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The MonsterVerse (モンスター・ヴァース, Monsutā Vāsu)[note 1] also sometimes called the MonsterVerse series (「モンスター・ヴァース」シリーズ, "Monsutā Vāsu" shirīzu) is a multimedia franchise based around a series of giant monster films featuring Godzilla and King Kong produced by Legendary Pictures and co-produced and distributed by Warner Bros. It is the second adaptation of the Godzilla franchise by a Hollywood studio, following TriStar Pictures' GODZILLA in 1998. Legendary acquired the rights to produce an American Godzilla film in 2010 after being approached by producer Brian Rogers, who was attempting to secure funding for Yoshimitsu Banno's new Godzilla project Godzilla 3-D 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. Warner Bros., Legendary's then-current distribution partner, co-produced and theatrically released the film worldwide with the exception of Japan, where it was distributed by Toho.
The MonsterVerse began in 2014 with Godzilla, and its success led to the swift greenlighting of a sequel co-starring Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. The next film in the franchise, Kong: Skull Island, was announced later that year, although Legendary did not reveal that the two took place in the same universe until 2015. Though Legendary was in the middle of a distribution deal with Universal Pictures at the time, it set up distribution and co-production of all future MonsterVerse films with Warner Bros. Kong: Skull Island was released in 2017, followed by Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019 and the crossover film Godzilla vs. Kong in 2021. A fifth film, assigned the working title Origins, is scheduled for release in 2024. Warner Bros. will once again serve as the film's distributor despite Legendary having signed a new distribution deal with Sony. The MonsterVerse includes various non-film tie-in media, including several graphic novels published by Legendary Comics as well as two upcoming series produced by Legendary Television.
Films[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla (2014)
- Kong: Skull Island (2017)
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
- Origins (2024) [working title]
Future[edit | edit source]
On March 25, 2019, producers Alex Garcia and Zach Shields discussed the potential plans for the MonsterVerse beyond 2020, and suggested the possibility that Legendary could continue the series beyond 2020 if Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong performed well. On May 7, Michael Dougherty expressed interest in directing a prequel set in prehistoric times exploring how primitive humans survived against the Titans, humanity's first encounter with Godzilla, and how its relationship with Godzilla was christened.
On April 27, 2021, following the success of Godzilla vs. Kong, The Hollywood Reporter disclosed that director Adam Wingard was in early talks with Legendary Pictures to direct a fifth MonsterVerse film, with Son of Kong a potential title.
Max Borenstein told ScreenRant on August 3, 2021, "I’ve heard some exciting things that are happening that I can't divulge. They have a great handle on things there and I certainly have thoughts and am always excited when I get involved in them. I think it's in good hands and with the success of Godzilla vs. Kong, there will be some new, interesting installments coming. Without being able to say any of that officially, you can look at the fact that that film performed and people really responded to it. I think it was really wonderful timing for people to have that towards the end of that surge in the pandemic, people really felt eager to see something that was fun and joyful in the cinema and it was really exciting to have our movie be that movie."
Australian news outlet The Courier Mail broke the news that a new entry in the franchise was officially in development on March 20, 2022 (the 21st in Australia). Production began on July 29, 2022, with Wingard returning as director. The film, using the working title Origins, has been widely reported as a Kong-focused film, though Toho has confirmed via press releases that Godzilla will appear in the film in some capacity.
Television[edit | edit source]
Netflix announced an animated series titled Skull Island on January 27, 2021, with animation by Powerhouse Animation Studios. It will tentatively be released via the streaming platform Netflix sometime in 2022. It is not yet known when the series will take place chronologically, though Kong has been confirmed to have a role in the story.
Hourglass is the working title for a live-action series featuring Godzilla and other Titans, which was announced to be in the works at Apple TV+ on January 20, 2022. The series is set to take place between the events of Godzilla and Godzilla: King of the Monsters and explores one family's journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking it to Monarch.
Other media[edit | edit source]
In addition to the films, Legendary and Warner Bros. have licensed MonsterVerse-related media including books and video games.
Books[edit | edit source]
Video games[edit | edit source]
Role-playing games[edit | edit source]
Monsters introduced[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Logo used in conjunction with Skull Island: The Birth of Kong
See also[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- All of the films in Legendary's MonsterVerse have been distributed by Warner Bros. (except in Japan, where Toho has distributed the Godzilla films), despite Legendary's distribution partners varying during that span.
- The MonsterVerse is the first series in which Godzilla does not deliberately cause destruction in the first film. While Godzilla was portrayed as the more heroic/anti-heroic monster in the first film of the Millennium series, Godzilla 2000: Millennium, he still caused destruction and attacked humans, while the Godzilla in Legendary Pictures' Godzilla never intentionally causes destruction or threatens human characters, and all death and destruction he produces is simply a byproduct of his size.
- Eight actors in the principal casts of the MonsterVerse films have appeared in films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Corey Hawkins, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, and Rebecca Hall. Bradley Whitford also appeared in the short film Agent Carter. Some motion capture actors such as TJ Storm and Terry Notary have also appeared in films from both franchises.
- Although Pacific Rim and Pacific Rim Uprising are also kaiju films produced by Legendary Pictures, they are not part of the MonsterVerse, as they do not share continuity with any of its films, while Uprising was theatrically distributed by Universal rather than Warner Bros.
- All four films in the MonsterVerse have different directors.
- All five of Toho's "Big Five" monsters - Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Mechagodzilla - appear in the MonsterVerse, a distinction it shares with the Showa, the Heisei, and the Polygon Pictures anime trilogy continuities.
- It is also the second film series to feature a meeting between Godzilla and King Kong, as well as the second to have both the "Big Five" and King Kong appear in it.
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Notes[edit | edit source]
- "MonsterVerse" has also been spelled モンスター・バース (Monsutā Bāsu) and モンスターバース (Monsutābāsu) by some Japanese media.
References[edit | edit source]
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Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- ""UNTITLED GODZILLA VS KONG SEQUEL" Feature Film". Production Weekly. No. 1291. Production Weekly. 24 March 2022.