King Kong (Universal)
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King Kong is a giant ape monster who appeared in the 2005 Universal Pictures film King Kong. Peter Jackson's film marked the second live-action remake of the 1933 classic, and unlike the 1976 remake, retained the 1933 setting and many of the same characters from the original.
The last of a species of huge primates called Megaprimatus kong which inhabited the isolated Skull Island, Kong was the object of worship by the derelict human tribe still inhabiting the ruins of a once-great civilization on the island. Kong lived a solitary and lonely existence on the island, faced with a multitude of other colossal prehistoric beasts which were far more violent than him. When a film crew arrived on Skull Island in 1933 aboard the tramp steamer, the Venture, the natives captured the crew's leading lady Ann Darrow and offered her as a sacrifice to Kong. Kong accepted the offering and carried Ann off with him into the jungle, with screenwriter Jack Driscoll and the rest of the crew in pursuit. Initially frightened of the huge ape, Ann took an opportunity to escape only to be menaced by a Foetodon and then a family of Vastatosaurus rex. Kong came to Ann's rescue, fighting a grueling battle against the three V-Rexes all while trying to keep Ann away from their maws. Kong succeeded in killing all three, and Ann finally came to sympathize with Kong and allowed him to take her to his mountain lair. There he was attacked by a flock of Terapusmordax, giving Jack the opportunity to rescue and escape with Ann back to the native village. Director Carl Denham had no intention of leaving empty-handed and allowed Kong to breach the village, after which he was subdued by smoke bombs. Denham brought Kong back to New York City as the centerpiece for a broadway show, but the ape broke free of his chrome steel restraints in a fiery rage, then tore his way through Manhattan before Ann came to him in Central Park and calmed him down. When the Army arrived to kill him, Kong took Ann to the top of the Empire State Building where he was confronted by several biplanes. Before making his final stand, Kong set Ann down and fought the planes with all of his might. The machine gun fire was too much for Kong, who succumbed to his wounds and plummeted off the skyscraper to his death, much to Ann's sorrow.
Design[edit | edit source]
Despite his species canonically being more closely related to Gigantopithecus than gorillas, Kong resembles an adult silverback western lowland gorilla with considerable scarring all over his body and face. Most of his body is covered in thick, matted black hair. Of all Kong's interpretations, the 2005 incarnation is the only one to anatomically look and behave like a true gorilla, with most other incarnations opting to give him a far more humanoid design. However, there were specific design elements implemented to help distinguish official movie merchandise from other generic gorilla designs, like the crescent shaped scar on his right eye, and the tooth jutting out from his lower jaw.
Origins[edit | edit source]
Kong is the last of the species Megaprimatus kong, hypothesized to have branched off from a common ancestor of Gigantopithecus, the largest species of primate ever to live. In an interview with the BBC, director Peter Jackson stated that Kong never knew his parents because they were "probably killed by dinosaurs" when he was still young and that he had siblings which were also deceased. In Cinefex #104, Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop explained of the giant gorilla bones in Kong's lair by stating "We decided to give Kong a graveyard of his ancestors. [...] Gorillas do mourn their dead, and this was where Kong mourned the loss of the only thing that he had social interaction with — it could be his father or mother." The Making of King Kong: The Official Guide to the Motion Picture states that the skull seen among the gorilla remains was Kong's father.
Ecology[edit | edit source]
Naturally growing to heights of 18 to 25 feet, the Megaprimatus species had an anomalous relationship with Skull Island. They were not native to the island, although they had arrived no earlier than a few thousand years before their discovery. It is theorized that they originated in mainland Asia, and that they may have been brought alongside the original civilization of Skull Island before their disappearance. The Ape-shaped monoliths that the people left behind suggest that Megaprimatus may have been revered or worshiped by the people. After reaching the island, Megaprimatus experienced an exponential increase in size. Whether this growth was a natural response to the hazardous environments of Skull Island, or done through selective breeding is unknown. The Ape-shaped effigies and monoliths left behind by this original civilization suggest a reverence to the Megaprimatus, or possibly a symbiosis with them.
