Get ready to evacuate major cities once again, because the King of the Monsters and the Eighth Wonder of the World are about to reunite for the next thrilling chapter in the MonsterVerse: Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire. Legendary’s cinematic universe, inspired by the iconic Toho monster films, has been a massive success. It all began with the 2014 Godzilla film, a spectacular western reboot that brought us awe-inspiring monster battles on an epic scale. After Godzilla’s showdown with the formidable MUTOs, we learned that he wasn’t the only giant creature in this universe. Godzilla: King of the Monsters introduced a whole new array of monstrous threats to Earth. Despite facing a near-fatal encounter with the fearsome King Ghidorah, Godzilla emerged victorious and solidified his reign as the ultimate monster.
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But long before Godzilla claimed that title, there was another king in town—King Kong, ruling over his secluded domain known as Skull Island. Kong made his triumphant return to the big screen in Kong: Skull Island, defending his homeland against invaders. Decades later, these two colossal titans collided in Godzilla vs. Kong, initially as ancient enemies but later joining forces to take down the rogue Mecha-Godzilla. Now, three years after that epic battle, Godzilla and Kong are set to reunite in Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire. This next installment promises an epic showcase of chaos and destruction. The big question on everyone’s minds is whether these iconic monsters will once again lock horns or if they’ll begrudgingly team up to face an entirely new threat. To find out more about the sequel’s cast, trailer, release date, and much more, let’s dive into everything we know so far about Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire.
When Is Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire Coming Out?
Get ready for the colossal creatures of the MonsterVerse to stomp back onto the big screen because Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire is set to hit theaters on April 12, 2024. Initially, fans were eagerly anticipating its release on Friday, March 15, 2024. However, there has been a slight delay, which could possibly be attributed to the ongoing WGA/SAG-AFTRA strikes.
Where Can You Watch Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire?
Die-hard fans of Godzilla and King Kong know that these legendary monsters shine their brightest when gracing the big screen. Fortunately, the announcement trailer for Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire leaves no room for doubt—it’s coming exclusively to theaters. This comes as thrilling news for enthusiasts, especially after the last film, Godzilla vs. Kong, had to navigate the challenges of the global pandemic and opted for a day-and-date release on HBO Max alongside its theatrical premiere. Despite those hurdles, it still managed to rake in a substantial $470 million worldwide, becoming a standout success at the pandemic-era box office. With The New Empire’s return to theaters, there’s a chance we might see it on the newly rebranded Max once its cinematic run concludes.
Is There a Trailer for Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire?
Our first glimpse into the epic showdown between Godzilla and Kong arrives in the form of a tantalizing title reveal trailer, unveiling the film’s title as Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire. In this brief, just-over-thirty-second teaser, we find a colossal ape, perched atop a foreboding throne, surrounded by a macabre landscape of bones and debris. At the fringes of this monstrous graveyard lie two enormous skulls, unmistakably belonging to Godzilla and Kong. While it appears logical to identify the ape on the throne as Kong, there’s a curious twist – this creature seems notably leaner than our iconic protagonists, exuding an almost villainous aura. Following the grand display of the film’s title, the title reveal trailer for Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire treats us to an intense close-up of this enigmatic blue-eyed antagonist, concluding with the announcement that the film will grace theaters exclusively in 2024.
Who Stars in Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire?
Prepare for the return of some familiar faces from Godzilla vs. Kong in Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire. This includes the talented Rebecca Hall, reprising her role as the monster expert Dr. Ilene Andrews, Brian Tyree Henry as the ever-entertaining conspiracy theorist Bernie Hayes, and the young and gifted Kaylee Hottle as Jia, Kong’s human companion. Notably, we’ll be welcoming Dan Stevens, known for his work in Downton Abbey, in a leading role that remains shrouded in mystery. Joining this stellar lineup are Rachel House (you might recognize her from Thor: Ragnarok), Alex Ferns (a familiar face from The Batman), Fala Chen (known for her role in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), and Mercy Cornwall (featured in Dive Club). As for the stars of Godzilla vs. Kong, such as Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Julian Dennison, and Kyle Chandler, their return remains unconfirmed, leading us to speculate that they might be taking a back seat this time around.
What Is Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire About?
While we all know that when it comes to Godzilla and King Kong, it’s the epic battles that steal the show, it’s worth noting the official plot synopsis for Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire:
In this latest installment of the Monsterverse franchise, we’re in for another thrilling cinematic adventure following the explosive clash between Godzilla and Kong. This time, our titanic heroes are up against an immense, undiscovered threat lurking within our world, a menace that challenges not only their existence but ours as well. The film promises to take us deeper into the histories of these colossal Titans, unveiling their origins and exploring the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond. Along the way, we’ll uncover the legendary battle that played a pivotal role in shaping these extraordinary beings and forever binding them to humanity.
While the plot synopsis keeps the identity of the new adversary under wraps, it’s an exciting prospect to delve into the origins of these iconic monsters and perhaps revisit the enigmatic Skull Island.
Who Is Making Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire?
A few weeks following the release of Godzilla vs. Kong, exciting news broke that the film’s director, Adam Wingard, would be returning to helm the next installment in the MonsterVerse. This marks a significant milestone as the first time in the franchise’s history that a director has taken the reins for more than one project. Additionally, it’s a reunion for Wingard and Dan Stevens, who previously collaborated on the cult-favorite action-horror film, The Guest.
The creative team behind this monstrous cinematic adventure includes accomplished writers such as Simon Barett (known for ‘You’re Next’), Terry Rossio (‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’), and Jeremy Slater (‘Moon Knight’). Other talented crew members on board include the renowned composer Junkie XL (‘Mad Max: Fury Road’), editor Josh Schaeffer (‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’), and production designer Tom Hammock (‘X’). It’s clear that the MonsterVerse is in capable hands with this stellar lineup.