It's no secret that upcoming monster flick Kong: Skull Island takes place in the same shared universe as #Godzilla — a.k.a. the MonsterVerse. And as we have seen with both Marvel and DC, films set in shared universes tend to feature Easter Eggs and references to future films and other events that take place in that world. So, it wasn't that much of a surprise when we discovered that Kong: Skull Island would indirectly reference Godzilla.
However, it appears that the references will be much deeper than we initially thought. Warner Bros. have released the credit roll for Skull Island, and in a very interesting development, they feature an ownership statement of Godzilla and other familiar monsters. The line reads:
‘Characters of “Godzilla,” “King Ghidorah,” “Mothra” and “Rodan” created and owned by Toho Co., Ltd.’
Now, the line confirming Toho's ownership of the characters wouldn't be essential if the film only indirectly references Godzilla — like we assumed before. Thus, due to this development, it's apparent that they all might be, at the very least, directly referenced over the course of the film. But the question is — how?
Will Randa Mention Them All By Name?
We initially discovered that Kong: Skull Island would be tied to 2014's Godzilla through the Monarch organization. John Goodman's character, William "Bill" Randa, is the senior official of Monarch in charge of the expedition. Monarch was responsible for leading Godzilla out to an island in 1954 and blasting him with a nuclear bomb, and Randa even refers to this in the film, commenting that "they were trying to kill something." Moreover, the footage of the blast used in a recent Kong: Skull Island TV spot also featured heavily in Godzilla's opening credits.
Thus, as Randa — and Monarch — is our connection to both the 1954 blast and the events that took place in 2014's Godzilla, it's highly likely that he is the reason why each monster is named in the end credits. Remember, if they already knew of Godzilla's existence, it's likely that they would have named him. So, it's possible that Randa could have heard of the other monsters and named them.
Another possibility is that Monarch could have detailed files on the monsters in existence. Perhaps they could have folders titled after each of the legendary creatures. After all, when Randa references Monarch's attempts to kill Godzilla, he's in an office. Could it be here we discover that the organization is aware of Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah?
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Will Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra Or Rodan Appear?
The most exciting possibility is the thought of any of these monsters appearing in #KongSkullIsland It's no secret that the Eighth Wonder of the World has his own monsters to deal with in the film, but could we see a cameo from Godzilla himself? Or could one of his many monstrous nemeses be residing on Skull Island?
While the monster himself will likely be laying low — as far as we know, he never surfaced between the events of 1954 and 2014 — that doesn't mean that one of the other legendary movie monsters couldn't show up. King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan have proved to be worthy adversaries to Godzilla over the years, thus it's highly likely that they could pose just as much of a threat to Kong as well.
So the question is — amidst the giant water buffalo, log monster, giant spiders and octopuses, not to mention the deadly Skull Crawlers, could there be a three-headed dragon, giant moth or pteranodon? The thought of any of them might sound ludicrous, but from what we've seen — any of them would be right at home on Skull Island.
Will They All Appear In The Post-Credits Scene To Set Up Godzilla: King Of Monsters?
We recently discovered that Kong: Skull Island will feature a major post credits scene. And nowadays, shared universe installments usually use these scenes to drop hints about their follow-up film — which, in Skull Island's case, is #GodzillaKingOfMonsters. Furthermore, alongside the titular monster himself, King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan all feature in the sequel. And thus, we have to wonder — will all of these monsters face off to set up their collision in the 2019 Godzilla sequel? We can certainly hope so!
Now that we know Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan will all be named in the end of credits of Kong: Skull Island, it raises questions as to what capacity they will all be referenced or featured in the film. With the MonsterVerse laying the groundwork for 2020's #GodzillaVsKong, we can only guess as to how the two icons will be tied together in the series' upcoming installment.
No matter how they are referenced, mentioned or shown, we should expect to see some huge hints to the future of the MonsterVerse in Kong: Skull Island — and I can't wait to see them!
Are you excited to see how these iconic monsters will play into Kong: Skull Island? Let us know in the comments below!