Godzilla: King of the Monsters features a clash of Titans that's hard to beat, with the titular giant lizard facing off against King Ghidorah and Rodan, but things could get even more epic in Godzilla 3. Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. have been slowly building up a shared universe called the MonsterVerse, inhabited by Toho's most famous kaiju (and also King Kong). While Godzilla 3 hasn't officially been announced, there's a Godzilla crossover movie on the way soon, and another sequel after that seems likely.
The MonsterVerse began in 2014 with the release of Godzilla, which established the idea of Titans being so massive that they're effectively walking natural disasters. Godzilla protected humanity for the first time in that movie by battling the more malevolent MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms), before retreating into the ocean for five years. While he was swimming around, Warner Bros. released Kong: Skull Island, a movie set in 1973 that introduced King Kong to the MonsterVerse so that he could eventually go on to do battle with Godzilla in next year's Godzilla vs. Kong.
Will Godzilla 3 get the go-ahead and, if so, what will it be about? Here's everything we know so far.
Godzilla vs. Kong Is The Next MonsterVerse Movie
We won't have to wait until Godzilla 3 for Godzilla's return, as the Titan will be back in fight mode next year for Godzilla vs. Kong. Directed by Adam Wingard from a script by Michael Dougherty and Zack Shields, the movie will pit two of the MonsterVerse's human-protecting Titans against each other, for reasons that have yet to become clear. Here's the official 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.
The end credits for Godzilla: King of the Monsters feature a montage of news headlines detailing what happens after the end of the movie. Many of the Titans return to dormancy (Rodan, for example, curls up for a nap in a volcano in Fiji), while Godzilla protects cities from others. As Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) predicted, there's even some good that comes out of the return of the Titans, with their radiation causing mass vegetation growth and scientists finding that their waste could be used as fuel. Eventually, though, the montage turns to promises of a new conflict, with headlines about seismic events at Skull Island, Titans being drawn to King Kong's remote home, and finally teases of an epic battle between Godzilla and Kong.
Godzilla 3 Isn't Official (Yet)
Warner Bros. hasn't officially announced Godzilla 3, or indeed any MonsterVerse movie after Godzilla vs. Kong, but there are almost certainly more ideas in development. Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the DC Extended Universe, which release multiple movies per year, the MonsterVerse has been taking things slow so far, with only three movies released in the past five years. However, production is clearly accelerating, with three years between Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, two years between Skull Island and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and just one year between King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong, we may well be moving towards one MonsterVerse movie per year (or more) if they continue to prove successful.
Godzilla 3's Potential Release Date
Because of the amount of VFX required to bring the Titans to life, MonsterVerse movies require a lengthy production and post-production schedule. Godzilla: King of the Monsters, for example, wrapped filming in September 2017 for a May 2019 release date. If Godzilla 3 were announced, a director was found quickly, and production began by the end of 2019, then it's possible Warner Bros. could hit a 2021 release date (Godzilla vs. Kong began filming in November 2018 and will release in March 2020), but realistically we're unlikely to see another sequel in theaters before 2022.
What Will Godzilla 3's Story Be?
Godzilla: King of the Monsters does a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to setting up future sequels. In addition to the credits headline montage that teases Godzilla vs. Kong, there's also a post-credits scene in which Jonah Alan (Charles Dance) returns to Isla de Mara to retrieve the head that Godzilla tore off Ghidorah earlier in the movie. The head grew back after being severed, and it wasn't until the end of the movie that Godzilla was finally able to defeat the invader by ripping off all three of its heads. However, Alan traffics in Titan DNA and has found a way to create new life from it, so he could use Ghidorah's head to create a new Ghidorah. Whether Ghidorah will return in Godzilla vs. Kong to be the equivalent of Batman V Superman's Doomsday remains to be seen, but if that doesn't happen then Warner Bros. could save Ghidorah's return for Godzilla 3.
Ghidorah isn't the only deceased Titan who has an implied comeback on the horizon. One of the headlines mentions a Titan egg that has been found, with speculation that it could be a new Mothra in the making. Mothra hatches as a larva, goes into a cocoon, and emerges in her fully-grown form in King of the Monsters, within a relatively short timespan. She ultimately sacrifices herself defending Godzilla from Ghidorah, but could "return" in the form of a new Mothra in Godzilla 3. There are also new Titans, such as the spider-crab creature Scylla and the mammoth-like Behemoth, who only appear peripherally in King of the Monsters but could have a larger role (so to speak) in the sequel.
On the human side of things, Monarch makes the decision to release all of its information about the Titans to the public at the end of King of the Monsters, which could have a huge impact - and could potentially be very dangerous. After all, we already know of one group using their knowledge of the Titans to wreak havoc.
There's No Godzilla 3 Trailer Yet
Needless to say, Godzilla 3 doesn't have a trailer yet, but we'll update this page when the trailer is released.
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020