A Brief But Thrilling Glimpse of “Godzilla vs. Kong”
2021 did not get off to a good start, but we’re hoping things start to improve on all fronts, and soon. To that end, the news that Warner Bros.’ Godzilla vs. Kong will arrive two months earlier than we expected qualifies as very good news indeed. Director Adam Wingard’s upcoming film about the battle between cinema’s two most legendary monsters boasts a fantastic cast. Millie Bobby Brown (fresh from surviving the drama in Godzilla: King of the Monsters), Brian Tyree Henry, Rebecca Hall, Alexander Skarsgård, Julian Dennison, and Eiza González. And now, thanks to a Tweet yesterday, we’ve got our first glimpse at this titanic battle. It’s brief but potent:
— Godzilla vs Kong (@GodziIIaVSKong) January 18, 2021
“Change is nature” the teaser informs us. True enough. One change you might note is that King Kong appears just as big as Godzilla. While we won’t know until we actually see the film how the writers handled the size discrepancy (or Kong’s apparent growth), we were clued in a while ago to their thinking.
“We’re looking at an almost David versus Goliath situation. Because everyone, the moment you say Godzilla’s going to fight Kong, your first reaction is ‘Kong doesn’t stand a chance,’” Michael Doughtery, one of the film’s story architects, told Bloody Disgusting. “You know, it’s like watching Rocky go up against Ivan Drago. It seems like it’s unfair—but clearly, this means the underdog might have a few surprises.”
And about the size discrepancy?
“But then if you really take the time to look at Kong as a character, it’s like, okay, in Skull Island he was an adolescent, so he was still growing,” Dougherty explained. “So who knows how big he is since the 1970s when they first met him? Kong is extremely intelligent. As a primate, he’s a tool-user. So he’s got speed, he’s got agility, he might have some good size.”
Godzilla vs. Kong hits theaters and HBO Max on March 26.
Here’s the official synopsis from Warner Bros.:
Legends collide as Godzilla and Kong, the two most powerful forces of nature, clash on the big screen in a spectacular battle for the ages. As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into fantastic uncharted terrain, unearthing clues to the Titans’ very origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever.
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Featured image: Before he faces off against Godzilla, here’s Kong in “Kong: Skull Island.” Courtesy Warner Bros.