With Godzilla: King Of The Monsters being ten months away, we finally got our first official trailer. I gave my reaction on the trailer that I was thrilled to bits and I had tears from the joy I was feeling. After watching the trailer over and over, there are things that you may have missed while watching. So let's dive in and see what lovely treasures we'll find.
The trailer starts off with Vera Farmiga as Emma Russell making a big speech about how humanity is a disease and that the Earth created these monsters called Titans to cure itself and that we have set up our own extinction. She even claims the monsters as the "rightful rulers" of this planet. This sounds to me like that Emma will be a villain of the movie, but it could also because she is just being held hostage by the terrorists she is being forced to read the lines given to her. I am leaning towards her being a neutral villain, a character that starts off as a bad guy only for that same character to be redeemed after they realize their mistake. I will get more into that later. We see Millie Bobby Brown as Madison on top of a building with binoculars until she feels a sudden shift in the wind. She turns around, sees a cloud of debris with lights flashing and she runs back inside for cover. This shot looks like it's somewhere around the climax where Godzilla and King Ghidorah (aka Monster Zero) will be facing off in Boston.
Next thing we see is everybody turning to the monitor to watch the video that Farmiga was making her big speech and Kyle Chandler as Mark looking worried. We know that he is just worried about his daughter, Madison, and Emma as well. We do know that Mark and Emma are split up or divorced, but I will explain later. Let's rewind a bit where we see the people standing up, but behind them looks to be a radar or map. From how it looks, it seems like that more monsters have been released. Mike Dougherty himself confirmed that more monsters will be in the film aside from the main four. So we are probably seeing the beginning of the end for humanity as we know it.
The next scene we come across is Ken Watanabe as Dr. Serizawa with a team of researchers inspecting ruins found at the bottom of the ocean. This is the first bit of history that we learn about Godzilla from the cave paintings that were left in these ruins. We find out from these paintings that humanity and the monsters have lived side - by - side and coexisting with one another with the monsters. It even shows that humans back then worshiped these monsters as gods and made offerings to them. It seems like through these offerings, the monsters protect humanity in return for their kindness. It cuts to our first look at O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Chief Warrant Officer Barnes of the new task force called the G-Team. In an interview, O'Shea Jackson Jr. mentions that he is just a grunt, but goes into more detail that this new task force was created by MONARCH to fight the invading monsters. So the G-Team is this movie's version of the 90's Godzilla movies that had G-Force and in Godzilla vs Megaguirus with the G-Graspers. What's more is that he is facing toward something. Perhaps a mission briefing or he is just listening intently on Emma Russell's propaganda video. It cuts to the next shot where it shows Mark Russell standing at the edge of the glass staring at Godzilla while Godzilla stares back them while his dorsal plates glow. It pans to show how everybody is standing real still waiting to see what will happen not knowing if Godzilla is going to attack or not.
Following up, we get our first look at the big bad monster of the movie, King Ghidorah, and he is MASSIVE! He sort of has that design from Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack from the silhouette. If you look on the right of the picture, you can see what looks like either a foot or a hand. From how he is positioned, that could possibly be a hand since it looks like King Ghidorah fell on his back. Yet, it could also be part of the wing as well. Then, we see Madison and Emma with an unknown character behind them. This unknown character is actor Charles Dance, who most people would recognize him as the character, Tywin Lanister, from HBO's tv series, Game Of Thrones. We don't know much of Charles Dance's character, but the fact that his character's name is not yet published on IMDB's website, means that this is very secretive. Director Mike Dougherty did confirm that a character from Kong: Skull Island is returning for this movie. So could Charles Dance be playing an older version one of those characters from Kong: Skull Island. That we will have to wait until the movie is released. Then, we cut to a destroyed city that could be San Fransisco. Now, it is here that leads many to believe that this is a flash back to the 2014 movie in a different perspective. The question is where in the movie it takes place. My guess is that this is the beginning of the movie because it has been five years since the last Godzilla movie and it could act as a little recap of what happened in the events of that movie. Following afterwards, we see what looks like an egg or a cocoon with the next scene showing off our first look at Mothra in her larval form and so far I am loving the design for this form of Mothra. You can see a lot of details on her such as her carapace and her tiny arms poking out under her.
Finally, we get one of the best parts of the trailer and possibly the whole movie. We see Godzilla rising out of the water in front of MONARCH's submarine and we see our first look at Ziyi Zhang's character. Again, her character's name is not listed on IMDB's website so I am wondering if this is also going back to what Dougherty stated that a character from Kong: Skull Island returning to this movie. From what sources have said, her character is apparently the Nick Fury of the Monsterverse. I know that this is only the first trailer, but I am not buying it. I get it more from Dr. Serizawa since he is the one that sides with Godzilla and he believed in Godzilla being the answer to killing the MUTOs in the 2014 film. So I would not be surprised that he will continue believing in Godzilla as the answer to kill Ghidorah. For all we know though, Serizawa could possibly be passing the torch to Zhang's character, but more on that later. We continue with Godzilla still rising and his dorsal plates glowing and humming as he charges up his atomic breath. We also see Mark watching in awe as well with everyone else as we see Godzilla blasts his atomic breath into the air calling his allies for help. I really love the small details they did with Godzilla as he was charging up. You can little parts of his body glowing to show that it is not just his dorsal plates that glows. It really feels like he could be in a Pacific Rim movie and he just looks so awesome in this shot.
The next shot following afterwards is this BEAUTIFUL shot of Mothra in her adult/imago form spreading her wings out for the first time with that bioluminescent light glowing. At first, I thought that it was only showing off her wings and that Dougherty didn't want to show off the whole body until they get a first impression of the design first. While her whole design is hidden, it was not left out of the trailer completely. In the high-def version of the trailer, you get to see a little more detail of Mothra in this shot. I tried to crop and enhance the picture to get a better look at her completely and what you see is the best I could come up with. On the left side of the photo, you can see her leg placed over to the side. Her head looks sort of like a wasp, but her eye is circular like her previous incarnations. Also, it looks like her mouth is gaping open. Perhaps, she is letting out a cry of her presence for the first time? You can even see what looks like her antenna as well and it looks small and thin. Then, we see the card saying, "Next Summer," and the shot of the same waterfall where the baby Mothra went to make her cocoon. Also note, Mothra has always played the good guy in every movie she has been in. Since her profile states that she was worshiped as a godess, it confirms that her role as the good and gentle monster continues in this movie as well.