X-Men Variant Cover Unveils Marvel’s DARKEST Redesigns

Marvel’s Dark variant covers give a tantalizing glimpse of the X-Men‘s Rachel Grey and Polaris as super-villains. Marvel’s various variant cover initiatives have always tended to give artists a chance to exercise their creativity, and in May the comic book publisher has commissioned a range of Marvel Dark variants.

These allow artists to reimagine popular and iconic heroes, transforming them into quasi-demonic bad guys. In general, the designs have been evocative of some DC revealed during 2017’s Dark Nights: Metal event. The key difference, of course, is that these are just stunning covers; for now, at least, they aren’t canon. That may well change, given occasionally a variant cover redesign has struck enough of a chord to be absorbed into the comics themselves.

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David Nakayama’s stunning Dark variant for X-Factor #2 is a cover that deserves to become a reality. It features two of the lesser-known X-Men who are members of the X-Factor team, Rachel Grey and Polaris. But Nakayama has envisioned them as monstrous beings, haunting sirens with sweeping wings.

The redesigns are superb, and Rachel’s in particular demonstrates a deep familiarity with her comic book lore. Rachel Grey has a troubled history; she originates from the “Days of Future Past” timeline, where she was captured and forced to serve as a Hound, hunting her fellow mutants as a slave. Her Hound costume had a sort of bondage vibe to it, incorporating a series of jagged spikes and even a striking facial tattoo. Nakayama has taken that theme a step further, transforming Rachel into a sexy Goth who looks absolutely lethal. Her wings are reminiscent of the Phoenix, which is another nice touch; Rachel is one of the most notable Phoenix Force hosts, and unlike many others she never went Dark Phoenix. It’s safe to assume this sinister version has succumbed to the lure of the dark side, of course.

Polaris, meanwhile, has been envisioned as an arcane bat-demon, with sweeping green wings inspired by her traditional cape. Nakayama clearly liked the idea of tattoos, and as a result he’s given Polaris a lot of exposed skin in which to sketch intricate patterns. One of the most amusing is a twisted version of the X-Men logo, an X with a demon’s tail coming from the bottom. Polaris’ look has been completed by bleaching her skin white, and the black eye make-up is prominent as well.

Oddly enough, Nakayama has chosen two X-Men who are typically very difficult to suit up. Rachel Grey has rarely had distinctive costumes of her own, and David Baldeón’s upcoming X-Factor redesign is one of the best in years. Meanwhile, Polaris usually drifts back to versions of the outfit originally designed by Jim Steranko; while Nakayama honors that, his is remarkably original. It’s frankly a shame these two characters are unlikely to ever adopt this appearance in the comics themselves, given they’d presumably involve a story-arc transforming the two women into monsters.

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2020-02-24 05:02:11

Thomas Bacon

X-Men Honors Jean Grey’s Black Queen in New Cover | Screen Rant

The X-Men comics are celebrating Jean Grey’s Black Queen in a variant cover by Mark Brooks. The Dark Phoenix Saga is rightly considered one of the key moments in the history of the comics book industry. Writer Chris Claremont and artist John Byrne brought an end to the story of Jean Grey’s Phoenix in epic style, with Jean going insane and transforming into Dark Phoenix.

The arc is also well-remembered for the countless additions it made to X-Men lore. It introduced iconic characters such as Kitty Pryde and Dazzler, as well as a ruthless group of new enemies known as the Hellfire Club. Loosely inspired by a British TV series, the Hellfire Club were a group of wealthy mutants who valued their own power and influence above anything else. They looked on Jean Grey with possessive eyes, and one of their number – a psychic named Mastermind – tampered with her mind. As a result, Jean briefly became the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club, adopting a distinctive black leather look.

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CBR has exclusively revealed that artist Mark Brooks’ variant cover of X-Men #6 will be a homage to the Dark Phoenix Saga, and specifically to the Black Queen herself. It’s part of Marvel’s 40th anniversary celebration of the Dark Phoenix Saga, and it’s certainly a stunning image.

