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When asked about the apparent height difference between Godzilla and Kong in 2018, Adam Wingard said "They gave us a good out in Kong: Skull Island (2017) when they mentioned that Kong is still growing, but that'll be a challenge we have to deal with, and we're very aware of that issue."
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Jia is a deaf Iwi girl portrayed by Kaylee Hottle, who is from an all-deaf family.
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Adam Wingard explained why the movie's runtime is a little less than two hours. He stated that this is on purpose, telling Variety that he prefers to keep his films under the two-hour mark. The director also said that if Godzilla vs Kong were to run for three hours, it likely wouldn't include an additional hour of the Titans duking it out. He stated; "A lot of the fans online were all asking me is this going to be a three-hour film? When it was announced that it was a little under two hours they immediately thought when is the director's cut coming out? I like movies under two hours. I think if you do a movie over two hours, you better have a damn good reason for it to be that long. At the end of the day, if you're going to make this movie into three hours, you're not going to get an extra hour of monsters fighting. You're going to get an extra hour of people talking about monsters."
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The film takes place five years after Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and 51 years after Kong: Skull Island (2017), which took place in 1973.
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This will be the first film in 59 years to feature both King Kong and Godzilla, after King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963).
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The fourth installment of the MonsterVerse.
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Earned over $122 million dollars during its opening weekend sales, the biggest opening of a movie released during the pandemic.
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On March 11th, 2021, Legendary Studios revealed the official heights of both titans for their 'Monarch Profiles'; Godzilla stands at 393 feet (120 meters), which is the same height in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), while Kong stands at 336 feet (102 meters). This is the largest incarnation of Kong in history, and both the largest 'american' incarnation, and the second largest overall of Godzilla, after the anime version in Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017).
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When Alexander Skarsgård, who plays a geologist, was asked why he decided to appear in this film, he said he initially considered it because he "had done a row of quite dark and intense characters" and wanted to try something different. Ultimately, though, it was the opportunity to work with director Adam Wingard, who he describes as smart, lovely and incredible with actors, that actually made him sign up. "When he reached out, the tone of the genre and the movie is much different to the smaller, darker movies I have done. It was a character I was really ready to play. It is a character that is very likeable."
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Toho Company Ltd., the Japanese company that owns Godzilla and produced the original King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), re-edited and released in the US as King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963) intended to produce an immediate sequel to the film titled Continuation: King Kong vs. Godzilla. After a story treatment had been developed it was eventually canceled. Later Toho though about remaking of the film in the early 1990's under the title Godzilla vs. King Kong. However, they were prevented from making the film due to legal issues with Turner Entertainment.
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Before being hired for the film, composer Junkie XL had already written music for Godzilla just for fun. He described himself as a Godzilla fanatic who owned all the films in Japanese. While he was being hired, he mentioned this to director Wingard and showed his what he had composed. For the film he felt that they needed to use the biggest bass drum on the planet.
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When the trailer premiered, the Godzilla and King Kong fan-site, wikizilla.org, went offline due to the amount of traffic generated by visitors wanting to view the trailer.
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Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) was heavily teased in the post-credit scene of the Monsterverse's second film, Kong: Skull Island (2017).
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To prepare for the film, director Adam Wingard said in an interview that he revisited a handful of Godzilla and King Kong films he grew up watching, which revived a sense of empathy he felt for the monsters as a kid. And that emotional element is exactly what he wants to bring to his mega monster crossover: "Some of those Godzilla movies I haven't seen since I was a kid so revisiting them was a lot of fun. To be able to almost go back in time and re-experience what that was like, I was able to directly empathize with that feeling when I really felt like, maybe Godzilla really is going to lose in this movie. That was really important because it helped me remember, going forward on Godzilla vs. King Kong, the kind of feelings people are going to have when they watch it. That's what I want to do, I really want you to take those characters seriously. I want you to be emotionally invested, not just in the human characters, but actually in the monsters. If I had my way, I want people to really be teary-eyed at the end of the movie, and be that invested in to what's going on."
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Running at just 113 minutes (1 hour and 53 minutes), this is the shortest film in the MonsterVerse.
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In June 2019, Warner Bros. Studios Chairman Toby Emmerich sat down with media site Deadline for a chat about running the movie division in light of Kevin Tsujihara's dismissal. Among the many things that he talked about was Godzilla Vs Kong, which came up briefly in discussing the disappointing box-office performance and tepid critical reception of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). The CEO candidly admitted that their aim is to deliver the best possible experience for the fans with Godzilla Vs Kong, which could result in the movie being delayed to later that year. Deadline stated the delay may mean the studio orders reshoots, even though director Adam Wingard already announced a wrap on principal photography. Some people feared delaying the movie from March 2020 to the summer or holiday seasons may also be a mistake because it would put the film in the middle of weekends packed with other blockbusters, which is one reason why Godzilla, King of the Monsters didn't do as well as expected. Then the pandemic hit in March 2020, delaying this and all other films. After a full year, Godzilla vs. Kong was finally released in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously on March 31, 2021 and scored the highest theatrical opening weekend of any film released during the pandemic.
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The giant cobra-like snakes seen in the Hollow Earth are called 'Titanus Warbats', although they were supposedly called 'Nozuki' during pre-production.
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This will be the second film featuring King Kong to star Kyle Chandler. Chandler previously appeared in King Kong (2005), though as a different character.
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Warner Bros. Studio chairman Toby Emmerich announced in June 2019 that the film's release date may be pushed back. "Summer 2019 has proved less lucrative for the studio with the recent lackluster box office of Warners and Legendary tentpole Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which bowed to $49 million in its debut at the North American box office," The Hollywood Reporter wrote. Emmerich said it might come out later in the year, so they can deliver "an A+ movie."
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Before the release of the first trailer, Legendary held a sweepstake for people to win Halloween costumes of the film. When they promoted this on Twitter, they stated, "Win Godzilla and Kong children's costume prize package and your kids can act out the GvK trailer until we finally share the real one", poking fun at the impatient fans who kept demanding a trailer for the film.
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The flying bat-like creatures seen in the Hollow Earth are called 'Titanus Warbat', and are smaller versions of another massive titan called 'Titanus Camazotz', who appears in the upcoming graphic novel 'Kingdom Kong'. The vulture-like creatures are known as Hellhawks.
