The MonsterVerse is heating up, although I admit I don’t know much about it at this point. I know they’re finally making a sequel to the 2014 semi-hit Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards, and I know Michael Dougherty is directing, although I don’t know why they’re making these films. Seems like a lot of effort for a middling return.

The Monsterverse? Because they need a franchise or two? Why can’t they make original films instead? Cloverfield was inspired by Godzilla, and in fact ended a lot like you’d expect a Godzilla to end: with the nuclear bombardment of New York City.

And yet, Cloverfield was pretty original, even though it was, admittedly, Godzilla and found footage combined. But it was still more original than the Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, or anything we can hope to see out of this new Godzilla 2, which is incorporating a few new monsters, and may even have a title to reflect that fact. Same goes for King Kong. It had a good, long movie to make some money. Why bring it back and combine it with Godzilla? Just because? Because money says so? Invent new franchises instead of dusting off old shit just for the sake of smashing a city, because in the context of America, and not nuclear bombed Japan, that’s all Godzilla is. And we see what happens when Godzilla tries to be more than a silly monster smashing a city, right? Godzilla 1998, anyone?

Regardless (I love that word) filming has already begun. Here’s the official synopsis:

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Cast: Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Ken Watanabe (Transformers: The Last Knight), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Aisha Hinds (Star Trek: Into Darkness).