Warning #1: some censored profanity ahead.
Warning #2: some mild spoilers for King Kong ahead.
At this year's San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) it was announced by Legendary Pictures that there would be a prequel to 2005's King Kong which would be titled Skull Island. Max Borenstein (Godzilla 2014) Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) are set to write and direct, respectively.
This exciting news led fans to make an assumption: the King Kong and Godzilla franchises could be crossed over, just like they were in 1962. It's entirely possible legally. The same blockade that prevents The Avengers from crossing paths with X-Men, [The Amazing Spider-Man](movie:45497), or The Fantastic Four is nonexistent here. It could be done at the bat of an eyelash. But I'm here to tell you that even though it could happen, it won't. And here's why:
First of all, let's look at who we're dealing with here: an enormous radioactive dinosaur and an enormous non-radioactive (I think, I'm not a monster movie nerd) gorilla. Both are impressive, scary, and responsible for a lot of damages in their respective movies. But there's one thing that makes them very different: their size. First, let's have a look at King Kong's size:
As it would seem, King Kong is pretty damn massive. I mean, look at that. Naomi Watts is so tiny next to him! No wonder she's cowering in fear between the two beasts. Now that that's out of the way, let's have a look at the grumpy lizard:
Holy sh*t! It's enormous! It's bigger than those f**king buildings for God's sake! Most of them are half as big as him!
It's safe to say Kong is about twenty-five feet tall here. Godzilla is apparently three-hundred thirty feet tall. In the 1962 original, the two monsters were about the same size, but Hollywood has had Godzilla drinking out of a nuclear reactor, and now he's dwarving most of that city there. So it's pretty much certain that unless Godzilla has a baby, this fight is essentially going to be Godzilla brushing a fly off his shoulder.
As most film buffs know, the events of King Kong occur in 1933. That's why Kong is swatting at biplanes and not F-16 Falcons.
[Godzilla](movie:45291) takes place in 2014, in this particular case. That's an age difference of eighty-one years. Now bear in mind that I haven't seen this new Godzilla yet, so I don't know how long he's been alive (and don't you dare spoil anything for me in the comments). He could very well have been an adult in 1933 for all I know. But one thing's for certain: if Godzilla and King Kong did meet back then, it would take place in a city. Because the filmmakers aren't going to let this sh*t take place on an island out in the middle of nowhere, where no buildings get destroyed and millions of people don't die (filmmakers are psychopaths). If the two had done battle in a city, we already would've known of Kong's existence, and we wouldn't go exploring for him in the 2005 King Kong movie. It couldn't have take place after the movie ended because we killed Kong by knocking him off the Empire State Building, and probably burned him or buried him or something. There would actually have to be another ape to emerge from Skull Island for Godzilla to fight, which is actually logically probable, given the nature of how animals populate.
So what do you think, people of Moviepilot? Are these reasons enough to bury your anticipation, or is their hope yet?