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Their reign begins. „ 

— Tagline

Long live the king. „ 

— Alternate tagline seen on a S.D.C.C exclusive poster

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a 2019 American science fiction monster film produced by Legendary Pictures. It's the third entry in the MonsterVerse, following the 2017 MonsterVerse film, Kong: Skull Island, and the sequel to the 2014 MonsterVerse film, Godzilla.

King of the Monsters was originally set for release on June 8, 2018, before being delayed to March 22, 2019, only to be delayed once more and set for release to American theaters on May 31, 2019.[7]

The film is directed by Michael Dougherty, produced by Thomas Tull, Brian Rogers, Mary Parent, and Alex Garcia, and written by Max Borenstein, Michael Dougherty, and Zach Shields. The film continues where the 2014 film left off, and introduces Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah to the MonsterVerse. It is dedicated to Haruo Nakajima & Yoshimitsu Banno.

A sequel to the film was released on March 31, 2021, with Godzilla returning once more to fight King Kong in Godzilla vs. Kong.


This new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed monster King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's existence hanging in the balance.


The year is 2019. Five years have passed since Godzilla defeated and killed the MUTOs in 2014 while the existence of the "Titans", giant god-like animalistic creatures that once dominated Earth, has been revealed to the world. Dr. Emma Russell, a paleobiologist working for the cryptozoological organization known as Monarch, continues to study the Titans while raising her teenage daughter Madison.

One day, Emma and Madison travel to an excavation site in China, where they witness the birth of a giant larva moth named Mothra. At first, Mothra turns aggressive and starts to attack the Monarch operatives, though Emma manages to calm her using the "ORCA", a sonar device she created that is capable of emitting frequencies that only Mothra and other Titans can hear. Madison grows attached to the docile Mothra, until an eco-terrorist group, led by former British Army colonel Alan Jonah, raid the site, kidnapping both Emma and Madison. Mothra manages to escape and cocoon herself underneath a waterfall miles away from the site. Meanwhile, Monarch's scientists and soldiers led by Dr. Ishiro Serizawa and his assistant Dr. Vivienne Graham find Emma's ex-husband and Madison's father Mark and convince him to help rescue Emma and Madison. Though Mark is hesitant at first since he has previously resigned from Monarch to pursue his passion as a wildlife photographer and has blamed Godzilla for the death of his son Andrew, who was lost during Godzilla's battle with the MUTOs five years ago, he reluctantly rejoins the team.

Monarch and Godzilla travel to Antarctica, where the team realizes Jonah's intentions to free a three-headed draconic Titan encased in the ice called "Monster Zero", believed by Monarch based on their limited data to be a rival apex predator to Godzilla. Once there, Jonah's team ambushes the Monarch soldiers. During the standoff, Mark comes face to face with Madison and Emma, but before Madison could come to her father, she is stopped and called back by Emma. Although hesitant at first to leave with her father, Madison eventually comes back to Emma, who frees Monster Zero herself before leaving with Jonah's men. While fleeing, Jonah orders Emma to use the ORCA to wake up Monster Zero, who awakens and kills Monarch's forces on the ground below before turning his attention to the rest of the group. Fearing for Mark's life, Madison snatches the ORCA from Emma and sends out sonar pulses to distract Monster Zero in hopes of keeping the creature away from her father, only to be restrained and pulled away by Jonah's forces while Emma turns off the ORCA to prevent Monster Zero from killing them. At that moment, Godzilla suddenly erupts from the ice to confront Monster Zero and the two Titans engage in battle. During the fight, Godzilla is overwhelmed, Graham is deliberately devoured by Monster Zero and Mark is knocked unconscious in the process while Monster Zero is being bombarded by missiles from Monarch's warjet, the Argo. Unscathed, Monster Zero flies off, leaving the Monarch team to regroup while Godzilla gives pursuit.