The main issue, written by Jonathan Hickman and with art by Matteo Buffagni, will be a completely separate plot starring Mystique. Solicits suggest that she will go to extraordinary lengths to secure a promise Xavier has given her, the resurrection of her lover Destiny; Xavier has absolutely no intention of keeping that promise, because he believes a precog like Destiny would sabotage his longer-term plans. It seems Mystique has decided she no longer trusts him.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Dark Phoenix Saga won’t ripple into the comics themselves, of course. The cover of Gerry Duggan’s Cable #2 appears to allude to the Phoenix Force, suggesting that it’s just a matter of time before the cosmic firebird visits the new mutant nation of Krakoa. Meanwhile, it’s interesting to speculate whether or not Charles Xavier himself could unwittingly unleash the Phoenix. Hickman has revealed that Xavier has secretly been recording mental engrams of mutants for decades, and he’s now using them to resurrect the dead. He most likely has a copy of Jean’s records from her time as Phoenix – and Xavier has never really minded playing with (Phoenix) fire.

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Source: CBR

2020-01-15 02:01:43

Thomas Bacon

Final Fantasy Artist Draws the Cover of Vogue Magazine

The artist best known for his work on the Final Fantasy series has taken on a different kind of assignment, as he has drawn an illustration for the cover of the Italian version of Vogue. Yoshitaka Amano is a Japanese artist who has created character and costume concepts for numerous fantasy and science fiction franchises, but he is most famous for the artwork that he has contributed to almost every Final Fantasy game.

Amano’s association with the Final Fantasy series dates back to the first game in the series. He was the character and logo designer for the first six Final Fantasy games, before taking more of a backseat role and only creating promotional artwork for games like Final Fantasy VII. Amano created a lot of unused designs for the Final Fantasy series, some of which the fans have preferred over what made it into each game. He has also worked closely with international creators on franchises outside of the Final Fantasy series, including a short story with Neil Gaiman that put David Bowie in the role of a Sci-Fi hero.

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The latest Amano project is a collaboration with Vogue, as there are seven variants of the January 2020 issue will include illustrations of women, rather than actual photographs. The reason for this is to outline how important fashion illustration is, which is why all of the artists who contributed covers were basing their images on real women. In the case of Amano, he created a cover for Vogue Italia and was working on a photograph of a model named Lindsey Wixson-Young, who was pictured wearing a Gucci dress. Young discussed the photo on her Instagram page. Vogue Italia isn’t the first magazine that Amano has created covers for, as he infamously created a cover for Illustration magazine that depicted Aerith from Final Fantasy VII in the nude.

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Such an honor to be asked to have my portrait for @vogueitalia *NO PHOTOSHOOT PRODUCTION WAS REQUIRED IN THE MAKING OF THIS ISSUE A preview of the January 2020 Vogue Italia Special Issue on newsstands January 7th! @Yoshitaka_Amano featuring @LindseyWixson in @Gucci Cover 5 of 7 *** "All of the covers, as well as the features of our January issue, have been drawn by artists, ranging from well-known art icons and emerging talents to comic book legends, who have created without travelling, shipping entire wardrobes of clothes or polluting in any way. The challenge was to prove it is possible to show clothes without photographing them. This is a first, Vogue Italia has never had an illustrated cover: and as far as I know no issue of Vogue Italia in which photography is not the primary visual medium has ever been printed. Thanks to this idea, and to these artists' process, the money saved in the production of this issue will go towards financing a project that really deserves it: the restoration of Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, severely damaged by the recent floods.” @efarneti See more via link in bio. Full credits: #LindseyWixson @thesocietynyc Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @ferdinandoverderi Fashion @franragazzi @robertaninapinna Casting directors @pg_dmcasting @samuel_ellis @ DM Fashion Studio #voguevalues2020

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Amano was an important figure in the creation of the Final Fantasy series. His artwork was a key component in helping the series to be noticed in the days when the Dragon Quest series was the dominant force in the RPG market in Japan. It’s just a shame that the 8-bit and 16-bit machines struggled to accurately reflect his artwork, with playable character sprites only bearing a superficial resemblance to their concept art.

The modern Final Fantasy games will often use Amano artwork in its promotional material, but his character design days are long behind him. Amano is sixty-seven years old, but he doesn’t appear to be slowing down. He recently collaborated with the creators of Magic: The Gathering and created artwork that merged the classic Final Fantasy style with Magic: The Gathering. The days of the elaborate character designs of Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI are over, but Amano is still gracing the world with his beautiful artwork.

