Originally Godzilla: King of the Monsters was going to be released on the same day, June 8, 2018 as Bumblebee (2018). Now, the release date has been pushed farther for March 22, 2019 and later delayed once more to May 31, 2019 following Avengers 4 (2019), Aladdin (2019), Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019), and John Wick 3: Parabellum (2019).
This film is a sequel to Godzilla (2014) and will be the 33rd film in the Godzilla franchise, the third film in Legendary's MonsterVerse, and the third Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio.
Godzilla received a slight revamp with his dorsal fins changing in shape, rather than being jagged and straighter in design, the new design features more protusions, and looks more like the maple leaf design akin to earlier Godzilla incarnations, the director states that his eye color also changes when he uses his atomic breath (a bright blue hue) much like his attack.
The five-year period between the release date of Godzilla (2014) and this film is the second longest gap between the release of the first and second films in a new series of Godzilla films, after the five-year gap between the releases of the Return of Godzilla (1984) and Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) to start the Heisei Series.
On July 21, 2018, Dougherty revealed that Bear McCreary will compose the film's score, incorporating themes from Akira Ifukube's previous Godzilla scores. Regarding his involvement, McCreary stated, "I am thrilled to be the composer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and honored beyond words to have the opportunity to contribute to one of cinema's longest-running musical legacies." The first trailer featured a rearrangement of Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune by Michael Afanasyev for Imagine Music. McCreary further expanded on his plans and involvement, stating, "I've known Michael Dougherty for a long time, as we both run in the same film-nerd circles. I have always appreciated his love of film music, chatting with him for hours on end over the years about the scores we both love. I was thrilled for him when he landed the gig to direct Godzilla, because I knew what it meant to him. When he later asked me to join the project, I was overwhelmed with excitement, and awe, grateful for the chance to join him in contributing to the legacy of our favorite monster. We knew from the beginning that we wanted to incorporate classic [Akira] Ifukube themes, and yet I think fans will be excited to hear how they have evolved. There are some fun surprises in store. Fitting the material and Michael's visionary film, this score is the most massive I have ever written, and I can't wait for fans to experience it!" In November 2018, a sample of McCreary's Godzilla theme was leaked online after it was used during a panel at Tokyo Comic Con.
The Director posted an image of the Oxygen Destroyer on Twitter during the days of filming. The OD was used in the first Godzilla film (1954), to defeat Godzilla. In the 90's Heisei series, which are all films that tie into the original 54 movie and its reboot of the franchise Godzilla 1984, Godzilla Vs Destroyah (94) was released. The monster Destroyah was a creation that spawned as a direct result of the OD being used in the original 54 film. The Director of Godzilla King of the Monsters, has stated that, "...the Oxygen Destroyer is relevant to the movie, and is not a simple cameo, their are also several other weapons and things being created...". This could be a set up to bring in Destoryah for the next movie in the series, Godzilla Vs. Kong due out in 2020.
King Ghidorah stands at 521 feet (158.8 meters) tall, 166 feet taller than Godzilla, who stands at 355 ft (108.2 meters). This is the largest American incarnation of the monster in history, being 62 feet taller than the Heisei's version, which stood at 459 feet (140 meters).
Release Date Change: The film's release date was initially sometime in June 2018, but was pushed back to March 22nd, 2019. It was subsequently pushed back again to May 30, 2019 to avoid competition with Disney's Captain Marvel.
Gareth Edwards was originally set to return to the director's chair after taking a break from blockbusters, but he decided to take on Rogue One in that time instead, meaning that his break was delayed to the point where it encompasses the time he could have directed this.
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It was hinted in Kong: Skull Island (2017)'s post-credits scene that Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah may appear alongside Godzilla in this sequel, which would mark the first time they have appeared in a non-Japanese film.