After Mark recovers sometime later, he and Monarch find out that Jonah's next target is Isla de Mara, Mexico. They are contacted by Emma, who reveals that she was in league with Jonah all along and she intends to free all the Titans to cull the human population and restore balance to the world, though Mark chastises her for endangering Madison, for not putting Andrew's death behind her and for jeopardizing billions of human lives. Unable to reason with Emma, Monarch focuses on evacuating the people, but before it is complete, Emma is ordered by Jonah to awaken a pterosaur-like Titan called Rodan so that they need to act immediately, despite Madison protesting to her mother to stop proceeding with this plan and reconsider, but Emma ignores her daughter's pleas and activates the ORCA. After Rodan escapes from his containment chamber, Mark plans to use the Titan to keep him away from the village so that Monarch can lure him to Monster Zero which would result in the two Titans fighting each other. Monarch sends a fleet of fighter jets to open fire on Rodan, angering him to the point he takes flight and pursues them, despite causing destruction to the nearby city below with shockwaves caused by flapping of his wings. Rodan was able to take out the jets, only to encounter Monster Zero, who easily overpowers and defeats Rodan in an aerial clash before blasting him into the ocean below.

After Rodan is beaten, Monster Zero turns his attention to the Argo, but Godzilla emerges from the ocean and drags Monster Zero underwater, successfully gaining the upper hand by tearing off Monster Zero's left head. During the battle, the military launches a missile known as the Oxygen Destroyer towards them, seemingly killing Godzilla, who sinks into the ocean. Monster Zero however survives the missile unharmed and travels to the place where Rodan emerged, where he regenerates his missing head by absorbing energy while a recovered Rodan acknowledges the new alpha, becoming Monster Zero's vanguard. With Godzilla seemingly dead and now taking over the role as the new alpha Titan, Monster Zero lets out a piercing shriek which awakens all the dormant Titans and furthermore directs them to attack human cities and actively unleash natural disasters of apocalyptic proportions (such as massive wildfires, mass die-offs, volcanic eruptions polluting the atmosphere with gigatons of ash and volcanic gases, etc.) around the world. Horrified at what Emma has unleashed, Madison turns her back on her mother for her role in the destruction and countless deaths the Titans are now causing and during an argument with Emma about the plan to release the Titans, poses a question by asking her if Andrew would really want what Emma has done. In the wake of the apocalypse, Monarch contemplate Monster Zero's numerous unnatural characteristics, and Dr. Ilene Chen pieces together from mythological texts that Monster Zero, now named Ghidorah by the ancients, is actually an alien invader, meaning his actions will destroy the Earth's biosphere instead of healing it without Godzilla around to keep him in check.

Meanwhile, Mothra emerges from her cocoon underneath the waterfall and flies to a facility in the Bermuda Triangle where she uses her sonar to communicate with Godzilla, who had survived the detonation and is recuperating underwater. Using her bioluminescence as a beacon, Mothra leads Monarch to Godzilla's location. Deciding to fire a nuclear warhead at Godzilla to revitalize him, Mark, Serizawa, and a Monarch team board a submarine. A vortex pulls the submarine into an undersea tunnel that leads to Godzilla's lair: an underwater city irradiated enough to recharge him. Unfortunately, the team realizes the natural process could take hours to recharge Godzilla and decide to detonate the nuclear weapon. However, due to earlier damages the submarine suffered from the vortex, the weapon system is offline, meaning someone will have to place and arm the warhead next to Godzilla, although the heat and radiation could kill them before they can make it back. Serizawa volunteers to manually detonate the weapon, and after donning a diving suit and boarding a miniature submarine, travels into the air pocket where Godzilla is resting. After arming the nuclear weapon and approaching Godzilla, Serizawa can only say farewell to his old friend before accepting his fate as the warhead detonates, obliterating Godzilla's lair along with the rest of the sunken city. Soon, Godzilla emerges from the ocean next to the submarine, fully revitalized by the nuclear blast. After briefly inspecting the group and realizing that they revived him, Godzilla makes his way to fight Ghidorah and take his rightful place as the true alpha Titan while Monarch resolve to follow him and join the battle.