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Source: Vogue, Lindsey Wixson-Young/Instagram

2020-01-06 01:01:30

Scott Baird

The Witcher: Rock Out to This Toss a Coin to Your Witcher Heavy Metal Cover

Musician Dan Vasc has created a Heavy Metal cover of the song “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” from Netflix’s The Witcher. The Witcher is a fantasy saga of novels and short stories originally written by Andrzej Sapkowski before being adapted into a video game series and, now, a hit television show. That show, which has quickly become one of Netflix’s biggest properties, has a soundtrack as memorable as the narrative itself.

The Witcher follows the mutated monster hunter, or “Witcher,” Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), who is hired for his slaying services. In the second episode of the series, Geralt encounters Jaskier the Bard (Joey Batey) and by the end of that episode, Jaskier comes up with an embellished jingle meant to pay homage to Geralt’s exploits and encourage payment. The song seems to have gained more traction in the real world than on the show’s Continent, as “Toss A Coin to Your Witcher” has gone viral on Spotify, YouTube, and other social media platforms, inspiring a plethora of fan-made videos, remixes, and covers.

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The latest spin on “Toss A Coin to Your Witcher” comes from a YouTube video posted by rock and metal singer Dan Vasc. The video features Vasc covering the infectious jam using hard rock instrumentals while still keeping the folk vocals no one can seem to get out of their head, albeit in a slightly heavier version. Check out the full cover below:

At the end of his video, Vasc asks fans what other songs from The Witcher they would like to hear. Vasc himself is a huge fan of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video game and mentions the possibility of doing a cover of “The Wolven Storm (Priscilla’s Song)” from the game and “The Song of the White Wolf” from the show. The music from the show is mostly composed by Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli, with their songs “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” and “Geralt of Rivia” becoming available even before the show premiered on Netflix. While the pair have said that they did not look to the video games for musical inspiration, they were confident The Witcher’s music will satisfy not only fans of Sapowski’s world, but fantasy worlds in general.

Netflix’s The Witcher has received very mixed reviews from critics but fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. This could be attributed to The Witcher’s unique look, feel, and sound, reminiscent of what fans have come to love about the franchise. Composer Ostinelli has described “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” as something someone might hear in a tavern, and Vasc’s dive-bar worthy cover may have solidified the fact that fans will be singing “oh valley of plenty” for quite some time.

More: Every Song In Netflix’s The Witcher

Source: YouTube

2020-01-04 05:01:02

Josh Plainse

Jonathan Van Ness: Cosmo UK Cover’s First Non-Female in 3 Decades

Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye is the first non-female on Cosmopolitan UK’s cover in more than three decades. The cover is being praised for its bold display of non-binary beauty and fashion-forwardness.

Van Ness dons a sherbet-colored gown designed by Christian Siriano. He accessorizes his cover look with sports socks and vintage-inspired Nike trainers. Inside the publication, Van Ness models other vibrant looks including a floral dress with patent-leather combat boots. The last male celebrity to grace the cover solo was also a member of the LGBTQ community. Boy George held the distinction back in the 1984. Boy band One Direction appeared on the cover in 2012, but as a group.

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In the magazine, Van Ness speaks about his gender non-conforming lifestyle. “I think that a lot of times gender is used to separate and divide,” he said. “It’s this social construct that I don’t really feel like I fit into the way I used to.”

Much of Van Ness’ popularity started with Queer Eye.  However, in September 2019, Van Ness revealed that he is HIV positive. He made the disclosure in his memoir Over the Top. Since then, the 32-year-old has hung out with Taylor Swift, received praise from fans and other celebs alike, and has leaned into self-care and recharging his batteries when his energy levels are low. His wild turns of phrase and bold personality excited fans and made him an instant hit on social media. In October 2019, Poo Pouri Toilet Spray made Van Ness its brand ambassador and gave the host a unique platform to speak to consumers about bowel health and maintenance. He’s also gotten very involved with politics and is reportedly putting his support behind candidate Elizabeth Warren. The grooming expert has also continued to endorse and recommend products that promote beautiful skin and hair.

It’s refreshing to see fashion magazines promoting inclusion on their pages and covers. For years, editors were told not to place people of color on covers because they don’t sell as well. However, Oprah, Rihanna, and Beyonce have laid to rest those outdated edicts. Now we have the first man to cover Cosmopolitan UK in 30 years looking fearless, fab, and joyous on the cover. Just like icon Billy Porter, Van Ness rocks a ball gown like a boss and shows that style comes in many shapes and forms. Somewhere in the world, there’s a kid feeling completely misunderstood and ashamed of his or her desire to be different. That kid will see this cover and realize it’s cool to walk to the beat of a different drum. That’s the power of living out loud – something Van Ness has elevated to a fine art.

