The summer movie season is underway and this week, it's Godzilla's turn to take the spotlight. The long-awaited sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, arrives this weekend. The film will see Godzilla collide with other iconic kaiju like Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah, finally rendering these monster fights in state-of-the-art visual effects. While reviews for the sequel have been a bit middling out of the gate, King of the Monsters is still tracking for a worldwide debut of $230-$235 million.
While marketing hasn't been shy about showing off the monsters and their brawls, there are a few secrets still left to figure out. For starters, not too much is known about the plot or the human element of the film. The last thing that anyone seeing a Godzilla movie cares about are the humans, but someone needs to explain stuff in between monster fights. So, before checking out King of the Monsters this weekend, these are the five questions we still have about the sequel.
Whose Side Is Vera Farmiga On?
King of the Monsters has an all-new cast of humans, chief among them Vera Farmiga. The actress plays Emma, a scientist who has created a device that allows for communication with the Titans (ie giant monsters). While Emma is quoted in one of the trailers talking about how the Titans are the only things that can save the planet, a different trailer shows her freeing King Ghidorah from his icy prison.
Ghidorah is kind of a near limitless death machine, so that makes Emma's allegiances questionable. Is she a secret villain or did she just make a desperate decision? She also preaches for letting Godzilla loose, presumably to help clean up Ghidorah's mess, which would indicate that she's a good guy, so she's all over the map.
Also, What's Up With Charles Dance?
Speaking of questionable humans, Charles Dance looks to be set up as the human antagonist in the film. The Game of Thrones star is playing Alan Jonah, a former MI6 agent who went rogue. Apparently, he wants to use the Titans to restore the natural order. That's a pretty vague agenda, so it's not clear what he wants or why he thinks he can accomplish his goals.
Originally, fans theorized that Charles Dance's character was an older version of Tom Hiddleston's from Kong: Skull Island. However, that doesn't seem to be the case, even though it would have been a nice way to connect the MonsterVerse movies before Godzilla vs Kong. Instead he will be an all-new character and one who is evidently not on the side of humanity. It would not shock me if he's eaten before the credits roll.
Will Other Famous Godzilla Foes Appear?
Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan are arguable the most iconic of Godzilla's fellow monsters, but the King of Kaiju has fought plenty of more opponents in his long cinema history. However, this film is already packed with monsters, so anything more than a quick cameo is probably out of the question. There are no shortage of options for cameos and eagle-eyed Gozilla fans are sure to be looking for any detail they can find.
We do know, however, that other Titans exist in this world. The trailers make it pretty explicit that giant monsters are coming out of the woodwork, and it's not crazy to think that some of these will be recognizable to fans. If nothing else, it could offer some teases for what to expect in any potential sequels.
How Do Mothra And Rodan Factor In?
The title fight of the sequel is Godzilla vs Ghidorah, but where does that leave Mothra and Rodan? Are the two just meant to warm-up fight to get the crowd going? Are they unknown agents meant to shake things up? It's tough to see where the two fit into the picture when Godzilla has got his sights set on a certain three-headed dragon.
The two monsters have a long history in the Godzilla franchise as both allies and enemies of Godzilla. Mothra is more often than not on Godzilla's side while Rodan usually just does whatever he feels like. There's sure to be plenty of action for the two of them, but juggling their powers and entrances into the film likely wasn't an easy task.
Will There Be A King Kong Tease?
While we can only focus on what's right in front of us, we can't help but think of what this is all building to. In just one year, two of the most iconic movie monsters will fight it out in Godzilla vs Kong. King of the Monsters is the last movie before the big blockbuster, so the chances feel pretty good that there will be some king of tease for King Kong and Skull Island.
The question is: What kind of tease? Will it just be a name drop or a glimpse at some clearly labeled "Skull Island" files? Better yet, will Kong actually show up onscreen, most likely in a post credits scene? Kong hasn't been seen since Kong: Skull Island, and you better believe that the studio wants you to remember that movie as we start making our way to Godzilla vs Kong.
Based on the reviews for King of the Monsters, the plot is the main problem with this movie, and fans might not want to get obsessed with it. However, that's not exactly surprising. People don't typically go to a Godzilla movie to find out what the humans are up. They just want to see Godzilla square off against the latest threat to his kingdom, and by the sounds of it, this sequel delivers on that front. As movie fans, we just can't help wondering about the finer details, and while I'm totally there to see Godzilla blast a molten pterodactyl or a big moth or whatever, I also wouldn't mind knowing a bit more about what happens in the quieter moments.
Thankfully, we don't have to wait very long at all to find out the answer to these questions. Godzilla: King of the Monsters premieres tonight and will be available for your viewing pleasure all weekend. Stick with CinemaBlend and we'll be sure to keep you updated on everything about the movie and how it performs during its opening weekend.