Kong himself, as a part of being alone, was forced to take up some behaviors that are assumed to be atypical of his species. Megaprimatus likely lived in small familial colonies in the jungle, where their numbers could provide some security. Kong, on the other hand lived in a mountain hollow and made trips to the jungle to hunt. Megaprimatus were a very social species, emphasized by a mastery of body language and vocalizations, ranging from grunts and glances to roars and chest pounding. It is theorized that parent Megaprimatus kept their vulnerable young close while teaching them to find food. Adult Megaprimatus, like Kong, were crafty fighters capable of using their dexterous grasping hands and superior brainpower to out-think and defeat opponents.
Scarring found on Kong and the bones of his forebears reveal a consistent clash with the Vastatosaurus rex. V.rexes viewed young Megaprimatus as a food source, and would attempt to steal them away, leading to horrible battles with the adults. Both Megaprimatus and V.rex would gladly kill the young of the other to reduce future competition for resources. Younger V.rexes more often clashed with the apes due to their eagerness to claim territory and undeveloped ability to size up opponents. Megaprimatus could use whatever lay at hand as a weapon, but most battles lead to one party backing off when the odds were out of favor. However, if the stakes of the battle were high enough they could readily become fights to the death.
It is not suspected that the Megaprimatus were ever numerous, but over the centuries, V.rexes, Venatosaurus, sickness, and injury each took their share of the population. These risks, compounded with the primate habit of seldom breeding and taking years to reach self-sufficiency kept them from fully repopulating, leading to their eventual decline. It is theorized that Kong's odd relationship with the island's human population was an attempt to fill his social needs. However, the humans never managed to replace the family Kong had lost.
History[edit | edit source]
In 1933, Kong was given the actress Ann Darrow as a sacrifice. After touching her face with his massive hand, he grabbed her and took her into the jungle to the rock ledge where he killed the other sacrifices. Ann however, stabbed his hand with spikes on her ceremonial necklace and made a run for it. Kong quickly recaptured her and brought her to an ancient ruin where, when she appeared to him to be sleeping, he sat down to eat some bamboo. On discovering that she had escaped, he made his way behind the ruins and slammed his great forearms down to trap her and he moved all around to prevent her from leaving. However, much to Kong's confusion and eventual amusement, she began to do flips and tricks. However when she needed rest, Kong simply knocked her down with riotous laughter. Despite this, she soon pushed his finger away, and refused to allow him to push her around anymore. Kong became enraged and hurled rocks and trees off the cliff in a frenzy of anger and confusion before being struck across the neck by a falling rock, which knocked the wind out of him and forced him to calm down. After this he gave Ann one final look before retreating and leaving her alone.
Kong then spied Benjamin Hayes in an ancient tunnel, and charged at the man after he shot at him, and picked him up before throwing him against the far rock wall of the pit beneath them. He then began shaking the log the other sailors were crossing through their gunfire. On hearing Ann screaming in the distance, he ran to her aid and grabbed her away from a female Vastatosaurus rex. Kong swung down and kicked the matriarch in the face before grabbing her neck to keep her from getting to Darrow. Just then, her son wandered out of the jungle swallowing the last of the Foetodon his mother had slain before seeing Darrow relatively unguarded in the ape's free hand. It ran toward her, and Kong moved her out of the way to allow the beast to bite down on his forearm before using the grip to throw it off balance. The two then backed Kong up to a ledge, from the top of which the bull of the group attacked. The four creatures tussled for a bit before Kong smashed the youngest V-rex’s head with a rock, killing it before its mother bit Kong’s bicep, and he used this as leverage to flip her over his shoulder and off a cliff. He kicked her over the edge and bit the neck of the bull before tackling it into the crevice. He tried to hold on to the edge, but the matriarch’s powerful jaws grabbed his ankle and dragged him down where the monsters became entangled in vines. Kong fought the female while higher up, the bull tried to maneuver itself to bite Ann, but Kong pummeled the beast and killed him as Ann fell on top of the matriarch’s head. They fell to the valley floor and it tried to chase her down but Kong came to defend her. They roared at one another before she charged at him. He bit off the dinosaur’s tongue before wrestling her to the ground and climbing on her back. She tried to stand up but his weight was too great, and he pummeled her head until he could pry her jaws apart, breaking them and crushing her skull. He celebrated his victory with a roar of triumph.
