The website promoting Godzilla: King of the Monsters has established the upcoming film's connection to 2017's Kong: Skull Island. In next year's MonsterVerse blockbuster, the world will fall to an invasion of the gigantic kaiju, with the titular atomic fire-breathing lizard going to war in order to restore the balance. However, there's an even bigger main event on the horizon: 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong and the groundwork for that epic clash is being laid by the Monarch Sciences viral website as well.
Monarch is the international agency founded after World War II whose mission is to track and catalog the monsters. Originally designated as M.U.T.O.s - massive unidentified terrestrial organisms - Godzilla 2 reclassifies the creatures with a simpler and more direct term: the Titans. In the MonsterVerse, the Titans are believed to be "the original and rightful rulers of the Earth" and they are come back to reclaim the planet. Though Godzilla's biggest known threats thus far are Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah, there are many more monsters set to appear in the film. Kong will not be among them, but Godzilla 2 will tease "breadcrumbs" leading to the future collision with the big ape - and this starts with the Monarch Sciences website.
One of the cool features of Monarch Sciences' viral website is the ability to track Godzilla's movements (including his heart rate) as he travels around the world. As of this writing, the King of the Monsters is in the Pacific Ocean on a Western trajectory towards Southeast Asia. Originally heading to San Diego for the Comic-Con trailer, he began this most recent journey off the western coast of Central America, near Panama, then swam south and turned west. The Titan's final destination is unknown, but he's currently thousands of miles south of the Hawaiian islands. Most importantly, Godzilla just sailed past Skull Island, the primordial land in the South Pacific ruled by Kong (which was also seen on Google Maps). This confirms that Monarch are still tracking the King of the Apes.
Skull Island is already familiar site after the Jordan Vogt-Roberts' movie thoroughly explored the terrain and the many creatures that live there with Kong. During World War II, an American pilot named Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly) crashed on the island, thanks to how the location is perpetually shrouded by storm clouds. Marlow was eventually rescued in 1973 by a joint U.S. Army/LandSat expedition led by British Special Services Captain James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), Col. Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), and William Randa (John Goodman), representing Monarch. They and their team, including photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), encountered the island's gigantic beasts, with many being killed by the monstrous Skullcrawlers and by Kong himself.
Conrad and Weaver were among the survivors and were later recruited to join Monarch in Kong: Skull Island's post-credits scene, whereupon they learned of the existence of many more Titans, including Godzilla himself. Since Godzilla: King of the Monsters is set decades later, a tease that the new film is bringing back a character from Skull Island led fans to deduce that the older version of James Conrad is the mystery character, now played by Game of Thrones' Charles Dance. This makes sense as Conrad would now be an elder statesman within Monarch, lending his expertise to Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe), Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins), and paleobiologist Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga).
Judging from the Monarch Sciences map and the locations of the Titans all over the world, the scope of Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be global. It's unclear where Godzilla will do battle with the many beasts rising to reclaim the Earth, but after all of the carnage is over, Godzilla's path will eventually lead him to Skull Island, where the 8th Wonder of the World, Kong, awaits.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020