Godzilla movies are finally getting their due on the big screen in Hollywood, and they don't seem to be ending anytime soon, with Toho also continuing to push for additional Godzilla movies. Legendary introduced their version of the iconic kaiju in Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot in 2014, which kicked off the studio's MonsterVerse. Meanwhile, Toho's released their own Godzilla reboot in 2016 with Shin Godzilla.
From here on out, Legendary and Toho are going to produce enough Godzilla movies to keep fans satiated for years to come. Unfortunately, those plans don't involve Shin Godzilla 2, seeing as Toho opted to cancel the Shin Godzilla sequel in favor of an entirely new Godzilla project, one that could set the stage for their own shared universe akin to the MonsterVerse and Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This news came shortly after Toho released the second installment in their new Godzilla anime trilogy, which began with Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters in 2017 and concluded with Godzilla: The Planet Eater in 2018. Warner Bros. and Legendary still have two Godzilla movies left on their upcoming slate, though more could be announced in the near future. But beyond that, what's happening with the Godzilla franchise on the big screen?
Godzilla: King of the Monsters - May 31, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be Godzilla's third feature film since the highly successful 2014 reboot, and the second Godzilla movie set in WB's MonsterVerse. Directed by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla: King of the Monsters will see Godzilla battle for supremacy with three classic Toho monsters - King Ghidorah, Rodan, and Mothra - as well as a fifth mysterious monster. It's possible that Rodan and Mothra, who are commonly portrayed as allies of Godzilla, will align themselves with Godzilla as he takes on his ultimate adversary, King Ghidorah, in what may be an apocalyptic rematch.
Godzilla vs. Kong - March 13, 2020
No matter how the showdown with King Ghidorah pans out, Godzilla will return in 2020 for Godzilla vs. Kong, which is what the MonsterVerse has been building up to for years. It's unclear how or why Godzilla and King Kong will come to blows, but according to the Godzilla vs Kong's synopsis, it may involve a "human conspiracy" that threatens to destroy all the Titans. Directed by Adam Wingard, Godzilla vs. Kong will be the second time the two monster movie icons have clashed. Unlike the original fight, which happened in 1962's King Kong vs. Godzilla, the new movie will have a definitive winner. This movie is also a sequel to Jordan Vogt-Roberts' 2017 film, Kong: Skull Island.
Potential Toho Godzilla Shared Universe
In May 2018, it was reported that Toho has opted to abandon their plans for Shin Godzilla 2 in order to focus on creating a shared universe with monsters like Godzilla, King Ghidorah, and Mothra. It appears that Toho wants their movies to follow the lead of Marvel Studios in the way that their characters appear in each other's films, which means that Godzilla won't be the only kaiju to headline his own movie. Toho's goal is to begin making Godzilla movies every two years by 2021. Eventually, Toho hopes to transition into making Godzilla movies every year. If so, fans could be treated to more than a decade of Godzilla content.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020