Kong looked at Ann and began to walk away, but she called to him and began following. Kong then flipped her up onto his shoulder and finished the trek to his mountain lair. Kong set her down at the summit and sat on a ledge overlooking the sunset looking forlorn. Ann tried to amuse him with juggling tricks, but with no effect. On noticing the beauty of the sunset, Ann tried to convey the feeling to him with a simple sign of a hand over her heart. Kong then put down his hand and allowed her to fall asleep there. In the night, Jack Driscoll arrived to take Ann away, but before he could get her out of the ape's hand he awoke. In a furious frenzy, Kong began to attack the man, but was distracted by a swarm of Terapusmordax. Kong slapped and tore at the beasts as they bit at him, but they distracted him long enough for the humans to escape down the cliffside on a vine. Kong found them and began reeling them back in, but they grabbed a Terapusmordax and dropped into the river below. With a roar of anger and hurt, Kong stormed off from his lair and gave chase. Kong, not knowing he was headed into a trap, chased them all the way back to the village, where he slammed on the gargantuan gate to try to get to Ann, who had passed to the other side. When he finally broke through, he was brought to the ground with grappling hooks before a bottle of chloroform gas was broken under his face, and a net was dropped on him. Still fighting to get to Ann, he was able to break free and run after her and the sailors to the shore via a tunnel. A sailor shot at him from a ledge, and Kong picked him up and bit off his head before throwing him aside and wading into the water, where the sailor Jimmy shot at him again, causing Kong to strike the boat and destroy it. However, after seeing this, Captain Englehorn fired a harpoon at Kong that struck him in the leg. Carl Denham then struck Kong's face with another chloroform bottle, which finally brought him down. Before losing consciousness, he reached out to Ann before finally closing his eyes. As Denham stood over Kong's unconscious body, he vowed he would bring Kong home as "The Eighth Wonder of the World".
Kong was taken back to New York on board the Venture, and was placed in chrome steel chains and put on display inside the Alhambra theater on Broadway. He sat dejected in his chains as Denham displayed his purported docility, and allowed the men to tighten his restraints, raising his arms to two poles in the process. Kong then sat as a show imitating the native sacrifices to him was put on at his feet, and a blonde woman was offered to Kong. Not being able to see her face, the ape grew hopeful and strained to see Darrow again, only to find another actress playing her role. However, as photographers shot pictures from offstage, Kong began to get irritated and strain his restraints with his flailing. Roaring in anger, Kong broke his right hand free and picked up the fake Darrow and threw her into the crowd. He then got his left hand out and jumped out of his leg chains before starting to destroy the theater. When most other people were gone, Kong saw Driscoll standing on the second floor balcony, and Kong began to try to climb up to chase him, bringing the second floor seating down under his immense weight. After breaking out over the theater marquee, Kong began frantically picking up blonde women and throwing them aside when they weren't Ann. Afraid, angry, and confused, Kong began to destroy Times Square before spying Jack driving a taxi and taking off after him. Kong chased him through the streets and was eventually able to slam his fist on the cab and disabling it before roaring in triumph. With him taken care of, Kong looked over to see Ann slowly approaching. She put a hand on his shaggy forearm and he picked her up and allowed her to stroke his face. He then slowly carried her down the deserted streets and into Central Park. There he lost his footing on the ice before enjoying himself by sliding around on its slippery surface. Sadly this break of tension would not last, as the army began to fire upon him with heavy artillery. Ready to protect Ann, Kong began his rampage once again, and jumped across rooftops before coming to the Empire State Building. He sat at the base of the mooring mast and held Ann in one hand as the sun began to rise. To signify that he found it beautiful, Kong tapped his hand on his heart repeatedly, mimicking Ann's movement from his lair. Their peace was then interrupted yet again by six Biplanes. Kong put Ann down and began to snarl at them before climbing to the top of the tower and sweeping the radio antennae out of his way before beating his chest and roaring as the