We’re less than a year away from the next Godzilla film from Legendary Pictures! Today we’ve finally learned what the film will be called and got a tease about who the next big bad will be!
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is the official title of the fourth film in Legendary’s kaiju series. It will focus on a new threat and explore the origins of Godzilla, King Kong, and Skull Island.
The creature teased in the video looks like an orangutan. The slim build of the creature could mean he’s younger and faster than Kong and Godzilla.
Although the teaser does end with a shot of the fuming skulls of a giant ‘zilla-esque creature and gorilla, I doubt they’re the film’s heroes. No doubt this points to the new villain having bested the ancestors of both heroic kaiju.
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire will smash into theatres on March 15, 2024.
The official synopsis:
“This latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise follows up the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs. Kong with an all-new cinematic adventure, pitting the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence – and our own. The epic new film will delve further into the histories of these Titans, their origins, and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever.”
Godzilla vs. Kong debuted in 2021. It was a match many of us had been waiting for, but the human drama injected throughout was a slog to watch. The battle between Kong, Godzilla, and Mechagodzilla was enjoyable. However, future installments of this series either need to drastically improve the adventures of the human characters or trim them down to minor players in a much greater story.
Regardless of the story’s quality, 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong raked in over $470M on an estimated $200M budget. This second sequel to the 2014 original outperformed its predecessor, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, by over $100M.[Source: Legendary YouTube Channel]
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