The first full Godzilla Vs. Kong trailer is finally here and it looks incredible. After a month hiding inside from a killer virus, seeing a giant gorilla punch an atomic lizard in the face was just the thing to cheer me up. Right now it’s looking like The Guest and Death Note director Adam Wingard has knocked it out of the park and made what looks like the best MonsterVerse movie to date. But what other details can we glean from the trailer?
Well, one of them is that our boy Kong has done some serious growing since we first met him on Skull Island. For one, it looks as if he’s now as tall as Godzilla himself. That puts him at the top of the titan weight class, as back in 2014 Godzilla was confirmed to be 355ft tall (or 122m). On Skull Island he was about 100m tall, so I guess he’s been packing on the protein in the run-up to this fight. Still, the lizard is probably still much heavier and comes with a few more radioactive tricks than Kong, who is still effectively a very big, very angry gorilla.
Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (currently working on the Metal Gear Solid movie with Oscar Isaac) reacted with happiness at seeing this new version of Kong, saying on Twitter:
“My baby boy Kong is all grown up since you last saw him. I’m honestly emotional like a father watching his ape go off to Kaiju college.”
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But for those closely watching the trailer there were clues that this Godzilla may not be all he seems. There are subtle hints that, at least for some parts of the movie, Kong might actually be fighting MechaGodzilla, whose arrival in the MonsterVerse has been hinted at for a while.
We’ll find out for certain when Godzilla Vs. Kong lands on HBO Max on March 26. If this epic throwdown is as fun as the trailer made it look, then perhaps it’ll be worth revisiting this if it ever comes back to IMAX and feeling the ground truly shake. Bring it on.