Monster Hunter movie trailer shows an actual monster

Monster Hunter fans have been treated to their first proper look at the upcoming film adaptation which is due to hit cinema screens later this year.

Over the weekend Sony Pictures Entertainment released the brief teaser shown above, giving us a sixteen second glimpse of the bizarre blockbuster.

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Although short, we finally get to see an actual monster instead of gawping at stills of soldiers wandering though a desert. The clip shows off one of Monster Hunter’s recurring boss creatures, the Black Diablos. It seems as though this might be the first encounter between the series’ monsters and Milla Jovovich’s group of gun-toting squaddies.

Sadly we don’t get to see more of the film’s secondary characters, including the hunters themselves. One thing that stands out, however, is the confirmation that Monster Hunter will be releasing in cinemas this December. Earlier in the year, it was reported that the movie would be pushed back to April 2021.

The December release date is also clearly visible on the flick’s official website. That said, Monster Hunter could follow a number of big budget movies being delayed into next year with the film industry still shrouded in covid-19 uncertainty.

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Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, Monster Hunter is loosely based on the power-selling video game franchise instead of being a direct adaptation. Anderson is best known for his work on the Resident Evil film franchise (another Capcom partnership) with Milla Jovovich joining him once again as the lead actor. Here’s an official synopsis of the film:

Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit (TI Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta) to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower. In their desperate battle for survival, the unit encounters the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. As Artemis and Hunter slowly build trust, she discovers that he is part of a team led by the Admiral (Ron Perlman). Facing a danger so great it could threaten to destroy their world, the brave warriors combine their unique abilities to band together for the ultimate showdown.

It’s fair to say that the Monster Hunter series is still going strong in 2020. Capcom continue to bolster Monster Hunter World: Iceborne with new features and content with title update 5 having recently launched. Whether they have another expansion (or a full on sequel) planned for World is unclear, though the series is continuing to splinter off, Capcom have recently announced Monster Hunter Rise and Monster Hunter Stories 2 for the Nintendo Switch, both of which will be arriving in 2021.

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