Godzilla: King of the Monsters thoroughly sets up audiences for the highly anticipated next installment in the MonsterVerse, Godzilla vs. Kong. King of the Monsters reminds viewers throughout the movie that King Kong exists in Godzilla's universe, and by Godzilla:King of the Monsters' end credits, it becomes obvious that their two worlds are about to collide.
Set for a 2020 release, Godzilla vs. Kong is the fourth movie in Legendary's MonsterVerse. Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Terry Rosio, the movie pits the King of the Monsters against the King of Skull Island. According to the official Godzilla vs. Kong synopsis, the movie centers on "humanity's fight for its future" as Monarch investigates the origin of the Titans. While Godzilla and King Kong clash in a "spectacular battle for the ages", the planet will be threatened by a human conspiracy that could lead to the death of all the Titans.
The first crossover between Kong and Godzilla occurred briefly in the post-credits scene of Kong: Skull Island, but Godzilla: King of the Monsters goes several steps further by paving the way for the showdown between the two Titans.
Kong Is A Known Titan To Monarch
Monarch has known about King Kong at least since the events of Kong: Skull Island, which took place in the 1970s. In the movie's post-credits scene, it's revealed that two of the characters who survived the movie, Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) and San Lin (Jing Tian) joined the agency, which would indicate that Monarch now knows everything that they do about the denizens of Skull Island, particularly its most notable resident, Kong.
A file in King of the Monsters labels him "Titanus Kong". This means that Kong is officially recognized as a Titan by Monarch, and that Kong is one of the 17 Titans mentioned by Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) at the beginning of the movie. Monarch also has an outpost located on Skull Island to monitor Kong.
Kong (& Possibly Other Skull Island Titans) Are Woken Up By Ghidorah
During King of the Monsters, Emma (Vera Farmiga) and Jonah (Charles Dance) use the Orca to unleash King Ghidorah, but fail to realize that Ghidorah's awakening won't have the desired effect on the planet. The plan was for the Titans to be woken up gradually, but King Ghidorah wastes no time in gathering an army of monsters. King Ghidorah lets out a roar that wakes up all the dormant Titans. Among the Titans in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters that hear Ghidorah's call are Behemoth, Scylla, Methuselah, Kong, and a third M.U.T.O. Unlike the others, Kong apparently remained on Skull Island and didn't acknowledge Ghidorah as the alpha.
Kong isn't the only monster dwelling on Skull Island, though. Other creatures, such as the Skull Crawlers, live beneath the island. Any of them could have heard Ghidorah's call, as well. If so, this could ignite a new conflict on Skull Island, which could potentially draw the attention of Monarch - and even Godzilla.
Godzilla 2 Confirms Kong: Skull Island's Hollow Earth Theory
According to Houston Brooks' (and now Monarch's) "Hollow Earth" theory in Kong: Skull Island, monsters are able to live in giant caverns beneath the Earth and use them to travel to different regions. Skull Island supposedly acts as a gateway for the monsters, including the Skull Crawlers.
This "Hollow Earth" theory comes into play again in Godzilla: King of the Monsters when Monarch is trying to track Godzilla's movements. The theory explains how monsters, notably Godzilla, are able to travel around the world so easily. Dr. Stanton (Bradley Whitford) uses the theory to support his beliefs that underground tunnels exist under the ocean. This theory is proved to be correct when Monarch follows a dying Godzilla into the ocean to revive him. In fact, they find an entire civilization down there, possibly one based on Toho's Seatopia. This forgotten culture is dubbed "The Hollow Earth Humans" in newspaper clips during Godzilla: King of the Monsters' credits sequence.
Titans Are Drawn To Skull Island After King Of The Monsters
"Hollow Earth" may be what sets the stage for Godzilla vs. Kong. Following King Ghidorah's defeat and the other Titans' acceptance of Godzilla as the new alpha, the credits gives audiences an idea of what happens in the aftermath of the showdown between the four Titans. One of the newspaper clippings in the credits mentions that Titans are being drawn toward Skull Island, but of course, it doesn't specify about which Titans are on their way.
It remains to be seen what will happen when these Titans, who are likely traveling through the underground tunnels, arrive on Skull Island. It's possible that Godzilla will be one of them. King Kong could see these new monsters as intruders on his land. If this were to happen, Skull Island could be the battleground for the next giant monster battle in Godzilla vs. Kong. Even if Godzilla isn't initially involved, this would soon change, based on his actions in Godzilla and King of the Monsters. So far, Godzilla has been portrayed as Earth's self-appointed guardian whose primary purpose is to preserve balance. If something on Skull Island threatens that balance, Godzilla will set a course for King Kong's home.
Will Kong Fight Godzilla To Become The Next MonsterVerse Alpha?
One of the major themes driving the plot of Godzilla: King of the Monsters was an animal hierarchy, and this idea that Titans, like many animals, regard the strongest of them as the alpha or apex predator. While described as the "alpha predator" in the 2014 Godzilla, the title of "alpha" goes to King Ghidorah when he defeats Rodan and unites all the other monsters under his call. The title is reverted to Godzilla once King Ghidorah is killed, however, and Rodan and the others bow in respect to the new King of the Monsters.
This theme could continue into Godzilla vs. Kong, especially if King Kong has aspirations of being the new alpha. After all, one of the newspaper clippings purposely called out, "What Is A King To A God?" Furthermore, King Kong's species may actually have been ancient rivals of Godzilla, since cave paintings in the movie have depicted the two battling it out. And with Kong is much older and stronger now than he was in Kong: Skull Island, he could be seen as a worthy challenger to Godzilla in next year's Godzilla vs. Kong.
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020