Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - The Official Movie Novelization

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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire -
The Official Movie Novelization
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Author(s) Greg Keyes
Publisher
Publish date
  • March 29, 2024 (audiobook)[1]
  • April 16, 2024 (ebook)[2]
  • April 23, 2024 (print)[2]
Pages 320[2]
ISBN ISBN-10: 1803368101
ISBN-13: 978-1803368108
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - The Official Movie Novelization is the novelization of the 2024 Legendary Pictures film Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, written by Greg Keyes. It was released first in audiobook form by Blackstone Publishing, narrated by Tim Campbell, on March 29, 2024.[1] Titan Books will publish it as an ebook on April 16, and as a paperback on April 23.[2]

Description

The official novelization of the blockbuster Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, the latest film in the Monsterverse franchise, starring Dan Stevens, Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry.

A follow-up to the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs. Kong. This time the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla face a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence – and our own. The latest epic will delve further into the histories of these Titans, their origins and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever.

Writer Greg Keyes returns to the Monsterverse to transport readers ever deeper into the world of Monsters. This book explores the events of the film while adding to the history and lore of the Titans, portraying existing scenes from a fresh perspective and expanding upon the film. A must-read for any Godzilla and Kong fan.[2]

Differences from the film

  • The novelization opens up in 2016 with a prologue involving Ishiro Serizawa, Vivienne Graham, Ilene Andrews, and Emma Russell visiting Dr. Magezi Maartens in Greenland over her discovery that the world wide layer of ice correlating to the beginning of the Last Ice Age froze unnaturally quickly and left signatures of radiation and was identical to the ice imprisoning King Ghidorah.
  • The second chapter begins with Godzilla's perspective as he realizes Scylla is awake and prepares to fight her when he decides she would never learn her place even after their previous confrontation.
  • Godzilla's story from Godzilla x Kong: The Hunted is given more detail and told from Monarch Director Hampton's perspective. After Scylla awakens, she moves through the Atlantic towards the Brazilian owned island Ilha de Trindade. Monarch attempts to set a trap on the island, but Scylla avoids it by utilizing a Hollow Earth vortex previously assumed to be a cave caused by volcanic activity to travel to Bengal, India to feed on the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. Scylla then retreated into the ocean and made landfall in Pakistan, and moved north-west towards England, destroyed a nuclear enrichment facility in Iran and plowing through Berlin along the way. After Scylla is killed by Godzilla in Rome, Italy, Hampton and Andrews speculate what had caused Godzilla to do so after sparing her in Godzilla Dominion.
  • Scylla's history and abilities are expanded upon: Scylla never had a containment field at her initial resting place in Arizona due to her appearing dormant, with some scientists presuming her dead. After the events of Godzilla Dominion, Scylla had claimed a frozen pool on a South American island and began cooling the world's oceans. After awakening, Scylla begins warming the oceans instead, and caused Bengal to warm by four degrees and weakened the Ozone layer in the area.
  • Illene Andrews recounts discovering the remains of Raymond Martin's Titan Hunter mech and resolved to tighten security around the Hollow Earth's entrances and within Monarch itself.
  • The novelization includes several other creatures such as a Diraffe, a hybrid of a giraffe and an armadillo with an otter-like head, electricity-eating beetles, and giant river leeches.
  • Monarch had hypothesized the existence of Shimo, labeled "Monster H" due to rock art and myths from an island in the Pacific and the unique ice signatures found in the worldwide layer correlating to the Last Ice Age and the localized ice trapping King Ghidorah.
  • Shimo's title is stated within the Iwi history Illene translates but she isn't able to directly translate it. Illene gives three examples of what it could be tranlated as, the "First Titan", the "Ultimate Titan", or the "Quintessential Titan". The same word is used to describe Mothra.
  • Jia is able to feel a "song" emanating from moths in, implied to be from her deafness. She is able to feel a similar sensation from Mothra and uses this ability to locate her camouflaged chrysalis on the alter.
  • It also reveals that Godzilla waged war with the Skar King alongside other Titans that were loyal to him.
  • Hampton worries about the world's governments attempting a takeover of the Hollow Earth, which is only made worse with the presence of Shimo in Rio.
  • Bernie, Ilene, and Jia choose to stay in Malenka a little longer while Trapper returns to the surface world, with hints that he and Ilene might rekindle their relationship.

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References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire: The Official Movie Novelization". Amazon. Retrieved 10 April 2024.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire – The Official Movie Novelization". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 28 March 2024.

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