Godzilla vs. Kong will feature the long-awaited showdown between the King of the Monsters and the King of Skull Island, and we have as theory as to why they're fighting. While Godzilla’s upcoming battle with King Kong was directly set up in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a specific reason for the two to face-off hasn’t been given. One possible reason for the two to fight is that Kong will seek to challenge Godzilla in an effort to take his place as the new alpha.
Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Terry Rosio, the fourth installment in Legendary’s MonsterVerse releases in March of 2020. A portion of the cast from Godzilla: King of the Monsters returns for Godzilla vs. Kong, including Millie Bobby Brown as Madison Russell, Kyle Chandler as Dr. Mark Russell, and Zhang Ziyi as Dr. Chen. The new movie puts Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will erupt into a “spectacular battle for the ages”, which will involve Monarch and their mission to discover the origin of the Titans.
Godzilla vs. Kong will be the first crossover between the two properties since the 1962 Toho movie King Kong vs. Godzilla. The outcome of their first meeting has long been disputed by Godzilla and King Kong fans for a number of reasons, but director Adam Wingard promises that Godzilla vs. Kong will have a definitive winner. Why the two will fight has yet to be determined, but there are clues in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Godzilla Is The Alpha After King of the Monsters
An important theme present throughout Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the idea of an animal hierarchy, where Titans show deference to those who are stronger than them. The Titan who is the strongest of the group is recognized by his inferiors as the alpha or the apex predator. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, this title is openly disputed by ancient rivals Godzilla and King Ghidorah.
In the movie, King Ghidorah temporarily took the title of alpha after managing to defeat Rodan. After letting out a roar, King Ghidorah managed to awaken all the other Titans, who acknowledged him as the alpha. His rule over the other Titans was opposed by Godzilla, who battled him three times over the course of the movie. In their final confrontation, both monsters were powered up by outside energy sources. After a heroic sacrifice from Mothra, Godzilla succeeded in killing King Ghidorah. In the aftermath of the battle, Rodan bowed down to Godzilla as a way of recognizing him as the new King of the Monsters. The other Titans in the vicinity followed suit.
This means that Godzilla is now the alpha, and the leader of the monsters. Like Ghidorah prior to their final battle, Godzilla now controls the Titans. Even so, the fact that Godzilla defeated King Ghidorah once before indicates that Godzilla was the original King of the Monsters, and that Godzilla was simply eliminating a “False King” who had stolen a crown that never belonged to him in the first place.
King of the Monsters Credits Shows Titans Migrating To Skull Island
The credits of Godzilla: King of the Monsters reveal several newspaper clippings that shed light on the immediate aftermath of Godzilla’s battle with King Ghidorah. Some of these clippings drop hints about the plot of Godzilla vs. Kong by name-dropping both Kong and Skull Island. One article even compares the two with the headline “What is a King to a God?” Others reveal that Titans are being drawn toward Skull Island, but these clippings don’t specifically mention which monsters are on their way, or why.
It appears that Gareth Brook’s “Hollow Earth” theory from Kong: Skull Island is the key to understanding what’s happening on Skull Island in the wake of Godzilla vs. Kong. Brooks’ theory, which was proven to be true in King of the Monsters, means that Titans are able to both live and travel in tunnels that exist deep underground. Skull Island is one of the gateways to Hollow Earth, as well as the reason for much of the conflict in Kong: Skull Island. In the movie, the Skull Crawlers would use this gateway to escape to the surface. Kong, the island’s self-appointed protector, took it upon himself to stop them.
If Titans are headed to Skull Island through the Hollow Earth, another battle between Titans could ensue. Such a fight would presumably draw the attention of Godzilla, who could follow the Titans to Skull Island to check out the source of the disturbance.
Will Kong Challenge Godzilla For The Crown?
Even if the opportunity arose, would Kong want to fight Godzilla? It should be pointed out that Kong was not among the many Titans who answered King Ghidorah’s summons in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. A possible explanation for this is that Kong chose to ignore the call because he didn’t regard Ghidorah as the alpha. He could adopt the same attitude to his successor, Godzilla.
If Godzilla comes to Skull Island, it stands to reason that Kong would view Godzilla as an intruder in his home. This alone would be reason enough for the two Titans to trade blows. However, the setup for their showdown may be more complicated than that. On Skull Island, Kong is essentially the alpha, and so he expects to be treated as such. The giant gorilla is superior to the other creatures that exist on the island, and this is a fact Kong is most assuredly aware of.
That being said, Kong is not the dominant predator outside of Skull Island. Kong could object if new arrivals, such as the Titans teased in the credits of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, regard a different monster as their king. Kong could remedy this by attempting to beat Godzilla and take his title. If Kong were to assume the mantle of alpha, Rodan and the others would have to answer to him instead. For Kong, this would be a way of reigning in all the Titans let loose on his domain. Of course, the events of Godzilla and King of the Monsters are proof that beating Godzilla won’t be an easy task.
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020