– by Nick Doll

In the age of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, Dark Universe, and many other universes, it is easy to forget about the MonsterVerse, the playground populated by King Kong, Godzilla, and Godzilla’s classic monster roster. 2014’s Godzilla kicked off the MonsterVerse, which was continued in this March’s Kong: Skull Island. Next up is Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and following that is the franchise’s big crossover event, Godzilla Vs. Kong.

Adam Wingard (2016’s Blair Witch, You’re Next) is attached to direct the epic monster movie. Screen Crush caught up with Wingard while promoting his new film Death Note, the Netflix live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese manga. Wingard told Screen Crush about his preparation for the film which involved revisiting a handful of classic Godzilla and King Kong films he watched growing up:

“Some of those Godzilla movies I haven’t seen since I was a kid so revisiting them was a lot of fun. To be able to almost go back in time and re-experience what that was like – I was able to directly empathize with that feeling when I really felt like, maybe Godzilla really is going to lose in this movie. That was really important because it helped me remember, going forward on [Godzilla vs. Kong], the kind of feelings people are going to have when they watch it.

That’s what I want to do, I really want you to take those characters seriously. I want you to be emotionally invested, not just in the human characters, but actually in the monsters. If I had my way, I want people to really be teary-eyed at the end of the movie, and be that invested in to what’s going on.”

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That’s sounds like a Godzilla Vs Kong that we want to see! One’s fears about this type of spectacle movie is that any emotion will get lost among the special effects, so it is comforting to know the director is already working to avoid this. That’s not to say there won’t be a lot of monster fighting. Said Wingard:

“It’s a massive monster brawl movie. There’s lots of monsters going crazy on each other, but at the end of the day I want there to be an emotional drive to it. I want you to be emotionally invested in them. I think that’s what’s going to make it really cool.”

What do you think of Wingard’s comments? Does he sound like he’s headed in the right direction? Let us know in the comment section below!

Godzilla Vs. Kong has a release date of May 22, 2020.

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SOURCE: Screen Crush