King Kong will be facing off against Godzilla soon in Godzilla vs. Kong, but we may already know Kong couldn't have beaten Godzilla's rival, King Ghidora, thanks to a scene in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. If true, it's a troubling sign for Kong, considering Godzilla destroyed King Ghidorah.
Throughout Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla and Ghidorah clashed three times. Godzilla had the edge in their first fight, and was winning in their second encounter in Mexico. It was their third fight that settled everything. After both monsters were super-charged, Godzilla was badly wounded, forcing Mothra to make the ultimate sacrifice and give Godzilla his life-force. After undergoing a fiery transformation, Godzilla killed Ghidorah.
Earlier in the movie, Godzilla is apparently killed by the Oxygen Destroyer. Later, Colonel Foster (Aisha Hinds) asks if any other creature could stand a chance against King Ghidorah. According to Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe), Godzilla was the only one based on their unique and ancient rivalry. Barnes (O'Shea Jackson) remarks that they just killed their best chance of killing Ghidorah. What's interesting about this conversation is that no one brings up Kong, even though Monarch has a file on Kong, and is most likely aware of his capabilities. Regardless, it doesn't occur to anyone in the room that they should look to Skill Island. The fact that no one even considers him as a possible opponent for Ghidorah speaks volumes about their confidence in his abilities.
What does it mean that Monarch doesn't believe Kong could beat Ghidorah? Scientists at Monarch specialize in studying and understanding these monsters, so it stands to reason that they would know Kong's chances. Fans may never know what the outcome of the hypothetical fight would have been, but even so, the implication made by Godzilla 2 is that things would have ended badly for Kong. Also, it reaffirms one of the most important points of the movie, which is that Godzilla is the true King of the Monsters, partly because he was the only Titan capable of defeating Ghidorah.
Whether or not Godzilla is entitled to the crown won't matter when Godzilla vs. Kong rolls around. When the two fight, King Kong will get his chance to become the new alpha. Things worked out favorably for Kong in their first fight back in the 1962 film King Kong vs. Godzilla, but there's no guarantee that history will repeat itself.
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020