MonsterVerse

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The MonsterVerse (モンスターバースシリーズ,   Monsutābāsu Shirīzu, lit. MonsterVerse Series) is a series of giant monster films featuring Godzilla and King Kong produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. The MonsterVerse began in 2014 with Godzilla, and was followed by Kong: Skull Island in 2017. Two more films, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong, are planned for release in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Films

Godzilla Series

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 of 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.

Other Media

In addition to the films, Legendary and Warner Bros. have licensed additional MonsterVerse-related media, including books and video games.

Books

Video Games

Monsters Introduced

Images

See Also

Trivia

  • 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.
  • 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. 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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References

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SkullIslandExplorer

9 days ago
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MonsterVerse: The First 5 Years.
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G&G-Fan

15 days ago
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How is this a cinematic universe? It's a Godzilla trilogy with one Kong spin-off.
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The King of the Monsters

15 days ago
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That is the term Legendary uses for it. All it really requires to be a cinematic universe is separate establishing films for characters followed by an eventual crossover, which is what this franchise has. It's not to the scale of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it consists of solo films for two different characters who eventually meet. That makes it a cinematic universe.
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SkullIslandExplorer

20 days ago
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“The MonsterVerse will feature the first meeting between Godzilla and King Kong since the Showa series.” Wow, that’s a long gap!
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VaderRaptor

20 days ago
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58 years to be precise.
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SkullIslandExplorer

20 days ago
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Yep. (Question: in YOUR opinion, should the MonsterVerse continue after Godzilla vs. Kong?)
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VaderRaptor

19 days ago
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Depends if GvK gives a conclusion to the series or not.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

19 days ago
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58 years is a long wait for fans, yet Wonder Woman 1980 gets more hype than Godzilla vs. King Kong for 2020, why? Because superhero movies always get the number one on the spotlight, and box office as shown in Endgame too.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

19 days ago
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I have never seen any kaiju movies on top 1 spot since the 1960 kaiju boom ended. Sure, movies still get made, but they are now overshadowed by other more popular genres like superheros or fantasy.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

19 days ago
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Yes, this is about the fiftieth time you've mentioned that superhero films are more popular than kaiju films right now. What does that have to do with the discussion?
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SkullIslandExplorer

19 days ago
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@VaderRaptor: Well if you were to ask me, I think it’s unnecessary for the MonsterVerse to continue after GvK (because of the cost of character rights, and the fact that Toho plans on making an MCU-inspired Godzilla series after 2020). And even though it sounds silly and nonsensical, I would love to see the MonsterVerse interact with the DCEU (since WarnerMedia has the rights to both).
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VaderRaptor

19 days ago
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Godzilla vs. Justice League

Now that’s a billion dollar idea.
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G&G-Fan

15 days ago
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Endgame totally deserves it tho
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Shinomura

one month ago
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The list of kaiju is missing the

1. Giant Shrimp-Looking Thing (Godzilla: Awakening)

2. Monarch Museum Specimens (Godzilla: Awakening)

3. Giant Snake (Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie Novelization)

4. Vinestranglers (https://stat...er_1.png.png)

5. Giant carnivorous plants (Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie Novelization)
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
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It's time for us to come together It's the only way that things will get better It's time for us to take a stand

So come on and lend a helping hand
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Megazilla

10 months ago
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i wonder if jet jaguar or mechagodzilla might appear in godzilla king of the monster
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Superfreddydylan

16 months ago
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i can't wait for the godzilla american sequal and the shin godzilla 2 and godzilla vs king kong
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Petexera

15 months ago
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There's no confirmation for anything related to a sequel of Shin Godzilla, and there probably won't be one.
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GODZILLA 1993 14

10 months ago
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No, they can't make one intel Godzilla vs. Kong.