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This is the 36th film in the Godzilla saga and the 12th film in the King Kong saga.
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When Kong arrives at the source of the energy in his Hollow Earth homeland, he must push open some gigantic stone doors in order to gain entry. The doors and the columns on either side of them are quite similar to the gate Kong pushed open back in the original King Kong (1933).
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In late 2020, Warner Bros announced plans to premiere all its 2021 movies on HBO Max the same day they hit theaters due to the pandemic, including Godzilla vs. Kong. Brief footage was shown of Kong battling Godzilla in a promotional video for HBO Max.
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Kong once again shoves something down Godzilla's throat during their battle, this time an axe handle rather than a tree like he did in King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962).
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In some countries, the film received promotion from Carl's Jr restaurants for Godzilla hamburgers and Kong chicken sandwiches. Many fans pointed out the irony that the original Japanese version of King Kong vs. Godzilla lampooned such commercialism with a line referencing Godzilla yaki (Japanese stir fry dish) in restaurants as well as Kong being paired with chicken, which was a line from the English dub.
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This movie is released 87 years after the first King Kong (1933), 66 years after the first Godzilla (1954), 58 years after the original Japanese King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), 57 years after the American re-edit King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963), 45 years after King Kong (1976) and 16 years after King Kong (2005).
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Godzilla stands approximately 400 feet (121.9 meters) in this this film, growing a couple of feet since the events of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). This is the second time he is depicted standing at 400 feet, after Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (1956). On the other hand, Kong stands at 336 feet (102.4 meters) tall; he previously stood at 104 feet (31.7 meters), which means he grew a total of 232 feet (70.7 meters) between Kong: Skull Island (2017) and this film.
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Much like the original 1954 Godzilla, the original Japanese version of King Kong vs Godzilla was drastically re-edited with new actors and an altered narrative for its American release. The original Japanese film was made as a comedy, satirizing the then-developing Japanese TV industry and the controversies it generated. As explained by the original director Ishirô Honda, "The reason I showed the monster battle through the prism of a ratings war was to depict the reality of the times. When you think of King Kong just plain fighting Godzilla, it is stupid. But how you stage it, the times in which it takes place, that is the thought process of the filmmaker"
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Dr. Nathan Lind is introduced while he is working in the basement of the Denham University of Theoretical Science, as he's an academic outsider due to his seemingly crackpot Hollow Earth theories. The fictional university is likely named after Carl Denham, the character from the original King Kong (and Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005)) who first mounts the expedition to Skull Island because he wants to film a motion picture there.
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Kong gets transported the rest of the way to Antarctica by carrying him via helicopters. This, as director Adam Wingard confirmed, is a direct homage to King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), which featured a scene in which a drugged-out Kong was carried into battle with Godzilla via balloon. What's more, Wingard said he initially didn't want to do anything quite so silly for this film, but there was a gap in the script where they needed to find a way to get Kong from point A to point B.
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One inspiration for the original Japanese film was a pro-wrestling match held between Rikidôzan and his Japanese tag team partners Toyonobori and Great Togo against American challengers Freddie Blassie, Lou Thesz, and Mike Sharpe. This match was aired nationwide on Japanese television, during which Blassie caused a bloody gash on Great Togo. Viewers where so shocked by the gore that many collapsed, and 11 elderly viewers reportedly died of heart attacks. Many Japanese critics would attack the rising popularity of television with social critic Soichi Oya warning that TV was creating a nation of idiots. This match of East vs West and the frenzy surrounding it would serve as an influence on the original film, with the monsters standing in for the wrestlers.
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Kong being chained up in a cargo ship mirrors King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), where he is also tied up and being transported in a barge that is pulled by another ship.
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The film had already generated 1000 pages on the discussion thread in the Toho Kingdom forums a month before being released.
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Director Adam Wingard thought of Godzilla as The Undertaker, the pro-wrestling character and fearsome loner who comes and goes to take on enemies when he needs to. for Kong, Wingard looked to Bruce Willis' John McClane, even giving the big guy a dangerous jump that's also a "Die Hard" homage in the film. "He's this '80s action-hero archetype," he says of Kong. "John McClane is this awesome cop, but it's like one guy versus a bunch of terrorists." And like Willis' good guy, Kong's in a little over his head though he isn't totally outgunned.
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During the fight in Hong Kong, Kong tosses a construction crane at Godzilla while hanging off the top of a skyscraper. This shot hearkens back to the iconic image of Kong gripping the top of the Empire State Building.
Jessica Henwick and Ziyi Zhang had been cast in the movie but their roles ended up being cut. Zhang had appeared in the previous Godzilla movie, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). Lance Reddick also had his role reduced in the editing room.
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The movies title is a reversal of the names from the original with King Kong first and Godzilla second, in this it's Godzilla first and Kong second.
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This is Terry Rossio's first Godzilla movie after his unfilmed screenplay nicknamed Godzilla Vs The Gryphon.
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Toward the end of the credits, we're treated to some stats for a few of the kaiju: Godzilla, Kong, the female MUTO from the 2014 movie, a Skullcrawler from Skull Island, and King of the it shows that Godzilla has a walking speed of 18 miles per hour, and Kong is intelligent and can use tools like axes. Also, the three vanquished monsters' causes of death are listed as "internal combustion," "disembowelment," and "atomic combustion."
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This will be the second film featuring Godzilla to have Lance Reddick, though he only appears in one scene for less than a minute. Reddick previously appeared in Godzilla (1998), which isn't connected to this one.
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Rebecca Hall described her participation as "overwhelming" due to the film being her first project after her pregnancy, but found the experience "thrilling".
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Most of the fights between Godzilla and Kong leave it up in the air as to who would win; largely depending on what environment they're in. Godzilla is able to beat Kong when he has the advantage of being in water. When Kong is given an area to fight Godzilla in with a lot of high-rises to jump on and hide behind (such as a city), he has the advantage. But this is subverted when Godzilla shows he's been holding back this entire time and proceeds to completely decimate Kong even with a field advantage, showing in no uncertain terms he would be the victor by a large margin.
