Moviegoers and kaiju-enthusiasts alike have already become acquainted with Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s cinematic Monsterverse in the 2014 film Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and will continue to do so with 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. But fans of the two titular monsters will have to wait until 2020 when they go head-to-head in Godzilla vs. Kong.
Although they are two different monsters, they both reign as gods of their own domains, something that was alluded to in the story of Kong: Skull Island and it’s after-credits scene. Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts revealed in an interview with Collider that he’s confident that his interpretation of the Eighth Wonder of the World will be given the same proper handling in the hands of Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard:
“Talking to Adam made me so happy because he, in particular, really understands the kind of anime, manga, mech sensibility that I was trying to bring to Kong. He gets that and that was something that I fought so hard for and was so difficult to sort of realize to life through concept to execution with ILM [Industrial Light and Magic.] That’s one of the things I’m most proud of with him. I think he truly gets that and he truly wants to lean into this version of Kong that kind of was born from my crazy and stupid video game brain.”
Vogt-Roberts also mentions that although there will the traits and sensibilities he established in Kong: Skull Island will be carried to Wingard’s film, he still advises that Wingard will still retain plenty of creative freedom with Kong:
“Yeah. He’s got plenty of freedom to sort of play around with how he wants and to play around with … I always joke that my Kong was kind of like a character in a Shane Black movie in the sense that he just gets beat the fuck up by the end of the movie. He’s just battered and scarred, and so he’s got that kind of reluctant protagonist vibe to him. I think Adam’s willing to take that anime thing and do what he needs to do as he squares off with Godzilla.”
Kong: Skull Island is now available on home video formats, featuring a cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, John C. Reilly, and Terry Notary.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters begins its reign on March 22, 2019. The film’s cast includes Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, Anthony Ramos, Charles Dance, Elizabeth Ludlow, Zhang Ziyi, Anthony Ramos, Ken Watanabe, Randy Havens, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, Thomas Middleditch, Bradley Whitford, and Sally Hawkins.
Godzilla VS. Kong is set for release on May 29, 2020.
10 ‘Godzilla’ Kaiju That Need To Be In The MonsterVerse
With both 2014’s Godzilla and this year’s Kong: Skull Island managing to outperform expectations, the MonsterVerse from Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers is off to a good start. That being said, there’s room for growth amongst the roster of kaiju – thus far, only five classic kaiju have been confirmed to exist in the MonsterVerse: Godzilla, King Kong, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, and of those, we’ve only seen two of them in action. Should the series continue to succeed, the setting’s going to need more than original monsters like the M.U.T.O. and the Skullcrawlers – it will need to pull in some fan-favorite monsters from the classic creature features to keep things interesting. Here are ten of Toho’s best kaiju that would make fine additions to the MonsterVerse, with explanations of who they are and why they need to be a part of the setting.