The reign of Kong has begun once again! “Kong: Skull Island” is ready to not only revive the great ape that time forgot, but also tie him into a cinematic universe that will eventually pit him against Godzilla himself. For now though, fans will get to see the titular beast face off against a group of well-armed band of humans looking to settle a score. The film's latest trailer gives a glimpse of just that.
The trailer starts out with some light humor, only to take a left turn into some dark and dangerous territory. Maybe that's what happens when you bomb an island full of prehistoric monsters, but at the very least, island native John C Reilly seems to have a good natured attitude about it all, when he's not trying to warn Hiddleston and company about monsters named “Skull Crawlers”. While the name sounds silly, the monsters they're attached to don't look like anything to mess around with.
Acting as a prequel of sorts to what could be called Warner Bros.' Monarch Cinematic Universe, “Kong: Skull Island” sets its story in the 1970s, after the initial expedition launched by Carl Denham in “King Kong” led to the capture and eventual death of the legendary beast in New York City. Presumably up against his son / nephew / relation of some sort, Captain Conrad's team of government officials and Army men will blaze yet another trail into the heart of the legendary island, in hopes of proving to the world that monsters are real. With an all-star cast that includes Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Corey Hawkins and John Goodman, it looks like the gigantic tenants of Skull Island will have to compete with some equally huge talents.
Perhaps the most interesting piece of a very ambitious puzzle, “Kong: Skull Island” is not only looking to connect with its historic predecessor, it's also the key to a larger cinematic universe that sets two of the titans of cinematic monsterdom against each other. Much like “Godzilla” before it, “Kong: Skull Island” looks to take the monsters of yesterday and turn them into more modern, scarier versions of their previous selves.
“Kong: Skull Island” will release on March 10, 2017.