In Boston, Massachusetts, Emma starts doubting that Jonah's goals are as effective as he says they are, and suggests the possibility of using the ORCA to broadcast a signal in Fenway Park, but Jonah refuses to aid her since all he cares about is the Titans taking back the Earth since the planet truly does belong to them and believes humans are the most destructive species. However, unknown to Emma and Jonah, Madison overhears their conversation, steals the ORCA and escapes undetected, intending to carry out her mother's idea of stopping Ghidorah's rampage herself. After traveling to Fenway Park and making her way inside the pressbox, Madison hooks up the ORCA to the ballpark's sound system and broadcasts a frequency via the loud speakers that calms the Titans, but unwittingly attracts all of them to her location. Alerted to this frequency, Ghidorah arrives in Boston and starts to tear down the speakers before targeting Madison, leading to the ORCA being damaged in the process. As Ghidorah prepares to kill her, Godzilla arrives with Monarch's assistance to challenge his foe, allowing Madison to escape.

Monarch learns that the warhead's radiation overcharged Godzilla: while it did made him stronger, he will overload and emit a thermonuclear explosion. Mark leads a Monarch team to find and rescue Madison so they can evacuate the city before Godzilla overloads, but instead only finds the wrecked remains of the ORCA and meets up with Emma, who has showed up in a Humvee she had stolen upon having betrayed Jonah when she found out that Madison has ran away and has taken the ORCA with her. Upon learning that Madison has fled to seek refuge, Mark and Emma track her down to Beacon Street, where they eventually find an unconscious Madison in the ruins of their abandoned residence and revive her before sharing an emotional embrace. Mothra arrives to support Godzilla, but Ghidorah calls upon Rodan for assistance, prompting the winged Titan to appear and intercept Mothra so that he can take her out of the fight and prevent her from intervening. Although badly wounded in the fight, Mothra was able to finally defeat Rodan by stabbing him with her stinger, immobilizing the Titan. At the same time, Godzilla continues to battle Ghidorah, who projects a massive amount of lightning which incapacitates Godzilla after absorbing electricity from a nearby power substation before lifting and dropping him from the sky, badly injuring Godzilla as he hits the ground below. As Ghidorah prepares to finish Godzilla, Mothra comes to his aid and attempts to protect him from Ghidorah, but is vaporized by his gravity beams, causing her ashes to shower down onto Godzilla and transfer her energy into him, thus preventing Godzilla from overloading.

While Ghidorah starts to drain Godzilla's energy, the Russells, seeing that Godzilla is in danger, work together to repair the ORCA, hoping to use it to distract Ghidorah so they can lure him away from Godzilla. Once it is activated, Ghidorah immediately releases Godzilla and makes his way in the group's direction. As the group prepare to evacuate just as Ghidorah draws near, Emma, suddenly realizing that she would never be able to escape with the group if the ORCA was onboard, instead allowed Mark and Madison to escape with Monarch before driving away with the ORCA so that she can use it to continue luring Ghidorah away and buy her family time to escape, only for the beast to destroy the vehicle with his gravity beams, injuring Emma and destroying the ORCA while Mark and Madison could only watch in distraught. As Ghidorah prepares to kill a wounded Emma as she lays dying, it is revealed that she not only allowed her family to escape, but had given time for Godzilla to recover as he suddenly appears behind Ghidorah, glowing bright orange and emitting intense heat thanks to the energy Mothra had bestowed upon him when she died. In his burning form, Godzilla unleashes a series of thermonuclear pulses which incinerate Ghidorah completely before penetrating his enemy's chest with a stomp, creating a massive explosion which engulfs the whole city. Once the dust has cleared, Godzilla emerges from the debris holding Ghidorah's remaining head in his jaws and vaporizes it with his atomic breath, finally killing Ghidorah for good and ending his reign of terror, thus avenging the deaths of Mothra, Graham, Emma and countless other humans.

