MonsterVerse

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The MonsterVerse, sometimes called the Legendary era or Legendary series by fans, is a series of giant monster films featuring Godzilla and King Kong produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. The MonsterVerse began in 2014 with Godzilla, and was followed by Kong: Skull Island in 2017. Two more films, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong, are planned for release in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Films

Godzilla Series

Legendary Pictures acquired the rights to produce an American Godzilla film after being approached by producer Brian Rogers, who was attempting to secure funding for Yoshimitsu Banno's new Godzilla project Godzilla 3D to the MAX during the current hiatus in Toho's Godzilla series. Legendary opted to produce its own feature-length American Godzilla film rather than Banno's short IMAX film, and negotiated with Toho to acquire the rights. Legendary released Godzilla in 2014, and the film's success led to the greenlighting of a sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, with a targeted 2019 release date, as well as a crossover film with King Kong in 2020.

King Kong Series

After ending its partnership with Warner Bros., Legendary entered a distribution deal with Universal Pictures and began production of a new King Kong film titled Kong: Skull Island. However, Legendary was interested in the possibility of a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla pitting their version of Godzilla against Kong. Legendary moved the project away from Universal and back to Warner Bros., who would continue to collaborate with them on the Godzilla series, and set it in the same universe as 2014's Godzilla to enable the crossover film Godzilla vs. Kong for 2020.

Other Media

In addition to the films, Legendary and Warner Bros. have licensed additional MonsterVerse-related media, including books and video games.

Books

Video Games

Monsters Introduced

Images

See Also

Trivia

  • All of the films in Legendary's MonsterVerse are set to be distributed by Warner Bros. (except in Japan, where Toho will distribute the Godzilla films), despite Legendary's current distribution partner being Universal Pictures. This is because Toho's deal with Legendary to grant them the Godzilla license was made exclusively with it and Warner Bros.
  • The MonsterVerse is the first series in which Godzilla does not deliberately cause destruction in the first film. While Godzilla was portrayed as the protagonistic monster in the first film of the Millennium series, Godzilla 2000: Millennium, he was still depicted causing destruction and attacking humans, while the Godzilla in Legendary Pictures' Godzilla is never seen intentionally causing destruction or threatening human characters, though he does cause minor destruction as a byproduct of his size.
  • The MonsterVerse will feature the first meeting between Godzilla and King Kong since the Showa series.
  • The MonsterVerse so far features seven actors who have also appeared in or will appear in films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Corey Hawkins, Brie Larson and John C. Reilly.
  • Despite being kaiju films also produced by Legendary Pictures, the 2013 film Pacific Rim and its upcoming sequel are not part of the MonsterVerse, as they are not part of the same continuity as Legendary's Godzilla and Kong films, and any future Pacific Rim films are set to be distributed by Universal instead of Warner Bros.

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SkullIsland

7 days ago
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I wish people would stop promoting Kong: Skull island and Godzilla vs Kong with the 2005 King Kong design.
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SkullIsland

6 days ago
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People are really pushing for a Pacific rim-MonsterVerse crossover

https://m.yo...=N9RSGI1pYlE
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Deathrock9

24 days ago
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I'm fine with the name change now. It's not as bad as I'd originally thought.
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SkullIsland

25 days ago
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Universal studios also has a MonsterVerse but its with movies like Frankenstein and the mummy rather than kaiju.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

25 days ago
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Yeah, that cracks me up. Since Legendary got a slight head start on them, I guess they'll have to change the name.
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Deathrock9

one month ago
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This era looks like it is gonna have a lot of monsters in it now thanks to the upcoming Skull Island film. That makes me very happy as this would have been somewhat of a boring era if the two MUTOs were the only new monsters. Then again, it wouldn't have bothered me too much if this era only had Godzilla, MUTOs, Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah and Kong because it's gonna be awesome seeing them all come back with new updated designs on a larger budget.
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SkullIsland

one month ago
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Justia trademarks has listed something called a Skulldevil i think that is the giant tentacled monster.
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MosuFan2004

2 months ago
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I freakin' love the MonsterVerse name.
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Gerdzerl Kinerfdamahnsters

2 months ago
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Agreed, it's pretty catchy!
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Deathrock9

2 months ago
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You'll eventually come to your senses and realize that it sucks.
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SkullIsland

6 days ago
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Some people call it the Legend-Verse
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Deathrock9

2 months ago
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I've got to congratulate Legendary on giving the new era such a horrible, atrocious name.
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MosuFan2004

7 months ago
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(MY OPINIONS) Godzilla (2014) -- AWESOME Pacific Rim ------ AWESOME

King Kong (2005) - KINDA GOOD
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
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King Kong (2005) and Pacific Rim aren't part of the Legendary era...

Also, King Kong (2005) wasn't even made by Legendary.
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MosuFan2004

7 months ago
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Omg i through King Kong (2005) is made by Legendary, kill me plz.
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Magara M&E

2 months ago
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Lol
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SkullIsland

4 days ago
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that's an easy mistake to make with everyone still promoting the Skull island movie with the 2005 design. At first I thought they would use the 2005 design in the movie but we got one that was even better.