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The MonsterVerse series (モンスターバースシリーズ, or simply MonsterVerse Monsutābāsu shirīzu) (モンスターバース Monsutābāsu), is a series of giant monster films featuring 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. Legendary Pictures 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.
The MonsterVerse began in 2014 with Godzilla, and its success led to the swift greenlighting of a sequel co-starring King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan. The next film, Kong: Skull Island, was announced later that year, although Legendary did not reveal that the two took place in the same universe until 2015. Kong: Skull Island was released in 2017, followed by Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019 and the crossover Godzilla vs. Kong in 2021.
- Godzilla (2014)
- Kong: Skull Island (2017)
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
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 MonsterVerse-related media including books and video games.
Logo used in conjunction with Skull Island: The Birth of Kong
- 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 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/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.
- 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.
- All four films in the MonsterVerse have different directors.
- All of Toho's "Big Five" monsters - Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, and Mechagodzilla - appear in the MonsterVerse, a distinction it shares with the Showa, 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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