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The battle axe (戦斧 is a Senpu, lit. Battle axe)Titan-sized weapon that appears in the 2021 Legendary Pictures film Godzilla vs. Kong. It is one of many such weapons created by Kong's ancestors and rediscovered by Kong inside a huge temple in the Hollow Earth. He soon brought the axe to bear against both Godzilla and Mechagodzilla.
Name[edit | edit source]
In Godzilla vs. Kong and its collaboration with the game Roblox, the weapon is simply referred to as an axe, while merchandise for the film calls the weapon a battle axe or battle-axe. The Terra Virtua website, the art book for the movie, and the collaboration with the games Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone identify it as a scepter.
Development[edit | edit source]
Godzilla vs. Kong concept art shows Kong holding a giant bone as a weapon instead of an axe. An illustration used in tie-in media shows Kong with his battle axe and a torch made with a bone; it is unclear if the latter was ever considered for the film.
Design[edit | edit source]
The axe is made with a Titan bone as the handle and a Titanus Gojira dorsal plate as the blade, witch is also wrapped by the scales from it. When charged by Hollow Earth energy or Godzilla's atomic breath, the blade glow blue, similar to Godzilla's dorsal plates when he charges the attack. When Kong see the axe glowing for the first time, he places it in a depression in the ground in the shape of the axe alongside several other axes, causing the floor to glow and pulse with energy and form a design resembling Godzilla.
History[edit | edit source]
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After entering the Hollow Earth as part of a joint Monarch-Apex Cybernetics expedition to find an energy source capable of combating Godzilla, Kong came upon a huge stone temple. Inside, he found a gigantic axe embedded in the skull of a fallen Titan. Kong pulled out the axe and held it aloft, beating his chest and roaring triumphantly, then sat down on a giant throne. Disembarking her HEAV, Apex executive Maia Simmons asked where the energy source was, just before Kong's axe began to glow blue. Kong spotted a depression in the ground in the shape of his axe and placed it there, causing similar weapons next to it and the ground to glow and pulse with energy, revealing the sought-after energy source. Apex released a drone to harvest the energy, but Dr. Ilene Andrews protested, saying Apex cannot simply take the find of the millennium. Maia says they can do whatever they want and has her men aim their guns at the Monarch members, causing the angered Kong to roar at the guards in their defense. The drone sends the data to Apex HQ, allowing the energy signature to be copied. Simmons excitedly tells Serizawa to prepare himself to pilot Mechagodzilla, but Serizawa warns that the upgrade is untested and that they can’t be sure what effect the energy will have on the mecha. Simmons dismisses these concerns and tells Serizawa to activate the mecha. When the temple begins to shake, the Hellhawks roosting on the ceiling become active and attack the humans. Maia and her guards enter a HEAV and try to escape, while Kong and Monarch deal with the attacking Hellhawks. Lind, Andrews, and Jia rush to the other HEAV, but they are confronted by a Hellhawk. Lind throws a rock at it, but it only serves to aggravate the beast. Godzilla's atomic breath breaches the temple, sending the Hellhawk flying and allowing the three to reach the HEAV. Maia orders her HEAV to fire at Kong as it tries to escape, but Kong catches it and crushes it in his hand. Kong grabs his axe and leaps through the hole created by Godzilla’s atomic breath, then begins climbing to Hong Kong.
Kong surfaces in Hong Kong and exchanges roars with Godzilla. The two Titans begin fighting, with Kong trying to hit Godzilla with his axe. The axe gets stuck in a building, and Kong resorts to trying to physically fight the larger Godzilla. Godzilla tries to fire his atomic breath but is stopped by Kong. Godzilla frees himself from Kong’s grip; Kong retaliates by striking him in the head. Kong kicks Godzilla to the ground, after which he tries to fire his atomic breath again. Kong shoves the handle of the axe down Godzilla’s throat, stopping the blast. Godzilla fires again, but Kong uses the axe to block it. Godzilla tackles Kong, who embeds his axe into Godzilla's leg. Godzilla retaliates by throwing Kong into the water, then pulls the axe out of his leg with his jaws. Godzilla fires his atomic breath, with Kong running through the city to avoid it. One blast strikes Kong in the back, burning him and knocking him down. Kong gets back up, only for Godzilla to fire his atomic breath again and forcing Kong to dodge it again. Kong climbs a skyscraper, which Godzilla knocks over with his atomic breath. The surviving HEAV travels through the crater into Hong Kong, narrowly weaving between the two battling Titans. Kong tears off a radio dish from a surrounding skyscraper to utilize as a makeshift shield against the beam. Closing the distance, Kong grabs his axe again and climbs onto a building, then leaps off at Godzilla who fires his atomic breath. Kong blocks the blast with the axe and strikes Godzilla, creating an explosion that knocks both monsters back. The axe loses its charge as Lind declares that it appears Kong won the second round.
Kong and Godzilla get back to their feet, with Godzilla dropping onto all fours and hunting for Kong. Kong throws a crane to distract Godzilla, then leaps at him. The Titans exchange blows again, before a furious Godzilla bites down on Kong's hand and throws him into a building, dislocating his shoulder. Godzilla drops onto all fours again and aggressively pursues Kong, who kicks at Godzilla’s face as he tries to crawl away. Godzilla pounces onto Kong and claws into his chest repeatedly, then stomps on his chest twice. Kong weakly tries to pull Godzilla’s foot off of him, but to no avail. Godzilla roars angrily in Kong’s face, who answers him with a roar of his own. Godzilla takes his foot off of Kong and begins to walk away, while Kong tries to get back to his feet. However, Kong is too badly hurt and passes out.
