As we prepare for this battle between God and the King, let’s rewind and see what is and what is not. Let’s think about how we got here by looking at previous MonsterVerse posts, namely: Gareth Edwards Godzilla, Jordan Vogt-Roberts Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla by Michael Dougherty: The king of monsters.
Timing on everything else
As is often the case with these types of deductions, the period over which payments are made is critical to understanding the overall picture. First, let’s see how the parts fit together.
Timing of the MonsterVerse films.
Kong: Skull Island is set before the Godzilla movies, in 1973, shortly after the Vietnam War. On the other hand, the Godzilla films correspond to the year of their release, i.e. Godzilla is set in 2014 and Godzilla is set in 2014: King of the Monsters in 2019. Continuing this trend, Godzilla vs. Kong also have a place in the present.
Project Monarch and MUTO
The link between these films is Project Monarch (no, it has nothing to do with the CIA!): A group of scientists to track, monitor and understand the MUTO. They have outposts all over the world where they conduct their research and analysis. These outposts are also used to house inactive MUTOs, such as. B. Outpost 32 in Antarctica, where King Ghidor (Monster Zero) was held. In isolation, these creatures are studied and experiments are conducted on them to control them. Among their best-known projects were the attempted murder of Godzilla and the cover-up of the Janjira nuclear power plant accident.
Monarch (L) and MonsterVerse (R) project logos. The similarities between the two are undeniable.
The Project Monarch team has several prominent members. Among them are Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe), Dr. Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins), Bill Randa (John Goodman), Dr. Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler), Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) and many others. Some members of the Monarch, Dr. Mark Russell and Dr. Yilene Chen (Zhang Ziyi), are expected to return.
The frost is hunting the MUTO. But what is the MUTO? MUTO stands for Massive Unidentified Earth Organism. Once identified, they are called Titans. The MUTOs are the giant monsters like Godzilla and Kong that the whole series revolves around. They are based on characters created by the Japanese film studio Toho. It is assumed that these organisms have existed since prehistoric times, but were dormant until recently. They feed on radioactive radiation and use the earth’s core as one of their sources. So far, the monarch has been able to identify at least seventeen of these titans.
The recurring theme of the franchise is nature versus nurture. Dr. Serizawa believes that God created them to maintain the balance of the world, which means that when one of the Titans tries to upset the balance, another MUTO rises up to stop him, inadvertently helping the Earth, including the humans, survive. The earth does not belong only to humans, and we must take that into account. Throughout the planet’s history, the films also include footage of montages, crafts, newspaper articles and cave paintings illustrating wars between MUTOs. At the end of Godzilla: King of Monsters, we see a mural of Godzilla and Kong fighting, a foreshadowing of the next film.
Godzilla in Godzilla (1954), his first appearance.
Godzilla is a giant prehistoric predator, one of the alpha titans of the MonsterVerse. Like the other Titans, it occurs in the depths of the oceans and feeds on nuclear radiation from Earth’s core. Its appearance is striking as a large aggressive dinosaur, its scales and gargantuan size give it a menacing appearance. Godzilla is often seen as a metaphor for the nuclear weapons that caused great devastation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
In the 2014 film Godzilla, we learn that Monarch tried to kill him with an atomic bomb, but the desired result failed to materialize. Godzilla was inactive, there was no sign of his existence. But Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), who works at the Janjira nuclear power plant, suspects that Godzilla is still alive and about to return. It turns out that Godzilla has been listening to the communications of the other two MUTOs, whose actions are considered destructive to Earth. Initially, the people suspect that Godzilla is also planning to destroy humanity. So Admiral Stentz (David Strahain) authorizes a nuclear strike on all three at their rendezvous point.
Dr. Serizawa is against this plan and says Godzilla is on our side. Later it turned out that Godzilla was really on our side and wanted to finish off the other two MUTOs to keep the balance. Godzilla fights the MUTO, saves humanity and becomes an anti-hero in the eyes of the people. It may have saved people, but it also brought destruction.