Having finally defeated his rival, Godzilla finds himself cornered by the other Titans who had been lured to Boston by the ORCA while Rodan, having survived being impaled by Mothra's stinger, approached Godzilla to challenge him. However, Godzilla instead gave Rodan a stern look, causing the flying Titan to instantly reconsider his actions and submit to him. The other Titans each followed suit, bowing to Godzilla as their new "King of the Monsters" while Mark, Madison and Monarch watch on as they fly off. Later, it is shown that Monarch has divulged its information on the Titans to the public. News clippings show a newly discovered egg which suspects to be another Mothra, Titans beginning to converge on Skull Island, a mysterious forest blooming at the Sahara Desert, 14 animals have been removed from the endangered species list, Titan waste is believed to be viable energy source, and ancient paintings displaying Godzilla and Kong (or at least members of their respective species) battling.

In Isla de Mara, it is revealed that fishermen had managed to dredge up Ghidorah's severed left head, which had been torn off by Godzilla earlier. Jonah and his men travel to a warehouse where the head was being kept and after observing the head, Jonah declares that he should "take it."


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by Michael Dougherty
  • Screenplay by Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields
  • Story by Max Borenstein, Michael Dougherty, and Zach Shields
  • Produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Brian Rogers, Mary Parent, and Alex Garcia
  • Executive Producers Zach Shields, Barry H. Waldman, Hiro Matsuoka, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Yoshimitsu Banno (posthumously), and Kenji Okuhira
  • Casting by Sarah Halley Finn
  • Music by Bear McCreary
  • Director of Photography Lawrence Sher
  • Film Editors Roger Barton, Richard Pearson, and Bob Duscay
  • Production Designer Scott Chambliss
  • Special Effects Supervisor Guillaume Rocheron
  • Costume Designer Louise Mingenbach
  • Art Department 
  • Sound Designer Erik Aadahl
  • Motion Capture Consultants 


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.









Gareth Edwards stated that he wanted Godzilla to work as a standalone film with a definitive ending, and opposed suggestions that the ending should leave the film open for a sequel.[8] While Edwards wasn't against the possibility of future sequels, his main concern was delivering a satisfying experience with the current film; "I want a story that begins and ends, and you leave on a high. That's all we cared about when we were making this; just this film. If this film is good, the others can come, but let’s just pay attention to this and not get sidetracked by other things."[9]

On May 18, after Godzilla's successful opening weekend, a sequel was officially given the green light from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Edwards was confirmed to be directing the sequel but it was unknown if any of the previous cast would be returning. In a previous interview with Gareth Edwards, he said that if the film were to have a sequel that he would like to do a Destroy All Monsters-like film.[10]

On July 26, the official Legendary Twitter announced that Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah would be appearing in the sequel[11] or future installments.[12]

A piece of "Classified Monarch Footage," a teaser for Godzilla 2, was shown at Comic-Con 2014. According to eye-witnesses, it looked like it was put together in the 1960s, with audio of John F. Kennedy talking about threats and dangers. Text comes on the screen saying that there was one more secret: "There were others." A pterosaur-like shadow and "CODENAME: RODAN." An extreme close-up of a giant moth creature and "CODENAME: MOTHRA." Then a silhouette and quick cuts around a dragon-like shape figure and "CODENAME: GHIDORAH." Finally, "THREAT ASSESSMENT: CONFLICT INEVITABLE," followed by "LET THEM FIGHT.[13]

On Thursday, August 14, a release date of June 8, 2018, was set for Godzilla 2. The four-year gap between Godzilla and Godzilla 2 was due in part to Gareth Edwards directing the film Star Wars: Rogue One and as a result being unavailable to begin work on Godzilla 2 until 2016.

On December 8, Toho announced production of a new Japanese Godzilla film for 2016. Then, on August 18, 2016, Toho announced the production of another Japanese Godzilla film for 2017. Despite being released between Legendary's Godzilla films, the new films, Shin Godzilla and the 2017 anime trilogy will not be connected to Legendary's series, being a part of their own series, and will not affect the production of Godzilla 2.


On July 9, Legendary Pictures' spokesperson at Comic-Con, Barnaby Legg, told Dread Central that Legendary was aware of fans' complaints about Godzilla's lack of screentime in the 2014 film and that the sequel would give fans "exactly what you're hoping for."[14]

In an interview with Collider conducted in early August 2015, writer Max Borenstein revealed that he is currently writing the script for the film, and promised that the sequel would do "bigger and even better things" than the first film. Borenstein also expressed his excitement for the film, and enthusiasm for working with Gareth Edwards once again.[15]

On October 14, Legendary Pictures officially announced the production of a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla titled Godzilla vs. Kong set for release in 2020. The film will follow both Godzilla 2 and Legendary's Kong: Skull Island.[16]


On May 10, an article revealed that the release dates of both Godzilla 2 and Godzilla vs. Kong had been changed to March 22, 2019, and May 29, 2020, respectively.[17] Only three days later, it was reported that Gareth Edwards had left the film to pursue other projects.[18]

On October 20, after a few months after the loss of Gareth Edwards, an article revealed that Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields (the writers of Krampus) would be writing the script for Godzilla 2.[19]

On December 14, the official title of the film was revealed. The film's title was announced to be Godzilla: King of the Monsters, however, it is not related to the 1956 film bearing a similar title. [20]


On January 8, it was reported that Godzilla: King of the Monsters will film in Atlanta, Georgia as well.[21] On January 17, 2017, it was reported that Thomas Tull (who founded Legendary Entertainment) resigned from the company but will remain as producer for Legendary's Godzilla and King Kong film series, which was revealed to be officially titled "MonsterVerse".[22] On January 23, 2017, Michael Dougherty was officially confirmed as the director for the sequel.[23]

On January 27, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Millie Bobby Brown is cast in a role.[24]

On February 21, it is reported that Kyle Chandler is cast in the role of Millie Bobby Brown's father.[25]

On February 27, it is reported that Vera Farmiga is cast in the role of Millie Bobby Brown's mother.[26]

On March 27, it is reported that O’Shea Jackson Jr. was confirmed for a key role in the film.[27]

On April 18, it was revealed that Aisha Hinds had joined the cast.[28]

On May 1, Anthony Ramos was cast in a role.[29]

On May 18, Charles Dance joined the cast, while Sally Hawkins will reprise her role as Vivienne Graham.[30]

On May 26, Randell Havens had joined the cast of the film.[31]

On May 31, Thomas Middleditch had joined the cast of the film.[32]

On June 2, director Michael Dougherty tweeted out that Godzilla "is evolution in the flesh" in response to a user asking if the classic monster would receive a redesign for the sequel.[33] That same day, it was reported that Bradley Whitford had joined the cast of the film.[34]

On June 8, Zhang Ziyi is cast in a significant role within the covert Monarch organization established in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, and she’ll no doubt appear in future entries in this cinematic universe.[35]

On June 18, Collider engaged in an interview with Sally Hawkins about returning for the sequel. Hawkins expressed how it was nice to be asked back to play a part in the film, and spoke on how Dougherty seems smart and excited about the film. She also spoke on how she didn't know if she'd make the final cut for the film.[36]

June 19 marked the date of the beginning of principal photography. With that came a press release for the film which provided a new synopsis for the film, as well as an updated cast list, which officially confirms Ken Watanabe's presence in the film. Principle photography is to take place primarily in Atlanta, Georgia.