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Brian Tyree Henry described Bernie as a "crackpot" with a level of "heart" and "loyalty". Henry noted that the tragic death of Bernie's wife shaped him to become a conspiracy theorist with a podcast and further elaborated, though he never explains why, with his goal being to "use the tools at his disposal to bring the truth to the people. I always refer to Bernie as Anonymous. He can see the injustices, but no one really listens to him." Due to Bernie's protective nature of Madison and Josh, Henry jokingly likened Bernie to Brienne of Tarth.
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One card in the opening-credits montage is a picture from William "Bill" Randa's 1973 expedition to Skull Island. Randa, played by John Goodman in Kong: Skull Island (2017) first observed Kong on this mission, although he was eventually eaten by a Skullcrawler. His legacy lives on in the Monarch archives.
In the original King Kong (1933) Kong killed a T-Rex by forcing his foe's jaw open and breaking it. Many subsequent Kong movies have had him finish off a monster by using this same move, so it's no surprise that he tries it against Godzilla in their fight although he ultimately fails.
The mysterious APEX Cybernetics company unveils a brand new high-tech anti-gravity craft known as H.E.A.V., which stands for Hollow Earth Aerial Vehicle (or Hollow Earth Anti-gravity Vehicle) is incredibly similar to the popular Super X aerial vehicle that was first introduced in Gojira (1984), since that both visually and functionally, in addition to be equipped with a variety of futuristic weapons, the Super X proved so popular with fans that it was replaced by the superior Super X2 in Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) and the Super X3 in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995). The H.E.A.V. shown in this movie appears to be a modern update of these classic Godzilla vehicles.
Millie Bobby Brown described the film as a coming of age story for her character, noting that the character has "grown up" and become more "independent" since the events of the previous film, stating, "Her storyline has definitely evolved greatly in the way she deals with things, her attitude towards life, how much more stronger of a person". Producer Alex Garcia described Madison as the "advocate for Godzilla in this film" who tries to "vindicate" Godzilla and his reasons.
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When Kong enters the chamber he let's out a roar similar to the roar of the 1976 King Kong
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During his second fight against Godzilla, Kong attempts to kill the King of the Monsters by breaking his jaw, much like how previous incarnations of Kong killed the Meat-Eater, Gorosaurus, the giant snake, and the Vastatosaurus rex, but is less-successful due to Godzilla's atomic breath making it extremely difficult for him to keep his hands near Godzilla's mouth for an extended period of time. MechaGodzilla, on the other hand did this to Anguirus in his debut film and is far more successful in employing it against Godzilla. Had Kong not stepped in when he did, the mech would have combined it with his Breath Weapon and obliterated the King of Monsters.
Adam Wingard offered James Rolfe (best know as the Angry Video Game Nerd) a cameo in the film, but he declined due to the impending birth of his second child
The sight of a despondent Kong locked on a ship that's transporting him across the ocean to an unfamiliar world is almost an exact lift from director John Guillermin's bicentennial monster movie. Likewise, the image at the beginning of the film where Kong is seen bathing in a waterfall recalls the unforgettable sight of Kong bathing Jessica Lange beneath a similar waterfall in the King Kong (1976) Kong's battle with the flying snake-like Warbats in the new movie also duplicates several specific shots from a similar battle Kong fought with a giant snake in the '76 movie.
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Scenes that were in this movie that were cut from the final film are Alan Jonah and his forces being killed by Apex Cybernetics's solider while they are stealing Ghidorah's severed left head from them with Charles Dance reprising his role as Alan Jonah. More scenes with Monarch including it's leader Guillermin and them getting stuff of Kong and Godzilla's first fight. More of Ren Serizawa's relationship with his father Ishiro Serizawa with Ken Watanabe reprising his role of Ishiro and scenes with the characters that were going to be played by Jessica Henwick and Ziyi Zhang.
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Demián Bichir is the second Conjuring actor to star in a Monsterverse film after Vera Farmiga was in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019).
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Kong's old enemies the Skullcrawlers make an appearance where it quickly suffers a worf effect from MechaGodzilla.
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Producer Alex Garcia said the character of Walter Simmons "has risen to a place in the seats of power, and is wanting to help to stem and stop the madness and the destruction. Garcia stated that Walter isn't necessarily a villain or a Machiavellian character but is "a very complex character who believes he's doing the right thing. And he may be, but that's where the mystery at the core of the film comes into play."
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Kong decapitating one of the Warbats and curiously taking a bite of the carcass, much like how he ends up eating the Mire Squid in Kong: Skull Island (2017).
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Julian Dennison described his character as a "nerd" and Madison as his "only friend". Dennison called Josh the "realist in the duo", stating, "he kind of brings it, 'Oh, we shouldn't do that because we'll die.' And she's, 'No, it will be fine.' So, I think they play very well. And they're a very good mix of just craziness".
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In King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), Godzilla is portrayed as a big bully, clapping gleefully when he gets to put the hurt on Kong. Here, Godzilla instigates both fights against Kong, simply because he can't abide the presence of a potential rival and must bring Kong to heel or kill him. The initial fight in the Tasman Sea is Godzilla at the most villainous he's ever been portrayed in the Legendary Series, utterly brutal and merciless as he drags Kong underwater and tries to drown him. For his part, it seems Kong would be perfectly content for Godzilla to just leave him alone.
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None of the characters in Kong: Skull Island (2017) appear in or are even mentioned in this movie. But Joe Morton did appear briefly in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) playing an older Dr. Houston Brooks, the character played by Corey Hawkins in Kong: Skull Island.
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This will be the third Kong movie to be released in the month of March. King Kong (1933) was released on March 2, 1933; Kong: Skull Island (2017) was released on March 10, 2017.
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Mechagodzilla kills the Skullcrawler (and then later attempts to finish off Godzilla) with it's atomic breath similar to when Godzilla finished off the MUTO in the first MonsterVerse movie by blasting his atomic breath right down the MUTO's throat, a move the films opening credits refer to as "the kiss of death." Mechagodzilla does the same thing here.
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In the trailer, Godzilla's attack on the aircraft carrier convoy is accompanied by the eerie vocalizations of György Ligeti's Requiem, just like the HALO jump scene from Godzilla (2014).
In the script to Jan De Bont's attempt at a Godzilla film in the 90s, as well as a few pieces of concept art, Godzilla is mentioned and shown to be able to move about on all fours in a few scenes. In this movie, an enraged Godzilla chases after Kong on all fours. Ironically, the screen story was developed by Terry Rossio who co-wrote the 90s unused script.