planes came back for another pass. Bullets tore through his flesh as he swiped at the passing aircraft. Eventually Ann's screaming showed Kong that she was dangling from a loose ladder miles above the ground, and he tried to grab her before she fell for a moment and Kong let go of his handhold to catch her before climbing back up and giving her a solemn look as he placed her in the observation deck. A plane began to shoot at him again and he tried to draw its fire and was able to grab a plane and throw it off course into another, causing them both to crash. Ann then climbed up after him and and stood in front of him, trying to ward off the planes, momentarily causing the fighter pilots to call off the attack after noticing her. With the threat temporary gone, the injured Kong then took her in his hand as he began to lose his footing. Setting set her down, the two shared a tender moment with Ann lovingly placing her hand on his face. The moment was then shattered by the sounds of gunfire as bullets tore through his back, causing Kong to cry out in agony before slumping against the building. Rasping out his dying breaths, Kong's final moment would be shared over a grieving Ann as he used the last of his strength to touch her tear soaked face with his finger. It was then that Kong succumbed to his wounds, as the light in his eyes was replaced with the coldness of death. Ann could only watch as Kong's bullet-riddled corpse slid from the tower, plummeting to the streets below, with his body hitting the cold pavement floor. Down on street level, Denham pushed through the crowd, proclaiming that "beauty killed the beast".
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Strength[edit | edit source]
Kong possesses immense physical strength which allows him not only to hold his own in combat against the colossal Vastatosaurus rex, but also to lift and throw objects such as fallen trees and even break through the wall to the village on Skull Island. While loose in New York City, Kong was able to toss aside automobiles aside like toys, and even destroyed some of the biplanes attacking him during his final stand atop the Empire State Building.
Dexterity[edit | edit source]
As a gorilla-like creature, Kong has five fully opposable digits on each of his hands and feet. This allows Kong to grasp objects firmly with both his hands and feet. This proved crucial during his battle against the V-Rexes, as he used his hands and feet interchangeably to hold and defend Ann and deliver blows to the V-Rexes, all while holding on to the vines spanning a deep chasm. Earlier in the fight, he made use of all four limbs to keep the three V-Rexes surrounding him at bay.
Durability[edit | edit source]
Kong demonstrates an incredible degree of durability. His arm withstood the crushing bite of a V-Rex's jaws without any apparent lasting injury. Kong shrugs off small-arms fire from the Venture crew, which seemingly serves only to anger him. While the machine guns mounted on the biplanes which attacked him on the Empire State Building did shred through him, it took a huge number of rounds to finally bring down Kong, who still managed to down some of the planes during the battle. While Kong finally succumbs to his mortal wounds, he does not finally die until he falls from the top of the skyscraper to the ground below.
Sentience[edit | edit source]
Kong is shown to be a fully aware creature capable of not only complex reasoning and emotion, but even rudimentary communication with human beings, demonstrated through his conveying an understanding of beauty, and being able to communicate this to Ann Darrow with a mutually understood gesture. Kong's increased awareness and craftiness grant him an edge over the more feral and instinct driven Vastatosaurus rex which he battles. Despite his intelligence, his inability to understand that Ann was not in danger with the humans ultimately lead to his capture and death atop the Empire State Building.
Fury Mode[edit | edit source]
In the video game adaptations of the film, Kong possesses an ability called Fury Mode, or Rage Mode on Game Boy Advance, in which his blows become increasingly rapid and violent, allowing him to dispatch enemies even more efficiently.
Weaknesses[edit | edit source]
Filmography[edit | edit source]
- King Kong (2005)
Attractions[edit | edit source]
In this Universal Studios Hollywood tram tour stop, a group of Vastatosaurus rex attack the tour trams, only for Kong to come to the rescue, with the battle taking place on both sides of the vehicles. When one of the V-rexes drags a tram car away and falls backward into a vine covered pit, Kong pursues and brings the cars back down to stable ground.
