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Everything You Need to Know About 'Godzilla' in One Quick-Reference Graphic

All hail the King of the Monsters!

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The summer movie season is here, and May brings us some big titles, but none bigger than the King of the Monsters, Godzilla. As part of our extended look at the summer movie season (check out our full guide to the 33 most vital movies here), we've put together five info-graphics for five of the most anticipated movies of the next few months. We'll be publishing one a day until Sunday. We started yesterday with The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Check back over the next few days or follow us on Facebook to see more of this summer's surefire hits broken down in these info-packed images.

Today's graphic breaks down the hugely anticipated new Godzilla movie from director Gareth Edwards, who's gone to great lengths to make a movie that stays true to the monster's Toho roots. Long-time fans turned against the 1998 Godzilla movie starring Matthew Broderick, with the original Toho studio even summarily killing off the American version of the monster (dubbed "Zilla") in Godzilla: Final Wars. For his part, Edwards wanted to make a movie that would be embraced by both American and Japanese fans. To that end, he made his movie's monster structurally more similar to the original Godzilla, standing upright, with back spines, and a head, that recall the earlier on-screen titan. Notably, the new movie straddles the Pacific, with bits taking place in Japan and Hawaii before moving to San Francisco. Check out the graphic below for the full breakdown.

Everything You Need to Know About 'Godzilla' in One Quick-Reference Graphic
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