March is a big month for movies in more ways than one. It will see the release of multiple blockbusters including Power Rangers, Beauty and the Beast, and Logan. However, there’s one movie has the potential to be larger than them all, Kong: Skull Island.
The film is the latest incarnation of King Kong, one of the longest running movie stars in film history, beginning with King Kong in 1933. The upcoming reboot is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and boasts an impressive cast including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and Samuel L. Jackson. However, for those keeping track, there is an even bigger reason to be interested in the monster movie. It is the prelude, to an eventual battle of the century (apologies to Batman v Superman) between Kong and the Godzilla in a few short years.
Today, Legendary Pictures took the next step in establishing a fully interconnected universe by giving a proper name for their cinematic world. According to the best place for breaking movie news in modern times, a toy box, Legendary’s cinematic universe will be known as the MonsterVerse. Which the studio seems to be calling dibs on before Universal unveils their own cinematic monster universe beginning with this summer’s The Mummy.
It has been well reported that it has been the studio’s intention to create a connected cinematic landscape. However with the release of Kong: Skull Island only months away, they are looking to heighten that awareness. In the recent TV spot, “Kong is King,” John Goodman’s character can be heard saying:
“This Island’s notorious for the number of ships and planes that have gone missing. The 1954 nuclear tests weren’t tests, they were trying to kill something.”
This statement is a clear reference to the prologue of 2014’s Godzilla, in which the government tried to destroy the beast under the guise of nuclear testing. So, the connections are being made leading up to their team-up film coming in 2020. The next step will be for Legendary to deliver a knockout Skull Island movie in March in order to keep momentum moving for the MonsterVerse. There is a lot more to come on Kong in the coming weeks so make sure to stay tuned!
Kong: Skull Island releases on Mar 10th, 2017. Godzilla: King of Monsters opens on Mar 22nd, 2019.