While levels of hype escalate over Avengers: Endgame, spare a thought for another world-smashing blockbuster arriving in May.
We're talking Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the latest chapter in the Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures 'MonsterVerse' franchise. It picks up after 2014's Godzilla and 2017's Kong: Skull Island, and is set to build into 2020's Godzilla vs Kong, which as the title suggests pits these two classic movie beasties against one another.
For now, we're content with the return of the iconic kaiju (Japanese for 'strange creature'), who battles several creatures from Godzilla series lore. With more than 60 years of Godzilla heritage to sift through, King of the Monsters has alighted on the insect-like Mothra, three-headed King Ghidorah and the soundwave-deploying Rodan.
However, as the latest trailer reveals, these are but a smattering of the 17 monsters that play a role in the movie. Previously known collectively in the 'MonsterVerse' as MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms), these colossal creatures are now designated in the trailer as 'Titans'.
Centrally, the story focuses on Godzilla's battle to maintain his alpha status, pitting him against the fire-breathing Ghidorah while Mothra appears to have mutated into a more sympathetic presence. That is, if the brief shot in the trailer is anything to go by, wherein young girl Madison Russell (Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown) touches and connects with the creature.
The movie is Bobby Brown's big screen debut, and co-stars The Conjuring's Vera Farmiga, Super 8's Kyle Chandler, Get Out's Bradley Whitford and Game of Thrones' Charles Dance. Sally Hawkins and Ken Watanabe return from the previous Godzilla movie, which was directed by Rogue One's Gareth Edwards.
The helmer this time is Michael Dougherty, who helmed 2015 festive comedy-horror Krampus. It certainly looks visually stunning as these destructive deities turn our world into their own personal battleground – check out the trailer below. Godzilla: King of the Monsters roars into life on 29th May.