After smashing records at the box office, it’s almost a guarantee for any movie to receive a sequel these days, and Godzilla vs. Kong should be no exception.
The film has been off to a great start both domestically and worldwide, as it’s been one of only a few films that have cleaned up nicely at the box office during the pandemic (the others being Tenet and Sonic the Hedgehog).
Naturally, following such success the first question on most moviegoers minds after watching Godzilla vs. Kong is “When’s the sequel coming?”
Well, there’s mostly good news for those hopeful of seeing the MonsterVerse continue with ‘Zilla and the Kongster leading the way. First, regardless of a direct sequel to the film, the two titular characters will still be around in future projects.
For starters, it’s confirmed that Godzilla is starring in an all-new Toho-produced anime that is coming to Netflix. The anime, called Godzilla Singular Point, debuts on April 1st (no joke).
Beyond that official news, there are also rumors that a live-action spinoff series centering around the mysterious Monarch organization is underway for HBOMAX. The trademark for Monarch’s logo was renewed in August, which lends credibility to the theory.
As far as future cinematic installments go in the MonsterVerse, less is known at the moment. There are conflicting reports about whether the contract between America’s Legendary Pictures, which produces the Western MonsterVerse films, and Japan’s Toho, which owns the Godzilla character, has expired or not.
Some outlets claim that Legendary wants to produce more Godzilla films and that Toho will let them keep the license to do so as long as they keep churning those films out.
However, there aren’t officially any further films currently being developed in the series.
Adam Wingard, director of Godzilla vs. Kong, has gone on record saying that the MonsterVerse was first created with the goal of culminating in that final showdown between the two giants. Now that the film’s already been released, is that the end of the road? Not quite.
“I know where we could go potentially with future films,” Wingard stated in an interview with Dread Central. “The MonsterVerse is at a crossroads now. It’s really at the point where audiences have to kind of step forward and vote for more of these things. If this movie is a success obviously they will continue forward.”
If that’s the case, then so far audiences have definitely stepped up to the plate and voted with their wallets. As long as that momentum continues, the future looks bright for both big budget Godzilla and King Kong movies.
And perhaps most tellingly, Wingard admitted that a post-credits scene was shot for Godzilla vs. Kong, although he ultimately decided to leave it out.
“I actually think it’s good that there’s not a post-credit scene because, you know, the MonsterVerse is different from the Marvel universe.” Wingard said. “I think some of the best movies are films that work completely independently and you can go into the sequel or the movie can stand alone. But if a movie is totally contingent on a sequel then you are just talking about the next thing that is coming up and you can’t totally enjoy that ride. But yeah, we did shoot [a post-credits scene] but didn’t end up using it.”
Considering a post-credits scene was not only written but even filmed heavily suggests the studio already has plans on where to take Godzilla, Kong, and the entire MonsterVerse next.
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