How do Americans always lose track of Godzilla? Back in ’98, the big guy could slip behind a couple skyscrapers and the entire military would just stand around scratching their heads, despite the existence of planes and satellites and so, so much equipment that is perfectly useful for keeping tabs of a giant green dinosaur.

Well, he’s slipped out of our fingers again. Judging from Bryan Cranston‘s powerful, shouty voiceover at the start of this new Godzilla trailer, it sounds like the government had themselves a slight Godzilla problem back in 1954, but they were able to sweep all that nonsense under the rug. From the looks of it, it somehow involved reducing him to a skeleton, which make the modern day monster Godzilla #2. And the American people never had a clue. Unlikely as it may be, it’s a neat conceit for a Godzilla movie and a clever little way of paying homage to Ishiro Honda‘s original film. It’s also an excuse to see a skyscraper-sized lizard stomp across human civilization, which is really all anyone cares about.

Thankfully, there’s plenty of stomping going on in these two and a half minutes. We’re getting little glimpses of the G-man everywhere, with some spines here, a little tail there, and a large, vaguely defined expanse of Godzilla illuminated by flares (thigh? Neck? Love handle? No idea). Two things to watch out for as the stomping commences: one, that Godzilla looks very grizzly bear-like, especially in the trailer’s final shot. And two, whatever rival beastie he’ll be fighting (rumored to be something called a MUTO), it’s probably the owner of that insect foot that stomps down around two minutes in.

Check out Godzilla in all his colossal green glory below.

Godzilla hits theaters on May 16, 2014.

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