Skull Island: Reign of Kong[edit | edit source]
An expanded adaptation of the 360° 3D film, Reign of Kong has guests joining an Eighth Wonder Expeditions tour of Skull Island aboard large trucks, taking the place of Hollywood's tram cars. After rescuing guests from dinosaurs, guests come face to face with a massive animatronic of Kong before returning to base camp.
Video games[edit | edit source]
- Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (2005) - Nintendo GameCube and DS, PC, Sony PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable, Microsoft Xbox and Xbox 360
- Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World (2005) - Nintendo Game Boy Advance
- King Kong: The Official Mobile Game of the Movie (2005) - mobile devices
Books[edit | edit source]
- King Kong: The Island of the Skull (2005)
- Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World (Meredith Books) (2005)
- Kong's Kingdom (2005)
- The Search for Kong (2005)
- Meet Kong and Ann (2005)
- Journey to Skull Island (2005)
- Escape from Skull Island (2005)
- King Kong: The Junior Novel (2005)
- King Kong (2005)
During a sacrifice ritual, Kong arrived at the altar to find no girl waiting for him. However, he could hear her running, and began chasing her, but lost her overnight. The next night, Kong arrived at a clearing in the midst of a horrible downpour, where a Vastatosaurus rex was waiting for some humans to exit a cave. Kong, indifferent to them, attacked the dinosaur, buying them enough time to get away.
On finding humans in his jungle, Kong roared, which frightened Ann Darrow and and caused her to scream. In an attempt to quiet her, he picked her up and at some point left her in a clearing before going to shake her rescue party off of a log. On returning to Ann, he found three Vastatosaurus rex menacing her. He fought them off, and grabbed Ann, who was fleeing an Arachno-claw and decided he was tired of wandering the jungle and headed home. On the way, he considered his place as the last of the "great gorillas", and how alone he was before roaring and heading to his mountain lair. There he found a swarm of Terapusmordax, and began to fight them. Ann then began to slip away down a vine and Kong started to reel her back up before she somehow escaped.
For nearly as long as Kong could remember, he had been the last of his kind. After being given Ann Darrow as an offering by the local islanders, he began carrying her to his cave, but during their travels and many dinosaur battles, he came to get to know her, and began carrying her close to his chest like he would an infant of his species, rather than in his fist. However, as he tried to swing across a great chasm, the vines came loose and sent him tumbling to the floor of the crevice. There Kong saw an enormous gorilla, and he growled in defiance while Ann approached it, revealing and indicating to Kong that it was simply a statue of another member of Kong's species. Slowly Kong began to understand. he had been alone for so long that he had forgotten what he and his kind looked like. He missed being part of a family, but Ann helped him to remember that he had not always been the only one.
After snatching Ann away from them, a group of sailors chase him through the jungle. Eventually, as they cross a log bridge, Kong shakes them off of it one by one before returning to his mountain lair and admiring the sunset with Ann in hand.
After taking his sacrifice, Ann Darrow from the native village, Kong prepared to kill her as he had all the others. She however, slipped from his hand, and when Kong tried to keep her from escaping, she fell down, to his amusement. She continued to fall down for him before trying to escape again. However, as he went to retrieve her, a Vastatosaurus rex approached from behind. Kong was able to fight the beast off, and he then gently scooped Ann into his hand and carried her to his mountain lair, where they admired the setting sun together.
When an intruder arrives at his mountain lair, Kong roars and then chases the human back to the coast, where they escaped his wrath.
