A new clip from Kong: Skull Island takes a moment to not emphasize any of the titular island’s monsters to instead focus on the interpersonal conflicts that drive the movie forward. In this scene, Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) has clearly had it with the monkey-fighting monsters on the island, and demands answers from Bill Randa (John Goodman), an operative of Monarch.
Yahoo! released the scene as an exclusive clip, which can be viewed on their website. In the clip, Randa explains to Packard that as a part of Monarch, he has an obligation to make sure that none of the monsters on the island make it out – and that requires actual military intervention, which came at the cost of some of Packard’s men. If the movie’s Apocalypse Now influence is of any indication, then tension will likely mount between these two as their journey gets more and more nightmarish.
For those of you unfamiliar with 2014’s Godzilla, Monarch is the name of the organization that tracks, contains, and covers up the presence of giant monsters in the world, and Kong is set in the same universe. Obviously, by the time of Godzilla, they only have to worry about tracking and containing them after a series of disasters make the presences of these creatures public, but since Kong takes place several decades before that, the veil is still there for most of the people in the world. Given that they’ve confirmed that all the action in the movie will take place on the island this time around, and that Kong won’t be stopping by Manhattan anytime soon, the setting can continue to have a relatively tight-knit continuity while expanding it into the past.
Kong: Skull Island enters the fray on March 10, 2017. In addition, two other films in the “MonsterVerse” series have release dates: Godzilla: King Of Monsters on March 22, 2019, followed by Godzilla Versus Kong on May 29, 2020.