ByMichael Patterson, writer at Creators.co
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So the brand new trailer for Kong: Skull Island has landed and as we all expected, it's amazing. The film looks set to be one of 2017's biggest hits — and yes, biggest is the appropriate term as we have the biggest Kong ever, giant spiders and even an enormous water-buffalo creature. Yes, you have to see it to believe it.

Check out the brand new trailer below:

Not only does the film look freaking awesome — it does — it also happens to contain an insane amount of Easter eggs and references to previous #KingKong films. Some of them are really obvious references while others are more subtle nods, but all of them are really cool and pay a nice tribute to what came before. Let's take a look at all the Kong Easter eggs the #SkullIsland trailer had to offer.

King Kong (1933)

There is no better way to reboot a franchise than by paying tribute to the original. And that is on display big time in Kong: Skull Island, as director Jordan Vogt Roberts has clearly drawn from the original Kong for inspiration on his brand new version of the beloved ape.

Now and Then: Kong's new appearance is quite similar to his original look. (WB/RKO)
Now and Then: Kong's new appearance is quite similar to his original look. (WB/RKO)

From the similar shape of the nose to the extra long canines, it's no wonder that the new Kong makes facial expressions to the 1933 one. While you could argue that most versions of Kong possess these features, the shape of his head and forehead are identical to the original's. And let's not forget about those piercing almost-beady eyes — that made Fay Wray cry out with horror — which are on full display in the reboot.

Those eyes!!
Those eyes!!

The idea of a reboot or a remake wouldn't even exist if it weren't for the original, so it's really incredible to see Jordan Vogt-Roberts bringing the original classic back into the spotlight with the modified version of the original King Kong.

King Kong (1976)

Interestingly, there is a surprising amount of references to Dino De Laurentiis' 1976 remake of King Kong. While one or two of them may be coincidental as the film is actually set in the 1970s, some of them are unmistakable.

1. The Plan

Kong: Skull Island features a briefing scene, in which a presentation is given to Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston and the rest of the crew. The man giving the presentation reveals a map of the uncharted Skull Island as he explains the mission parameters to his audience. This scene appears to be almost identical to the 1976 King Kong, in which Fred Wilson does the exact same thing to his crew.

Look familiar? The presentation scene in both films. (WB/Paramount)
Look familiar? The presentation scene in both films. (WB/Paramount)

And much like with the 1976 film in which Jeff Bridges' character interrupts the presentation, Skull Island's protagonist — Hiddleston's character — voices his concern. Moreover, the fact that a team is being sent to the island for "research" is also reminiscent of the 1976 Kong as Wilson sends the crew to the island in search of oil. Both films also feature the team setting up a base on the island. While we have yet to fins out what they're venturing into Skull Island in search of in the upcoming film, the similarities to the plot of the 1976 film are quite striking.

2. Foggy Arrival

As the team sail into Skull Island's waters, they are confronted with a thick eerie fog, surrounding both the ship and helicopters. However, the only other Kong film to reference the fog surrounding the island was the 1976 remake.

Stop me if you've seen this one before: The foggy arrival on Skull Island. (Paramount/WB)
Stop me if you've seen this one before: The foggy arrival on Skull Island. (Paramount/WB)

In fact, the shot in the trailer when the ship and copters heading towards the ominous fog is virtually identical to a shot in 1976's version.

3. Kong V. The Helicopters

As the crew happily fly through the skies of Skull Island, one of the pilots remark "is that a monkey?" right before a tree gets launched into their copter. Yes, it was a monkey. However, the fight is only beginning as Kong roars at the helicopters before grabbing them and ramming them into the ground.

Kong vs helicopters: Kong has a history with helicopters.
Kong vs helicopters: Kong has a history with helicopters.

Again, this scene is reminiscent of the one from King Kong 1976 when Kong rams his fits into one of the helicopters attacking him in New York. Obviously, there's a drastic size difference between Kongs as Skull Island's Kong is the biggest one yet, so one can physically grab them in his hands while the other can ram it, but even the body movement is similar — he rams them down to the ground in Skull Island and rams the copter outwards in King Kong. Again, as it's the 1970s in both films, Kong vs. helicopters could be coincidental, but it's still a neat little nod to one of the many that came before.

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4. The Water Scene

This one could be purely coincidental, but the scene when the massive Kong makes his way through the water, surrounded by greenery, reminded me of the scene from the 1976 King Kong when the ape washes Dwan in the water.

The visuals in 'Skull Island' are very similar to 'King Kong' (1976). (WB/Paramount)
The visuals in 'Skull Island' are very similar to 'King Kong' (1976). (WB/Paramount)

While it may not be an Easter egg, it's just one of the many visuals in which Skull Island seems to pay tribute to the 76 remake of King Kong.

5. Walk Like A Man

Kong may be our favorite movie ape, but there's certainly a lot of debate as to whether he should be portrayed exactly like an ape. While he has many gorilla tendencies — beating his chest for an example — there are certain characteristics that he doesn't always adopt. Peter Jackson's 2005 King Kong portrayed the icon like a giant silverback gorilla, walking on all fours. However Skull Island has gone back to having Kong walk upright like a bipedal creature once again. While Kong did walk on two legs in the 1933 original, he was still occasionally hunched over. No previous Kong walked more upright than the 1976 iteration.

