As reported by Comicbook.com, more details have been released about the upcoming film Kong: Skull Island and how that film ties into the popular Godzilla franchise. The two legendary monsters are scheduled to go head to head in a future film, fittingly called King Kong v. Godzilla, set to hit theaters in 2020.
How Does Kong: Skull Island Fit Into the Godzilla Franchise?
Kong: Skull Island is instrumental in this franchise, and not just because it brings one of the most notable movie monsters ever into the franchise’s universe for an eventual showdown. Kong: Skull Island actually takes place before the recent Godzilla (2014) film. In that film, heroes Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) were somewhat stumped by the titular monster. However, the secret organization Monarch appeared to know a great deal more about Godzilla than they did. It turns out the reason behind Monarch’s knowledge is that the institution previously crossed paths with King Kong. Kong: Skull Island character Bill Randa (John Goodman) is an operative of that organization, and appears to be hiding information from other characters.
Producer Alex Garcia said that “John Goodman, who plays the guy from Monarch, is sort of pulling the strings in the background and we come to realize obviously that they knew much more than they let on initially.” Monarch appears to be some sort of organization that knows a great deal about all sorts of monsters, and one that uses their knowledge for their own ends. It’s not clear how precise knowledge of Kong, a primate monster, would lead to precise knowledge of Godzilla, a lizard monster, but that may become clearer in Kong: Skull Island. Needless to say that when the two titans meet, it will be nothing short of spectacular.
Kong: Skull Island is scheduled to hit theaters on March 10, 2017. Godzilla 2, the next film in the franchise, is scheduled to hit theaters on March 22, 2018. The big blockbuster event, King Kong v. Godzilla, is scheduled for theatrical release sometime in 2020.