Latest trailer for 'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' promises high stakes action

    The upcoming installment in the Planet of the Apes series, directed by Wes Ball, hits theaters on May 10th.

    Kingdom of the Apes (Source: Youtube)

    Kingdom of the Apes (Source: Youtube)

    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes picks up in a world where centuries have passed since Caesar helped his fellow apes evolve beyond mere animals into the dominant species on the planet. Humans still exist, but only in hiding. Following a new ape unaware of this history, the film embarks on another epic struggle.

    Starring Owen Teague, Freya Allan, Kevin Durand, Peter Macon, and William H. Macy, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is helmed by director Wes Ball, renowned for his work on the Maze Runner franchise.

    Unveiling Complex Character Dynamics

    Kingdom of the Apes (Source: Youtube)

    In the official synopsis of the movie, nearly 300 years post the events of War for the Planet of the Apes, Noa, a common chimpanzee, undertakes a perilous odyssey with a young human named Mae, aiming to shape the destiny of both apes and humans. Ape civilizations have flourished since Caesar guided his kin to safety, whereas humans have regressed into a savage, primal existence.

    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes seems to echo themes from the prior trilogy while setting the stage for a broader storyline focused on Frey Allan's character, Mae. Although she trusts Owen Teague's Noa, Mae's wild instincts suggest an underlying resentment toward apes, leaving her motives uncertain.

    Time-Travel Themes and Mae's Role

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    The abundance of space-themed imagery in the recent trailer hints at a possible time-travel storyline for Mae, suggesting her quest to reshape history by preventing the rise of the apes. This concept may explain why Mae captures the attention of Proximus, the leader of the apes, who likely seeks to leverage her knowledge for his own purposes—whether to accelerate his conquest of humanity or obstruct her efforts entirely.

    Should Mae grow closer to Noa and see the gentler side of apes, she might rethink her mission. Instead of trying to alter history entirely, she could aim to encourage peaceful coexistence between humans and apes, envisioning a livelier world where both species thrive together.

    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is set to premiere in theaters globally on May 10, 2024.