We’ve known for a while now that two of the biggest – literally – movie monsters of all time, King Kong and Godzilla, are scheduled for a meetup and a throwdown via a crossover film in a few years, but now we’ve got an official title, courtesy of parent production company Warner Brothers. Earlier this week we were given four new clips from the upcoming King Kong film, but this new news comes shortly on the heels of those videos.
Eagle-eyed fans recently noted that the packaging for toys related to the upcoming film ‘Kong: Skull Island‘ featured the phrase “MonsterVerse” in large font letters, so it’s a reasonable assumption to make that that’s the name Warner Bros is going with for the “shared universe” action. No official word has come yet on whether more monsters that reside in Warner’s ownership domain may join the fray in the future, but one can only hope for further films in the series that lead to a style of large-monster fighting that emulates the classic Midway/Sega video game series ‘Rampage.’
As for the title of the planned Kong/’Zilla rumble flick? Well, it may not be the most exciting in the world, but it certainly sums things up nicely: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong.’ The groundwork has already begun to be laid for the franchises to coexist in the same universe; research organization Monarch, who first appeared in the 2014 ‘Godzilla’ film while housing and studying one of the MUTOs that eventually escaped and fought our friendly neighborhood giant lizard, has been referenced in multiple pieces of marketing for ‘Kong: Skull Island,’ officially confirming the beginnings of a connection. It’s important to note that ‘Skull Island’ takes place in the 1970s, so whatever form Monarch exists in will pre-date the organization as audiences saw them in the modern-day ‘Godzilla’ film.
‘Kong: Skull Island’ will be released in American theaters on March 10, 2017; ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’ is currently scheduled to be released in the US on March 22, 2019; ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is currently scheduled for North American release on May 29, 2020.
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