Godzilla is now less than two weeks away, and we’re all getting excited to watch the iconic lizard step on buildings and generally cause a ruckus. Because we know that the King of the Monsters isn’t the only giant beastie in the film—we’ve now laid eyes on Muto, the winged opponent—we assumed that that the two would tangle at some point. After an absurd number of TV spots, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released the first official clip from the film, and it sets the stage for just this kind of massive monster battle. If this footage doesn’t get you pumped for Godzilla, you might want to check your pulse to make sure you’re still alive.
We’ve heard that director Gareth Edwards doesn’t show all of his cards right away, that he keeps the monsters rather hidden and obscured for much of the movie. If that is true, you have to imagine that this clip comes from somewhere later in the movie rather than early on in the action. I can’t figure out how to type the weird little noise I made watching this video. It wasn’t quite a squeal, it wasn’t quite a howl of joy, but whatever the hell it was, it was definitely a very happy sound.
You have to wonder about the conversation between David Strathairn’s Admiral Stenz and Ken Watanabe’s Dr. Ichiro Serizawa where they discuss the “alpha predator.” What fits that description more than a giant lizard that dwarfs every skyscraper in town? You assume they’re talking about the big guy himself, but the tone and direction of their conversation makes it sound like they’re talking about the guy with the wings. Referring to it as “this alpha predator of yours,” makes it sound like something man made, or at least controlled (that should probably be “controlled” in quotation marks) by humans.
Here’s my latest left-field theory. In earlier trailers and ads we’ve seen a strange, unidentified object that’s underground, surrounded by scaffolding, and looks a little like it’s glowing. Many have speculated that this could be some kind of egg or egg sac. The appearance also seems similar to what we’ve seen of the Muto creature when it is on the ground and not flying about. What if this is some kind of monster egg, the government finds it, hatches it, and voila, has its very own monster? If they keep Godzilla attacks under wraps, and Bryan Cranston’s character often yells about, such an endeavor isn’t outside of the realm of possibility. We still have to wait until May 16 to find out for sure, but that definitely sounds plausible.
Maybe it’s just me, and maybe this happened so quickly there was no time, but if the government, military, or whoever is in charge during a Godzilla incident, is going to let two massive monsters duke it out in the middle of a major city, you hope they’d do a better job of evacuating civilians from the area. At the very least, you think that all of those people in that office, the ones who look very much like they’re in the middle of an average work day, would be getting the hell out of there. If there were an honest-to-god a Godzilla in the area, I’d be a cartoon cloud of dust.