The First Look At The Monster Hunter Movie Reveals They Actually Made That Giant Fucking Sword

Milla Jovovich as Natalie Artemis and Tony Jaa as the Hunter. (Photo: Sony)

Given how Hollywood’s always had a rather difficult time adapting video games into movies that satisfy fans, the prospect of Sony’s upcoming take on Capcom’s Monster Hunter franchise has been a bit iffy.

The world of Monster Hunter is the kind of lush place teeming with impossible life that would be difficult for any studio to translate to the big screen in a way that immediately resonates with people familiar with the franchise. But the first look at the Milla Jovovich-led film reveals that while the studio is taking a couple of creative liberties here and there, this is definitely going to be a Capcom movie.

In an interview with IGN, director Paul W.S. Anderson explained how even though Jovovich’s Natalie Artemis isn’t meant to be one specific character from the games, her design is actually a nod to the ways that characters are able to mix and match armour and weapons to create kits of their own personal liking. Artemis, Anderson continued, acts as a cipher for audiences to project themselves into—a representation of people sitting down to play Monster Hunter.

Jovovich playing people in video game movies that aren’t actually from the games is nothing new, but what really jumps out about this first look at Monster Hunter is Tony Jaa’s Hunter. His outfit and weaponry bear more than a striking resemblance to the Field Team Leader from Monster Hunter World.

Now that’s a sword. (Photo: Sony)

Other photos from the movie’s set teased that Monster Hunter would at least be partially set in the real world and feature realistic military weaponry—so to see a character running around wielding a sword fashioned out of a monster’s jawbone is curious, especially given the movie’s new synopsis:

Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When Lt. Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her loyal soldiers are transported from our world to the new world, the unflappable lieutenant receives the shock of her life.

In her desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers and unstoppable, revolting attacks, Artemis will team up with a mysterious man who has found a way to fight back.

Just how Sony intends to bring the world of Monster Hunter to life remains to be seen, but you’ve still got some time to dream up your own predictions before the studio announces a proper release date for some time in the near future.


Comments

    The designs look nice but... why is it we need to have an "our reality hardass military figure gets thrown into a world they never created" trope? It feels so 90s, like that screengrab could literally be from a Stargate remake.

    Personally, I think it's why the internet went nuts over the Detective Pikachu trailer - they just went in on the world being the world, strangeness and all.

    Gameinformer.com said that part of the plot would be that the monsters would only be able to be killed by weapons made from, uh, themselves (or other monsters). So hopefully a good excuse to have lots of actual weapons from the games. I for one have lowered my pitchfork ever so slightly in light of these new facts.

    Is it just me or is Milla Jovovich always running in everything? Let me guess there will be a slow motion scene where she slides down under a monsters attack.

    The world of Monster Hunter is the kind of lush place teeming with impossible life that would be difficult for any studio to translate to the big screen in a way that immediately resonates with people familiar with the franchise.Uh... what? Monster Hunter has some fantastical locales but for the most part it's really not that hard to recreate and the monsters are pretty iconic. Just pan across some of the typical tropical forest you see in the starter areas and have a herd of Aptonoths wander past while Kelbis skip and jump into dense foliage, then head into a cavernous area where some Jagras are lounging about followed by an action shot of a Great Jagras and Anjanath fighting. Boom, instant recognition.

    I'm really not confident the people making this film know what makes Monster Hunter what it is...

    You don't need all this audience proxy business.

    *Film opens*
    "Hi. I'm Tony Jaa, and I'm going to kickbox some dinosaurs with a big hunk of bone, like I did to that big guy in that one movie about elephants. Enjoy"
    *Roll Opening credits*

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