Toho Studios has unleashed the legendary kaiju, Godzilla, once more in the highly-anticipated trailer for “Godzilla Minus One.” This thrilling release marks the 37th installment in the iconic Godzilla franchise and the fifth in the Reiwa era. The film’s premise thrusts Japan into turmoil as it grapples with the return of the colossal monster in the aftermath of World War II. Can the devastated nation not only survive but also mount a formidable defense against Godzilla Minus One?

“After the war, Japan’s economic state has been reduced to zero,” reads the official synopsis for “Godzilla Minus One.” “Godzilla appears and plunges the country into a negative state.”

Takashi Yamazaki, both writer and director of the film, has assembled a stellar cast featuring Ryunosuke Kamiki (known for “Your Name.”), Minami Hamabe (“Shin Kamen Rider”), Yuki Yamada (“Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar”), Munetaka Aoki (“The Roundup: No Way Out”), Hidetaka Yoshioka (“Dr. Kotō Shinryōjo”), Sakura Ando (“Monster”), and Kuranosuke Sasaki (“My Home Hero”).

Godzilla Minus One: A Roaring Comeback in the Latest Trailer

Toho Studios has ambitious plans to create a shared cinematic universe for the Godzilla series, akin to the immensely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). “Godzilla Minus One” serves as the thrilling beginning of this world-building journey.

Mark your calendars, as “Godzilla Minus One” is set to roar into theaters nationwide on December 1, 2023.

Godzilla Minus One Extends Godzilla’s Reign Beyond the Big Screen

In addition to the cinematic release of “Godzilla Minus One,” the legendary kaiju continues to play a pivotal role in Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse. Fans can look forward to Godzilla’s return alongside the formidable King Kong in “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire,” slated for a thrilling release in 2024.

This latest installment follows the explosive showdown of “Godzilla vs. Kong” and promises a fresh cinematic adventure, pitting the mighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against an undiscovered colossal threat hidden within our world. This perilous encounter challenges not only their existence but also our own.

Director Adam Wingard, known for “The Guest,” reunites with Dan Stevens, who steps into the role of the main protagonist. The supporting cast includes Rebecca Hall as Dr. Ilene Andrews, Brian Tyree Henry as Bernie Hayes, Kaylee Hottle as Jia, with Fala Chen (“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”), Alex Ferns (“The Batman”), and Rachel House (“The Portable Door”) set to join the franchise.

But the excitement doesn’t end there. Godzilla will also make his presence felt on the small screen in the upcoming MonsterVerse series, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters.” This innovative series features Kurt Russell and his son Wyatt Russell portraying the same character across multiple decades. “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” is expected to debut later this year on Apple TV+.

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Prepare yourselves for an epic clash of titans when “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” hits theaters on April 12, 2024.