Godzilla : King of the Monsters (2019)
In Godzilla: King of Monsters, after Godzilla reveals the existence of Titans and MUTOs to the world, the story continues and we see the use of Orca, a frequency transmitter that allows communication and control of MUTOs – developed by Dr. Mark Russell and Dr. Emma Russell of Monarchy. Emma switches to the side of the villains and joins Alan Jone (Charles Dance), who plans to release MUTO worldwide. They awaken King Ghidorah (Monster Zero), who attacks and takes out the 32nd. Outpost destroyed. Godzilla arrives to fight Gidora. Several other cities are unleashed by MUTO, and after Godzilla is severely injured in an attack by the Oxygen Destroyer, the others bow down to Gidora as they devastate the Earth. Dr. Serizawa sacrifices himself by manually detonating a nuclear bomb to help Godzilla recover in time.
Madison, the daughter of Mark and Emma Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), realizes her mother’s mistake and brings an orca to Boston’s Fenway Park to placate the Titans. This unwittingly lures them all to Madison’s location, including Gidora. Mothra joins Godzilla to fight Ghidora, who joins Rodan. Mothra sacrifices herself so Godzilla can defeat Ghidorah and claim the loyalty of all the other Titans. He will become the king of monsters. We see Titans heading to Skull Island and a mural of Kong fighting and Godzilla in the credits. This could be a harbinger of things to come in Godzilla Vs. Kong.
Cult shot from King Kong (1933), the first appearance of Kong.
Kong is, in three words, a giant monkey. He is also the protector of Skull Island and its inhabitants. To them, he is God. If we meet Kong in Kong: Skull Island, it’s not fully developed yet, and what we see is the teenage version. Godzilla vs. Kong will probably contain an adult Kong. Kong was orphaned at a young age (his parents were killed by puzzles) and has a much more human side than Godzilla. Kong is emotional, but powerful and strong. He represents a worldview that defends the humble and fights the bullies.
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
In Kong: Skull Island – A group of Monarch scientists, along with a military unit led by Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) and his colleagues James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), plan an expedition to Skull Island. They penetrate the barriers around the island and, as planned, begin bombing the island. This awakens Kong, who has spent his life in seclusion and solitude, and he is horrified and shocked to see that the place is crawling with helicopters. He attacks the group and kills Packard’s men. Divided into two groups, they each leave the island. Along the way, Conrad’s team met up with Evie’s group. Here we are told the story of Kong and how he is the protector of the island.
Packard is determined to leave without finding all his men and avenge the deaths by killing Kong. Weaver and Conrad confront Kong and realize his soft side. They persuade Packard to leave Kong alone, but to no avail. Kong then kills Packard and fights the giant turtle. After a long battle Kong is victorious, and the people arrive safely at the meeting place. Kong stays on the island.
The most important thing about Kong: Skull Island is that while it has a simple plot, it’s about a lot of other things that have nothing to do with monsters. Packard’s unit showed up to fight in the Vietnam War. They’re taking this mission right after the war. Vogt-Roberts called the movie Apocalypse Now with a monster. The themes of war and soldiers recur throughout the film. There are also discussions about how we tend to see someone (Kong in this case) as the enemy, when in fact everything is fine. Of the three MonsterVerse films, this one had the heart in the right place as it presented a universal sense of emotion in nature and species.
Whose side are you on?
When the trailers, posters, marketing campaigns, and pretty much all the hype surrounding Godzilla Vs. Kong is a clue, it looks like we’re going to have a real battle between the king and God.
I don’t want to jinx it, but studios are reluctant to pit their characters against each other, if the past is any indication. Even when they create such conditions, the victory is almost always ambiguous. Take Captain America, for example: The Civil War. The idea of who won – Captain America or Iron Man – is still debatable and there is no clear winner.
But, fingers crossed, let’s hope that’s not the case here and we see two Titans collide with an explosion. Let us know which side you’re on in the comments!
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