In Kong: Skull Island, set in 1973, Kong is officially high 104 feet (31,7 meters).
The comic "Skull Island: The Birth of Kong" is set in 1995, 22 years later.
There is a very similar scene, which allows us to compare Kong's dimensions with those of a human being:
In the comic Kong would seem to be bigger, but not so much.
The revelation, however, comes from the interview to the illustrator:
"Kong's size was also one of the things that were in purgatory and not up to me or the comic department.
The rough outline given to me was that yes, he had grown bigger. I initially had him on that gradual growth to become the promised contender for the MonsterVerse's firstborn (Godzilla) in progress, as evident in issue #1...
But in comic issue #4 the Kong I had done was so big that he had to be resized here and there, so that the upcoming films' production teams wouldn't determine Kong's size by the comics themselves.
Or the lack of better words, fans of Kong should not get too literal on the representation in the comics. In theory, yes, he has grown bigger, but ultimately we could not truly show it due to a "size embargo", if that makes sense at all, haha."
The following images are also attached to the interview:
"If you look carefully at the sketch and the line art, I had the humans even smaller compared to the finalized page."
"From these lines version to final showcasing you can see the human size kept increasing towards the final. This understandably happened during approvals when the higher ups came back with feedback. That was when Legendary respectfully felt that I should reduce Kong's size so that the comic size doesn't take precedence over the upcoming films."
By comparing the dimensions of human beings and Kong, one can clearly see how big was initially designed.
Given this information, do you think that Kong, by 2020, can really become so huge?
Thanks in advance.
No, I don't think he'll be big. Yes, he might be bigger than his first appearance, but I think he'll only reach about 350 feet, or even be as big as Godzilla was in 2014.
First, great topic - upvoted!
Second, I suspect Kong may discover a means of accelerating his growth rate. Either that or they could just simply explain an accelerated growth rate which happens at X amount of years. Given he's a fictional monster, why can't he hit puberty and have a major growth spurt before 2020?
I'm not too worried about how it's explained, so long as Kong is on par to take on Godzilla in the final film. However that happens, I'm cool with it.
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