How Godzilla 2's Director Celebrated The End Of Production

Godzilla fans still have a year and a half to go until the giant reptilian monster rampages across the big screen again, but for the cast and crew of the next movie, a key stage of the creative process just ended. Godzilla: King of the Monsters recently wrapped up principal photography, and to commemorate the occasion, director Michael Dougherty posted a photo of the special message he delivered to his team, accompanied by looks at the monsters who will be roaming around in the Godzilla sequel.

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To the Godzilla: King of the Monsters cast and crew, being complimented by Michael Dougherty is undoubtedly welcome. But for the fans looking forward to the next MonsterVerse entry, it's the Kaiju images that draw the eye. Along with Godzilla itself, there are stylized representations of Mothra and King Ghidorah. Rodan is missing from the lineup, but nevertheless, seeing the other three monsters in the picture above has us all the more excited for when the official images of them will drop.

Before teasing Godzilla: King of the Monsters' headlining creatures, Michael Dougherty posted on Twitter a look at the work space he's used since the sequel started rolling cameras, as you can see below.

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Halloween isn't for another month, but evidently Michael Dougherty is getting a head start on celebrating the holiday judging by that Jack O'Lantern. Looking more closely, Dougherty also has a Monarch mug from which to drink his beverage of choice. But the most mysterious element from this picture is the hat labeled "USS Scorpion," referring to the nuclear submarine that was lost in 1968. While nothing is certain yet, it would appear that the hat is a clue that in the MonsterVerse, Godzilla or one of these other monsters may have been responsible for the sub's mysterious disappearance.

Taking place several years after the 2014 Godzilla movie, a.k.a the first MonsterVerse installment, Godzilla: King of the Monsters will see the eponymous beast clashing with Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed King Ghidorah, who is described as Godzilla's "chief nemesis." The main cast includes Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, O'Shea Jackson, Charles Dance, Aisha Hinds and Zhang Ziti. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins will also reprise Dr. Ishiro Serizawa and Dr. Vivienne Graham, respectively.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters opens in theaters on March 22, 2019, and following that, Godzilla will go head-to-head with fellow MonsterVerse star Kong in Godzilla vs. Kong on May 22, 2020.

Adam Holmes
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Connoisseur of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, John Wick, MonsterVerse and Doctor Who lore. He's aware he looks like Harry Potter and Clark Kent.