy from his mouth, while Kong goes for a more straightforward attack approach of just punching Godzilla right in the face.
Rebecca Hall, who plays another series newcomer, Ilene Andrews, says in the trailer that “the myths are real,” stating that “there was a war, and they’re the only ones standing,” talking about Kong and Godzilla. It’s not clear if Godzilla Vs. Kong will tie into older films that had these two facing off against each other, or if the war implied is something that happened long ago. Regardless, it looks like in addition to Godzilla and Kong, we might see some other monsters, who are seen attacking Kong at various points throughout the trailer.
Also appearing in Godzilla Vs. Kong are Millie Bobby Brown, Zhang Ziyi, and Kyle Chandler all of which are reprising their roles from Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Godzilla Vs. Kong will also feature Brian Tyree Henry, Baby Driver’s Eiza González, and Deadpool 2’s Julian Dennison. Godzilla Vs. Kong is also the biggest film so far from director Adam Wingard, who has previously made 2011’s You’re Next, 2014’s The Guest, 2016’s Blair Witch, and the 2017 Netflix Original movie Death Note.
While Godzilla Vs. Kong is releasing on HBO Max the same day as in theaters, Legendary Pictures have had problems with Warner Bros.’ release strategy. The production company threatened legal action against Warner Bros. due to the studio’s plan to release Dune on streaming without telling Legendary. It seems as though the two have come to an agreement on the matter.
It also seems likely that considering Godzilla as a franchise hasn’t done as well in the United States as it has in other countries, Warner Bros. is releasing Godzilla Vs. Kong on HBO Max simply to raise subscribers, while hoping to do bigger numbers overseas. Godzilla has been a major hit since the 1950s in Japan, so it seems as though Warner Bros. is banking on foreign markets for Godzilla Vs. Kong to be a success.
But we won’t have to wait too much longer to see Godzilla Vs. Kong, as the film hits theaters and HBO Max on March 26, 2021.