While he waits for the release of his big sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla is swimming all around the world - and he just passed by Skull Island, the home of King Kong. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have set up an interactive Monarch Sciences website that allows fans to find out cool details about upcoming monsters Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah, and to track Godzilla's movements in real time.
Directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus), King of the Monsters will expand the MonsterVerse to include at least three more classic creatures from Toho's library. According to the Comic-Con trailer, the movie will see long-dormant creatures stirring once again as the earth unleashes them to fight off an infection - the infection, in this case, being humanity. Then, in 2020, the MonsterVerse will continue with Adam Wingard's Godzilla vs. Kong, bringing back the giant ape from last year's Kong: Skull Island.
Both King Kong and Godzilla have been a mostly benevolent presence in the franchise so far. They've certainly both wreaked destruction and claimed some human lives, but Kong keeps the bloodthirsty Skull Crawlers at bay on Skull Island, and Godzilla managed to kill two rampaging M.U.T.O.s (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) in 2014's Godzilla. We don't know how exactly these two beasts will end up clashing when they meet in Wingard's movie, but it looks like Godzilla is already keeping tabs on Kong. As you can see on the map below, taken from the Monarch Sciences website, Godzilla just passed by an island in the Pacific Ocean where a Monarch Outpost is located. That island is Skull Island, which was home to King Kong in 1973 and presumably still is.
Godzilla has had an interesting journey so far. He stopped off at San Diego Comic-Con in the summer, dropped off the map altogether at one point (thereby confirming the Hollow Earth Theory), and recently paid a visit to King Ghidorah down in the Antarctic. Now he appears to be heading to Australia, where there's another Monarch Outpost far inland. Godzilla has remained in the ocean so far, but it will be interesting to see whether or not he goes ashore before Godzilla: King of the Monsters arrives next summer. So far his movements suggest that he's patrolling the planet and checking in on his fellow monsters (this is his second time passing Skull Island).
Both Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island were critically and commercially successful, and Warner Bros./Legendary definitely have the makings of a solid cinematic universe on their hands. Monarch is essentially the S.H.I.E.L.D. of that universe: monitoring the titans, researching their history on the planet, and trying to make sure they don't wipe out mankind. As such, it's well worth keeping an eye on this tie-in website for more teases of what's to come in King of the Monsters. We'll keep you updated if Godzilla makes any more interesting stops.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020