More: Queer Eye: 10 Best Jonathan Van Ness Quotes

Source: People

2019-12-03 01:12:28

Ebony March

MLB The Show 20 Cover Athlete Revealed as Javier Baez

MLB The Show 20 unveiled its cover athlete today, and Chicago Cubs superstar shortstop Javier “El Mago” Báez will appear on the cover of the game, which will release a little earlier than many might have expected. MLB The Show is SIE San Diego Studio’s storied baseball simulation series, a franchise with incredible statistical depth, the kind of gameplay that appeals broadly to fans of baseball, a sport that relies heavily on analytics informing basically every level of the modern game.

The last five MLB The Show titles have all launched during the last week of March, scheduled for opening day, another indicator that shows just how much attention is paid to all of the game’s traditions when it comes to the franchise. Today’s announcement comes just one day before the World Series kicks off between a surging Washington Nationals squad and the Houston Astros, the latter of whom have another cover star contender in Jose Altuve. With the spotlight on baseball as large as it ever is each year, it’s the ideal stage to announce the future of the MLB The Show franchise – and the player the series wants to give a nod to this year.

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That player is none other than Báez, whose nickname means “The Magician” and who consistently dazzles as an all-around threat in the MLB. Báez finished second in the National League MVP voting in 2018 and recorded a league-leading 111 RBIs, and is one of the most dynamic young players in the game today. The announcement of Báez as the MLB The Show cover star came with another surprise, as the game will release on March 17, 2020, a full week before the usual launch date period. Báez shared his excitement in being chosen as the cover star in Sony’s announcement post on the PlayStation Blog, stating:

I am so honored and excited to be on the cover of MLB The Show 20. I’ll never forget how it felt when I saw myself in the game for the first time (even as a backup!)

MLB The Show 20 marks what could be the last time the franchise appears on PlayStation 4 – at least exclusively, anyways – as the window for the next iteration will place it squarely in the next console generation. MLB The Show 20 will have several different special editions, and pre-ordering any of them will give players four days of early access to the game.

Baseball games are a tough sell to those who aren’t already interested, as the sport isn’t as fast-paced or visually dynamic as other major national sports. With that said, though, the baseball fanbase is incredibly passionate about even the most minute details, and MLB The Show 20 looks like it will continue to embrace that love of the game with a cover star in Báez who might not have been the obvious choice, but makes perfect sense all the same.

Next: Will MLB The Show Ever Come to Other Consoles?

Source: PlayStation Blog

2019-10-21 01:10:40

Cody Gravelle

Carnage Claims Mary Jane in SPIDER-MAN Comic Cover | Screen Rant

A new variant cover for Amazing Spider-Man #30 shows Mary Jane Watson as a host of the Carnage symbiote. Carnage is quickly becoming the most interesting supervillain in the Marvel Universe. On the big screen, it looks as though Sony’s Spider-Man films are gearing up to “Maximum Carnage” – which could be even more explosive with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the mix.

In the comics, a newly-resurrected Carnage is essentially the star of the ongoing “Absolute Carnage” event. Cletus Kasady and his insane followers are attempting to unleash the symbiote god, Knull; to that end, they’re hunting down anyone who has ever bonded with one of the alien symbiotes in order to retrieve remnants of the symbiote’s codex implanted within their spine. Along the way, he’s happily spreading his symbiote and possessing others.

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Shannon Maer’s variant cover for Amazing Spider-Man #30 envisions the Carnage symbiote taking possession of Spider-Man’s beloved Mary Jane Watson. It’s a particularly dark twist, given Marvel only recently commissioned a range of Mary Jane covers celebrating her return to Spider-Man’s life. Maer gives Carnage MJ a sinister, steely expression that contrasts with her normally emotion-filled face; it underlines the sense that she’s completely out of control. This is clearly one killer who feels no compassion when she’s at work.

Maer’s artwork is absolutely stunning. His vision of the Carnage symbiote is slightly different to the norm; rather than looking like a fluid, it instead appears as though Mary Jane’s skin has been stripped away. The body looks as though the flesh has been peeled aside to reveal muscle and marrow; the hands feel as though they’re soaked in blood. The transition between the symbiote and Mary Jane’s T-shirt is perfect.

