Godzilla vs. Kong brings back the ultimate showdown between the two titular Titans. Everything about the movie just fits in perfectly. From epic CGI fights to dwelling more into reasoning, the movie sets up the perfect tone. MechaGodzilla was ultimately framed to be the real villain while being charged by Ghidorah’s consciousness. All credits to APEX. This was the very reason why Godzilla was able to detect MechaGodzilla and landed in Hong Kong. The movie also travels to Hollow Earth, where Kong is seen more or so as a ruler.
The movie ends on a cliffhanger. Godzilla leaves, and Kong is eventually unharmed. Does this mean we will get a sequel? 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.”
When we talk about Hollow Earth, we find ourselves pondering upon the reason as to what truly happened to Kong’s home – Skull Island? We now have the answers to our curiosity. Well, The MonsterVerse has revealed that another Titan was responsible for Kong having to leave Skull Island. At the beginning of Godzilla vs. Kong, it was revealed that Kong’s home, unfortunately, became uninhabitable due to a powerful storm that had taken over the island. King Ghidorah was the reason behind it all.
At the beginning of the movie, we see Dr. Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall) and Dr. Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgård) hurrying through heavy rain to get into Monarch’s Kong containment facility. It was explained that it was this very storm that killed Jia’s people. It had also become a threat to Kong’s safety. As a result, Monarch built an additional outpost on the island to protect Kong from the storm. But Kong’s increasing size made it hard for them to contain him. Reasoning with these factors, Dr. Andrews relented to Dr. Lind and agreed to let him be a part of APEX’s Hollow Earth mission.
We have more insight into the nature of the storm, courtesy of a prequel novel story to Godzilla vs. Kong, Kingdom Kong. According to Dr. Andrews, the state of the island is because of Monarch’s “meddling”. But the depth of the situation is much deeper than that. The story says that the storm engulfing Skull Island first originated during Godzilla: King of Monsters. In the film, Ghiroah created massive storms. But they were not temporary as thought. One of his storms remained intact over the Pacific Ocean.
Dr. Houston Brooks called it a “gift from the devil to remember him by”. After two years of staying in the same place, the storm suddenly started moving towards Skull Island. Meanwhile, Monarch was on Skull Island, trying to divert the storm, but their efforts were unsuccessful. A “vortex” in the Hollow Earth entry point under Skull Island resulted in the storm being “anchored” on the island. Hence, the storm hit the island and caused severe damage. The storm was very destructive and even Kong wasn’t able to save his home. This realization motivated Monarch to think that the Island and its people will not be able to survive.
Kingdom Kong’s Ghidorah reveal connects to Dr. Andrews’ “meddling” comment. In the graphic novel, Brooks has this impending feeling that he, including Monarch, could have stopped the storm. The damage done by King Ghidorah is still being acknowledged as he destroyed Kong’s only home. But gladly, Godzilla vs. Kong let Kong have his moment as he travels to Hollow Earth. He does not need Skull Island anymore and can reconnect with the world where his ancestors lived.
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