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Recent news has announced that Kong: Skull Island, which was originally to be distributed by Universal Pictures, will now be distributed by Warner Bros. in a move by Legendary Pictures to segue the two franchises together, which will no doubt accumulate in a crossover movie with the two movie goliaths facing off against each other. One step towards this end will see the top secret organization Monarch, which featured in director Gareth Edwards epic Godzilla movie, make an appearance in the forthcoming Kong: Skull Island.

This is not the first time these two movie giants have met on the big screen. In the 1962 Toho produced movie King Kong v Godzilla the titular behemoths were pit against other, with both characters appearing at equal height to each other. While 60's fans may have relished in the B-movie craziness of the Japanese movie modern fans of Hollywood movies would not be so easily swayed, as evidenced by the outcry from many fans. Many fans feel that if King Kong was upscaled to be the size of Godzilla all plausibility for the character would be lost, while also ascertaining that with the current size difference the battle between the two beasts would be futile and be an overwhelmingly easy victory for Toho's King of Monsters, but this need not be the case.

Put simply Godzilla, as he was portrayed in the 2014 movie is estimated to be approximately 350 feet tall, whereas King Kong is a mere 50 feet tall according to official RKO promotional material released for the 1933 original – which makes King Kong 1/7th the size of the 2014 Godzilla. Feasibly a 50 feet tall King Kong could challenge a 350 feet Godzilla, if imagined/envisioned creatively. When thinking of an analogy to try and explain such a confrontation I imagined King Kong as a 6 feet tall Spider-Man facing off against the 100 feet tall Stay Puft Marshmallow man from the 1984 classic Ghostbusters (as pictured above).

Imagine Gareth Edwards Godzilla in a cityscape surrounded by skyscrapers and high rises fighting against a King Kong that can jump from building to building, swinging from a construction crane to kick Godzilla in the mouth, or running up Godzilla's back to pull on the monsters eyelids. Imagine a frustrated, somewhat lumbering Godzilla swinging his arms and tail wildly in anger as he fails time and again to squat the annoying swinging little (relatively, to Godzilla) ape that just wont keep still. Maybe Godzilla grabs hold of King Kong, but drops the Goliath ape when it bites his hand... Here is a manipulated piece of concept art...

For the reports suggestion of the two beasts working together this would require a third Kaiju as an antagonist, of which Godzilla with his strength and size cannot overcome, and neither can King Kong with his agility and speed; but together as a team the duo could overcome this new threat, saving our skins in the process and with both granted the freedom to return home as a reward.

 

Would this be a better confrontation than the b-movie clash seen in the 1962 Toho movie? Would fans be appeased with this rendition of these two goliaths battling against each other?

 

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Written by GavinPublished on 2015-09-20 08:57:44

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11 Comments

Chris

AdminSpaceGodzillaSep-20-2015 11:34 AM

I could dig it, nice twist Gavin!

KingKaijuGojira

MemberTitanosaurusSep-20-2015 12:24 PM

I still want Kong to be up to scale with Godzilla. We are talking about giant monsters. How much plausibility do you really need. Does no one remember the term "suspension of disbelief?"

 

So are we confirming Godzilla vs King Kong or are just spitballing here?

GG

ModeratorGiganSep-20-2015 1:03 PM

It just seems very un-realistic, but you never know.

KingKaijuGojira

MemberTitanosaurusSep-20-2015 1:12 PM

^Wait, what does? A 15 meter Kong fighting a 108 meter Godzilla, or them both being the same size?

Something Real

MemberGodzillaSep-20-2015 2:44 PM

A 50ft tall ape - even at his utter best - would be hard-pressed to even draw blood on Godzilla. Consider how much thrashing Godzilla took from the MUTOs before finally destroying them both and passing out from over exertion. Another aspect that should be carefully weighed is the issue of character portrayal. If Godzilla gets even a single hit on the fragile ape, that is the end of the story. Thus, Kong would have to be given an incredible array of lucky breaks and tactical advantages while Godzilla would need to be portrayed as a lumbering, dimwitted oaf with no sense of strategy for dealing with smaller foes. It would heavily favor one character over the other by necessity - the one with the far weaker fan base. Now, if Kong is increased in size, that is a different story - one which I would be more ready to accept in the long run.

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaSep-20-2015 6:23 PM

I'm with KingKaijuGojira,
Just upscale Kong. He doesn't even have to be as big as Godzilla, (also like the '62 film, where he was still smaller) just large enough to take him on. The male MUTO was smaller and still gave Godzilla trouble.

This is a suspension of disbelief I think general audiences can handle. Most people complaining about the size differences are those that are too close to the source material. Kong has actually yo-yo-ed in size plenty over the years.

He was 15.2 meters in 1933. In King Kong vs. Godzilla he was 45 meters. In King Kong Escapes he went back down to 20 meters. In the 1976 remake he was 12 meters and, for whatever reason, Peter Jackson's Kong was actually the smallest at 8 meters tall.

The point is his height is changed so often that there is no set size. I'd personally buy an 80 meter Kong taking on Godzilla.

And for the record King Kong vs. Godzilla isn't technically a B-Movie, which is an often misused label. That termanology is used to classify low budget films that are under-publicized and often misused to refer to anything campy. King Kong vs. Godzilla was one of the more expensive movies coming out of Japan at the time and was heavily publicized both there and over the pond. It should be remembered as such.

KingKaijuGojira

MemberTitanosaurusSep-21-2015 5:26 PM

Thank you Gman2887. I agree with you and Something Real. It makes no sense to have a tiny Kong fight a normal sized Godzilla

Gojira2K

MemberMothra LarvaeSep-21-2015 7:06 PM

I had an idea (based off a theory I read) that could possibly give a good explanation on how a Godzilla-sized King Kong could be possible. Like Godzilla in the new series, what if Kong is an ancient species of ape that due to the excess radiation grew to massive sizes. Maybe they survived all the mass extinctions, but grew smaller as a result, adapting to new conditions. Then as time goes one, they can’t adapt fast enough and start to die out, but still keeping their ability to absorb radiation. By the events of Kong: Skull Island, there are only a few left, living on Skull Island. And during or after Skull Island one or all of the apes find a massive source of radiation, growing again to their try size, able to confront Godzilla himself.

If you find any wrong with this theory, let me know and I’ll revise my theory.

KingKaijuGojira

MemberTitanosaurusSep-22-2015 4:57 AM

While your theory makes sense Gojira2K, You need to take into account how fast Kong would grow or shrink over the countless millennia. The size change you described would take several generations to complete. You can't just have suddenly shrink and/or grow just like that. When you take this into account, your theory isn't as plausable. But it is still a good theory.

All in all, have Kong be only a fraction of Godzilla's size would be unfair to both characters. It wouldn't do either franchise justice.

KManX89

MemberMothra LarvaeSep-22-2015 11:28 AM

KingKaijuGojira: right, but Skull Island takes place in 1971, 47 years in between its time and Godzilla 2. They can have him grow larger from the excess radiation during the 47 year span, it doesn't have to be overnight. Just a thought. 

Gojira2K

MemberMothra LarvaeSep-22-2015 8:49 PM

KingKaijuGojira, you have a very valid point. It’s possible that Kong: Skull Island, takes place a few years after Monarch was founded. That would be sometime in the 50’s. That gives them a little under 70 years for the growth to happen. I don’t know if that’s long enough for Kong to grow that big, but it could possibly get him close. Again, I don’t know how much Kong could grow in 70 years. But if it got him close, we could see a very interesting battle between them.

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