Godzilla vs. Kong is a clash of the Titans. The two gigantic monsters take each other on to see who’s the strongest. But that’s not it. The real villain is someone else. The movie saw an epic moment where Godzilla and Kong teamed up to fight for the safety of the world. The special effects of this film were highly immersive. It actually seemed as if Kong and Godzilla were wreaking havoc in Hong Kong.
The official trailer for the battle of the titans was released on YouTube almost 2 months back and had managed to gather 82 million views on the video alone. Since its release in theatres and on HBO Max, the movie has already registered a massive viewership. It has already managed to pull in a massive revenue of over $285 million worldwide. Released on the 24th March, the movie has already managed to surpass Wonder Woman 1984’s total box office earnings. It also beat Wonder Woman’s opening weekend numbers on HBO Max. In short, Warner Bros. ended up benefitting the most with its day and date release.
But what’s next for the two Kaiju? Will we get another battle between the two? In an interview with Deadline, the director of GvK, Adam Wingard, hinted that a possible sequel would explore the “Hollow Earth” aspect of the MonsterVerse lore. He said:
“I would absolutely love to continue. The clear starting point we teed up, exploring Hollow Earth, I think there is a lot more to do there. This is a pre-history of Planet Earth, where all the titans come from.” Wingard continued, “We tee up some mystery in this film, things I want to see resolved and explored and pushed to the next level. If I have the opportunity, I know what I will do. It’s up to Warner Bros and Legendary if they have an appetite.”
One way the past Godzilla movies did so was with the introduction of an alien invader species known as “Xiliens”, who can control kaiju and use them to subjugate Earth. Before the release of Godzilla vs. Kong, there was some speculation that the film might introduce a version of the Xiliens into the MonsterVerse. But according to Wingard, the concept would not fit into the tone of the franchise that Legendary has built so far. He continued:
“If you look at those original films with Mechagodzilla, they have a convoluted storyline involving aliens. That wasn’t something I wanted in this movie, not that I didn’t enjoy the hell out of that in those films. It didn’t fit. It was important to me that if someone was going to be piloting Mechagodzilla, it ought to be a Japanese actor. This is where [the decision to cast a new Asian character] originated.”
GvK ended with the two Titans paying their respects to each other. We’ve already seen them fight each other. So, instead of making them fight again, the MonsterVerse will probably give us more of their solo sequels. The next story of Godzilla was actually set up by the Oxygen Destroyer missile which was fired at Godzilla and Ghidorah. And that might be the key to bringing one of Toho’s strongest monsters ever, Destoroyah. In Toho’s 1995 film “Godzilla vs. Destoroyah,” it was revealed that Destoroyah was created as a result of the Oxygen Destroyer mutating crustaceans in the ocean. Since an Oxygen Destroyer has already been fired in the MonsterVerse as well, it’s likely that it would have resulted in the creation of Destoroyah. He has been the toughest enemy that Godzilla has ever faced. So, it’s only logical that this is the Titan who would take on Godzilla in his third solo movie.
As for Kong, his next film will obviously explore Hollow Earth, just as director Wingard suggested. Now that humans have also managed to enter Hollow Earth, we could surely get to witness further exploration of the mystery land. The next Kong movie will probably be about establishing him as King Kong of Hollow Earth. Let’s see how things turn out.
Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein, Godzilla vs. Kong stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, and Brian Tyree Henry. The film is now playing in theaters and on HBO Max.