Kong: Skull Island will do more than just bring the King back to the big screen. It will also provide another building block in Legendary and Warner Bros.' MonsterVerse edifice. That planned cinematic universe will include a sequel to 2014's Godzilla, entitled Godzilla: King of Monsters. But outside of Godzilla and Kong, details have been slim on what other famous kaiju might be popping in to terrorize humanity as the MonsterVerse expands.
It has been reported that a post-credits scene will play after Kong: Skull Island, but the exact content of this scene is still not confirmed. However, we do now have an indication of what the end credits stinger is about and it could be exciting news for fans of classic Toho monsters, and not just Godzilla.
SciFi Japan got the ball rolling on this story by passing along the full credits for Kong: Skull Island, including this line near the end: Characters of “Godzilla,” “King Ghidorah,” “Mothra” and “Rodan” created and owned by Toho Co., Ltd. As Scified points out, those characters would only be credited if they are referred to or shown in the movie. This leads naturally to the conclusion that Skull Island's post-credits stinger will tease not only Godzilla: King of Monsters but also the inclusion in that film of King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan (alongside confirmed human cast member Millie Bobby Brown).
Back in 2014, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards revealed at Comic-Con that rights to the above-mentioned monsters had been acquired by Legendary, but gave no confirmation that any plans were in place to use them in any Godzilla sequels. Edwards later dropped out of Godzilla: King of Monsters to eventually be replaced by Michael Dougherty, leaving the status of King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan as potential MonsterVerse characters up in the air.
It seems natural that if you're putting together an entire cinematic universe centered around Godzilla and King Kong, you'll need to include a ton of other kaiju monsters as well. The above-listed monsters may not be well-known enough to warrant their own solo films in America, but they certainly would all make for great adversaries or allies for Godzilla and/or Kong. Who wouldn't want to watch King Ghidorah battle it out with Kong? Or see Mothra and Kong team up to battle Godzilla and King Ghidorah? The possibilities are endless.
Of course, before any of these dream battles can take place, the MonsterVerse first has to establish itself at the box office. The 2014 version of Godzilla did $200 million domestically, ranking it 13th among that year's hits, a solid enough performance. The next checkpoint for Legendary and Warner Bros. as they assess the franchise going forward will be the box office tally for Kong: Skull Island. If you happen to be a Godzilla fan but not so much a Kong fan, you now have an inducement to not only see Skull Island but sit through the credits.
- Kong: Skull Island (2017) release date: Mar 10, 2017
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019