GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE First Official Stills Tease Godzilla's "Powerful New Form"

GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE First Official Stills Tease Godzilla's "Powerful New Form" GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE First Official Stills Tease Godzilla's "Powerful New Form"

Ahead of the first trailer, which should be online later on today, Legendary has released the first official promo stills for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire...

By MarkCassidy - Dec 03, 2023 10:12 AM EST
Filed Under: Godzilla vs. Kong
Source: Via SFF Gazette

The first trailer for Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire is expected to debut during CCXP later today, and the first official promo stills for Adam Wingard's MonsterVerse sequel are now online (via IGN).

The images spotlight a slightly miffed-looking Kong wielding his club, some of the movie's human characters, and the King of the Monsters frozen in ice.

We're not sure exactly what's going on with Godzilla here, but it sounds like he is in some sort of hibernation or chrysalis-like state, and Wingard mentions that he is "evolving into a powerful new form."

"The skills that it takes to create a giant monster movie are so specific that you have to learn them, and only at the end of production was I like, 'Oh wait, now I know,'" Wingard explained. "I had all these different ideas of what I would do next time and how I could improve upon it."

 "So much of the film is entirely animated CG shots; so much of it is just pure imagination," the director added. "We have some sequences going up to about eight minutes long, where it's just the monsters doing their thing, and so the movie really allows the monsters to tell their own narrative in a visual, nonverbal way."

As for the movie's title, Wingard says a team-up between the two former enemies was always the plan.

"As soon as the [last] movie came out and the audiences started to see it, I was like, 'You just can't separate these two guys again.' It's too exciting having them in one movie. And now, the next one has to be about the continuation of that relationship, which is going to be the team-up."

Check out the stills at the link below.

Rebecca Hall (Dr. Ilene Andrews), Brian Tyree Henry (Bernie Hayes) and Kaylee Hottle (Jia) will reprise their roles from the previous movie, but Millie Bobby Brown and Alexander Skarsgård will not be back, with Legion alum Dan Stevens taking over as the main protagonist. Fala Chen, Alex Ferns and Rachel House also joined the cast.

Wingard will collaborate once more with production designer Tom Hammock, editor Josh Schaeffer, and composer Tom Holkenborg. Terry Rossio is back on script duties, along with Jeremy Slater and Wingard's frequent collaborator Simon Barrett.

"This latest entry follows up the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs. Kong with an all-new cinematic adventure, pitting the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence – and our own. The epic new film will delve further into the histories of these Titans, their origins and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever."

Principal photography commenced in Gold Coast, Queensland, on July 29, 2022, and officially wrapped last November. The film is scheduled to be theatrically released on April 12, 2024 after previously being slated for a March 15, 2024.

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Origame - 12/3/2023, 10:05 AM
Cool. He absorbed 18, tamed the 9 tails, unlocked his devil fruit, accepted his demonic nature, achieved ultra instinct, unlocked his inner hollow, and learned he's the reincarnation of some alien.
EZBeast - 12/3/2023, 10:07 AM
@Origame -
WhateverItTakes - 12/3/2023, 10:07 AM
Isn't the trailer out soon
EZBeast - 12/3/2023, 10:08 AM
@ChocolateMousse - today hopefully!
thewanderer - 12/3/2023, 10:09 AM
@ChocolateMousse - I’m guessing one will drop later today or tomorrow.
WhateverItTakes - 12/3/2023, 10:39 AM
@EZBeast @thewanderer - while some aspects of GvK were incredible there were a lot of weak moments namely every Millie bobby brown scene. I think the design of Mechagodzilla could have been better. His movement was too fluid. Would have liked to see him move more like a Jaeger in The first Pacific rim.
GeneralZod - 12/3/2023, 10:09 AM
Can we talk about how great a movie Godzilla Minus One is?
WhateverItTakes - 12/3/2023, 10:40 AM
@GeneralZod - I can't wait to see it Sunday
Slotherin - 12/3/2023, 10:58 AM
@GeneralZod - every Godzilla article has people already doing that...
bobevanz - 12/3/2023, 12:02 PM
@GeneralZod - yep! For me it's the best Zilla movie ever, aside from the original which clearly was the inspiration
bobevanz - 12/3/2023, 12:02 PM
@Slotherin - but where are the articles?
bcom - 12/3/2023, 3:00 PM
@GeneralZod - I've never seen Godzilla be so terrifying. The atomic charge and breath has never looked so f**king awesome before either! I'm staggered that they pulled that movie off with a $15 million budget. It looks better than a lot of movies with ten times the budget.
GeneralZod - 12/3/2023, 4:15 PM
@bcom - An almost perfect film. Puts 2023 Hollywood to shame. Gives me hope for the future of film-making, and if it's foreign films, so be it.
bcom - 12/3/2023, 4:44 PM
@GeneralZod - To be fair, there are a LOT of great foreign films out there. It's just that a lot of them don't get international releases so they go largely unnoticed by the rest of the world. Minus One had only two sessions a day over the weekend at my local cinema and all of them were sold out. I asked one of the managers why they had so few showings and he said "Well, to be honest we didn't think it would sell that well. We really got that wrong didn't we?!" lol.
GeneralZod - 12/3/2023, 5:25 PM
@bcom - I live in a major MSA and we only had one IMAX screen in the entire area showing Minus One. This movie cries out to be on IMAX. Hopefully this film starts to have legs via word of mouth and local theater managers will put it on more IMAX screens.
bcom - 12/3/2023, 6:27 PM
@GeneralZod - I think distribution deals probably have a part to play as well. From general social media chat it seems like a lot of people are mentioning the lack of screening times or many places not having any screenings at all. Perhaps distributors simply underestimated the demand for the movie? This movie could easily go toe to toe with any current Hollywood movie on release. In fact, I'd say it would eclipse most of them had it been given a wide release.
Slotherin - 12/7/2023, 3:22 PM
@bobevanz - you got this.
tylerzero - 12/3/2023, 10:12 AM
ASSumption: Godzilla Minus One > Godzilla x Kong
Vigor - 12/3/2023, 10:20 AM
@tylerzero - don't care. Seeing both. Enjoying both
MyCoolYoung - 12/3/2023, 10:29 AM
@Vigor - right on
Gabimaru - 12/3/2023, 10:20 AM
How embarrassing that Japanese are schooling hollywood how to make blockbuster movies.
Vigor - 12/3/2023, 10:23 AM
@Gabimaru - minus ones marketing dollars were spent hiring ppl all over the internet to rave about rhe movie apparently
cubichy - 12/3/2023, 10:24 AM
@Vigor - nope, the movie is very well done, saw last night and love it. Way better than all legendary godzilla movies.
Vigor - 12/3/2023, 10:30 AM
@cubichy - it has me suspicious I'm not gonna lie. And I'm not conspiracy theory kind of person

Nevertheless can't wait to catch it on streaming
Vigor - 12/3/2023, 10:20 AM
Speaking my language
cubichy - 12/3/2023, 10:23 AM
Love godzilla, have watched all films. My favorite is Final wars,legendary godzilla is ok, they really haven't captured godzilla correctly, hate the small stream breath. Just saw godzilla minus 1 last night, absolutely loved it. Best movie I have seen all year, much better than all legendary films. Go watch it.
FlopWatchers5 - 12/3/2023, 10:28 AM
this and a gta trailer? yeaaa
lazlodaytona - 12/3/2023, 10:31 AM
What's up with the 'X' instead of just Godzilla vs Kong?

Also, not a huge fan of Godzilla's design.
Vigor - 12/3/2023, 10:33 AM
@lazlodaytona - because they're not versing
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