Following the global success of Godzilla” and Kong: Skull Island” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse.

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Movies about giant monsters threatening to destroy Tokyo are the stuff of cinematic legend, and helped define science fiction movies for two generations. This one is a love letter to some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of kaiju, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient skyscraper-sized creatures rise from legend and once again walk the Earth, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Look out, it’s giant monsters from Toho Studios’ golden era, run for your lives and pass the popcorn.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the very definition of pandering to the audience, but this is as it should be. We know exactly what this film is, that it has no high aspirations or deep social relevance. We just don’t care.

The film releases May 31. Run for your lives and pass the popcorn.

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Editor’s note: Godzilla’s full name is actually Irving Edward Godzilla. In the contract negotiations for the first film, Irving had his agent write it into the contract that each time he appeared on screen, actors had to use his full name. Despite director Ishiro Honda’s objections, the contract was signed, but on the first day it quickly became apparent that it was killing the pacing of the scenes to do this, and the actors were stumbling over the line. They reached a compromise, and only Irving’s first initials ended up being used.

This is why characters in the films always react to the sight of the big guy with the phrase, “I.E. Godzilla!”

True story. Trust us.