The Vinestrangler is a predatory insect monster profiled in "Monarch Files 2.0 (Companion Archive)", a featurette included on home video releases of the 2017 Legendary Pictures film Kong: Skull Island, and the trade paperback edition of Skull Island: The Birth of Kong. Like the Death Jackal, Psychovulture, Sirenjaw, Magma Turtle, Swamp Locust, and Spirit Tiger, the Vinestrangler was conceptualized for the film but ultimately unused. While it was among the creatures Legendary Comics would have allowed Skull Island: The Birth of Kong writer Arvid Nelson to use, he declined.
Name[edit | edit source]
The Vinestrangler is named after its resemblance to vines and its preferred mode of attack. The Vinestrangler's scientific name, Vitis strangulari, comes from vitis, the name of a large genus of woody vines, and the Latin word strangulari, meaning “strangle.”
Design[edit | edit source]
The Vinestrangler is a slender insect which uses dozens of tentacles to drag prey into its massive maw.
Personality[edit | edit source]
The Vinestrangler is a carnivorous ambush predator that is mostly active during dawn and dusk.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Camouflage[edit | edit source]
The Vinestrangler blends into the trees where it dwells, to the point that its Monarch profile noted that "initial findings have been inconclusive as to where the Vinestrangler ends and the tree begins."
Tentacles[edit | edit source]
Inside the Vinestrangler's stomach is a mesh of tentacles. When potential prey walks under a tree branch that a Vinestrangler is residing in, the vibrations of their footsteps travel up the tree's roots and reach the creature’s nervous system. The Vinestrangler's stomach will open, ensnaring its prey with its tentacles to pull them up into its open stomach, where they will be digested over a period of 72 hours.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Monarch's profile on the Vinestrangler
Alternate version of the Vinestrangler's Monarch profile, shown briefly during the Secrets of the MonsterVerse panel at Los Angeles Comic Con 2018
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