Walk like a human: The "Skull Island" Kong walks like the 1976 version. (WB/Paramount)
Walk like a human: The "Skull Island" Kong walks like the 1976 version. (WB/Paramount)

Both films have the beast walking perfectly upright, much like humans, never once getting down to walk like a gorilla. Roberts defended his decision to do so, reminding us that Kong is his own species rather than the "anatomically correct silverback gorilla that walks on all fours". And as a fan of the 1970s film, I can't wait to see him walking tall once again.

6. Bad Moon Rising

The moon played quite an important role in De Laurentiis and Guillermin's 1976 remake of King Kong as Kong himself loved his peaceful rocky area where he could stare up at it. Visually there were many beautiful shots with the moon in the background. And it seems like Kong: Skull Island may have taken inspiration from this as the moon factors into some of the most important shots in the trailer.

Moonlit Kong: The moon was an important presence in the 1976 Kong. (Paramount/WB)
Moonlit Kong: The moon was an important presence in the 1976 Kong. (Paramount/WB)

The moon has never been as important as it was in the 1976 version, but it seems like it's going to be eerily featured in the background of many iconic shots during Kong: Skull Island.

7. Kong On The Horizon

I left this moment last because it was first featured in the previous trailer. However, it did reappear this time around. Once again, this is less of a direct reference and more of a visual spectacle that was reminiscent of another visual spectacle.

Kong on the horizon in 2017 and 1976. (via WB/Paramount)
Kong on the horizon in 2017 and 1976. (via WB/Paramount)

In the trailer, the massive Kong rises into sight with his silhouette appearing across the orange skyline. It happened to be reminiscent of the scene in which the 1976 Kong knelt down to face Jessica Lange's character — and his silhouette also obstructed the orange skyline. Whether this was intentional or not, it's another pretty awesome similarity between the two.

With every single King Kong film paying tribute to the original, it's incredibly refreshing to see Kong: Skull Island paying tribute to the first remake, which is undoubtedly a classic in it's own right.

King Kong (2005)

The Skull Island trailer also had quite a few references to Peter Jackson's acclaimed 2005 remake of King Kong.

1. Look Me In The Eyes

There is a downright awe-inspiring scene in the Skull Island trailer in which Kong's head rises out of the flames and he stares at Samuel L. Jackson. The way the flames illuminate his face — most notably his eyes — is unmistakably a nod to his first appearance in Jackson's remake.

Look into the eyes of the beast: Kong in 2017 and 2005. (WB/Universal)
Look into the eyes of the beast: Kong in 2017 and 2005. (WB/Universal)

As Kong's intimidating eyes land on Jack Black's Carl Denham in the 2005 film, his face is illuminated by the island natives' fiery torches. And those cold eyes look exhibit a glare exactly like the one from the upcoming 2017 film. Furthermore, it's also worth noting that in both films's fiery scenes, Kong stares at one of the two main protagonists — Jack Black's character in the 2005 remake and Samuel L. Jackson's in the 2017 reboot.

2. Man And Woman And Monkey

There is a brief scene in the trailer which sees Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson on a cliff, staring at a rather friendly-looking Kong, all of them illuminated by the blue moonlight. I don't know what it was about this scene, but it seemed very similar to the scene in Jackson's Kong where the angry ape attacks Jack for trying to take Ann.

Kong always ends up near cliffs with a man and woman. (via WB/Universal)
Kong always ends up near cliffs with a man and woman. (via WB/Universal)

Between the cliff, Kong, the moonlight, the greenery and the male and female characters, the two scenes are indeed quite similar. Again, this could just be a coincidence, but it could also be a very subtle reference to the most recent adaptation of the King Kong story.

3. That Chest Beating Scene

The trailer ends with Kong slowly beating his chest before roaring at the camera. While all iterations of Kong are known to beat their chests, there was just something about the way he did it here that reminded me the 2005 Kong when he beat his chest after defeating the V-Rexes.

Kong loves to let out a good roar as he beats his chest. (via WB/Universal)
Kong loves to let out a good roar as he beats his chest. (via WB/Universal)

The fact that the trailer ends with a nod to one of the most iconic scenes from the 2005 remake is a pretty cool way of letting us know that this new film is set to be equally as awesome as the last King Kong film.

References To The King Kong Story

The Log Monster

So judging by the trailer, there seems to be a giant log monster in Kong: Skull Island. Yes, I know that might sound ridiculous but in fact, it's actually very scary. Now, this could have been a completely random but brilliant idea for a monster, or it could be a sadistically brilliant reference to the infamous log scene which features in all three King Kong films.

The log fights back: The log features in all Kong films. (WB/RKO/Paramount/Universal)
The log fights back: The log features in all Kong films. (WB/RKO/Paramount/Universal)

The log has played an important role in all of the King Kong films, and now it's finally time for the log to fight back! It's pretty cool to see such an important feature in the King Kong story playing into the new reboot.

So there was certainly a heck of a lot of Easter eggs in the brand new Kong: Skull Island trailer. Whether a subtle visual reference or a badass obvious nod, Kong: Skull Island has taken great care to ensure that all of King Kong's legacy has been respected, paying tribute to each of the iterations that came before. Whether you were a fan of all the previous films or only select ones, they all added to the cinematic icon's legacy, and each of them have been given the respect they deserve. With these tasteful references to the past, Jordan Vogt-Roberts is ready to take us into the future of King Kong.

King Kong Is Back and bigger than ever!
King Kong Is Back and bigger than ever!

What was your favorite Easter egg in the Kong: Skull Island trailer? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: EW]