How to Stream ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Online on HBO Max
The battle begins. Godzilla vs. Kong, in theaters & streaming exclusively. Sometimes there’s no better way to escape life’s challenges than by turning off your brain and watching two giant monsters battle it out. As the trailer shows, Godzilla vs. Kong pits the iconic Japanese sea monster against the enormous ape, and we are ready for it.
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Monster fans in the US, mark your calendars for March 31 — that’s when Godzilla vs. Kong will be out in some theaters. The film already opened in countries that don’t have HBO Max, like Australia, but some others, including France and Japan, won’t get it until May
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What time is Godzilla vs Kong out?
Godzilla vs Kong arrives on HBO Max at 3:01 a.m. ET / 12:01 a.m. PT on Wednesday, March 31. It’s already tearing up international box offices, as it came out on March 24 around the world.
HBO Max confirmed this:
Tomorrow, witness a battle that will shake the Earth. Godzilla vs. Kong is in theaters March 31 and streaming exclusively on HBO Max at 12:01am PT/3:01am ET. #GodzillaVsKong
Godzilla vs. Kong basics
As you probably know, Godzilla and King Kong both have long movie and pop-culture histories.
King Kong burst on the scene in the 1933 movie King Kong. In that film, the giant gorilla-like creature is found on Skull Island, its home, by an American filmmaker, and dragged back to the US to be exhibited. Kong falls in love with a human woman, Ann, played by Fay Wray, and inevitably breaks loose and grabs her, climbing to the top of the Empire State Building before being shot down by airplanes. But you can’t keep a great ape down — Kong returned in numerous sequels and remakes over the years, first taking on Godzilla in 1962.
Godzilla first appeared in the 1954 Japanese movie Godzilla, as an enormous sea monster powered by radiation — thought of as a metaphor for nuclear weapons after the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The dinosaur-like monster has radiation-given powers, including atomic breath, and retreats back into the ocean after its battles. It often tramples Tokyo and kills people, but it’s been known to fight alongside humanity. Kong aside, its usual opponents are fellow kaiju — a Japanese word for giant monsters — such as Rodan, Mothra and others. Godzilla is such a pop-culture icon that it even starred in a 1978 American cartoon, Godzilla, where it had a comedic sidekick nephew, little Godzooky.
The 2021 film
Godzilla vs. Kong is the fourth film in what’s called the “MonsterVerse,” a series of films about the two giant monsters from Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. It all started with 2014’s Godzilla, which was followed by 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, and then 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Godzilla vs. Kong finally brings the two buggies together to fight it out.
“In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity’s fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages,” an official synopsis says.
The human cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things fame, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry and Kyle Chandler. Noted horror-film director Adam Wingard is behind the camera.
How and when to watch
If you have HBO Max, just tune in as you normally would to watch. Like Wonder Woman 1984, there’s no extra charge above and beyond your subscription fee. Right now, HBO Max costs $15 a month.
In fact, you might already have access to HBO Max and not even know it. If you currently subscribe to HBO via your cable or satellite provider, you can probably get HBO Max without paying anything extra. We explain it in detail here, but essentially, you’ll need to watch on a smart TV or streaming device — or a Comcast Xfinity box — using the HBO Max app and your home internet connection.
And in December, Roku struck a deal that gives subscribers access to HBO Max. Roku users who already use the HBO app will automatically update to HBO Max. You can find more information here.
But if you want to watch Godzilla vs. Kong on HBO Max, don’t wait too long. Like Wonder Woman 1984 on the streaming service earlier this year, the blockbuster movie is available for streaming only for a limited time — a month, unless things change.
Is Godzilla vs. Kong Streaming in 4K?
Godzilla vs. Kong is streamable in 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. Whether you get some of those features depends on the hardware you’re using to watch the movie. To see the movie in 4K, you’ll need to be using one of the following devices:
- Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube
- Android TVs, including: AT&T Streaming Box
- Apple TV 4K
- Google Chromecast Ultra and Chromecast with Google TV
- Roku Ultra 4800x, Roku 4k TVs, Roku Premiere, and Roku Streaming Stick+
- Xfinity X1 (Xi6) and Flex