It was also on this day that the film's working title of Fathom was revealed, as per director Michael Dougherty's Twitter.[1]

On June 26, the director released a call sheet for the film on his Twitter account, revealing the names and statuses of the various kaiju. Godzilla, King Ghidorah, and Rodan are listed with an "R", referring to "rehearsal", meaning the monster will be working on the set, but not filmed in this case. Mothra is listed with an "SW", referring to "start work", which means it's the character's first day of work.[37][38]

On July 3, some images from the film's production were leaked onto the internet. According to bystanders of the shoot, there were sound effects for the monsters playing, and overturned cars and flames were present as well. The shoot occurred in and around Inman Village Parkway in Atlanta.[39][40]

July 8 provided more leaked images of the film's production. In this case, however, a temple set was revealed and photographed. A video was posted as well, however, it was blocked shortly after by Warner Bros. Entertainment on the grounds of copyright infringement.[41]

On July 10, it was announced that The Walking Dead star Elizabeth Ludlow had joined the film's cast.[42]

On July 28, a teasing image of the set for King of the Monsters was shared on Instagram by Thomas Middleditch.[43]

A casting call for the film went out on July 30. The call requested extras that could act as military members, scientists, mercenaries, and janitors for shoots that will begin in August.[44]

On August 10, multiple images of a shoot for King of the Monsters were revealed. Interestingly enough, executive producer Alex Garcia was seen on set as well.[45]

On August 11, Thomas Middleditch was photographed on the set of King of the Monsters.[46]

On the 13th, it was noted that King of the Monsters may have potentially been shooting in Atlanta City Hall, following reports of a film crew barricading the downtown area off shortly after signs for Fathom were seen.[47]

Additionally, a casting call for the film went out for the same date. The shoot was to recreate Japan, with the set-piece itself being a noodle shop. The casting call itself called for Japanese individuals. Wardrobe fitting was to be on the 10th, 11th, and 12th, with filming commencing on the 13th. A tweet from Atlanta Filming on Twitter was vague, but also confirmed the shoot.[48][49]

August 14 began with a chilling tweet by director Dougherty, who tweeted an image of the famous Oxygen Destroyer. Later, it was implied that the Oxygen Destroyer would either make a cameo in the film or could be a potential plot device, as per an article by Ain't it Cool News. Neither was explicitly confirmed.[50][51] It was later confirmed by Dougherty that the Oxygen Destroyer will indeed appear in the movie as an integral plot device, rather than as a mere cameo.[52]

On August 15, an announcement for a three day shoot in Mexico was confirmed in a presentation.

August 17 began with some prep for shoots in Mexico City, beginning on the 19th, or Saturday, and ending on the 22nd, or Tuesday. Props seen included that of an aircraft's hangar bay. Fans of the franchise were spotted sporting figures of the 2014 incarnation of the monster, taking shots of, and standing by the sets. Around 700 extras were utilized for the shoots around this region.

One shoot was described as "terror and screams" in the historical center of Mexico City, where extras were seen running, amidst smoke and screams.

Another shoot on the 20th had an estimated 700 extras seemingly running from a monster in Plaza de Santo Domingo.

An interesting few photos were taken of groups of civilians pointing and looking up at something unknown.

Some videos of the Mexico shoot were also taken. One video includes a large crowd running in terror, and then standing in awe as a crew member improvises the roar of one of the film's monsters. Another has military members and civilians running into the cargo bay of an unknown, docked aircraft.

Alongside the news and reveals of the Mexico shoot, a bid for a visit to the Godzilla set was announced. Winners of the bid would be able to meet Kyle Chandler and get an exclusive behind the scenes visit of the set for the film in September. Dates for the visit ranged from the period of the 11th to the 19th. Winners would be able to take a photo, bring something small to sign, and as the event was valid for two people, would be able to bring someone with them.

