When we talk about crossovers, 2021 literally redefined the very meaning of the word with Godzilla vs. Kong. The Titans prepare themselves for a head-on collision, only to collaborate later on to fight a bigger enemy. The movie focused on many aspects. Elements like Hollow Earth, APEX, the relations between the two Titans, and Kong’s connection with Jia were all covered beautifully. The first crossover happened in Toho’s King Kong vs. Godzilla, which had an ending that leaned in Kong’s favor. But Godzilla vs. Kong brings them together on the same side to defeat MechaGodzilla, a catastrophe crafted by APEX.
Kong was originally defeated. Godzilla, as established the King of Monsters, was unscathed. The former was eventually revived by his allies, and then teamed up with Godzilla. The Titans emerged victorious against MechaGodzilla. The ending saw the monsters acknowledge each other before Godzilla left for the ocean. The movie concluded with Kong being sent off to Hollow Earth. In my opinion, Kong got a pretty definite closure. But it looks like we could have another ending!
Director Adam Wingard made some commotion recently. He participated in a “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, answering various Godzilla vs. Kong questions. One interested user asked a pretty exciting answer about an alternate ending. Surprisingly, Wingard confirmed that they had another ending. He said:
“The original ending was just G [Godzilla] swimming into the ocean but that felt like it didn’t properly tie up Kong’s story.” Honestly, in my opinion, the original ending was way better as it provided a concrete ending to Kong’s adventure.
By the way, Godzilla vs. Kong had a lot more footage. It is definitely a well-made project. The storyline, CGI, VFX, and concept, everything falls in the right place. In a previous conversation with Den of Geek, he revealed that far more footage exists from his new film. But just because he could make a massive cut of the film, doesn’t mean that he will.
“There’s certainly enough footage to make a five-hour version of this film, I’m sure. But making a longer film is easier than making a shorter film in a lot of ways. For me, this is the version that worked the best, and I don’t see any reason to do a director’s cut.”
The original ending established that Godzilla and Kong were no longer enemies after their tag team fight against MechaGodzilla. Even though Godzilla overpowered the ape, his ending in Hollow Earth gave a satisfying end. The final moments of the movie were an unclear cliffhanger. It could easily conclude the MonsterVerse or even leave the door opens for a sequel. But what could be the premise? In an interview with Deadline, 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.”
The very concept of Xiliens is still in the picture. It can definitely be followed in the near future. Xiliens is an alien invader species that can control kaiju and use them to subjugate Earth. Before the release of Godzilla vs. Kong, fans spectated that this species would be called in. But that didn’t happen. Hence, it is pretty much possible that we might get to see them in the upcoming movies. I doubt that we will get to see the two Titans fighting again. The possibility of solo sequels seems more reasonable. For Kong, the sequel could easily explore the origins of Hollow Earth and its ancestors. Godzilla could be seen exploring his future shenanigans.
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.