Knowing she was in danger, Kong came to aid her, and circled the V. rex before pummeling it to the ground as two more appeared. Kong then rammed a tree trunk down the first dinosaur's throat. However, another of the beasts got its jaws on his neck, but Kong put it in a headlock and slammed it down. However, the third dinosaur got its jaws on Ann, and Kong pried them apart to save her. Jagged skin hanging from his neck, and wounded all over, Kong beat his chest in celebration before hearing gunshots and taking Ann in hand and running into the jungle. He fell into a ditch where Ann showed him a statue of another giant gorilla. Kong was initially aggressive toward it, but softened when Ann showed him that it was like him. He then continued to his mountain, where he defended her from a Terapusmordax at 1000 feet up before arriving at his lair, where she was menaced by another bat before sheltering behind his leg. He then went to sit on the cliff. Ann tried to cheer him up, but it had no effect. However, Kong put down his hand to invite her to sit on it and he picked her up to examine her before watching the sunset. That night, Jack Driscoll came to take her away from Kong. Luckily, he awoke before the man could get to her, and swung Ann up out of his reach while trying to stomp Driscoll beneath his feet. However, some Terapusmordax took the opportunity to try and snatch Ann. Kong then put her down to begin fighting the bat-like interlopers. He took at least two down with each swing, but the hoard was relentless, and continued attacking, and by the time he got them under control, the humans had gone. He discovered them climbing down the cliff on a vine, and he began to reel them back up. All the same, they escaped, and with an indignant roar, he continued after them, and finally caught up to them at the village gate. He burst through only to be brought to the ground with grappling hooks and a net, but on seeing Ann in danger Kong broke through and chased Ann and her captors all the way to the water. Shrugging off bullets, Kong made his way through a tunnel to the coast where he was shot with a harpoon and incapacitated with chloroform. Kong then left his kingdom as a captive.
While deep in the jungles of Skull Island, the screams of Ann Darrow from the distant shore drew Kong to the shore, roaring in return to her every scream. That night Kong arrived at the gate to the Wall that separated him from the humans. There, Darrow was suspended over a stone grotto by bamboo poles. Kong grabbed her and hugged her close to his chest before running back into the jungle on his well remembered path to the ancient alcove where he took all the others. There he examined her in the moonlight before shaking her vigorously. However, she managed to slip free and ran away into the jungle. The old ape roared in frustration before running after her and reclaiming his prize. Clutching her tightly, Kong traveled to an ancient courtyard in the jungle. On the way, two dinosaurs tried to attack, but he crushed one in his hand and smashed the other against the tree with what seemed to Darrow as a routine nonchalance. He took her and one carcass the rest of the way, and he sat to eat the dinosaur after setting Ann down. Unfortunately, she quickly tried to escape. Kong stopped her, but she fell down to Kong's bewilderment. She continued by utilizing prat falls to entertain him and performing her vaudeville routine until she could no more. Kong pushed her over with a single finger, which she slapped away to his bewilderment and anger. Enraged at his denial for an encore, Kong beat his chest, slammed his hands on the ground and broke off a tree trunk to throw into the jungle. She screamed as Kong picked her up and looked at her with a soft expression of confusion. She slipped out of his grip, and he watched her for a moment before fleeing back into the jungle, leaving her behind.