Interestingly, there is precedent for Mary Jane to become a host of the Carnage symbiote. In the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, MJ became the Carnage Queen, and actually overwrote the symbiote’s penchant for chaos. She converted Midtown High into a symbiote hive, creating powerful and dangerous new symbiote creatures. Unfortunately, as strong-willed as the comic book version of Mary Jane may be, the truth is that she’d never be able to restrain the Carnage symbiote. Kasady has successfully enslaved some of the greatest superheroes in the Marvel Universe in the past, ranging from Wolverine to the Thing, and even the likes of Mary Jane would be unable to resist him. It’s chilling to imagine a scenario where Spider-Man found himself facing this particular serial killer.

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE TIE-IN! Spider-Man has been a huge part of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, but this is when his part gets REALLY crazy… Only Spider-Man stands between Carnage at his scariest ever and young Dylan Brock. There is so much more to it, but WE DO NOT WANT TO SPOIL IT!

More: Venom 2: The Most Obvious Way To Introduce Carnage

2019-09-09 02:09:04

Thomas Bacon

The New ‘Marvel Girl’ Jean Grey Shines in X-MEN Cover

Artgerm’s X-Men #1 variant cover shows one of the best Jean Grey images in years. Marvel is in the process of relaunching the X-Men franchise under superstar writer Jonathan Hickman, who has a plan that he expects to span years.

The story has begun in the House of X and Powers of X miniseries, both of which serve as setup for the Hickman era. So far, it’s hard to say quite where the story’s going; each issue contains a number of unexpected twists and turns, ranging from retconned mutants to major character deaths that surely won’t last. When the dust settles in October, Hickman will relaunch the X-Men franchise with a new flagship X-Men book.

Related: The X-Men Reboot’s Biggest Retcon Just Doesn’t Work

Naturally, Marvel Comics has hired some high-quality artists to run some stunning variant covers for the first issues. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau has been commissioned to create a beautiful X-Men #1 variant cover featuring Jean Grey in her new/old Marvel Girl costume. The Marvel Girl costume is a classic one that dates back to the ’60s, and it’s one of the most fondly-remembered ones. The yellow mask, gloves and boots were adapted from the original X-Men training uniforms, but the costume move away from form-fitting superhero spandex to a much more flattering, feminine green dress.

It was a one-piece, but it still featured a belt for decorative purposes; the color changed a few times, but the buckle always had an X in the center. Artgerm captures the look perfectly, and his variant cover shows Jean Grey stepping through a Krakoan portal into a wooded area.

Jonathan Hickman seems to be setting Jean Grey up as a major character for his run, although there’s currently a lot of mystery surrounding his plans for the Omega Level mutant. For one thing, it’s unclear why an older Jean Grey has gone back to wearing an outfit she wore back when she was one of the original X-Men. There’s been some speculation that the X-Men of Hickman’s House of X book are actually Krakoan clones, which would perhaps explain the costume choice; Jean Grey was wearing the classic Marvel Girl costume when she first encountered Krakoa in the classic Giant-Size X-Men #1. If that’s the case, of course, it’s entirely possible that this version of Jean Grey isn’t the real one – but she certainly seems to possess all Jean’s powers, and a very similar personality too.

Marvel’s official solicit for X-Men #1 states that Jonathan Hickman and Lenil Yu will “reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses.” Amusingly, Cyclops’ team basically seems to be the entire Summers family, plus Wolverine, meaning both he and Jean Grey will be in the first issue.

More: The X-Men Reboot’s Biggest Secret FINALLY Makes Sense

2019-09-06 11:09:32

Thomas Bacon

Aladdin: Watch Will Smith’s Friend Like Me Cover In HD

A new Aladdin video showcases Will Smith’s Friend Like Me cover in HD. The 1992 animated film of the same name was and continues to be one of the biggest hits in Disney’s extensive list of hugely successful motion pictures. Voiced by the legendary Robin Williams, Aladdin’s Genie character is a favorite of many, as are the songs he sung.

