As a disclaimer, I'm only speculating on the ending style that I think would make the most sense. I'm not going to try to actually write out a scenario or describe how I think Legendary will do things (because I'm not part of Legendary).
So, how to end Godzilla and have it make sense and be practical.
Well, as was said by a few others before (but mostly E.T.N on youtube), I think an open end will make the most sense. A cliffhanger that leaves it up to our imagination to decide Godzilla's ultimate fate. Whether he lives or dies is open for speculation, but no facts about it one way or the other are presented to us.
This would allow Legendary room to breath in case the movie doesn't do well. If it flops, they can end it there without worrying about "oh we didn't leave it open enough for imagination and they expect something more but we can't give them more because we failed!" If it flops, the safest thing for Legendary will be an ending without a clear conclusion so that they can say "it's meant to end there."
If the movie does well, as I'm certain all of us are hoping it will, then they have all the room to continue from where they left off without missing a beat. They can also continue designing new story ideas and creating new creatures, because one thing I'm going to reiterate is that I don't want to see ANY Toho monsters besides Godzilla in this American franchise. Originality is one of the many keys to success, and I know that Legendary understands this and have all the creativity they could ever need to keep Godzilla going without falling back on Toho's success.
They can create their own success without using Toho's creations.
So there you have it. My thoughts on the kind of ending that would make the most sense from both a business standpoint and a franchise standpoint. An open ending would give them room to breath and an excuse to both end it or continue it if they so desire based on the movie's reception by critics and fans.
Do you guys think it should be an open ending, or do you think it should be more defined? Remember, that even though we like to believe the chances for a flop are small, the chance is still there. If they use a definitive ending, it needs to be amazing, and that's hard to do nowadays with how far audiences have come in terms of graphics expectations, plot strength, character believability and attachment, and more.
Yes, I agree, An open would be the best. I think, something like the end of Cloverfiel would be great. Just my opinion.
An end with cliffhanger could be good, but if they don't this properly, can ruin the movie... In my opinion, a good ending, will be with Godzilla returning to the ocean, when all efforts to stop him don't work. It would not be a problem for the return of Godzilla in a possible sequel. So, I prefer a definitive ending.
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