Godzilla: King of the Monsters is still six months away, but the plot synopsis of MonsterVerse showdown Godzilla vs. Kong may have already revealed its ending. The MonsterVerse is now on a rampage. After successfully rebooting both Godzilla and Kong, Legendary are moving apace to bringing more Toho creatures to the shared universe, and eventually pitting the two icons against each other.
Next May sees the release of Michael Dougherty's Godzilla 2, subtitled King of the Monsters, which will see Gojira taking on Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan. But the real challenge is in 2020, when Adam Wingard's Godzilla vs. Kong will be unleashed on the world. Production has recently begun on the next movie, accompanied by an official cast list and production synopsis:
"In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity’s fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages. As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into uncharted terrain and unearths clues to the Titans’ origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever."
While this at first seems rather standard, confirming characters back from Godzilla 2 and teasing the Titan showdown to end all showdowns, it actually reveals a lot about where King of the Monsters will leave Gojira, Monarch and the world of the MonsterVerse. Here's what we think it reveals.
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Vera Farmiga Definitely Isn't In The Main Cast of Godzilla vs. Kong
While Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler have been linked to Godzilla vs. Kong for months now, conspicuously absent has been Vera Farmiga. Farmiga plays Dr. Emma Russell in Godzilla 2, a Monarch scientist kidnapped by an even-more-mysterious organization, while Brown and Chandler play her daughter Madison and husband Mark respectively. Based on the Comic-Con trailer, it's looking like King of the Monsters, for all its sprawling ensemble cast and city-smashing action, will be very much a family affair.
With the release of the cast list, it's confirmed that Farmiga isn't set to return for Godzilla vs. Kong but her character's immediate family are. The immediate suggestion is that Emma will die during the events of Godzilla 2, possibly sacrificing herself for the greater good (given her character has such an immense knowledge of the creatures, that role would certainly make sense). Of course, it may also just be a sign that the character has disappeared, or perhaps will have a smaller (even surprise) role in the team-up, something that would chime with theories on a very close connection to Mothra.
Monarch's Rivals Survive Godzilla 2
While the MonsterVerse films are sold on their titular icons, each one has endeavored to provide a human story as well. Indeed, each movie has attracted an impressive cast - alongside Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler, Godzilla vs. Kong features Alexander Skarsgård, Eiza González, Rebecca Hall, Julian Dennison, Brian Tyree Henry and Jessica Henwick - that defies these being big-budget creature features. For Godzilla vs. Kong, that story will involve a divided humanity making a final stand, with Monarch trying to learn about the Titans as another attempts to destroy them.
That'd be pretty standard stuff for a versus movie, except it comes in the footsteps of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. As already discussed, the film will see multiple factions vying for control of the monsters, with Monarch opposed by the shady group who kidnap Emma Russell. While not much is known about this organization (which appears to count Charles Dance among their members), their motives would certainly fit as being the group trying to wipe Titans off the face of the Earth, meaning that, while Ghidorah may be defeated, the real puppetmasters may not.