This being the case, when it was first announced that Aladdin would be remade into a live-action motion picture, diehard fans were understandably nervous. Williams passed away in 2014, making the sanctity of his Genie character that much more intense for many, and the idea that someone else was going to come along and attempt to match what he had done was an appalling thought to those who felt a strong connection to the legacy of Williams, as well as Aladdin. As it turned out, the person to take on William’s Genie was Will Smith – a venerated star himself; and while Smith’s take on the character wasn’t the same as Williams’, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star still managed an admirable take on what was clearly a challenging role.

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Among one of the biggest questions in the minds of Aladdin fans prior to the release of the live-action version was whether or not one of the most instantly recognizable songs from the animated film would appear in the remake. Not only did Friend Like Me appear in the film, but Smith did a decent job with his own take on it. Now, thanks to the DisneyMusicVevo YouTube channel, an HD version of Smith’s efforts can be seen in full. For those who didn’t see the film in theaters, the below video might provide that extra bit of incentive to go and check it out:

Though it may not have seemed as though Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake was that popular of a film, the truth of the matter is that it was a huge hit, particularly for Smith. Rather astonishingly, Aladdin has gone on to become the highest grossing hit of Smith’s entire career. This is a massive achievement when one considers the huge number of blockbuster films that Smith has appeared in over the years, with titles like Bad Boys and Men in Black instantly recognizable on a global level.

The live-action version of Friend Like Me has certainly been tweaked to provide a different take on the classic song, while staying true to its core elements. Still, as entertaining as it may be, there remains something about it that just doesn’t feel familiar. Both Smith and director Guy Ritchie clearly did their best to bring audiences something that felt familiar, yet still encapsulated something new, but at best, Smith’s performance is a decent enough re-imagining of a classic song. That in itself is fine, as it definitely doesn’t take away from the original. But it will be interesting to see what sort of character the inevitable Aladdin sequel will have, as it will finally have a chance to branch out and create something truly unique with the characters and story.

Next: Why Aladdin’s New Iago Was So Disappointing

Source: Disney

2019-08-08 06:08:48

Mike Jones

Listen to Serj Tankian’s ‘Godzilla’ Cover For King of the Monsters

System of a Down singer Serj Tankian teams up with composer Bear McCreary to record a new version of Blue Öyster Cult’s “Godzilla” for the soundtrack to the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters. He first terrorized Tokyo way back in 1954, and now Godzilla is coming back to once again thrill movie audiences (in computer generated form). And this time, he’ll be joined by fellow kaiju superstars Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah.

In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the titular fire-breathing atomic creature finds himself fighting on the side of humanity when Earth is overrun by monsters, leading to a global calamity. Millie Bobby Brown heads up the movie’s human cast, playing a young girl who has a mysterious connection to Mothra. She’s joined by Vera Farmiga as Dr. Emma Russell, a scientist who’s invented a machine that may allow humanity to control the rampaging Titans. In all, the movie contains at least 17 monsters, which should make for one of the most epic Godzilla films of all-time.

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In honor of the return of Godzilla, composer Bear McCreary has dusted off the classic 1977 song “Godzilla” by Blue Öyster Cult and created a new version with lead vocals by Serj Tankian of System of a Down. The new take on “Godzilla” is appropriately epic, even though the lyrics remain as intentionally silly as they were when Blue Öyster Cult first laid them down back in the ’70s. Hear the song below (via WaterTower Music):

Composer McCreary, who of course is best known for creating the theme to The Walking Dead, calls his new take on “Godzilla” the most “audacious” piece he’s ever produced. He said (via Rolling Stone):

[The song is] jammed to the breaking point with orchestra, choir, taiko chanting, taiko drumming, heavy metal rhythm section, Gene Hoglan’s blistering double-kick drums, and Serj’s distinct vocals. It is complete musical madness.

By all appearances, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a complete cinematic event, so it’s appropriate that the music would also be just as epic. McCreary’s full score for the film contains 25 pieces, many of them adapted from original Godzilla themes, including the classic “Mothra’s Song” by Yuji Koseki. With so many classic kaiju returning alongside Godzilla in the new movie, it seems fitting that the music would also form a connection back to the original Godzilla movies.

Music indeed has played a big part in the marketing for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, with one trailer even featuring the tune “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.  It seems McCreary’s score will be a big part of the overall effect when Godzilla and his fellow kaiju roar their way back onto movie screens.

More: Everything We Learned From The Godzilla: King of the Monsters Set Visit Reports

Source: WaterTower Music, Rolling Stone

2019-04-25 05:04:16

Dan Zinski