In theaters this weekend is none other than Kong: Skull Island, the latest film in the King Kong franchise. Although this new adventure film is a reboot of the iconic monster, Skull Island also marks the start of the MonsterVerse. This cinematic universe not only feature the Eighth Wonder of the World but also houses the King of Monsters himself, Godzilla, who made his return to silver screen in the 2014 reboot.
The MonsterVerse featuring both these icons is no coincidence as the two titans will clash in Godzilla vs.Kong; which is set to hit theaters in 2020. Now that #Kong as entered a much bigger world it certainly leaves the door open for the ape taking on other kaiju. While Kong would have his hands full dealing with monsters such as Mothra and King Ghidorah, there have been plenty of other creatures from past kaiju films that would work as great match up for the icon. In the event that Kong gets another movie, here are some other big-time monsters that could go head to head with the Eighth Wonder.
In the Showa era, #Godzilla had as many allies as he did enemies — among them was Anguirus. This dinosaur-like creature first appeared in Godzilla Raids Again, the 1955 sequel to Gojira. Since then, the character has appeared in numerous films including: Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs. Gigan and Godzilla: Final Wars (which was the character's last appearance).
Anguirus would be a good matchup for Kong, as Kong is no stranger to facing dinosaurs. However, the ape may have hands full when facing this Ankylosaurus. Although he is not the strongest kaiju out there, Anguirus has gone up against powerful monsters like Ghidorah before, so fighting the likes of Kong would not be too difficult for the monstrous dinosaur.
Although he is a minor kaiju, the monster known as Baragon has played a prominent part in Toho. The creature first appeared in Frankenstein Conquers the World as the movie's antagonist. Baragon would appear briefly in Destroy All Monsters and would then have a prominent part in the 2001 film Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. With the exception of stock footage from Godzilla: Final Wars, Baragon has not been seen on the silver screen since 2001, so perhaps there is no better time than any to bring back the monster.
Baragon has been depicted to have fire breath, though his is not as strong as Godzilla's atomic variation. While it would be difficult for him, Kong could find a way around this ability. However, Baragon's ability to burrow underground and jump great heights could prove to be a challenge, as it gives Baragon different vantage points to attack. While he may not be as prominent as other monsters, Baragon has a lot to make him a threat to even a creature such as King Kong.
Of all the creatures on this list, this one is probably the most obscure. Titanosaurus has only had one major film appearance — 1975's Terror of MechaGodzilla. However, with the creatures attributes, there are many ways that Titanosaurus could fight King Kong. Titanosaurus is adept at swimming and can throw around other kaiju with his powerful jaws. On top of his physical abilities, Titanosaurus can create cyclones just by using his tail. So, it's safe to say that, despite his obscurity, Titanosaurus would be no easy task for Kong.
2. King Caesar
This monster first appeared in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla in 1974. Since then, King Caesar has been a prominent monster for Toho, appearing in several video games and comics. Unlike the monsters already listed, King Caesar has a mystical origin to him and that might be fatal if Kong were to ever face him.
Caesar is known for being able to absorb energy and redirect it back at his opponent. Caesar is also remarkably quick as he is strong, which makes the monster a formidable opponent to contend with in hand-to-hand combat.
Along with his offense, Caesar also has a remarkable defense, as he has rock-hard skin and is able to take plenty of damage. Even with limited appearances, Caesar has always been depicted as tough monster.
Despite his inevitable match-up against Godzilla, seeing Kong fight monsters like Mothra and Ghidorah is hard for me to imagine because of their power levels. However, of the iconic Toho creatures, the one I could see fight Kong is none other than Rodan. Rodan has been terrorizing the silver screen since 1956 and the monster has appeared in several movies, including Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2 and the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Over the years, Rodan has had several abilities. Rodan's talons and beak are strong enough to break solid stone and he can lift monsters twice his size. Yet none of the creature's attributes may be more prominent than Rodan's flying ability. When Rodan flies, he can go to supersonic speeds and even create powerful winds and shockwaves.
However, thanks to his appearance in Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla 2, Rodan has gained another ability. When absorbing nuclear energy, the monster becomes Fire Rodan, which gives the monster the ability to fire uranium beams from his mouth. If Rodan uses this transformation, then the King may be in trouble.
Although Kong is set to clash with Godzilla in 2020, the future for the Eighth Wonder of the Word (not to mention the MonsterVerse) remains unclear. It is possible that King Kong could appear after Godzilla vs. Kong. If that were to happen then maybe he could appear alongside other Toho monsters.
Whether or not this icon is bound for more appearances in this cinematic universe, I think pitting Kong against other kaiju may not be a bad idea, as it could bring new life to not just the King Kong franchise but to the rest of Toho's monsters.
What monsters would you like to see Kong tackle next?