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The Monsterverse (originally stylized as MonsterVerse), known in Japan as the Monsterverse series (「モンスター・ヴァース」シリーズ,   "Monsutā Vāsu" shirīzu),[1] is a multimedia franchise based around a series of giant monster films featuring Godzilla and King Kong produced by Legendary Pictures and co-funded 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-financed 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-financing of all future Monsterverse films with Warner Bros. Kong: Skull Island was released in 2017, followed by Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and the crossover films Godzilla vs. Kong (2021), and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024). A sixth film is currently in early development, and set to be released in 2027.[2][3]

The Monsterverse includes various non-film tie-in media, including several graphic novels published by Legendary Comics, as well as the television series Skull Island (2023) and Monarch: Legacy of Monsters (2023-2024) produced by Legendary Television. The latter series has already been renewed for a second season, and other Monsterverse spin-off series are also in the works.[4]

Films

Television

Netflix announced an animated series titled Skull Island on January 27, 2021, with animation by Powerhouse Animation Studios.[5] It was released via the platform on June 22, 2023.[6]

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters is a live-action series set between Godzilla (2014) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) which was announced to be in the works at Apple TV+ on January 20, 2022,[7] and premiered on November 17, 2023.[8]

On April 11, 2024, it was announced that Monarch: Legacy of Monsters was renewed for a second season as part of a new deal between Legendary and Apple TV+. The deal also includes "multiple spin-off series" based on the Monsterverse.[4]

Other media

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

Comics

Reprints

Books

Video games

Collaborations

  • Godzilla (2014) - includes the Monsterverse Godzilla as a playable character
  • Godzilla Kaiju Collection (2015) - includes the Monsterverse Godzilla
  • PUBG Mobile (2019/2021) - featured a promotion with Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong
  • Roblox (2019/2021/2024) - features items based on Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
  • Magic Domain (2021) - featured a collaboration with Godzilla vs. Kong
  • LifeAfter/Day After Tomorrow (2021) - featured a collaboration with Godzilla vs. Kong
  • World of Warships (2021) - featured a collaboration with Godzilla vs. Kong
  • Funko POP! Blitz (2021) - featured a collaboration with Godzilla vs. Kong
  • Godzilla Battle Line - featured collaborations with Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla vs. Kong and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
  • Go Big! (2021) - featured a collaboration with Godzilla vs. Kong
  • Call of Duty: Warzone (2022/2024) - featured collaborations with Godzilla vs. Kong and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard (2022) - featured a collaboration with Godzilla vs. Kong
  • Pinball FX (2023) - features three pinball tables themed after Godzilla vs. Kong
  • Lords Mobile (2024) - featured a collaboration with Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (2024) - featured a collaboration with Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Other games

Monsters introduced

Titans

Superspecies

Other monsters

Gallery

Videos

Godzilla: King of the Monsters special feature: Welcome to the Monsterverse
The Monsterverse Watchalong announcement
Godzilla vs. Kong: Enter the Monsterverse
Godzilla vs. Kong: The Beasts Who Would Be King: Godzilla's Foes
GxK: Day of Reckoning
Monsterverse Director's Roundtable

Trivia

  • 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.
  • All of the Monsterverse films have been released in either March or May, with the three films starring Kong in March and the two films not starring him in May.
  • The Monsterverse is the first series of Godzilla films in which Godzilla does not deliberately cause destruction in its first entry. 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.
  • Although Pacific Rim and Pacific Rim Uprising are also kaiju films produced by Legendary Pictures, they do not share continuity with the Monsterverse.
  • 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, Heisei, and 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 first in which Kong interacts with members of the "Big Five" besides Godzilla.
  • In Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong, the Monsterverse is referred to as a distinct universe located within the DC Multiverse.

See also

External links

Notes

References

This is a list of references for Monsterverse. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Godzilla vs. Kong theater program. 2 July 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kit, Borys (10 May 2024). "'Godzilla x Kong' Follow-Up Enlists 'Shang Chi' Scribe Dave Callaham to Write (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stephan, Katcy (28 June 2024). "Warner Bros. and Legendary Set Denis Villeneuve Event Film for 2026, Next MonsterVerse Movie for 2027". Variety.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Taylor, Drew (11 April 2024). "'Monarch: Legacy of Monsters' Renewed for Season 2 at Apple TV+, Multiple Spin-Offs in the Works". TheWrap.
  5. @NXOnNetflix (27 January 2021). "A shipwrecked crew, an island of monsters, and one king to rule them all. Skull Island is a new anime series set in @Legendary's Monsterverse from @PowerhouseAnim". Twitter.
  6. Netflix (23 May 2023). "Welcome back to HIS island. The next chapter of the Monsterverse begins when Skull Island premieres June 22". Twitter.
  7. Kroll, Justin (20 January 2022). "Apple TV+ Lands Godzilla & Titans Series Based On Legendary's Monsterverse". Deadline.
  8. Scorziello, Sophie (8 September 2023). "Godzilla and Kurt Russell Face Off in 'Monarch: Legacy of Monsters' Trailer, Apple TV+ Sets November Premiere". Variety.

Bibliography

  • ""UNTITLED GODZILLA VS KONG SEQUEL" Feature Film". Production Weekly. No. 1291. Production Weekly. 24 March 2022.

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