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So you've waited for it, sometimes patiently and other times like a hungry dog sitting at your master's feet during supper. Then, on Dec 10th it finally arrived. A glimpse at the promising future for the most spectacular beast ever to grace the big screen; Godzilla. That's right, on May 16th 2014 the whole world will once again be able to experience the umbriferous monster as he stomps across theaters once again to save the world from bad cinema. Can he do it? Everyone knows the last time America made an attempt like this that wasn't exactly the case. This time the chances are looking good for something positively better.
It's all been said before, TOHO Company is babysitting, Legendary Films is producing, Bryan Cranston and Elisabeth Oleson are starring, but now the actual trailer has given everyone much much more. First off, how about the music from 2001 being used as the soundtrack? Such a mysterious homage can only be described as ingenious. Already, respect for the sci-fi genre is being introduced. The image of soldiers falling through the sky with red flares is a nice touch as well. David Strathairn's voice over adds an intensity to that scene not felt during the 1998 version. At that point, unless you've already read about it ahead of time you aren't sure what to expect next. Then suddenly, the screen is filled with segments of people rushing around in a panic and still the audience is unaware of what they are being teased with. It isn't until the slow establishing shot beginning at Godzilla's tail and ending up where his massive head meats the sky that the audience finally gets to feel the hair on their arms begin to rise. He's back once again in all his glory to show the world why he's known as the king of all monsters.
With a little bit of research you can find out even more. There is a Japanese version of this trailer with a couple of frames of extra footage. It might not seem like much but the shot of Dr. Serizawa is something to get excited about. Original characters coming back are always good news. You could also find out that the final footage of Godzilla standing in the wreckage was originally leaked during comic-con and at the time was preceded by a shot of a large dead creature laying in the foreground. Some believe this creature's name to be Muto based on the fact that Japan is currently making a Godzilla toy named as such. There are even more rumors however, that the monster will actually have a different name when the film comes out. In any case the fact that Godzilla might be fighting anything other than humans is a much needed element and probably a large reason why the original American film was considered such a dud.
Now there is also the idea of spin offs to think about. Currently there are talks to do a sequel to the 1971 film Godzilla vs the Smog Monster. It's said that if the 2014 movie is a success Japan may even be asking America for help with it. How's that for a 180? After the 1998 Godzilla came out Japan had to answer with 6 more films just to show us how it's supposed to be done. They even removed "God" from our versions name, deeming him not worthy and calling him "Zilla" instead. In the film "Final Wars" the traditional guy in a suit Godzilla even takes Zilla down with one swipe of his tail. Now Japan is wondering to abandon the guy in the suit altogether. Rumors like that just make the anticipation for this new film even greater. There have been 29 movies made in total with more than 13 creatures for Godzilla to fight. Each one of them could get their own film depending on how good this next one turns out. Can you imagine the possibilities for Mothra alone? No pressure Gareth Edwards, but the future of this franchise just might be resting on you.
The most important thing to learn from all of this is that Godzilla is back in a major way. Be prepared to see toys, clothing, and other bits of paraphernalia springing up all over the place in just a few short months. Uninformed people might wonder why but with a franchise even greater than that of 007 the question is really why not. There's money to be made, fans to please, and the platform for reinventing classics is huge. Just look at what the Dark Knight did for comic books. This Godzilla movie might be the same thing.

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