The trailer for Godzilla Minus One leans into the horror elements of the franchise and, in the process, offers viewers a glimpse of the potential of the MonsterVerse franchise. Legendary’s MonsterVerse franchise started strong with 2014’s Godzilla. Directed by Gareth Edwards, this surprisingly downbeat Godzilla movie treated its titular monster like a genuine existential threat while leaning into the human drama of its story. However, not everyone was impressed with this risky approach. Some critics and fans argued that Godzilla would have benefited from a brisker pace, a lighter tone, and a more playful approach to the MonsterVerse.