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In the New Godzilla Movie, the Monster Comes to Boston

Disaster will strike us on screen once again, a new trailer suggests.


What is it about Boston that makes the entertainment industry want to bring cinematic destruction and devastation to our shores?

Whatever’s going on, prepare to see more of it when Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters next summer. According to a new trailer for the blockbuster starring Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, which debuted on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con, at least some of the movie’s plot takes place in Boston. If you look in the background of the gloomy cityscape, as doom approaches on the horizon, you can make out the Prudential tower, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and other recognizable buildings.

“The mass extinction we feared has already begun,” a voice says ominously, as what appears to be a massive wave comes crashing down on the familiar skyline. Hat-tip to UniversalHub for bringing this to our attention (“Truly world class at last,” the site quips).

This is, of course, not the first time Boston has gotten a sinister makeover on the big- and small-screen over the past couple years. In 2015, the post-apocalyptic video game franchise Fallout decided to set its fourth installment in Boston, meshing the city’s rich history with a narrative about supernatural evil, and packing the Mass Pike with discarded cars and mutants. The Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale has been all the more creepy for local viewers, who so far have been treated to scenes set in MBTA stations, the headquarters of the Boston Globe, and other landmarks, including one particularly horrifying scenario that plays out inside a certain baseball stadium.

The only question remains: What will happen during the film’s inevitable, and practically mandatory, scene in Fenway Park?

And also: What did we ever do to you?