Money given to the bid was donated to the World War II Foundation, and the estimated value of the event was put at $5,000. The bid ended on August 31.[53]

In an interesting twist, a casting call released on September 15 called for two Korean twins who will take part in a "very featured role". It was also noted that said casting would be done for the film's final week of filming, sometime around the end of September.[54]

On September 18, another casting call went out for the film. It called for photo doubles, military, and medical members, and pilots, among other potential roles.[55]

On September 22, director Michael Dougherty tweeted out the first official image of Godzilla on his Twitter. The image was a low-resolution reference for an actor to view whilst sitting in the nearby vehicle prop seen in the same image.[56]

On September 26, Michael Dougherty tweeted once more. The tweet said nothing but "Last day", essentially confirming principal photography ended on the date.[57]

Legendary posted a congratulatory message on their official Facebook page following Dougherty's tweet, alongside an image of the Fathom clapperboard.[58]


Some news of the film would finally arrive in 2018, with one of the film's stars, O'Shea Jackson Jr., teasing the final battle between Godzilla and King Ghidorah.[59]

In the last scene between Godzilla and King Ghidorah, I promise you, you will never forget it, in your life... as a nerd, I am foaming at the mouth to get like in the editing room... Godzilla will be the number 1 movie. „ 

— O'Shea Jackson Jr.

He would then go on about the conflict, stating:

The way that him [Godzilla] and Ghidorah fight... man... Kong better bring some shit. „ 

— O'Shea Jackson Jr.

On March 6, test screenings for the film were reported to have occurred. This news was reported by Jeremy Conrad on Twitter.[60][61]

Following this news, on the 7th, early reactions to the film implied similarities between it and 2017's Kong: Skull Island, noting that the monster fights were epic, while human characterization took a backseat. Overall, it was compared more to Skull Island than to its 2014 predecessor.[62] According to a Redditor known as Preskomesko12345, 40 minutes of the film with unfinished effects were shown. Answering questions about the footage from other Redditors, Preskomesko12345 mentions several points: Godzilla's design change appeared to be only slight with some red being visible on his skin, Godzilla and the other monsters have a lot of screentime, the detail in the colors and fur on Mothra's wings were standouts, the return of Mothra's pollen dust, the film has more action, it's more colorful and feels more fun than the original, and that it ties into Skull Island.[63][64]

On the same day, a leaked CGI design of King Ghidorah was reportedly accidentally shown to the public in a montage video released by Amalgamated Dynamics, the studio responsible for the 2014 Godzilla's visual effects. This was confirmed to be false by the studio and director Mike Dougherty.[65]

In late March, casting calls went out for the film, starting on the 22nd[66], 23rd[67], and 29th.[68] These casting calls were presumably for reshoots of the film.

On April 26, it was announced that Jason Liles, who starred in Rampage would be joining the cast of King of the Monsters for motion capture purposes regarding Godzilla's arch-nemesis, King Ghidorah. He will be one of several actors mo-capping the monster.[69] It was later clarified that Jason will portray Ghidorah's middle head, with Alan Maxson playing the right, and Richard Dorton portraying the left, while unnamed colleagues play the monster's body.[70]

On May 18, a vague tweet was posted by director Mike Dougherty, who posted an image of a snake with a boom mic set up nearby. The tweet simply reads "Just another day at the office."[71]

On the 22nd, Mike posted a new tweet, reading "Today’s weather." The image alongside the tweet has a large hurricane present on thermal imaging, with the bold text "Monster Zero" above it.[72]

News of another shift in release dates came on May 23rd, which saw King of the Monsters shift from a March 22nd release, to May 31st.[7]

In late May, the Licensing Expo 2018 event occurring in Las Vegas possessed some new stills for King of the Monsters, including a silhouette of Godzilla and a brighter version of King Ghidorah's silhouette.

On July 5, Michael Dougherty confirmed that the film's first teaser will head to Hall H at SDCC 2018.[73]

On July 10, Vera Farmiga revealed new information about her character, Dr. Emma Russell, in an interview.[74]

She has figured out a way to communicate with the creatures and potentially control them using their bioacoustics on a sonar level. So she is like a DJ for the monsters...I play a paleobiologist. „ 

— Vera Farmiga

On July 12, the first two new official images of the film were revealed by Entertainment Weekly in a first look article. One notably depicts Godzilla firing his atomic breath into the sky.[75]

July 18 featured a slew of new information with regards to the upcoming sequel. A Twitter, official, and tie-in site were properly launched. The film's logo was officially unveiled, alongside its tagline, the former being blue, over the 2014 film's red, with the tagline being "Their reign begins". Additionally, a 40-second snippet of the film was shown, with Millie Bobby Brown's character, Madison Russell, calling for Monarch over a radio. Just then, a roar of an unidentified monster can be heard.

