In less than one year, the King of the Monsters will return to the big screen in the sequel to 2014's Godzilla, and EW recently shared the first images and new plot details from the anticipated follow-up film that further expands Legendary's MonsterVerse.

Speaking with EW, Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty discussed the mindset of the world after the events of the 2014 film:

"The world is reacting to Godzilla in the same way we would react to any other terrifying incident, in that we are overreacting... there’s paranoia and endless speculation about whether he is the only one out there or whether we’re threatened by others like his kind.”

EW also mentions that humans haven't seen Godzilla since the end of the first movie, although that will likely change once other colossal creatures make themselves known to the world, including the flying Rodan, whom Dougherty discussed:

“In a lot of ways he’s more powerful than Godzilla. He’s like this winged A-bomb. I think we’ve done him justice.”

To read all of Dougherty's comments, visit EW, and check out the images they revealed below, including a look at Godzilla's radioactive roar. Massive monster movie fans can look forward to seeing Godzilla: King of the Monsters when Warner Bros. unleashes it in theaters on May 31st, 2019.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (from the press release): "The film... is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Manchester by the Sea”); Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary."