The viral site M.U.T.O. Research recently launched, giving patient fans a chance to dig around and unearth clues regarding Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla reboot. The site can be difficult to maneuver. It relies on codes that have to be entered as one tries to dig up valuable information. But we’ve found two videos on the site, which seems to be setting up a call for help, likely in the wake of the monster’s emergence from the sea.
That second shot has a clear-cut clip of a soldier jumping from what looks to be a very high location. The back of the beast, perhaps? These viral videos are intentionally distorted, as if part of a broadcasted message that can’t get out over the airwaves, likely due to the panic and chaos created by Godzilla’s arrival. It’s possible that Edwards will maintain that sense of mystery in the first trailer, giving away very little, except letting audiences know that a Godzilla movie is on the horizon. The good news is, we won’t have to wait very long.
Warner Bros. will have the first trailer for Godzilla online on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 1:00 p.m. EST (10:00 a.m. PST). Needless to say, we’ll have it on the site immediately. Does that mean it also will be attached to prints of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this weekend? That’s a safe bet.
As we build up to the trailer, the studio has been planting little viral "seeds" around the ‘Net. In addition to the launch of M.U.T.O., Total Film found this image, which shows M.U.T.O. trucks parked at the site of what looks to be a crater in the Earth … caused by an asteroid? A Godzilla fireball? Something is on fire inside that pit, which actually might be a footprint? God, there’s so much to speculate here.
At least the wait will be short. Stay tuned for the Godzilla trailer on Tuesday. We’ll be back with full analysis, talking about how much of Edwards’ monster we get to see. The reboot stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn and the brilliant Bryan Cranston. It opens in theaters on May 16, 2014.
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