Godzilla met King Kong in 2021, and they at first didn’t like each other, but have learned to get along. According to the latest trailer for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, that friendship turned out to be a good thing — looks like Earth would’ve been screwed without it.
Those who saw Toho’s latest, Godzilla Minus One, in theaters last weekend got reintroduced to the ORIGINAL radioactive lizard: the one that isn’t your friend; the mindless monster borne of war who has just come to wreck everything. It’s quote an adjustment from this to the Westernized version, but the first trailer for Godzilla and King Kong’s latest buddy picture was also released this weekend.
How and why is there so much Godzilla news coming out at once? There’s a new Toho movie, there’s a first-of-its-kind English translation of the original book coming, and now we’re hearing of a Godzilla TV show on the way for Apple TV+.
A new Godzilla movie is on the way, but it’s not part of the American continuity Warner Bros has set up. This one’s from Toho, the original inventors of the monster…and it’s literally going back to the beginning.
During the 1950s, Japan was still dealing with the fallout from the nuclear attack it had suffered at the end of World War II. These postwar fears inspired author Shigeru Kayama to draft up a story about a mutated lizard who rose from the sea to tear apart a metropolis. Godzilla became a movie first, but Kayama’s script was also turned into a novella released one year later, along with Godzilla Raids Again, a book that contained ideas mined for the sequel.
Godzilla X Kong is the long-awaited sequel to Godzilla vs. Kong. The plot remains a top-secret, but the title screams an alliance instead of another fight. We saw these Titans fight each other. Now we will see them work together. The movie introduces a new Kaiju, who will be the main threat in this movie. Rather than utilizing a Monster from Old Japanese Kaiju movies, they bring back the Big 2.
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The question of how long Godzilla has been around depends on what canon we’re accepting. Originally he was the product of atomic radiation, which means he could not have existed in the 1500s — but in IDW’s upcoming miniseries he is much older, which allows him to be encountered by old-school, peg-legged, yarrrr-ing pirates. That’s the premise behind Godzilla: Here There Be Dragons.
Before there was anime, the most popular Japanese import the West knew about was Godzilla. Born from postwar anxieties, the radioactive lizard would stomp his way through dozens of films over the next 50 years. A handful of them have been created by American studios who thought they could do better, but Godzilla will always feel most at home in Tokyo.
Godzilla has had a comic book presence for decades, but under IDW’s licensor-ship, he’s mostly been socking around other IPs in crossover specials. But he DOES get his own solo adventures from time to time, and another one is coming up.
Generally, shameless corporate promotions are the realm of Fortnite. You haven’t truly made it until your parent company shells out millions of dollars to have a skin of your main character shoved into a battle royale. So when we heard Godzilla and King Kong would soon make guest appearances in a video game, Fortnite is where we assumed they’d show up. Not this time…the movie monsters are headed to Call of Duty!
Putting the worlds of Godzilla and Power Rangers together is such an obvious idea that we find it hard to believe no one’s ever done it before. Both come from Japan, both involve giant monsters wrecking buildings, both are about larger-than-life battles and explosions. IDW will finally marry these two concepts in Godzilla Vs. Power Rangers, their upcoming five-issue miniseries.