Having already seen a release date fall by the wayside, Warner Bros. announced earlier this year – much to fan vexation, mind you – that Godzilla: King of the Monsters had been pushed back another couple of months, this time to May 31st, 2019. After all, we’ve been through this song and dance before, and the outcome is almost never positive.
Nonetheless, director Michael Dougherty somehow managed to keep the more misanthropic moviegoer at bay by teasing the arrival of the three-headed dragon, King Ghidorah. And just this week, the Trick r’ Treat and Krampus helmsman even confirmed that Godzilla: King of the Monsters would indeed be stopping by Hall H at SDCC.
Apparently, the approaching of the “largest convention of its kind in the world” was all it took for the floodgates to open regarding the third installment into Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse. That’s because in addition to providing us with an early look at the return of the severely mutated dinosaur yesterday evening, Entertainment Weekly also sat down with the man behind the camera and asked him the question on everyone’s mind: How will King of the Monsters set up Godzilla Vs. Kong?
Here’s what Dougherty had to say:
“It’s not like we’re bending over backwards to introduce Kong, but there’s definitely some bread crumbs.”
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The director was quick to return to his feature though, revealing that King of the Monsters will pick up five years after the events of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, and that despite the heroics of the titular behemoth, people remain on edge apropos of his existence.
“The world is reacting to Godzilla, in the same way, we would react to any other terrifying incident, in that we are overreacting. There is paranoia and endless speculation about whether he is the only one out there or whether we’re threatened by others like his kind.”
Godzilla meets Ghidorah, and Mothra, and Rodan when Godzilla: King of the Monsters crashes into theaters next year. As for Godzilla Vs. Kong – directed by Adam Wingard – it should be with us in May of 2020, barring any unforeseen setback. Which, given the unimaginable magnitude of the former, doesn’t lend Gojira much time to catch his atomic breath.