Who Are M.U.T.O.? Viral Site for 'Godzilla' Launches Ahead of Trailer
"You wanted to help? Well, this is your chance." With the first trailer for Gareth Edwards' new Godzilla movie due out tomorrow (Tuesday), viral marketing has kicked in for the monster movie. Late on Sunday the @GodzillaMovie account tweeted the link to a Chinese news article on Mtime referencing photos of the "world's largest sinkhole" and details that link to a viral site/company called M.U.T.O. The tag they used when linking was: "Who Are M.U.T.O.?" Good question. They seem a bit similar to Pacific Rim's PPDC (Pan Pacific Defense Corps) or something designed to track down these monsters. We'll have to wait and find out.
Here's a link to the original Mtime article and photo of the sink hole, which is being referenced as a "living fossil" in the article. This is likely the first teaser indicating that the giant monster(s) will be returning soon.
After discovering the URL in the photo above, it points directly to the M.U.T.O. viral site. Found there is an access terminal, or console, for MUTO as well as a network grid and file database. Here fans can input via an old school text console various commands to access information and view encrypted files, one of which is the video seen below. It's likely this site will be the homebase for viral updates regarding Godzilla leading up to its release next May. Check out the site and see what you can find hidden within. Visit by clicking below:
Here are the two new "MUTO" viral videos found via the terminal. They're mostly garbled with some audio:
Update! We've added the next two MUTO viral videos, #4 and #5, below. Not sure what this all means yet?
We'll be keeping an eye out for more updates. The trailer will be released this week and we expect additional viral updates after that debuts. Until then, follow the MUTO site and do your best to decipher these videos.
Godzilla, being directed by Gareth Edwards (of Monsters), comes from a screenplay written by Drew Pearce, Max Borenstein and Frank Darabont. The cast is lead by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, with Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche. An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures will send Godzilla stomping into theaters on May 16th, 2014 next summer. Teaser coming soon.