The first official picture from the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters is here, and the most iconic kaiju of all time looks awesome, powerful, and thicc.
Entertainment Weekly debuted the photo on Thursday, and while it doesn’t offer much in the way of plot hints, it does show Godzilla in all of his majesty. A sequel to the 2014 Godzilla (and Kong: Skull Island, though Kong isn’t in this movie), King of the Monsters will see Godzilla throw down against three of his most famous foes. There’s King Ghidorah, a three-headed golden dragon; Mothra, a butterfly-like deity; and Rodan, a mutated Pteranodon who can fly so fast that the shockwaves he leaves rip buildings apart.
None of those monsters are in the picture, but Godzilla’s there, standing in the ocean and throwing his head back to emit an epic atomic bast into the sky.
“It takes place at a very key moment and it’s a sort of call to arms,” director Michael Dougherty told EW of the image, suggesting that Godzilla might be rallying Mothra and Rodan against Ghidorah, since the kaiju have teamed up against that common for in the past.
Godzilla retains his 2014 design, a beefy, bear-like look that some Japanese fans thought was too fat when the movie first came out. This is incorrect, because the 2014 Godzilla is a powerful, thicc icon.
Dougherty wouldn’t give much away about the plot in his conversation with EW, but he did say that the movie would lay some groundwork for 2020’s Godzilla vs. King Kong, but that the big ape would not be the focus of this film.
“The world is reacting to Godzilla in the same way we would react to any other terrifying incident, in that we are overreacting,” Dougherty, said, noting that five years have passed since Godzilla’s city-leveling fight with the MUTOs. “But, there’s paranoia and endless speculation about whether he is the only one out there or whether we’re threatened by others like his kind.”
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is set for a May 31, 2019 release.