If you were a kid in the summer of 1996, you had one thing on your mind: Jeff Goldblum. Okay, maybe in reality it was the aliens and their city-spanning flying saucers with wall-of-fire creating laser beams. As well as scene-chewing performances by Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and everyone's favorite drunken (former) abductee: Randy Quaid. This is a film that defined alien invasion movies for a generation, and put plenty of future big name actors on the map. What's really surprising is that it took twenty years to get a sequel out in theaters, but lo and behold, this summer millions of 90's kids will get their long forgotten wishes with the release of 'Independence Day: Resurgence.'
What does this have to do with giant monsters? Not much honestly, except for the fact that the latest trailer suggests the film is apparently throwing its hat into the kaiju-genre ring. I've assembled some screenshots of what I believe are giant, bio-mechanical suits worn by the aliens in the upcoming blockbuster. Take a look and see what you think.
These first four shots show two advanced alien fighters bearing down and firing on an almost 'Cloverfield' looking creature running across a rooftop. Hundreds more fighters swarm above and around the buildings. Did the heroes of the film take control of one of these things and that's why the aliens are attacking it? Are they in the fighters trying to take one out?
Here are the shots where everyone watching the trailer took notice of the tentacled monster. It shows the camera tilting down on a humvee as a large clawed foot raises up and then comes crashing down, destroying the vehicle and the soldiers occupying it. Based on the background swarm of fighters, this looks like the same scene as the one above. Not sure why alien fighters and humans would be shooting at the same thing, but maybe this is a different monster, or those two fighters earlier in the trailer really have been commandeered by the protagonists.
Here's my theory on what these things are. Notice the color of the creature's skin? As I mentioned, I think these are larger, different versions of the "armor" that the aliens wore in the first film. Here's a picture to jog your memory:
They're already making homages to dozens of classic alien invasion stories with this franchise, and I believe that this is their version of the "tripods" from H.G. Wells' famous 'The War of the Worlds.' They've already set up that these aliens are small in stature, but use suits in combat roles. Why wouldn't they be able to make them whatever size and shape they could dream up? I think this is a great concept and I'd like to see the universe expanded more in future films/comics/etc because of ideas like this.
Hopefully, the upcoming movie is fun and well executed, otherwise no one will care about seeing more of these weapons in action.
'Independence Day: Resurgence' is directed by Roland Emmerich and releases June 24, 2016.