Standalone monster movies are all well and good, but we all know it’s twice as fun if you have double the monsters. Luckily for us, Legendary and Warner Bros have decided that today — with our mastery of CG and proliferation of cinematic universes — is the perfect age to see these oversized creatures go head to head.
But if you were hoping to see it sooner rather than later, you may be in for a bit of a disappointment. These two won’t be sharing the screen for some time now. Rather than jump straight into a one-on-one melee, the filmmakers decided to give King Kong his own movie, then Godzilla one more before the two titans collide. But just because they won’t be sharing the screen anytime soon, don’t think the studios won’t lay some breadcrumbs for us along the way.
Speaking with CinemaBlend, the film’s producer, Alex Garcia discussed one of the main ways the 1970s-set Kong: Skull Island has a real connective tissue with the more modern Godzilla.
“[The expedition in Kong is] a landslide expedition, officially, but John Goodman, who plays the guy from Monarch (the shady government organization in Godzilla), is sort of pulling the strings in the background and we come to realize obviously that they knew much more than they let on initially.”
In case you were worried that this connection would lead to an Iron Man 2-type story — where the movie tries too hard to build a larger world that the single film suffers — then you needn’t anymore. Garcia also stated that at this point in the Kong timeline, “Godzilla is not emerged into the modern world, so this is very much just Kong’s story.”
So from the sound of it, those hints dropped should feel shoehorned in at the behest of the studio.
“If you can establish these characters in a way that feels compelling with the technology that we have today, with very distinct backdrops, where they're coming from, they're each established credibly in their own right, it should feel right for them to come together.”
What do you make of Garcia’s comments? Do you buy them? Do you really think the studio can resist throwing in a thousand references? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Kong: Skull Island hits theaters on March 10, 2017!
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