'Godzilla' star Thomas Middleditch keeps the audience guessing whether King of the Monsters is a savior or a threat
Ever since the reboot, one of the questions that has remained unanswered is whether the monstrous creature is an ally against alien threats or are the humans the real heroes?
Roland Emmerich's version of the 'Godzilla' in 1998 showed a rampaging behemoth that was eventually taken down by the humans. In many ways, it was a typical Emmerich stand-united-and-save-the-word theme, much akin to his blockbuster movie, 'Independence Day'. The rebooted 'Godzilla' in 2014, however, was a different story. It showed the humans assisting Godzilla against two MUTO's (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) and the media hailing the creature as 'King of Monsters- Savior of the city'.
The same pattern was followed in 'Kong: Skull Island' where the ape, Kong, saves the world from an alien creature called the Skullcrawler leading to the question: Is Godzilla the protagonist?
By the looks of it, the latest installment in the Monsterverse ('Godzilla' and 'Kong: The Skull Island'), 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' may follow a similar pattern and one of the stars of the movie, Thomas Middleditch, who plays Dr. Sam Coleman, Monarch's -- a secret scientific organization that first appeared in 'Godzilla (2014) and then went on to play a key role in 'Kong: Skull Island, director of Technology and the communications liaison between Monarch and the US government, further fueled the debate.
Talking to MEA WorldWide during the show's premiere in Hollywood, California, the 'Zombieland' star said, "Some say he's the protagonist, some say he's the supporting cast, but yeah..." he trails off, adding to speculations if Godzilla would live up to the title of 'Savior' in this movie. Even if it does finds some support from humans, whose side will the world take when the next movie, 'Godzilla vs Kong', the 2020 release?
At this stage, it does look like the humans will side with Godzilla as according to the trailer, Millie Bobby Brown's character is shown to have a connection to Mothra, one of the creatures in the movie, and is shown to be battling against Ghidorah, the three-headed dragon.
But again. Will Godzilla emerge as the protagonist? Only time will tell.
Apart from throwing a spanner in the works, Middleditch also remarked that it had been a dream to land a part in what he termed as a "crazy" franchise. "It is a crazy franchise and it's a big summer blockbuster, been a dream to do something like this," he signed off.
'Godzilla: King of Monsters' also stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O'Shea Jackson Jr., David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Zhang Ziyi.
The monster-action feature will hit the big screens on May 31.
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