Two times MechaGodzilla is supposed to be inactive, it's eye glows and emits a sound non-unlike the ORCA which seems to signal Godzilla. Ren also kills the test Skull Crawler the same way Ghidorah beat Rodan. It turns out Ghidorah is still very much alive in there and he possesses MechaGodzilla once its complete.
During the first confrontation between the two Titans, Godzilla, after plowing through one of the escort ships, gets the anchor of one half caught on his tail, causing him to drag it behind him. As he approaches the ship carrying Kong, the only indication of his (underwater) presence is the ship being dragged on the surface, much like the shark dragging the barrels in Jaws (1975).
When Madison and Josh ask what is in the flask, Bernie says it is filled with "Katzunari single malt whiskey." A reference to Godzilla film suit actor Kazunari Mori since "Katzunari" is just "Kazunari" with a "t" shoved in. the character Mori played: MechaGodzilla. Not only did the flask and its contents tease how the main villain will be defeated, its fictional brand name teases the identity of said villain.
Every scene of Kong not in the Hollow Earth has Kong desperately fighting for his life, not there by his own will, in peril from the elements he is not prepared for and just not having a good time overall. All of this hammers that his home is in the Hollow Earth and there is nothing for him elsewhere.
It is possible the Warbats are a reference to the Giant Boa from Paramount Pictures King Kong.
This is Millie Bobby Brown's and Kyle Chandler's second Monsterverse movie, after Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). This is also Kyle Chandler's second movie featuring Kong, after Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005), although that film is not connected with this one.
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In King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) Kong gets a little extra juice so that he has something that can compete with Godzilla's atomic breath. After Godzilla knocks out Kong, a bolt of lightning strikes the big ape, reviving him and giving him "electric fingertips" so he can shock the King of the Monsters. It doesn't happen in this film but Kong is revived when Dr. Nathan Lind uses a H.E.A.V. to defibrillate him so he's still getting powered up by electricity in a way.
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Apex's ships used in the movie are named H.E.A.V. It's short for Hollow Earth Anti-gravity Vehicle.
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Apparently Jia, an orphan of Skull Island, shares a unique bond with Kong, but the film also suggests that she may have a psychic connection with Godzilla as well. While transporting Kong across the ocean, she's able to sense Godzilla's underwater approach and rushes to warn the rest of the ship. The psychic link between humans and kaiju has been explored in several other Godzilla movies of the past, particularly in the reoccurring character of Miki Saegusa, played by Megumi Odaka. Saegusa was an instructor at an institution for psychic children, and - like Jia - was able to telepathically communicate with Godzilla in six films from the Heisei era. Jia is also the latest addition to a long line of children in kaiju films who share a special connection with giant monster, like "Son of Godzilla" and "All Monsters Attack."
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Shun Oguri described Ren's goal as trying to "protect the Earth", however, the means to his goal differ from "everyone else, and his father". Oguri noted that Ren "sort of" followed in his father's footsteps but stated "he doesn't believe he was heard by his father".
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Alexander Skarsgård played Tarzan, a character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs who also wrote a series of books that take place in Pellucidar. Pellucidar is his name for a land at the earth's center, much like Hollow Earth in this film.
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The trailer features a scene resembling one from the 2014 Godzilla movie, with Godzilla making a beeline towards a battleship. Unlike in the 2014 movie, where Godzilla dove under it at the last moment, the trailer shows him ripping it to shreds with his dorsal plates.
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Mechagodzilla's second live-action appearance since Ready Player One (2018), where it was shown as a video game avatar.
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Eiza González described her role as a "very smart woman behind a company". She also described the film as "slightly comedic".
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Several new monsters are seen during the film's Hollow Earth sequence, and one of them appears somewhat similar to a familiar kaiju from Godzilla's Showa era. The reptilian creature in question briefly enters from the right side of the screen and eats a giant crab that's passing by. With its chonky body, roughly scaled back, and flat-faced head, this lumbering four-legged beast bares a passing resemblance to the beloved Baragon, who costarred in Toho's "Destroy All Monsters" and "Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack." Although it doesn't sport Baragon's floppy ears and forehead horn, perhaps this kaiju is a baby Baragon of some kind Or it's a Baragon of a different sex than the original. Since Baragon was a subterranean burrower, the fact that this new creature also dwells beneath the Earth could be a further connection with the original.
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A fictional university featured in this film is named after Carl Denham, one of the central characters who is responsible for removing Kong from Skull Island in the original King Kong (1933).
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Before helping Godzilla fight Mechagodzilla, Kong pops his shoulder back into place after it was dislocated a reference to Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) where Riggs can dislocate and relocate his shoulder at will.
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Alexander Skarsgard had played Tarzan in 2016's The Legend of Tarzan, in the comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen created by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill the characters of Tarzan, King Kong, and Godzilla exist in its universe.
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Despite his prominence role in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), echo-terrorist Alan Jonah (Charles Dance) never appears in this movie, and his name isn't mentioned.
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The movie was released on Brian Tyree Henry's birthday.
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Godzilla theme in this movie borrows the main que from the original King Kong vs Godzilla
In the opening sequence, Godzilla's Monarch profile briefly plays a Stock Footage clip of him delivering the Kiss of Death upon Femuto. At the climax of the film, this is how MechaGodzilla almost kills Godzilla before Kong stops him.
In the opening title sequence, when Godzilla and Kong's stats are being compared, the only Titan defeated by Kong that gets a 3D-image profile highlighted to the audience is the Skullcrawlers whereas both Femuto and Ghidorah who were defeated by Godzilla respectively get their 3D profiles highlighted. Besides basically being a previously on.. which sums up the previous MonsterVerse films' big bads, this foreshadows a few things in the film. Two of those big bads make a surprise return in the film: the Skullcrawlers when Team Godzilla unexpectedly happen across Skullcrawler eggs in Apex Cybernetics' possession and later encounter a Ramarak-sized adult, and Ghidorah when whatever's left of its mind in its skull awakens and takes over MechaGodzilla's programming, essentially making Ghidorah the main threat again. It also points out that Godzilla has had more experience defeating other Titans in the previous films, and one of them was a rival Alpha Titan whereas Kong has never fought another Alpha before now; foreshadowing that Godzilla has more extensive combat experience and that he's the ultimate winner of the title conflict once he gets serious.