As Mechagodzilla is activated with the new energy source, Simmons brags that his mecha is now Godzilla's superior. However, something goes wrong as Serizawa is disconnected from the mecha, which becomes possessed by Ghidorah's consciousness instead. The rogue Mechagodzilla punches into the control room and kills Simmons, after which an electrical shock kills Serizawa. Mechagodzilla frees itself from underneath Victoria Peak Mountain with its proton scream, then begins rampaging through the city. Godzilla sees his mechanical duplicate and roars before charging at it. Mechagodzilla fires a barrage of missiles at Godzilla, then uses its jet boosters to outmaneuver Godzilla and lands several vicious hits on him. Madison and the others see this taking place, and Josh tries to hack into Mechagodzilla’s control system to stop it. The HEAV lands near the fallen Kong, with the occupants witnessing the battle between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla. Jia feels Kong’s heartbeat slowing and relays this information to the others. Andrews says they can’t produce a charge big enough to restart Kong’s heart, but Lind remembers what Maia said about the HEAVs producing a charge big enough to power Las Vegas for a week.Lind flies the HEAV onto Kong's chest and sets it to self-destruct. He quickly exits the craft and runs before it explodes. Kong is instantly revived and looks at Jia, who signs to him that Godzilla is not the enemy. Kong roars in anger, but Jia signs to him that Mechagodzilla is the real enemy. Kong watches Godzilla fighting Mechagodzilla and seems to accept this, then pops his shoulder back into place by slamming it into a nearby building.
Mechagodzilla continues badly beating Godzilla, then grabs him by the mouth and begins prying his jaws apart. Just before Mechagodzilla can fire its proton scream down Godzilla's throat, Kong leaps onto its back and pulls its head back, causing it to fire into the sky. Godzilla sees this and gets back up, grabbing Mechagodzilla’s arm as Kong grabs the other arm. Both Titans then pull the mecha through a building to the ground. Mechagodzilla gets back up and grapples with Godzilla and Kong. Mechagodzilla is still too powerful and knocks both Titans aside. Kong sees his axe and grabs it, then begins swinging it at Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla pins Kong against a building and begins spinning the blades at the end of its tail, trying to shove them into Kong’s face. Josh is unable to hack into Mechagodzilla's control panel, which locks him out. With all hope seemingly lost, Bernie pulls out his flask and suggests they have one last drink. This gives Josh an idea, and he grabs the flask and pours it all over the control panel. This causes it to spark and explode, making Mechagodzilla momentarily stall. Using this opportunity, Godzilla fires his atomic breath at Kong's axe, charging it. Kong swings his axe and slices off the end of Mechagodzilla's tail, freeing himself, then continues to swing it until he hacks off its arm. Kong then cuts off the mecha's other arm, then its leg. Mechagodzilla falls to the ground and begins charging one last proton scream before Kong strikes it in the neck, then leaps onto it and tears off its head. Kong holds up Mechagodzilla's severed head and roars triumphantly, ending the terror of Mechagodzilla. Exhausted, Kong then slumps down.
Godzilla then roars loudly, drawing everyone's attention. Kong grabs his axe again and approaches Godzilla, and the two Titans stare each other down, with Godzilla displaying no hostile intentions towards Kong. Kong hesitates and then drops his axe. The two Titans briefly acknowledge each other after which Godzilla roars at him before turning around and returning to the sea peacefully.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
The axe can absorb energy from the Hollow Earth, as well as Godzilla's atomic breath. In their final battle, the fully-charged axe is powerful enough to knock both him and Godzilla back, swung in a maneuver called the Aerial Axe Slash(空中戦斧 Kūchū senpu, lit. Aerial battle axe). Even before it is charged, it is shown to be able to slash into Godzilla's thick hide, causing him to roar in pain. Godzilla voluntarily charges the axe again when he and Kong battle Mechagodzilla, allowing the ape Titan to quickly dismantle the machine. Kong can swing the axe at a top speed of 62 miles per hour. In PUBG Mobile, it is also able to absorb Mechagodzilla's Proton Scream.
In the mobile game Godzilla Battle Line, Kong's special attack as a leader is Earth Break, in which he slams his axe into the ground to damage nearby enemies.
Video games[edit | edit source]
- Roblox (2021) - Microsoft Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Xbox One
- PUBG Mobile (2021) - Android and iOS
- LifeAfter/Day After Tomorrow (2021) - iOS, Google Play, Android
- Magic Domain (2021) - iOS, Google Play, Android
- Funko POP! Blitz (2021) - Android
- Godzilla Battle Line (2021) - Android and iOS
- Go Big! (2021) - iOS, Google Play, Android
- Call of Duty: Warzone (2022) - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Call of Duty: Vanguard (2022) - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Books[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Concept art[edit | edit source]
Production[edit | edit source]
Screenshots[edit | edit source]
Merchandise[edit | edit source]
S.H. MonsterArts Kong (2021)
Playmates 6" Kong with Battle-Axe
Funko Pop! 4.25" Kong
Bandai Kong with Battle Axe
Monogram Godzilla vs. Kong 3D foam figural bag clips
Bandai Godzilla: High Grade D+ Godzilla 06 Kong 2021
Youtooz Kong on Throne
Sega Kong prize figure
Hiya Toys Stylist Series Kong
Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- On the Chinese poster for Godzilla vs. Kong, the axe handle appears to be made of wood and the blade has a different shape than in the movie.
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