Several new character, story, and franchise details about Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Warner Bros.' MonsterVerse were unveiled recently thanks to multiple set visit reports. Years ago, Legendary Entertainment managed to strike a deal with Toho to develop a new Godzilla movie. And since Gareth Edwards' 2014 reboot became a critical and commercial success, Legendary and WB decided to push forward with a full-fledged shared universe that will lead to an ultimate showdown between Godzilla and King Kong in 2020.
But before Adam Wingard's Godzilla vs. Kong hits theaters, Toho fans will finally get the Godzilla sequel they've been waiting for in Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Bringing together Godzilla and Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah together for the first time in a Hollywood movie, Godzilla: King of the Monsters aims to expand the MonsterVerse to a new level, one that will see some of the most iconic monsters in cinematic history battle each other for supremacy.
For some time now, fans have managed to obtain quite a few details about Godzilla: King of the Monster by persuing through the Monarch Sciences viral website that launched last summer. But in addition to ramping up the final leg of King of the Monsters' marketing campaign (including releasing multiple TV spots and promos), the studio has lifted the embargo on the set visits that were conducted in mid-2017, which means new details have emerged online.
New Godzilla: King of the Monsters Story Details
Vera Farmiga's Dr. Emma Russell is responsible for creating a new device called the Orca, which can communicate with - and potentially control - the Titans in King of the Monsters. Naturally, this device is coveted by people and organizations who want to use the Titans for personal gain. And so, Charles Dance's unnamed character, who leads the villains in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, kidnaps Dr. Russell and her daughter, Madison, played by Millie Bobby Brown, from the Monarch outpost in China that was being used to study Mothra. It's at this point in the film that Mothra escapes from the outpost, which instigates the story.
In order to find Emma and Madison, as well as the Orca device that Dance's mercenaries now control, Monarch brings on Kyle Chandler's Mark Russell, who's capable of tracking the Orca. However, he accepts the mission only to find his daughter. (Mark and Emma had a falling out, partly because Mark wants to see the Titans destroyed and Emma wants to protect them.) Later on, Sally Hawkins' Dr. Vivienne Graham gives a briefing at Monarch HQ about Emma and Madison's kidnapping. Everyone believes the mercenaries would be heading to Rodan's Monarch outpost, so that's where they choose to go to.
As seen in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailers, Rodan explodes out of the volcano in Mexico and chases either the military, Dance's mercenaries, or Monarch. According to the set visit reports, however, it seems that the mercenaries and Monarch are involved in the Rodan chase, with Monarch flying a new aircraft called the Argo. (The Argo aircraft was previously teased in merchandise and can be seen quite prominently in various Godzilla: King of the Monsters posters as well.) Given the Argo's importance to the movie, Monarch might be even more involved with defeating the mercenaries, recovering the Orca, and protecting the Titans than previously realized.
Interestingly, given that Mothra escapes and both the mercenaries and Monarch head to Rodan's outpost, the Orca might be involved in both Titans fighting each other, which is something that was also confirmed in the set visit reports. Mothra and Rodan's fight is just one of many battles audiences can expect to see in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, including not one but two fights between Godzilla and Ghidorah.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020