[Spoilers for Kong: Skull Island's post-credits scene]
Kong: Skull Island has already proven itself a box office smash, with it managing to oust Logan from the top stop at the Friday box office. This is not just good news for Jordan Vogt-Roberts film, but also Legendary Pictures emergent MonsterVerse; Skull Island is in the same shared universe as 2014's Godzilla and will be building to a showdown between the pair in 2020.
One of the biggest ways Skull Island teases this is with its post-credits scene. In the stinger, the movie's stars Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston find themselves in a Monarch interrogation room where they learn that the monsters they battled on Skull Island are not the only giant, mythic beasts populating the earth. Larson and Hiddleston are then informed about the existence of Godzilla and three other classic monsters, Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah. In other words, Earth is positively teeming with gigantic monsters for Monarch to deal with. It's a very effective scene, which makes it surprising to learn that it was almost cut.
According to Vogt-Roberts, there was a time when the post-credits scene was actually pulled from the film at the behest of Legendary, only to later be restored. As Vogt-Roberts told CinemaBlend:
"We shot that during production, and it was actually one of those things that they had taken off the movie at one point. For some reason, there was concern about it, and I was really happy when everyone decided let's bring this back. I think that's what people want to know is happening."
If all goes according to plan, the MonsterVerse will continue expanding with Godzilla: King of Monsters, which will feature the three monsters teased in the Skull Island stinger. The King of Monsters cast and crew has recently been filling out with Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler joining the film, and Michael Dougherty jumping aboard as director.
It's interesting that the studio initially balked at the idea of including a post-credits teaser at the end of Skull Island before giving in and letting the monsters have their cameos. It seems that Legendary (or distributor Warner Bors.) may have been a little hesitant to promise too much before Skull Island had a chance to hit theaters. Had Skull Island bombed, that post-credits sequence would have played less like an exciting teaser and more like a sad-trombone coda.
To Legendary's good fortune, Kong: Skull Island looks like it will be a big hit, allowing them to move forward with their ambitious MonsterVerse plans. The brief glimpse we get of King Ghidorah, Rodan and Mothra at the very end of Skull Island will definitely not be our last.
- Kong: Skull Island (2017) release date: Mar 10, 2017
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019