Two of cinema’s most iconic and badass monstrosities are set to clash for the first time since 1962, and now we know when to expect the cataclysmic duel. The first trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong debuted online Sunday, giving fans a sneak peek at the upcoming showdown between the two legendary titans, which will hit theaters and simultaneously stream on HBO Max on March 31.
Directed by Adam Wingard (Death Note), the film sees the return of Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler, while welcoming Alexander Skarsgård, Brain Tyree Henry, Rebecca Hall, Demián Bichir and others to the franchise. Aided by a young girl’s (Kaylee Hottle) ability to communicate with Kong, the hulking ape who is implied to be the world’s lone hope against Godzilla, a devastatingly monstrous reptile. As the action flits from sea to land, the beasts rampage cities and mountains as the trailer teases a prehistoric backstory pitting titan against titan.
The long awaited rematch of these two jumbo-sized screen icons is the culmination of a quartet of successful reboots and subsequent sequels enjoyed between both franchises over the last 15 years. Following 1998’s dismal attempt at recreating the Godzilla brand, 2005’s King Kong didn’t disappoint, and received a sequel in the form of Kong: Skull Island in 2017. The tides turned for the Kaiju as Godzilla (2014) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) dominated the box office. Godzilla vs. Kong should put this revitalized, supersized outing to the test. “The myths are real,” warns Hall’s character, Ilene Andrews, in the trailer. “There was a war, and they’re the last ones standing.”