Ever since Gareth Edwards debuted his Godzilla trailer last month, we've been trying to figure out the mystery kaiju that briefly appeared in the footage. And now, thanks to a screening at SXSW, we've got a great idea of who this second monster just may be.
Last night the brand new Godzilla movie screened a chunk of footage for fans and journalists, and allegedly the crowd was so pleased with what they saw the clips even got a standing ovation, which is very hopeful. More importantly this footage debuted the second monster, a kaiju creature we previously hoped could be Rodan, but from the sounds of i, this new "Muto" is a wholly new creation. Here are a few descriptions from the folks who were there.
We return to the Honolulu airport just as the power is being restored to the tram. The crowd on the train has a brief moment of relief before all awesome holy hell breaks loose. The tram is thrown from its tracks by a massive Kaiju that stylistically looks like a combination of a mosquito and the Cloverfield monster. It looks like this is the creature the government had a bead on over the radio.
The tram dangles precariously as Aaron Taylor-Johnson reaches out to save his young ward. But even if he does, who will stop the creature destroying the airport? Who the hell do you think? In a pretty heroic reveal for a character that has already caused mass destruction in his own right, the King of All Monsters steps up to put a smack down. With a massive roar, we get our first full look at the original big bad ass. And he is gorgeous! A perfectly updated look of Toho's creation stands before us.
Back at the airport the power comes back on in the railcar and the kid seems less freaked out. The track behind them lights up in sections, brightening up the airport as it goes. One section, two, three and then something seems wrong. The next section lights up and a crazy bald bat-looking monster stands over it, two legs on each side. It's kind of like the Cloverfield monster in proportions, but much more detailed.
This thing goes crazy and starts tearing up the railcar. Taylor-Johnson protects the kid as the thing gets thrown about, ripped open and people start spilling out. This monster is maybe 25-30ish feet tall, I'd guess. In the chaos of the attack a chain reaction of explosions is set off, jet fuel in airplanes parked at gates ignite and like dominoes they explode one after another. The final one explodes and a thick foot stomps down.
And here is when Edwards reveals Godzilla's second threat: Another kaiju! It's a multi-limbed creature with what look like wings on its back (that would explain the mystery shape we saw cutting through the clouds in the official trailer)...
Topless Robot revealed this Godzilla toy that doesn't appear to have a name, but certainly sounds like the creature the above sites were describing. Could this winged baddie be Godzilla's new antagonist? Its wings certainly match what we saw plunging into the ocean during the trailer.
We can't be certain. Only time, and more footage, will tell. Until then, enjoy the latest Mondo poster from Godzilla!