When Madison is driving the van, you can briefly hear Bernie's radio transmission mention that psionic link technology is real. This ends up being critical in the climax.
"Robotics. The human mind. Artificial intelligence." Foreshadows what Apex Cybernetics is secretly building, A Humongous Mecha, which we next learn is using an organic mind (specifically Ghidorah's neural tissue) to locomote, and then the Mecha becomes autonomous of the humans and does that thing that Artificial Intelligences are known for doing.
Kong rips Mechagodzilla's head off, brandishing it with a dangling spinal column and roaring in a shot reminiscent of Predator (1987) (specifically, Predator 2 (1990), the City Hunter with Jerry Lambert's skull). Kong's roar at this moment even sounds a bit like a Predator's victory howl.
This wouldn't be the first time a Legendary film saw a human-created mecha controlled using a kaiju brain going rogue and creating havoc, as Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) featured a kaiju/Jaeger hybrid called Obsidian Fury.
The entire first fight between Godzilla and Kong is a whole scene shout out to "Neon Genesis Evangelion", which did the same exact scene 26 years earlier. And later on, when Ren questions how the injection of the Hollow Earth energy into "the mecha" might negatively affect it, Simmons just tells him to "get in the goddamn chair".
Just like the original film, there are two encounters between Kong and Godzilla; the first one ends with Kong reluctantly forfeit, and the second one has with the victor swimming out to sea at the end (Kong in the original, Godzilla in this one). During the climactic duel, Kong is taken out of commission by Godzilla but revived and empowered by electricity again, although by a deliberate, man-made source (itself a nod to King Kong Lives (1986)) rather than a coincidental bolt of lightning this time.
There's also a couple of references to Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974): *The overall plot of a normally benevolent Godzilla suddenly and inexplicably becoming destructive is taken right from the movie, and in both cases MechaGodzilla is the reason. *Although that time it was an imposter wearing a Godzilla disguise, while this time, it's because Godzilla's enraged at MechaGodzilla being built and trying to stop it from happening. *Godzilla and MechaGodzilla once again have a beam fight and the former gets overpowered easily as he did in their original clash. *MechaGodzilla tears apart a minor kaiju character in his introductory appearance before he fights Godzilla, just like in his first film appearance (Anguirus there and a Skullcrawler here), although it's much more brutal here. *MechaGodzilla first explodes out of a mountain and is finally defeated when he has his head twisted off, although Kong is the one to do it here, instead of Godzilla. *Once again Godzilla has to team up with a mammalian kaiju to defeat MechaGodzilla, first with King Caesar and now with Kong. *The Azumi Princess has a vision predicting MechaGodzilla, saying he'll trample on people who try to run away, and the vision uses King Ghidorah in place of MechaGodzilla. Not only is this MechaGodzilla literally King Ghidorah, he also does exactly that as he's charging at Godzilla. MechaGodzilla also emerges from a black mountain tall enough to be above the clouds, which was the omen of his arrival in the prophecy predicting him.
A non-King Kong vs. Godzilla example comes in the fact that it's not the first time MechaGodzilla was created using the leftover severed head of a version of King Ghidorah -- it also happened in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II or using the remains of another monster.
The film follows the manga adaptation even more closely than this, where, just like here, the Ghidorah component of MechaGodzilla overrides its programming and brutally savages Godzilla, and Godzilla is only saved by the assistance of another kaiju (Fire Rodan there, Kong here).
MechaGodzilla is partly constructed from a kaiju's skeletal remains and ends up overcome by primal kaiju instincts and goes on a rampage, just like in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.
A mad scientist has Kong transported from his island home to a polar region in order to uncover a powerful radioactive material hidden underground, Kong gets airlifted by helicopters, saves a hovercraft from a giant snake monster, and at the end Kong smashes apart a giant mecha in a major Asian city, with a happy ending for him. Call back to Godzilla vs. Kong and King Kong Escapes
It's mentioned briefly near the beginning and near the middle that Skull Island has been rendered more or less inhospitable by a powerful storm, just like at the end of The Son of Kong and like in the Manual materials for the universe of the 2005 film where a storm was partly what caused the island to sink beneath the waves.
Kong's heart starts to fail after his brutal smackdown at the end, with emphasis on his fading heartbeats, just like the end of King Kong (1976) (and calling back to the use of recycling of the '76 sound-effect for Godzilla's spines charging up in the prior film).
Kong accidentally provokes a swarm of nesting hellhawks that attack him en masse by roaring after the Jia's threatened, just like in King Kong (2005) with the Terapusmordax.
The silvery, super-advanced hovercrafts invented by Apex Cybernetics, the HEAVs, bring to mind the similar superweapons which Godzilla has faced off against in the past, in particular the Super-X, or even the Hover Car from King Kong Escapes.
The Nozuki/Warbat attempting to constrict Kong marks the fifth time a serpentine creature has wrapped itself around the great ape, after the plesiosaur in the original, the sea serpent in Toho's version, the giant python in the De Laurentiis film, and Ramarak from Kong: Skull Island.
The location of a Hollow Earth ecosystem populated by giant prehistoric monsters was never a new concept for Godzilla. The unmade 1955 film, Bride of Godzilla, used this exact idea. And just like Bride of Godzilla, there are minor serpent, lizard, and avian/bat-like monsters that dwell there, plus a Humongous Mecha made to fight Godzilla is present.
The first fight between Godzilla and Kong has strong parallels to a similar sequence in 'Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth'. In both cases, a kaiju is taken from its tropical island and attacked by Godzilla midway through its voyage, and reluctantly set loose by the humans and then fights Godzilla in a rather one-sided battle where at one point they leap off a boat to avoid being hit by his atomic breath.
The Monarch officer present on Skull Island at the beginning played by Lance Reddicknote is named 'Guillermin', a reference to John Guillermin, the director for King Kong (1976) and King Kong Lives (1986).
Ghidorah (or rather its remains) going from being the Big Bad operating on Ghidorah's own agenda in the previous film to in this film being subjugated by the hi-tech human antagonists (or so they believe) to act as a Kaiju weapon, is akin to the demoted to dragon that the Toho movies' version of King Ghidorah suffered by human aliens after the dragon's original appearance. While Ghidorah's subconsciousness hijacking MechaGodzilla with minimal external aid and causing the Mecha to destroy its masters seems like a revamp to tie into the humans are flawed aesop, and to avoid the villain decay which afflicted the Toho films' Ghidorah by maintaining Ghidorah is eviler.