Three days later, on the 21st, the first trailer for King of the Monsters dropped at San Diego Comic-Con. The trailer revealed the film's basic premise and teased all three new monster designs. Additionally, it was announced that Bear McCreary would score the film and use the classic Godzilla theme by Akira Ifukube.[2]

Additionally, in an interview with IGN at Comic-Con, Michael Dougherty confirmed that there will be more than four monsters in the movie.[76]

On September 6, a listing appeared on Amazon for an official prequel graphic novel to be released on April 16, 2019. It will be illustrated by Drew Johnson and written by Arvid Nelson, who previously wrote all four issues of Skull Island: The Birth of Kong, the prequel/sequel graphic novel series to Kong: Skull Island.[77]

On September 18, Ken Watanabe revealed a theme that the film will focus on:[78]

It’s different because in ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters,’ the scientists play a central role, so rather than a story about how humans fight with the monsters, it is about how humans can coexist with them.

On October 25, the title of the film's prequel graphic novel was revealed to be Godzilla: Aftershock.[79]

On November 16, Michael Dougherty announced on Twitter that post-production on the film had wrapped.[80]

It is done. With love and gratitude to the thousands of talented people all around the world who helped make this lifelong dream a reality. In Godzilla we trust. „ 

— Michael Dougherty

On December 1, with Tokyo Comic-Con underway, a teaser reveal for the film took place, as did a reveal of the film's trio of new kaiju, and the redesigned Godzilla. It was also revealed that a trailer for the film would be released the following week.[81]

The second trailer for King of the Monsters dropped on the 10th, alongside a new poster for the film, which showcased Godzilla's enormous size in comparison to the film's child protagonist, Madison Russell.


On March 21, new plot details were revealed by IGN, which reportedly features a terrorist organization searching for the "ORCA", a device that's used to speak with the Titans.[82]

On April 25, two tracks from the soundtrack were released by WaterTower Music; both orchestrated by McCreary, "Old Rivals" and a cover of Blue Öyster Cult's Godzilla with vocals performed by Serj Tankian and members of Dethklok contributing. It was also revealed that McCreary incorporated Yuji Koseki’s Mothra Song into the film.[83][84]

On May 31, Godzilla: King of the Monsters was released in theaters.


  • The first Godzilla film, either by Toho or a Hollywood studio to be released during Japan's Reiwa Period (令和時代 Reiwa jidai) and the reign of Emperor Naruhito, after the end of the Heisei era.
  • The five-year period between the release date of Godzilla in 2014 and this film is the longest gap between the release of the first and second films in a new series of Godzilla films, with the five-year gap between the releases of The Return of Godzilla and Godzilla vs. Biollante to start the Heisei period being the second-longest.
  • The first American-made Godzilla film to include music originally composed by Akira Ifukube (not counting the 1956 American release of Gojira) and Yuji Koseki.
  • The release date of the second trailer, December 10, 2018, marks the 5th anniversary of the release of the 2014 film's teaser trailer, which was released on December 10, 2013.
  • This is the first sequel to a Godzilla film made by Hollywood.
  • This marks the first time that Blue Öyster Cult's 1977 single, "Godzilla", is used in a Godzilla film.
  • Originally the movie was supposed to be 2 hours and 40-45 minutes long but it was cut and dropped to 2 hours and 12 minutes.
  • For the scripts, dialogue was written for some or all of the Titans to make their interactions more clear to the motion capture actors and the animators.[85]

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