In the recent trailer for Kong: Skull Island, Legendary's Kong is looking downright terrifying. We'll have to wait until 2017 to see whether Kong is a gentle giant deep down in this new universe, but for now it's safe to assume that he'll be causing some serious damage to puny humans.
Since Legendary is planning Godzilla vs. Kong for 2020, it's possible that the studio is setting up one of the classic monsters as the hero to root for ... and one of them as the villain to root against. One scene from 2014's Godzilla could back up this theory.
Godzilla may not just be a mindless animal.
Gareth Edwards's Godzilla gave viewers a different (yet refreshing) take on the "king of all monsters" by changing his origin; he's no longer mutated by nuclear radiation, but is instead an alpha predator from a prehistoric era.
There is a certain scene that pops into my head whenever I think of this movie and that is Godzilla's scene on the Golden Gate Bridge...
Throughout the whole movie, Godzilla avoids fights with the military, and he even swims alongside them in the hunt for the MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms).
On the Golden Gate Bridge, however, Godzilla accidentally causes the military to open fire on him, even though the bridge is filled with people in buses and other vehicles trying to get away from San Francisco. Because of the military's idiocy, a missile barrage comes right at these bystanders.
But Godzilla, who looked as if he was about to go underneath the bridge, suddenly stands and takes the missiles until the vehicles have passed. And then he breaks through the bridge.
This has always stuck out to me because it makes me wonder: did Godzilla intentionally take those missiles to save the humans on the bridge? Or was it just a coincidence that he stood there for that long before breaking through it? I don't see any civilian cars or buses still on it, and I don't see Godzilla purposely destroying buildings or attacking the military that constantly follows/bothers him.
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It was established in this movie that Godzilla is not just some mindless creature that is causing destruction because he dislikes us. As a Godzilla fan, I felt that this version of Godzilla was a perfect way to reboot him without butchering him as Roland Emmerich did in 1998.
Godzilla is the force that restores balance to the world in the most epic way possible.
In this case, by shooting atomic breath down a giant bug's throat.
And once the MUTOs are destroyed, Godzilla just swims back to whatever trench he popped out of, instead of sticking around to crush buildings and burn down human civilization.
So with Godzilla being a protector of Earth, in this case, is it safe to assume that he's more of a hero than a dangerous force of nature? And if Kong is hyper-intelligent in Legendary's universe, could he actually feel malice toward humanity?
Godzilla vs. Kong won't have any emotional stakes if we're not rooting for one of them to win.
Otherwise, it'll just be like an Animal Planet documentary on steroids. Either way, with Kong's new size, I cannot wait to see this showdown!
So now I ask you guys, is Legendary's Godzilla really a hero or is he just an animal doing his thing? Comment with your opinion down below.