If you haven’t yet seen Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, well, first of all, that’s totally understandable — the film just came out last Friday! — but it’s also a touch unforgivable, just because it’s so good. Never fear, there’s plenty of time for you to catch up, and to prepare yourself for still more adventures with the king of the monsters, as Deadline reports that Warner Bros. and Legendary are already doubling down on a sequel to the feature.
The film opened to a monster (tee hee) box office opening, pulling in $103M internationally in its first weekend (the best opening of the year so far), along with a $93M U.S. opening, setting it on a path to become one of the year’s biggest hits. And we all know what hits mean these days — franchise opportunities!
(Spoilers ahead for Godzilla.)
Godzilla certainly sets the stage for a further outings. As has already been a hot topic of debate, the majority of the film doesn’t really focus on Godzilla as the main baddie, it’s far more focused on a pair of “MUTO” who reunite after being seperated years earlier (yes, they’re technically siblings) and just destroy everything in their path. One comes from Japan, where he’s been held in a semi-sleepy state since crashing into a nuclear power plant years earlier, while the other wakes up in a holding facility in Nevada, biologically programmed to come to when the male starts sending her messages that’s he coming for her (you know, for mating). Godzilla, a legend already, arrives on the scene in order to snuff out both MUTO, before returning to his seemingly quiet life of swimming and napping.
In fact, despite destroying a lot of stuff in his path, Godzilla is hailed as a hero and savior when he finally stomps his way out of a ruined San Francisco. Although he swims off to wherever, there’s little doubt he’ll be back — and this time, he might not be the hero everyone (somewhat delusionally, really) thinks he is.
There’s also the question of who he might battle in the next film, and considering that Edwards slyly slipped in a reference to Mothra in the film, as Godzilla’s winged nemesis shows up on a crayon drawing on an aquarium in Ford’s (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) childhood home. This is a world where awareness of Mothra exists in some way, and even a young Ford knew about him. Will he show up next?
Still, there’s no word yet on even who we can expect to return for the next Godzilla film, but Deadline notes that Edwards has already “talked about what he would do with a sequel, saying he would use the same kind of restraint that he did for this one. He learned well from watching Spielberg films as the monster was only talked about for the first part of this film.” The success of Godzilla doesn’t just mean success for the film, it also means that Edwards will probably be in big (perhaps even massive?) demand around Hollywood, but here’s hoping he finds time to get back behind the camera for the next Godzilla outing.
Did you see Godzilla this weekend? What did you think of it?
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