The movie MonsterVerse is finally giving us the showdown that everyone wants and, once again, the U.S. Navy plays a big role. "Godzilla vs. Kong" comes to U.S. theaters and HBO Max on March 31, and Warner Bros. has just released the first trailer for the film.
We last left Kong behind in 1973 at the end of "Kong: Skull Island," a sci-fi movie steeped in the frustrations overwhelming the military at the end of the Vietnam War. After human explorers helped the giant ape defeat the Skullcrawler which had terrorized the island for centuries, they left him behind to what should've been a quiet life in the Pacific.
Godzilla had a lot of plot to support in "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," the 2017 movie that was supposed to get moviegoers obsessed with a whole Marvel-style universe of Japanese-inspired monsters. There were some good fight scenes, but everything was really just a preview for the Godzilla/Kong showdown.
Here's the new "Godzilla vs. Kong" trailer.
So many questions. Who sent the Navy back to Skull Island to kidnap Kong? Was that even necessary? What does it mean that "the world needs Kong to stop what's coming?" And who is this little girl who can communicate with the giant ape?
More importantly, why does Godzilla care that Kong is strapped to a human ship? Is he trying to rescue the ape or do they have some ancient beef that we don't know about?
Most importantly, could the current generation of Navy vessels support Godzilla and Kong as they use a deck as a boxing ring? Is this an actual situation that the Navy brass has researched? Is the USA ready to defend itself from any potential monster threat?
Of course, in every Godzilla movie, it all comes down to the fight scenes. If Kong and Godzilla deliver the goods in battle (even if they eventually team up to fight some other menace), plot holes and tactical military questions will fall by the wayside.
Still, we've got a new team coming in at the Pentagon. What are they going to do to prepare America for potential subterranean and outer-space threats to national security? Kong could be just around the corner.
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