However, when Ann was being menaced by a Vastatosaurus, Kong came running to her rescue, and slammed her attacker to the ground. He leaped on and began pounding the dinosaur, but its screams brought out a second monster that bit down on Kong's arm. As he tore it free from the V-rex's jaws, a third one arrived, and the first got back on its feet. He grabbed Ann to keep her safe, and fought off attacks from all sides, moving her from arm to foot to keep her away from the hungry jaws. He eventually had to let her free, and continued the melee until he tore up a tree trunk and rammed it through a V-rex's jaws and out the back of its head. He then put the next dinosaur in a neck lock and swung it over his shoulder and slammed it down before breaking its back. However, the last V-rex grabbed Ann in its jaws, and Kong fought to pry them open and free her. He eventually slammed its head to the ground and she escaped as Kong continued to pry until its jaws were broken. He roared and beat his chest in victory before walking off, leaving Ann where she was. However, hearing her footsteps, Kong turned his head to see she was following him, and he slowed his pace to allow her to keep up. However, on hearing gunshots, Kong grew agitated and picked Ann up and left her atop a 30 foot statue before leaving to investigate. He hid in the darkness, watching the sailors cross a log over a deep chasm. Benjamin Hayes who lead the group came to Kong's side and saw his eyes through the gloom. Kong Grabbed the man, who looked at him calmly before shooting Kong, making the ape throw him against the far wall of the pit. Kong roared and began to shake the log before throwing it down into the pit before returning to Darrow and his journey. Holding her close to his chest with far more care than before, Kong tried to swing over a gap, but fell to the bottom. There he grew wary of a gorilla statue, but Ann showed him it was simply a sculpture of one of his kind. This revelation made Kong realize how monstrous he was to her, and he took her in his hand and carried her to his lair, where he sat on a ledge and sat in contemplation. As the sun set, Ann tried to cheer him up to no avail. However, he did allow her to sit in his hand as they admired the beautiful scenery of his home. While sleeping that night with Ann in his hand, Jack Driscoll came to take her away from him. Luckily, Kong awoke in time and roared at the intruder as Terapusmordax began to sly out of his cave. They began to attack Darrow, and he began to attack them as they bit and clawed at his body. However, when the fight was over he saw that the humans were climbing down the cliff face on a vine, which he began to pull back up to his level. However, they escaped into the river below. Outraged, Kong climbed down the same rocks and began pursuing them through the jungle, finally catching up when they came to the wall, where he leaped the chasm separating them and began to smash out the gate's bamboo supports. Kong burst through with surprising calmness, not feeling at all threatened by the men scrambling around, and searched frantically for Ann, who was being taken away by sailors, but was safe for the time being. However, sailors threw a net over Kong and dragged him to the ground with hooks digging into his flesh before sailors rolled rocks off the top of the wall, striking his head with each one. They broke a bottle of chloroform under his nose, and Kong nearly went down, but was able to break through the net and chase after Ann, who was being taken back to their ship. Kong ran down the tunnel from the village to the coast, and was shot through the knee with a harpoon, not flinching at the bullets. His wounds staggered him, and he finally passed out after being hit with another bottle of gas. The king was conquered, and brought to New York City.
He remained complacent in his captivity until opening night, when he was officially unveiled to the world. He sat defeated onstage, and allowed his captor Carl Denham to touch his leg without retaliation. After a twitch of his foot startled the man, Kong's chains were tightened until he was standing fully upright, constrained at his neck, hands, feet, and torso. Kong filled with hope as a blonde woman rose up from under the stage, but was quickly dashed when he saw it was not Ann. When his confusion subsided, it was replaced with rage. He began to roar and tore his hand free of its restraint and quickly freed himself completely before picking up the imposter and throwing her into the fleeing crowd. However, he recognized Driscoll standing on the theater balcony, and tried to chase after him, but he was too heavy to stand on the upper level, and fell to the floor before bursting out of the theater and into Times Square. There he began picking up blonde women in search of Ann. In trying to defend himself from the strange new threat, Kong punched, and got his hand stuck in a trolley car, which slowly broke apart in his journey across the city. Soon, he met Driscoll again, whom Kong chased across the city before Ann came up to him, and allowed her to take her away. Desperate to protect his friend in this strange new world, Kong held her in his hand as he leaped over streets and across rooftops, with the military firing on him the whole time. He rested her on his shoulder and reached the observation with blood matting his fur. There they sat, and as Kong watched the sun coming over the horizon, he put his hand on his heart and gestured outward, as Ann had on Skull Mountain to signify that he thought the view was beautiful. Ann got the message before Kong put himself between her and the approaching airplanes. Eventually he climbed to the top of the building to draw the fire from her, and tore off the mooring mast before clubbing a plane out of the sky with it. With blood dripping from his body, Kong saved Ann, who nearly fell off the building trying to climb up to Kong, and he laid her in the upper observation deck before tearing a plane out of the sky and redirecting it to smash into the next plane. Ann then made it to the top as Kong fell down and held onto the top of the building. He briefly held the crying Ann before taking one last look into the sunrise and giving her a tender look before he succumbed to his wounds, and his body fell to the street below, still clutching the mooring mast.