They have to wait for their turn
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The King of the Monsters

10 months ago
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Toho isn't making a Shin Godzilla sequel. Once they get the rights back, they'll basically be rebooting the series again in order to set up a new long-running cinematic universe.
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God's Godzilla

17 months ago
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Green Blob Thing

17 months ago
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Uh, ok?
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ItsDestoroyah

18 months ago
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For some reason, a person asked me if the 2018 Rampage movie is going into MonsterVerse. Obviously, I told him no, because MonsterVerse focuses on building-sized monsters, not 30 ft. mutants
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Toonking1985

24 months ago
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I think I have a theory about the role of Millie Bobby Brown's character for Godzilla: King of the Monsters:

I think that her role would be somewhat similar to Selina Salno and Miki Saegusa, her character would probably be born with psychic powers and she would probably be getting visions of the arrival of King Ghidorah and the re-emergence of Godzilla and Rodan, and she is trying to warn the world about the on-coming danger.

What do you guys think?
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Titanollante

24 months ago
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Sounds reasonable.
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
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Sounds too much like Friday the 13th Part VII, or Star Wars. (Good theory though)
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Radionatix

25 months ago
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Can't to see if MonsterVerse will make solo movies! Like a Mothra, Rodan, Varan or any other kaiju solo film!
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Green Blob Thing

25 months ago
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I'd love to see Varan come back because he'd fit in well with the other kaiju in this era. Unfortunately, it probably won't happen. Hopefully he will make an appearance in one of the anime films.
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Son of Gorgo

24 months ago
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How about The Mysterians or Mighty Joe Young.
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Toa Hydros

25 months ago
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I wonder if Legendary has any plans for the Monsterverse beyond Godzilla vs Kong. I mean, I'm not demanding facts or confirmation at this point, and I understand them just focusing on the two primary characters in this series for now. I just wonder where they could potentially take it if the upcoming films prove be to be popular enough to carry this cinematic universe beyond GvK.
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SkullIsland

26 months ago
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I wish people would stop promoting Kong: Skull island and Godzilla vs Kong with the 2005 King Kong design.
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SkullIsland

26 months ago
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People are really pushing for a Pacific rim-MonsterVerse crossover

https://m.yo...=N9RSGI1pYlE
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Son of Gorgo

24 months ago
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IKR, can we all please move on from the PJ '05 remake?
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Green Blob Thing

27 months ago
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I'm fine with the name change now. It's not as bad as I'd originally thought.
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SkullIsland

27 months ago
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Universal studios also has a MonsterVerse but its with movies like Frankenstein and the mummy rather than kaiju.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

27 months ago
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Yeah, that cracks me up. Since Legendary got a slight head start on them, I guess they'll have to change the name.
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Radionatix

25 months ago
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Basically it is called "Universal MonsterVerse" Instead of MonsterVerse.
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SkullIsland

24 months ago
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It's "Dark Universe" now, and It has its own secret multi-national organization called "Prodigium" which specializes in the hunt of God-like beings/monsters and will do anything to conceal them from the public. Then they are hoping to make the "Bride of Frankenstein" in 2019 with the success of the Mummy. It's seems everyone's trying to make a cinematic universe now.
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Monsterland Buddies

14 months ago
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Actually, The Mummy was a failure both critically and commercially. But for some reason, on January 2018, the production team reassembled and are now looking for Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) as the lead role instead of Tom Cruise. Why? The Dark Universe deserves to die, just like the DC Extended Universe. The planned Amazing Spider-Man universe died due to The Amazing Spider-Man 2's failure. But the DCEU and now the Dark Universe refuse to die. I just hope that Bride of Frankenstein is better than The Mummy. I also hope the Aquaman movie is better than the rest of the DCEU. Wonder Woman was great. Man of Steel was alright. Justice League was a mixed bag but it's still ok. But Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were awful, especially the latter film. But let's hope DC can try to make it good, or they can hit the reset button again.
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Green Blob Thing

27 months ago
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This era looks like it is gonna have a lot of monsters in it now thanks to the upcoming Skull Island film. That makes me very happy as this would have been somewhat of a boring era if the two MUTOs were the only new monsters. Then again, it wouldn't have bothered me too much if this era only had Godzilla, MUTOs, Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah and Kong because it's gonna be awesome seeing them all come back with new updated designs on a larger budget.
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MosuFan2004

28 months ago
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I freakin' love the MonsterVerse name.
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Gerdzerl Kinerfdamahnsters

28 months ago
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Agreed, it's pretty catchy!
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SkullIsland

26 months ago
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Some people call it the Legend-Verse
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