Kong eating fish is reference to the critically panned Tristar Godzilla (1998) film, as Zilla's appetite is sated by "a lot of fish." Also Godzilla pulling a ship (or half a ship) underwater by its anchor is likely a reference to the sequence in the '98 Tristar film where Godzilla pulls the three fishing boats under by their net lines (notably, this was the only scene from Rossio and Elliot's original script that was kept in the final film).
This isn't the first time that Kong is found to have learned to understand and speak sign language, after humans initially believing that he didn't understand; it also occurred in King Kong (2005).
This isn't the first time a young girl 'spoke' for a monster, as the Godzilla series is full of young women who serve as the voice for the monsters; usually though it is psychic powers, not sign langauge.
Jia telling Kong to "be careful", before fighting a mechanical doppelganger of a kaiju happens both in this movie and an episode of The King Kong Show
Kong's species is revealed to originate from the Hollow Earth, which is also where they came from in Kong: King of the Apes.
Kong popping his dislocated shoulder back into place before going to help Godzilla, is a reference to Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) and the second two sequels, where Riggs can dislocate and relocate his shoulder at will.
The way Kong jumps off the ship to avoid Godzilla's atomic breath, is similar to Die Hard (1988) when John McClane jumps off the Nakatomi building tied to a fire hose to avoid an explosion.
Kong stays in a Monarch containment outpost #236. He skewered a section of its holographic ceiling by throwing a tree at it, specifically "Sector 7G." . Many entertainment combatants have gone by the nickname "King Kong," including the Cuban boxer Luis Ortiz and the professional American wrestler Scott Thompson. One of Ortiz' biggest fights was against American heavyweight Deontay Wilder. They fought in 2018 and arranged a rematch for 2019. Before the 2019 match, Luis "King Kong" Ortiz weighed 236 pounds. Coincidentally Pro Wrestling Illustrated named Scott "King Kong" Thompson the 236th top single wrestler in 1993. The Sector 7G reference, is a reference to The Simpsons as Homer works in Sector 7-G of the Springfield power Plant. Homer causes the nuclear reactor meltdown almost daily, and Kong fights a walking nuclear lizard in the movie. Also one of the Treehouse of Horror episode segments was called "King Homer."
MechaGodzilla's rampaging sentience is actually a reference to the third generation of MechaGodzilla, nicknamed Kiryu. Unlike previous generations, which were purely mechanical, Kiryu is constructed out of metal plates, weapons, and cables, as well as the original Godzilla's skeleton. And, for some reason, cybernetic necromancy lets the spirit of the original Godzilla temporarily control Kiryu and go on a rampage fueled by its hi-tech weapons. That's basically what happens in this film, but the movie implies that this time King Ghidorah is in the driver's seat.
When Kong washes himself under the waterfall, it references King Kong (1976) when he washes Dawn under a waterfall.
Kong relocating his dislocated shoulder is a reference to Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) and it's two sequels where Riggs can dislocate and relocate his shoulder at will.
Second Alexander Skarsgard film with a gorilla, first time was when he played the title character in The Legend of Tarzan (2016) who was raised by gorillas.
During the making of the film the two main Titans as well as MechaGodzilla and the Skullcrawler were represented by tennis balls and lasers.
Judas Priest's "Breaking The Law" plays on the radio when Josh Valentine picks up Madison Russell in his brother's van. Funnily enough, the song's title sums up the rest of their story; they break into Apex Cybernetics' facility in Florida and go on a whistleblowing journey.
Godzilla and Kong's battle in Hong Kong showcase skyscrapers lit top to bottom in neon lights. Compared to the dreary, smoke filled wreckage in the last two Godzilla movies it comes across looking much more like a primetime wrestling match than a desperate battle for the fate of the planet. When Godzilla really lays into Kong most of the skyscrapers have powered down in the destruction. And when MechaGodzilla rears its head it's daytime and all the neon is gone, going back to dreary battles for the planet. On top of that the mech is never seen outside its creation laboratory or a city, bringing in how artificial the creation is.
Nathan Lind is set up as the main protagonist for Kong's storyline, but he doesn't do that much. If anything, the protagonist is Kong himself, who gets a good bit of Character Development and focus.
In a recent interview, director Adam Wingard said that the first cut of the film was five hours long, but he couldn't use most of the footages. He later said that he was satisfied with the final existing cut as it wrapped up the story.
The other Titans are listed as "Defeated" in the opening, but nothing more of their status or whereabouts is explained, with only Ramarak and the Muto pair explicitly stated as dead. Given how the opening lists the monsters like previous fights in a championship tournament, it's likely nothing more than a Credits Gag to fit with the whole "match of the century" theme of the movie. The tie-in comic Godzilla Dominion has Godzilla instructing the titans to go underground after sensing Ghidorah's brain is still alive.
When Kong rips off MechaGodzilla's head, oil splashes on the screen.
The finale of the film strangely resonates Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), where two superpowered individuals defeat one another (Godzilla takes Kong in this film and Batman takes Superman in BvS) and later reconcile and fight a human and extraterrestrial cross-species antagonist (Mechagodzilla has the blood of King Ghidorah and Doomsday carried the essence of General Zod).
Godzilla leaves the same way he did at the end of Godzilla (2014). After all the fighting is said and done, Godzilla simply swims off into the water and out of sight.
Kong pops his dislocated shoulder back into place before going to help Godzilla, a reference to Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) as Riggs can dislocate and relocate his shoulder at will.
Kong's roar is made from mixes of lions, leopards, monkeys, gorillas and even elephants. When Kong enters a temple to get his axe, he emits a sound that is similar to the roar that Kong had in the 1976 film.
When Godzilla first attacks Kong, there appears to be a tribute to Jaws (1975). Godzilla breaks a ship in half and the anchor and bow attach to his tail. When Kong is looking at the water for Godzilla, the bow of the ship appears, moves towards him and is then pulled under the water, echoing the scene in Jaws after Quint has fired the first barrel into the shark. When the bow of the ship is pulled under the water by Godzilla you can even hear the faint sound of a buoy bell ringing. That sound was used prominently in Jaws
Godzilla's physical design largely hasn't changed. Adam Wingard liked the update done by Mike Dougherty with the maple leaf design of the dorsal fins. However, he did contemplate making his head a little bigger but decided against it as to keep the visual consistency of the character that audiences recognized from the previous film.
