(Warning: The following contains some mild, largely non-plot related SPOILERS for the upcoming Kong: Skull Island. Proceed with whatever level of caution your nearest giant ape suggests to you is wise.)
Now, with King Kong being one of the most universally recognized (and revered) cultural icons out there, you might think that there's only so far the upcoming #KongSkullIsland will be willing to wander away from the formula that made Kong everyone's favorite giant ape. Explorers visit Kong, Kong doesn't take well to meeting new people, Kong falls in love with intrepid female explorer, things take a turn for the New York-destroying. So far, so King Kong. With Kong: Skull Island looking to take a rather different approach to the story, though — as well as connect itself to the #Godzilla franchise in the process — it seems we see an unusual sort of ape tale come the film's release in March 2017. Case in point?
This New Kong: Skull Island Poster Is Hiding Some Godzilla-Sized Secrets
And, for that matter, Godzilla-shaped ones, too. Y'see, Warner Bros. recently sent a whole lot of Kong: Skull Island posters out to movie sites, and as it turns out, they reveal a whole lot of secrets when they're put under a black light.
Specifically, that there light uncovers a whole load of notation from Monarch, the secret government organization from 2014's Godzilla. Which, along with the page being signed by one William Randa (as played in Kong: Skull Island by the inimitable John Goodman), seems to suggest that the two movies will be closely connected via the mysterious group.
That, though, isn't all. Take a closer look at the bottom of the poster...
...and you might just spot an unusual, skeletal creature, along with the lines:
"His mouth is fire; his roar the floodwater; his breath is death. Enlil made him guardian of the Cedar Forest, To frighten off the mortal who would venture there. BUT WHO WOULD VENTURE THERE?"
Which, for fans of Sumerian mythology, would seem to suggest that a very particular monster is on its way. Y'see, according to Sumerian tradition, Enlil created a monster named Humbaba to defend the Cedar Forest that housed the gods. A monster that, it seems, may well be on its way to a Warner Bros. monster movie near you. If Kong: Skull Island proves too soon, though, then perhaps 2020's Godzilla vs King Kong will oblige?
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In the meantime, what do you think? Will we see Humbaba in a future monster movie, or is the real secret buried even deeper? Let us know below!