Everybody's favorite big ape is back and starring in his very own cinematic universe, so Screen Rant's Ryan George is here to reveal what (probably) happened in the pitch meeting for Kong: Skull Island. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and released in 2017, Skull Island is set in the same universe as 2014's Godzilla, but takes place around 40 years earlier.
Following the release of The Avengers in 2012 and its monstrous $1.5 billion box office gross, just about every other studio decided that cinematic universes were clearly the way to go and that they each needed one of their own. Some attempts were more successful than others (Dark Universe, we hardly knew ye), but Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.' MonsterVerse seems to be going well so far, with two movies released and both of them proving to be modest box office hits.
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Kong: Skull Island borrowed not only the general concept of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but also several of its stars as well, with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and even Guardians of the Galaxy's John C. Reilly all appearing in the ensemble cast. The film is set in 1973, and sees a group of soldiers who are being pulled out of Vietnam assigned to a new mission before they head home: exploring a mysterious island in the Pacific Ocean. Accompanying them are photojournalist Mason Weaver (Larson), former SAS soldier James Conrad (Hiddleston), and Monarch representative Bill Randa (John Goodman).
Naturally things start to go wrong from the moment the helicopters enter the island's airspace, and over the course of the movie characters are killed off in increasingly gruesome ways while the jukebox soundtrack does its best to distract from the horror and keep things cheerful. Kong: Skull Island serves as a new origin story for King Kong that establishes him as a more or less a good guy/ape - fighting to keep the island's population of nastier monsters in check, and protecting the natives who live there.
However, the MonsterVerse was conceived at around the same time that Warner Bros. was planning Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the MCU was gearing up for Captain America: Civil War, so we can once again look forward to seeing (sort of) heroes battling it out in 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong. The movie's synopsis didn't offer any real insight into the source of Godzilla and King Kong's disagreement, but let's face it: whatever reason they come up with is just an excuse to have Godzilla and King Kong smash each other into some buildings.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020