The way the Hellhawks fly and attack are somewhat similar to the Terapusmordax in the 2005 King Kong film.
the Warbats can be heard making high-pitched screeches that sound similar to the screams of the Nazgul, or Ring-Wraiths, in The Lord of the Rings.
The Warbats share some resemblances with King Cobra from Godzilla: The Series.
These Hollow Earth lizard appear to be a reference to the giant lizard from King Kong vs. Godzilla.
Because of its size and appearance, the Hollow Earth lizard almost resembles the Foetodon from the 2005 remake of King Kong.
At one point, Mechagodzilla's proton scream briefly sparks with blue and yellow energy. This results in a very similar aesthetic to the space beams of the first Mechagodzilla.
Mechagodzilla's design being built around the organic components of deceased monsters was previously used in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.
Kong decapitating Mechagodzilla is very similar to the way Godzilla twisted and ripped Mechagodzilla's head off in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.
Mechagodzilla's tail drill is both a reference to the Showa Mechagodzilla's unisot tail blade and Kiryu's drill hand from Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S..
Mechagodzilla combines various aspects of previous incarnations such as the Showa films (villainous and designed to usurp Godzilla as King of the Monsters), Heisei (has ties to an incarnation of King Ghidorah), and Kiryu (uses a bio-computer, goes berserk, and surprisingly agile). It also borrows character elements from the scrapped kaiju Berserk (taken over by some force and turning against its creators).
Mechagodzilla was portrayed through CGI. The only part that was portrayed in live action was the cockpit in which the pilot controls the mechanical beast.
In the opening sequence, Godzilla's Monarch profile briefly plays a Stock Footage clip of him delivering the 'Kiss of Death' upon Femuto. At the climax of the film, this is how MechaGodzilla almost kills Godzilla before Kong saves him.
In the opening title sequence, when Godzilla and Kong's stats are being compared, the only Titans defeated by Kong that gets a 3D-image profile highlighted to the audience are the Skullcrawlers and mire squid whereas both Femuto and Ghidorah who were defeated by Godzilla respectively get their 3D profiles highlighted. this foreshadows a few things in the film. Two of those Big Bads make a surprise return in the film: the Skullcrawlers when Team Godzilla unexpectedly happen across Skullcrawler eggs in Apex Cybernetics' possession and later encounter a Ramarak-sized adult, and Ghidorah when whatever's left of its mind in its skull awakens and takes over MechaGodzilla's programming, essentially making Ghidorah the main threat again. It also points out that Godzilla has had more experience defeating other Titans in the previous films, and one of them was a rival Alpha Titan whereas Kong has never fought another Alpha before now; foreshadowing that Godzilla has more extensive combat experience and that he's the ultimate winner of the title conflict once he gets serious.
When Madison and Josh is driving the van, you can briefly hear Bernie's radio transmission mention that psionic link technology is real. This ends up being critical in the climax.
"Robotics. The human mind. Artificial intelligence." Foreshadowing when it turns out Apex Cybernetics is secretly built Mechagodzilla which we next learn is using an organic mind (specifically Ghidorah's neural tissue) to locomote, and then the Mecha becomes autonomous of the humans and does that thing that Artificial Intelligences are known for doing.
There was a scene were Nathan Lind was obsessed with the film Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) and he gave this exposition at a bar before Simmons arrived, but it wound up on the cutting room floor.
The film was so well-loved during the United States' Opening Weekend that #ContinueTheMonsterverse trended on social media for an entire day, with fans begging Legendary to continue the series. It even got the attention of both Kong: Skull Island (2017) director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who backed the movement, and even Legendary Pictures themselves.
The hollow earth lizard can also be a reference to Anguirus, a godzilla classic kaiju. It's roars follow a screeching sound which are similar to Anguirus' roar. It may also be possible that the lizard isn't fully grown.
Speaking to Dreadcentral, director Adam Wingard revealed that the original plans had been to include a post-credits stinger, but the scene ended up just being used elsewhere. "We actually did shoot a post-credit scene. but we ended up using the footage in the movie itself. We never actually edited it as a post-credit scene; it kind of got cannibalized and ended up sort of being the end of the movie. We used it in a slightly different context than it was originally shot for." , when asked why they didn't just shoot a new one, The director actually had a very refreshing answer for that. "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. But 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. Just because you have a [shared] universe it doesn't mean you have to do all the things that Marvel does. And ultimately I think it's better with sequels to not pigeonhole yourself. 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."
When Madison (Millie Bobbie Brown) is at school watching the news bulletin of Godzilla attacking the Apex facility, there is a poster in the top left corner that bears striking resemblance to a Godzilla 2014' poster.
When Nathan Lind meets Walter Simmons, Lind shows Simmons a magazine with Ilene Andrews in the cover, which is titled "The Kong Whisperer". It refers The Horse Whisperer (1998), based on the 1995 Nick Evans' novel book.
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In a key scene Nathan Lind, played by Alexander Skarsgård, says they need "enough electricity to power Las Vegas for a week". Alexander Skarsgård also plays Randy Flagg in latest adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. In The Stand, Flagg rules a post pandemic Las Vegas which is brilliantly lit with power.
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In a key part new the climax, Alexander Skarsgård's character , Dr. Nathan Lind, says they will need enough energy to "power Las Vegas for a week". Skarsgard also plays Randal Flagg in the latest adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand (2020). In it, Flagg rules from a well powered post-apocalyptic Las Vegas.
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Denham University is named after Carl Denham from the 1933 film King Kong.
MechaGodzilla is introduced being risen out of the ground on a pedestal, is presented as humanity's replacement for Godzilla (who stands in for God), and is ultimately the avatar for Ghidorah (Satan) to sow destruction. MechaGodzilla is essentually a false idol.
MechaGodzilla's tail drill is reminiscent of the Dragonzord's/Dragon Caesar's from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers / Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, which itself had been inspired by Showa-Era MechaGodzilla.
