The MonsterVerse (モンスターバースシリーズ is a series of giant monster films featuring Monsutābāsu Shirīzu, lit. MonsterVerse Series)Godzilla and King Kong produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. It is the second adaptation of Godzilla by a Hollywood studio, following TriStar Pictures' GODZILLA in 1998. The MonsterVerse began in 2014 with Godzilla, and was followed by Kong: Skull Island in 2017 and Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019. Godzilla vs. Kong is slated for a 2020 release.
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 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. 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 on 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.
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.
In addition to the films, Legendary and Warner Bros. have licensed additional MonsterVerse-related media, including books and video games.
- Godzilla: Awakening - Graphic novel prequel to Godzilla (2014)
- Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization - Novelization of Godzilla (2014)
- Godzilla: The Art of Destruction - Art book for Godzilla (2014)
- Godzilla: With Light and Sound! - Sticker book for Godzilla (2014), includes a Godzilla toy
- Skull Island: The Birth of Kong - Graphic novel prequel and sequel to Kong: Skull Island
- Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie Novelization - Novelization of Kong: Skull Island
- The Art and Making of Kong: Skull Island - Art book for Kong: Skull Island
- Godzilla: Aftershock - Graphic novel prequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization - Novelization of Godzilla: King of the Monsters
- The Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Art book for Godzilla: King of the Monsters
- Godzilla: Smash3
- Godzilla: Strike Zone
- Godzilla: Crisis Defense
- Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4) - Includes the MonsterVerse Godzilla as a playable character
- Godzilla: Kaiju Collection - Includes the MonsterVerse Godzilla
- KONG VR: Destination Skull Island
- PUBG Mobile - Features a promotion with Godzilla: King of the Monsters
- Roblox - Features items based on Godzilla: King of the Monsters
- Giant ape
- Giant plant
- Giant flying reptile (skeleton)
- Giant shrimp
- Giant bird
- Brain-like creature
- Bipedal creature
- MUTO Prime
- Winged male MUTO
- Eight-legged female MUTOs
- Mother Longlegs
- Sker Buffalo
- Spore Mantis
- Mire Squid
- Giant ants (mentioned)
- Giant wasp
- Icarus Tigris
- Death Jackal
- Magma Turtle
- Swamp Locust
- Giant snake
- Carnivorous plant
- MUTO Prime
- Yamata no Orochi
Logo used in conjunction with Skull Island: The Birth of Kong
- 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 more 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.
- The MonsterVerse will feature the first meeting between Godzilla and King Kong since the Showa series.
- Nine 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, Rebecca Hall and Danai Gurira. Jessica Henwick also has appeared in the MCU television shows Iron Fist and The Defenders, while Bradley Whitford 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.
- So far, each film in the MonsterVerse has or will have a different director.
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