Kaiju Rule in ‘Kong: Skull Island’ and ‘Shin Godzilla’ Trailers

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Cinema’s two most iconic monsters each made their own appearance at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic Con. Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures premiered the first trailer for Kong: Skull Island, and Funimation Films premiered a new trailer for Toho’s Shin Godzilla.

Kong: Skull Island looks like a great, new take on the King Kong story. The post-Vietnam, 1970s setting seems intriguing, but the real interest-piquing element at play here is the cast. The film stars Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, the new Ms. Marvel, Brie Larson, and two of my favorite character actors: John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson. Not to disparage Peter Jackson’s King Kong (2005), but I’d much rather see a new story set in the Kong-verse than another straight remake of the 1933 classic. Kong: Skull Island is due out next March. Check out the film’s exciting first trailer…

Shin Godzilla is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, who recently directed the live action adaptation of Attack on Titan. The 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho, Shin Godzilla will be released by Funimation under the name Godzilla Resurgence later this year. The film has all of the trademarks of a Toho kaiju film, practical effects and all. Not to be confused with the current, ongoing American reboot from Legendary Pictures. This is the classic Godzilla, in all of its campy glory. Check out the trailer…

After these two films, we can look forward to Legendary Pictures’ sequel to its 2014 Godzilla reboot which releases in 2019, and then, the ultimate coming together of film’s largest icons, when Godzilla vs. Kong premieres in 2020.

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