The first line of defense against a Godzilla incursion is obviously going to be the military, though who’s military obviously depends on where he first makes landfall. They may not be the ones who finally destroy him or drive him back into the ocean—it always seems like those smarty-pants scientists play a big role there—but they’re going to do their damnedest to take him down while they can. This latest clip from Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot, and a video from the Air Force, indicate just how two branches of America’s military might go about combatting the giant, scale-covered monster.
Watching Godzilla toss around these ships like toys, not to mention seeing him superimposed against the Golden Gate Bridge, give you an idea just how massive you have to be in order to be crowned King of the Monsters. It’s pretty damn big. He’s not even the one causing most of the destruction, it’s the wayward missiles launched by the naval vessels that are really wrecking up the joint. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure he’ll have ample opportunity to make a mess, but don’t go blaming every last bit of it on the big green lizard just because he looks like he’s up to no good.
Hopefully the way this clip handles the creature is indicative of Edwards’ overall strategy. From what we’ve heard it is, as he has often spoken of not wanting to just plot the monster down in front of everyone right away. He’s going to take his sweet time unveiling their digital creation. It will be fun to watch him play with different ways to keep Godzilla under wraps and out of the spotlight for as long as he can.
While we see how the Navy might take on a threat the size and style of Godzilla, the 18th Wing of the United States Air Force, based out of Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base, has their own strategy for combatting such a menace. SRA Mark Hermann and MSGT Jason Edwards chime in on the matter, and while the first guy in obviously stoked and has given this scenario some legitimate thought, you get the impression that the second guy has never seen a Godzilla movie in his life.
Since his first foray into the public consciousness in 1954, Godzilla has brushed off bullets, bombs, missiles, massive blasts of electricity, and just about everything you can think to throw at him, so you’re right to think these guys are overestimating the effectiveness of the weapons at their disposal. Most of the attempts to stop the big guy primarily succeed in making him even angrier, though it’s possible that their strategic location could slow him down some. If nothing else, while Godzilla swats their planes and helicopters out of the sky, it should give cities in his way more of a chance to evacuate.
Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, and Ken Watanabe, and opens a week from today on May 16. Until then, you can read the comic book.