Originally written By Nicholas Raymond for Screen Rant
Deleted scenes for Godzilla: King of the Monsters have been revealed. The cut scenes add a few minutes of content to the movie. The fact that the movie already had a run time of two hours and 12 minutes could explain why the scenes didn't make it into the theatrical release.
Directed by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the third installment in Warner Bros. and Legendary's MonsterVerse. The long-awaited sequel to the 2014 Godzilla movie pits Godzilla against his ancient rival King Ghidorah, with classic Toho monsters Rodan and Mothra thrown into the mix as well. When a group of eco-terrorists led by Jonah (Charles Dance) try to wake up all the Titans, chaos and destruction follows. The awakening of King Ghidorah thrusts the entire planet into danger, forcing both Monarch and Godzilla to go into action in an effort to bring the three-headed monster's reign to an end.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters was released on blu-ray and DVD on August 27. The home video release comes with 6-8 minutes of deleted scenes. The scenes that were cut from the movie dive deeper into the personal stories of the movie's human characters, including Mark (Kyle Chandler), Emma (Vera Farmiga), and Madison (Millie Bobby Brown).
MARK DREAMS ABOUT ANDREW
Mark is present when Godzilla battles King Ghidorah for the first time in Antarctica. Mark watches in horror as Vivienne (Sally Hawkins) is killed by Ghidorah. Moments later, Mark too is caught in the crossfire. After landing on his back, Mark looks on as King Ghidorah and Godzilla roar at each other. After King Ghidorah flies away, Mark slips into unconsciousness. When he wakes up, he's in the sick bay at Monarch's headquarters.
The first deleted scene from Godzilla: King of the Monsters adds a flashback that takes place shortly before Mark wakes up. Mark is barely conscious while Dr. Stanton (Bradley Whitford) is checking him over. Mark relives a birthday party for his son, Andrew, who was killed during Godzilla's battle with the M.U.T.O.s in San Francisco. The flashback is interrupted by a memory of Andrew's death, when Mark is searching frantically his son. The scene is a reminder of his hatred for Godzilla, and that Mark is still consumed by grief. The flashback doesn't tell audiences anything that it doesn't already know about Mark and what he feels toward Godzilla or about his son's death, so this is likely why the scene didn't make it into the final film.
MADISON PRACTICES BOXING
After Godzilla's showdown with King Ghidorah in Mexico and Mothra's transformation in China, Godzilla: King of the Monsters cuts to Madison and Emma arguing in a hallway. This is the moment where Madison expresses how she truly feels about their plan to save the world, and is eventually what leads Madison to head to Fenway Park and use the Orca.
The second Godzilla: King of the Monsters deleted scene reveals how this conversation began. Madison is show practicing her boxing skills with one of Jonah's men, while several others watch. Emma approaches and gets Madison's attention. Emma tells Madison that they need to talk, possibly because Madison had previously called her a "monster". Madison's fury while boxing illustrates just how frustrated and angry she is with her mother over what they've been doing with the Orca.
MADISON AND EMMA’S ALTERNATE ARGUMENT SCENE
The third deleted scene from Godzilla: King of the Monsters picks up where the last one left off. This scene is basically an alternate version of Madison's argument with Emma in the hallway. In the theatrical release, Emma assures Madison that even though things didn't go according to plan with King Ghidorah, it could still be fixed. Madison angrily snap at Emma about how their plan was supposed to restore balance and not destroy everything. Emma claims that they didn't have a choice because the government was going to kill the Titans. This is when Madison points out that all of this was supposed to be for Andrew and asks Emma if this is what he would have wanted. Of course, Emma has no answer for her.
The deleted scene takes this conversation in a completely different direction. Instead of seeming apologetic about their plan having unexpected complications, Emma says that Madison was already warned of the dangers. When Madison brings Mark into the conversation, Emma speaks critical of him for leaving, which is something that didn't happen in the original scene. Also, in the deleted version, Madison doesn't mention that they were doing it for Andrew, which is an important omission. Like the original version, the scene ends with Madison locking herself up in her room.
It's easy to see why this alternate take on a key moment in the movie wasn't included. This version fails to adequately explain how Emma convinced Madison to help, especially since the role of Andrew's death in the formation of their plan is never discussed. Her lack of regret and criticism of Mark would also make it even more difficult for audiences to sympathize with Emma.
CUT SCENE FROM GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS TRAILER
In December 2018, Legendary released its second full trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters which gave a much better look at the Titans featured in the movie. The trailer begins with Madison turning on a radio and asking if anyone can hear her. As she listens to so many people in distress, Madison starts crying. Interestingly, none of this happens in the theatrical release.
The fourth and final scene reveals when and why this happened. Immediately after the events of the third deleted scene, Madison is in her room when she looks over at the radio. After turning it on, the scene plays out just as it did in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer. Madison is visibly upset when she hears the screams and cries of people being killed by the Titans. This moment adds to Madison's guilt and provides her with even more motivation to leave Jonah's hideout and use the Orca to call the monsters away to Fenway Park. Madison's decision is what sets the stage for the final battle between Godzilla and King Ghidorah.