– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Going into this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I had no real enthusiasm for Kong: Skull Island. Peter Jackson’s King Kong from 2005 didn’t really do anything for me, and I had no real enthusiasm for the original like a lot of film/monster movie fans. Additionally, I was one of the viewers who was also let down by by 2014’s Godzilla.

While Godzilla was an okayfilm — I liked Godzilla herself well enough — I felt the time spent with the normal humans was completely dull. The idea of mixing King Kong and Godzilla into one big film, frankly, didn’t interest me too much. Sure, on paper it seemed like a cool idea, but there was nothing that made me think it was different or innovative. I simply didn’t care enough. When I saw the first footage of Kong: Skull Island, however, my tune changed. King Kong was gargantuan, the tone was serious and threatening — I simply wanted to see this film. I came away from SDCC with that having made the biggest impact on me. 

I’m pretty much on board for whatever piece of marketing the studios throw my way, the most recent of which comes courtesy of Coming Soon. The outlet received a delivery from the studio behind Kong: Skull Island — a map of the titular Skull Island, and a letter from MONARCH, the organization in 2014’s Godzilla.

The map itself is worth checking out. In the past, the shape of the island was very blatantly a skull, but this one has a more creative look to it, one that looks more like a screaming mouth than a skull. 

Check it out below.

But that’s not all the map had to offer. When held under a blacklight, there were more to see — the MONARCH logo, an image of a monster, and a message from John Goodman’s William Randa that reads:

“His mouth is fire; his roar the floodwater; his breath is death. Enlil made him guardian of the Cedar Forest, To frighten off the mortal who would venture there. BUT WHO WOULD VENTURE THERE?”

What could this all mean? Heck if I know. But it does make me wonder if there will be more overt references to Godzilla. Could there be an appearance? That’s all up in the air, but I wouldn’t put it past them to give us some sort of foreshadowing of the fight we’ll see in the eventual Kong v. Godzilla flick.

What do you think? Will see see Godzilla in Kong: Skull Island? Let us know in the comments down below!

Kong: Skull Island hits theaters on March 10, 2017.

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SOURCE: Coming Soon

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.