It's only been a few months since Adam Wingard was tapped to direct the upcoming Monsterverse epic Godzilla vs. Kong. However the filmmaker is already talking up the scenes of devastation that we can expect in the 2020 film, along with some hints suggesting that the titular monsters won't be the only Kaiju throwing punches in the story.
Ever since 2014's Godzilla introduced us to the Monarch organization and the new generation of Kaiju inspired by the original Toho films, we've been building up to highly anticipated slugfests between familiar monsters re-invented for the cinema. This year's Kong: Skull Island added the great ape to the mix, and also introduced the concept of further monsters entering the fray with a post-credits scene setting up their imminent arrival. This was further confirmed when recent promotional and viral material for the forthcoming Godzilla: King of Monsters continued to tease the existence of Mothra and other Kaiju.
While we're fully expecting King of Monsters to feature several monsters battle it out, according to Wingard we can also expect something similar during Godzilla vs. Kong. Speaking in an interview with ScreenCrush he revealed that more than the two title monsters are going to get in on the action;
"It's a massive monster brawl movie. There's lots of monsters going crazy on each other, but at the end of the day I want there to be an emotional drive to it. I want you to be emotionally invested in them. I think that's what's going to make it really cool."
For those that felt that Gareth Edwards' Godzilla was a little light on Kaiju action, this will be welcome news. But it's the first time we've heard definitive proof that other monsters will be directly involved in the climactic match-up between the two flagship characters. It was mostly assumed that the narrative would be concentrating on the obvious face-off. Does this indicate some kind of team-up or tag-team effort between certain monsters? The natural assumption would be Kong and Godzilla against King Ghidorah, but all of that remains to be seen, and Wingard wouldn't be drawn on naming any other Kaiju that might appear.
With Death Note under his belt now, Wingard is widely seen as a strong choice for directorial duties and in the interview he also indicates it's important to him to make the audience empathize with the monsters. In fact he goes as far to say that he wants people "teary eyed" at the end of the movie, and wants them to be as attached to the creatures as they would be with the human characters. With Kong: Skull Island scaring up over $566m at the worldwide box office, it's safe to say that people are looking forward to seeing the results of Wingard's heavyweight title match.
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019