Comics[edit | edit source]
After living on Skull Island and receiving ritual sacrifices for untold years, one such sacrifice, that of the American actress Ann Darrow who had been kidnapped by his worshippers, would bring about the end of his long reign. After examining the unusual specimen, he roared and plodded off into the jungle. When he reached his lair, he laid her down with the skeletons of previous sacrifices, and st to examine the skull of one of his own kind until she awoke and began attempting to escape. Kong chased after her, and he burst into laughter when she fell down. She continued to entertain him with these pratfalls until she grew tired, much to Kong's anger and confusion. To him, the wound she inflicted this action with was almost worse that those given to him physically in his life on Skull Island. Not understanding this emotion, Kong, being comfortable in loneliness, left her to be on his own.
Later, Kong discovered the crew of the Venture attempting to cross one of Skull Island's chasms using a fallen tree as a bridge, and grew incredibly angry and began to shake the log, causing some of the sailors to fall before throwing the log itself into the chasm as well. Satisfied with his work, he left the scene.
On finding Darrow being menaced by a Vastatosaurus rex in the jungle, Kong rushed to her rescue by delivering a punch to the beast's jaws before they could snap around her body. Two more V-rexes then came from the jungle to aid their comrade. Kong fought with tenacity he had not had before, that had been awakened by his will to protect Ann, which had awoken new power within him. The three did their best to encircle Kong and to snap at Darrow, despite Kong's constantly moving her out of the way, until they backed him into a corner, where the ape uprooted a tree and drove it through the neck of one of the Vastatosaurus. He quickly pushed the next one over the cliff's edge, and the last dinosaur but Kong's arm. However, Kong rolled forward and grabbed the cliff in an attempt to get it to fall as well. When the piece of rock he was holding broke off, Kong fought through the vines to the rocky floor, where the previous V-rex was waiting. On seeing it, Kong jumped from the vines and crushed it with his body while the final V-rex fell from the vines ready to fight. Kong quickly lunged at its jaws and pried them apart, killing it. He roared in victory, before Ann lead him to the cliffside to watch the sunrise. That night, with Ann sleeping in his hand, Jack Driscoll came to take her away. Kong awoke and was furious. He attempted to attack Driscoll, but awoke a flock of Terapusmordax that had been sheltering above them. They swarmed Kong, and attempted to fly away with Darrow, but Kong swatted them from the air, as the humans made their escape, despite Kong's best attempts. He then chased them through the jungle, and finally caught up at the gate. Kong burst through, only to find himself entangled in a net and bombarded with chloroform gas. Ann tried to get her rescuers to stop, but Kong broke free and chased them to the rocky coast, where he was hit in the leg with a harpoon, and knocked out with one final dose of gas.
A few months later, Kong had been made the star of a Broadway show. Chained and defeated, Kong was shown off on opening night, where he became suddenly reinvigorated when he thought Ann was onstage. On finding out that it was an actress playing her, he became enraged and broke free of his bonds, and burst through the front of the theater to search for the real one. He flipped several vehicles, and threw down other women until, at the foot of the Empire State Building, Ann walked toward him of her own accord. Kong then took her in his hand and scaled the building, and arrived at the top as the sun began to rise. Almost immediately, U.S. Navy planes came to attack. Kong left Ann in safety before climbing to the top of the mooring mast to combat them. He jumped up and swatted one out of the sky, but sustained heavy fire from the other planes. Ann rushed up in an attempt to help him, but as he began to slip from the tower, Kong took one last look at her before allowing himself to fall to his death.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: King Kong/Gallery.
Roar[edit | edit source]
Kong's roars in the 2005 remake were created with input from Kong's actor Andy Serkis, using various animal sounds which were altered. Some of the roars in Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie were reused for the Hulk three years later in the film The Incredible Hulk.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- At only 25 feet in height, the Universal Kong is the shortest incarnation of the character, with all others being at least 50 feet tall.
- In the 80th Academy Awards opening, King Kong can be seen fighting against TriStar's Godzilla for a brief moment.
References[edit | edit source]
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