With news breaking this week that Legendary and Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard are in early talks to make another Monsterverse movie, we must keep our expectations dialed in. As we know from yesterday's report - the murmurings at Legendary seem to suggest the working title for the next Monsterverse movie being Son of Kong. Since this news broke, many fans have wondered why they would be entertaining such a potentially weak direction for the franchise to follow up with after the epic clash of Godzilla vs. Kong. The reason might be a simple one - Legendary don't have the rights to use Godzilla anymore.
Since 2014's debut, we knew Legendary and Warner Brothers had only secured rights to Godzilla for a given time frame (until the year 2020) and that after that length of time was complete that the rights would revert back to Toho and a new deal would need to be reached if Legendary and WB were to produce any new Godzilla movies.
The other factor we need to consider is the fact that Toho are planning their own new Godzilla cinematic universe! This news broke back in 2018 and no, Shin-Godzilla 2 is not on their roster. An excerpt from our original piece on the matter:
Toho, however, seems completely dedicated to expanding the Godzilla franchise after 2020. With the tentative plan of a new film every two years and a fresh "World of Godzilla", it's clear the Godzilla franchise will be here for awhile with or without Legendary Pictures.
Given the hiatus Toho took while Legendary and WB fleshed out their Monsterverse (producing only Shin-Gojira and a number of anime series), it stands to reason that Toho might wish to jump back into the foray of producing their own live-action Godzilla movies without the confusion or confliction with Godzilla movies being produced in the west. Of course, it also sounds like Toho and Legendary have forged a healthy relationship throughout their use and handling of the character, so it is possible Toho will allow Legendary to still use certain monsters for their Monsterverse continuation - it just might be without Godzilla.
It is still fairly early to assume anything, but given the facts mentioned above, we must urge readers and fans alike to prepare themselves for a potentially Godzilla-less sequel to Godzilla vs. Kong. Not that such a hiatus for Godzilla would be a bad thing - after all, Kong: Skull Island which debuted without any Godzilla screen time managed to earn the most box office revenue of all the Godzilla films within the Monsterverse.
In the meantime, we'd like to hear your thoughts! Would you be disappointed in a Godzilla-less sequel? Or are you open and excited for an expansion of the Monsterverse, Hollow Earth and the introduction of new Titans? Sound off in the comments below!
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This article was written By Chris and published on 2021-04-28 14:37:30
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Never know they might work together so that they can each make Godzilla movies as it is a big hit with each one having shows in a different year. Toho might say yes since they are happy with the outcomes of all the movies
I'm fine with this. Like I said, Hollywood seems to, for lack of better word, "get" Kong better. And the movies he's in tend to be bigger box office draws. The Monsterverse could practically live on with Kong as the lead while Toho pumps out some new Godzilla material. (Which may be happening as we speak.)
Besides, it's not like the Monsterverse has to be void of a reptile while Toho gets Godzilla back. WB does own The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms after all. Pretty massive, missed opportunity right there.
Just because he won't be in the next movie (which makes sense if it's focused directly on Kong), it doesn't necessarily mean that he will be omitted from the series completely. They could take a short break before bringing him back.
At the very least I hope that they can put him in at least one more movie, so that they can give him a proper send-off (the series started with him, it should end with him).
en I'm kinda good with that, I mean maybe in the hollow earth we might get to see some classic kaijus like Baragon, Varan, Anguirus, or gorosaurus IF they make it into the monsterverse for the next kong film.
I felt bad for Kong at the end of GvK like he needs a family. He was really excited to find them braving hollow Earth wich he clearly was not a fan of, then just finds bones and his only friends are basically insects. Godzilla wont even hang out with him. Yeah they need to make Son of Kong, just hope its nothing like the original Son of Kong. That was a extremely depressing film and after Kong's ****ty childhood he deserves a happily ever after. Would be really nice if the Kongs became allies with Rhedosaurus!
As for Godzilla... they did give him a proper send off. I dont want them to **** that up. However clearly shin and singulair point are so far off that Toho is just trying to find a team that can do the job and no one can replace Tsuburaya or Kawakita so it's a constant reboot and they keep ****ing it up. Legendary needs to get the contract back unless Toho is willing to go back to a traditional Godzilla using suitmation and show some respect for the Dragons damn it.
Hopefully the speculation that "World of Godzilla" is coming is fulfilled, and I hope Toho maintains an agreement with Warner to distribute these films worldwide. A well organized Shared Universe of Godzilla, and with all the Kaijus of Toho available, I find it a thousand times more interesting than anything the Monsterverse can do. What I do not understand is because the Monsterver and World of Godzilla could not coexist, are people stupid and believe that they are part of the same? I understand that they fear the competition between both Universes, but with organizing the premiere dates well, I think it would be solved, as @sonictiger says, the premieres could be interspersed, and if the fear is that people get confused, well, I suppose that with giving Godzilla a remarkably different design from the Monsterverse, perhaps with taller plates, charcoal black skin, with the classic texture, plates with an off-white edge, and a Mammalian face, BioGoji type, enough to distinguish it, and if not , they can resort to a different narrative, with, for example, an openly hostile Godzilla against humanity, the belief in the Hollow Earth disproved, a common thread that runs through all the movies, and others.
As for the Monsterverse, if Godzilla was still in it, how would his story continue? I already face King Ghidorah, and Mechagodzilla, and to defeat both, I need help, so kaijus of the same level, such as Biollante or Gigan, could defeat him, not to mention those more powerful like Hedorah, Spacegodzilla, Destoroyah or Bagan ( #notforgetBagan), so it would only be left to see him face kaijus of equal power to him, or weaker, which would be a setback from the point of view. The only two possibilities that come to mind are the confrontation against a type of enemy that Godzilla cannot fight directly, or that very powerful enemies appear, one of which defeats Godzilla, forcing him to "evolve" throughout a series of movies, to regain his Throne. Honestly, I think the Mosterverse is here, it has done its part, at least, with Godzilla. In any case, it is very likely that the Monsterverse will continue for a few more years in the hands of Kong and the exploration of the Hollow Earth.
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