Having wound the clock back to 1973 for Kong: Skull Island last year, next year’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters is finally bringing us back to the present day in the MonsterVerse. 2014’s Godzilla was our first taste of this shared universe, and while the eponymous monster successfully defeated the MUTOs, Earth’s troubles with these Titans (as they’re known) were far from over. This time around, Godzilla will face off against a battery of more well-known foes, which sucks for the people living on this Earth, but is dynamite for the moviegoers who enjoy giant monsters clash.
With seven months to go until Godzilla: King of the Monsters‘ release, we’ve compiled a list of all the confirmed Titans who are showing up in the sequel. It’s possible that even more monsters will show up and are simply being kept as a surprise, but even if that’s not the case, this is quite the lineup of creatures. And judging from what was shown in the first King of the Monsters trailer, they are definitely raising the stakes and then some from what the previous Godzilla movie offered.
It’s a Godzilla movie. Of course the big guy is going to be front and center! In his first MonsterVerse appearance, we learned that Godzilla was first awakened accidentally by an American nuclear submarine, leading the United States military try to kill him using nuclear bombs. Needless to say they were unsuccessful, but after dropping a hydrogen bomb on Godzilla, the creature disappeared for 60 years, and subsequently Monarch was formed to study him and other monsters. Godzilla returned in the 21st century when the first MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) surfaced, and with some human assistance, he defeated his adversaries before they could reproduce. Although initially believed to be dead, Godzilla awoke the next morning and returned underwater.
So what can we expect from the reptilian, atomic breathing kaiju in Godzilla: King of the Monsters? Like last time, he’ll be battling the antagonistic monsters. While we didn’t get any sense that Godzilla gives a damn about humanity in the earlier movie, there’s a shot in the first King of the Monsters trailer of him roaring as jets fly over and around him, so perhaps there will be closer teamwork between him and the military. Beyond this, it remains to be seen specifically why Godzilla returns and how he’ll cross paths with his fellow Titans, but one is certain: this won’t be his last MonsterVerse appearance. More on that later.