Godzilla seeking out MechaGodzilla because of the threat it actually poses brings to mind the second AniGoji continuity film Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018), where Godzilla Earth was trying to find Mechagodzilla City in order to destroy it because of its assimilation properties posing a Grey Goo apocalyptic threat. Here, Godzilla seeks out MechaGodzilla because it's been created using Ghidorah's remains and is directly exploiting Ghidorah's still-partly-living telepathic neurology to function, giving the three-headed destroyer's subconsciousness a chance to threaten the world again.
Director Adam Wingard stated that the "fight" will have a clear winner, in contrast to the fight in the original film from 1962/1963.
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Upon short-circuiting, MechaGodzilla makes some unmistakable Ghidorah cackles recognizable from Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019) hinting at his true identity.
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Kong's axe Is made from the dorsal fin of a Godzilla ancestor.
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Although Mecha Godzilla is seen being controlled by neurological transmissions from King Ghidorah's brain and piloted by Ren Serizawa, the original version from Toho was sent and controlled by Aliens in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974).
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Early looks and leaked images of the Playmates toyline revealed the Warbats, Hellhawks, and Mechagodzilla well before they debuted in first official trailer, with the official reveals of the Playmates and Funko Pop toys of the latter occurring before it made a full debut in any of the trailers.
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This is the first time where Kong fights Mecha Godzilla in any monster movie.
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Most of the titans seen in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) appear as 'defeated' in a computer screen during the opening credits.
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Using electricity to help Kongs heart "jump start" could be a direct nod to original King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) as Kong was hurt, lightening strikes energized him and help him fight Godzilla.
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The movie imagines a wilderness land inside Earth's crust named Hollow Earth. It's a large and ancient myth with a huge diffusion as urban legend. According with it, in a point between Earth's core and surface would exist a realm not affected by the human evolution, keeping it as in the prehistory which included dinosaurs and another animals in a primitive state, being the main inspiration for uncountable novel books, movies, mini-series and TV series about it.
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The 1st time Kong charges the axe, it is done on the throat of a godzilla marked on the floor beneath the throne in the hollow earth. This foreshadows how a godzilla could charge the axe (since they have the same energy source apparently), which it does at the end in the Mechagodzilla fight. It shows they do share a similar home/orgin if the throne room of the Kongs has a glowing Godzilla artwork on the floor.
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MechaGodzilla forcing Godzilla's jaws open and charging up his red atomic breath implies that he was attempting to kill Godzilla with the same finishing move that Godzilla himself did to the female Muto in the first film.
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When Mechagodzilla is being activated after outbreaking it's power signature, one can hear Gidorah like screams blending with the mechanical and electrical whining.
When Kong enters his ancient home, his roar echoes that of his 1976 counterpart.
Shun Oguri's Hollywood film feature debut and by extension, his English language film debut.
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MechaGodzilla is, in essence, a partially resurrected King Ghidorah due to his brain being integrated into it. This becomes a clear problem once MechaGodzilla rebels, kills his creators, and actively begins seeks revenge against Godzilla for the events of the previous film.
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In this film, Kong faces off against Mechagodzilla. Something Kong has never done previously on film. However, Kong has squared off with a Mechanized Kong in the Japanese film King Kong Escapes (1967).
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During their final duel, Kong attempts his trademark "jaw snapper" finishing move, first demonstrated during his iconic battle with the T-Rex in King Kong (1933). However the battle-hardened Godzilla outmaneuvers or outmuscles it each time. Mechagodzilla, on the other hand, is not so lucky.
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First movie where Kong is shown to be intelligent, after to learn signs language with the help of Jia.
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There was much pre-release speculation on the film's major plot points, many of which were proven correct. *Few believed Godzilla's face-heel turn was genuine, with a common theory being that MechaGodzilla was involved, either framing Godzilla for the attacks or Godzilla's hunt for MechaGodzilla being misinterpreted as unprovoked aggression. The latter turns out to be precisely the case. *Many believed the remains of King Ghidorah were a factor in the creation of MechaGodzilla. Ghidorah's skull, brain, and telepathic communication essentially form MechaGodzilla's operating system. *Once MechaGodzilla was revealed, many began to wonder if Kong wasn't actually fighting it in a Godzilla disguise. Some speculated that real Godzilla and Kong would have the bulk of the movie's fights, otherwise the title would be terribly misleading. Kong is indeed fighting the real Godzilla every time; MechaGodzilla is never in any kind of disguise *few took the "One Will Fall" Tagline very seriously, doubting the film would end with the death of either Godzilla or Kong. Both Titans survive the film and agree to stay out of each others way.
The plot contains several direct echoes from Toho's classic mid-70s double-feature of "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla" and "Terror of Mechagodzilla." In each film, Godzilla is initially perceived as a destructive threat, but is eventually revealed to be a relatively innocent victim of mistaken identity. Also during the monster fights in each movie, Godzilla and Mechagodzilla fire their atomic breaths directly at each other at exactly the same moment and the two atomic blasts battle for dominance, with Mechagodzilla's winning each time. Also, in each film, including the new one, Mechagodzilla is defeated with a beheading. In the Toho movies, it's Godzilla who rips his metallic opponent's head off. But in this film it's Kong rips it's head off.
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Much of the action takes place in a subterranean world known as Hollow Earth; a cavernous region located deep below the planet's crust that's filled with miraculous sights and deadly monsters. Although clearly inspired by the science-fiction novels of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs, ancient underground civilizations are not new to the Godzilla franchise. In some ways, Hollow Earth resembles Seatopia, a vast nation hidden beneath the Earth's surface that was introduced in Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973). Both films present secret realms where human-like societies existed in relative harmony with their kaiju overlords.
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While there are several contenders over the course of the film, including Godzilla himself, MechaGodzilla (which is Ghidorah in spirit) turns out to be the true antagonist once it goes rogue.
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Godzilla attacked Hong Kong in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995). That's the movie during which Godzilla "dies" because he's basically having a nuclear meltdown, leading to the glowing, "burning" Godzilla that Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) borrowed for its grand finale.
Godzilla has blue atomic breath, MechaGodzilla has red.
The same artist, who designed MechaGodzilla for Ready Player One, re-designed MechaGodzilla for this film. Artist credit -Jared Krichevsky-
The original Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla (1974) was released in Germany with the title 'King Kong gegen Godzilla' (King Kong vs Godzilla). MechaGodzilla was called King Kong in the dubbed german version of the movie.