Godzilla: King of the Monsters may have quietly introduced one of the most important locations in Godzilla lore to the MonsterVerse - albeit with a different name - since it would seem that Kong's home, Skull Island, is the MonsterVerse's take on Toho's Monster Island.
Skull Island first appeared in the original King Kong movie, all the way back in 1933. The island is inhabited by natives, and of course, King Kong himself. On Skull Island, Kong is worshiped like a god. Over the years, different versions of the island have been brought to the big screen, with the latest incarnation being introduced in Kong: Skull Island in 2017. In this movie, Skull Island is a habitat for multiple giant creatures, but Kong is the most powerful of them all. It eventually earns the attention of Monarch, who set up a base there to study the monsters that live on the island.
The credits of Godzilla: King of the Monsters reveal various tidbits about the aftermath of Godzilla's showdown with King Ghidorah in Boston. The credits include numerous newspaper clippings that describe what happens after Ghidorah's defeat. One headline reads, "New Titans Are Drawn To Skull Island." First of all, this piece of information clearly sets up Godzilla vs. Kong, because it means that other Titans are on their way to Kong's home. Secondly, it draws comparisons to Monster Island, a place that has been a part of Godzilla history since the 1960s.
While Godzilla has often been shown to live deep in the ocean, this hasn't always been the case. In classic Toho movies, Godzilla was shown to reside in a tropical environment called Monster Island, which was also home to Rodan, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, and more. There, the monsters live in isolation, perfectly free of humans. Most of the kaiju on the island have learned to live in peace, but occasionally there's in-fighting between the monsters. Different variations of the island have appeared in multiple Godzilla films, including Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah in 1991.
If the credits of the King of the Monsters is any indication, the next variation is the MonsterVerse's Skull Island - though this is something that King Kong may not be happy about, and could lead to trouble. Skull Island being one of the main entry points for Hollow Earth could make it a hotspot for Titan activity. The new Titans who are coming to Skull Island may intend to make it their new place of residence. If so, by the time Godzilla vs. Kong rolls around, Skull Island could be the new home to a diverse group of Titans, and essentially the new Monster Island.
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020