We know Kong and Godzilla are heading towards a heavyweight showdown of epic proportion, but more importantly what do you see in the post credit scene of Kong: Skull Island.
If you stick around till the end of the credit roll on Kong: Skull Island (review here) then you’ll be treated to a bite sized teaser of what is to come in the future entries in Warner Bros newly developing MonsterVerse. Warning spoilers abound for survivors of Kong: Skull Island.
The clip starts with Tom Hiddlestone’s former SAS solider turned tracker James Conrad, and Brie Larson’s photojournalist Mason Weaver confined to an interrogation room. After a couple of lines trying to convince their captors they’ll not mention a word about Skull Island, in walk two employees of Monarch; Corey Hawkins seismologist Houston Brooks and Tian Jing’s biologist San. Why they are being made to look like they are being held captive I don’t quite know, especially when Brooks and San decide to divulge further information on monsters that might roam the earth. But who cares if it’s an example of a forced post credit sting, because the juicy bit is to come.
After Conrad and Weaver learn that their might be other monsters than Kong, we cut to cave drawings from ancient civilisations depicting Godzilla and not one, not two, but three other monsters. They are Mothra, King Ghidorah and Rodan. Even if your Kaiju film knowledge is a little rusty, you should recall the names, and boy is it leading to something epic. All three of the kaiju seen in the cave drawings have had their own standalone films under the Toho studio banner, as well as engaging in monster melees with both Godzilla and each other in the various iterations of Godzilla Vs flicks. If you’ve never seen one of the classic Kaiju or Godzilla B-movies from Japan and you’re asking yourself ‘What the fuck is a King Ghidorah?’ allow us to briefly explain.
King Ghidorah is a three headed dragon like monster that can fire “gravity beams” and electricity that levels cities, Mothra is a giant psychic moth… and Rodan is a massive pterosaur looking monster that has been known to fire uranium beams when in fire form. I know this all sounds a bit out there, but you’re probably only reading this having just watched a giant ape go to war with Samuel L. Jackson and some underground dwelling monsters so check your suspension of disbelief at the door. Anyway, what does this all mean?
The next film due out in the MonsterVerse is in 2019, titled Godzilla: King of Monsters directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus, Trick R’ Treat), which has currently cast Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring 2) and Kyle Chandler (Manchester by the Sea). And all the clues you need are in the current title of that film. If Godzilla is to be crowned king of monsters then it is most certainly going to have to earn that by beating down the likes of Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. Will we see all three in the same film? Only time will tell. What form will they take? Who knows. But what I do know is that the 22nd March 2019 has been marked in my calendar, and it should be in yours.