MonsterVerse

The MonsterVerse[1] is an American multimedia franchise and shared fictional universe that is centered on a series of monster films featuring Godzilla and King Kong, produced by Legendary Entertainment and co-produced and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The first installment was Godzilla (2014), a reboot[2] of the Godzilla franchise, which was followed by Kong: Skull Island (2017), a reboot[3] of the King Kong franchise, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). The franchise received generally positive reception and has been commercially successful with a combined gross of $1.950 billion worldwide.

MonsterVerse
MonsterVerse logo updated.jpg
Official logo
Original workGodzilla (2014)
OwnerLegendary Entertainment
Warner Bros. Pictures
Years2014–present
Print publications
Book(s)List of books
ComicsList of comics
Films and television
Film(s)
Television seriesSkull Island
Games
Video game(s)List of video games
Audio
Soundtrack(s)List of soundtracks
Miscellaneous
Based on

DevelopmentEdit

Writer Max Borenstein stated that the MonsterVerse did not begin as a franchise but as an American reboot of Godzilla. Borenstein credits Legendary Entertainment's founder and then CEO Thomas Tull as the one responsible for the MonsterVerse, having acquired the rights to Godzilla and negotiated the complicated rights to King Kong. Tull had offered Borenstein the opportunity to write the first draft for Kong: Skull Island, with the goal to establish Kong in the same universe as Legendary's Godzilla film. Tull's vision was for the films to one day lead to Godzilla vs. Kong.[4]

Legendary confirmed at the July 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International that it had acquired the licensing rights to Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah from Toho and revealed concept footage with the closing title cards reading "Conflict: inevitable. Let them fight".[5] In September 2015, Legendary announced that the film Kong: Skull Island would not be developed with Universal Studios. Instead, it would be developed with Warner Bros., which sparked media speculation that Godzilla and Kong would appear in a film together.[6][7]

In October 2015, Legendary announced plans to unite Godzilla and Kong in a film titled Godzilla vs. Kong, set for a 2020 release date. Legendary plans to create a shared cinematic franchise "centered around Monarch" (the secret government agency which debuted in 2014's Godzilla) and that "brings together Godzilla and Legendary’s King Kong in an ecosystem of other giant super-species, both classic and new".[8] Later in October, it was announced that Kong: Skull Island would have references to Monarch.[9]

In May 2016, Warner Bros. announced that Godzilla vs. Kong would be released on May 29, 2020, later pushed back to May 21, 2021, and that Godzilla: King of the Monsters would be pushed back from its original June 8, 2018 release date to March 22, 2019,[10] however, the film was later pushed back again to May 31, 2019. In October 2016, Legendary announced that Godzilla: King of the Monsters would be filmed at its parent company Wanda's Oriental Movie Metropolis facility in Qingdao, China, along with Pacific Rim: Uprising.[11] That same month, it was revealed that Legendary was planning a writers room to create their Godzilla–Kong cinematic universe, with Alex Garcia overseeing the project for Legendary.[12]

In early January 2017, Thomas Tull, founder of Legendary, resigned from the company but would remain as producer for the Godzilla–Kong series, which was revealed as the MonsterVerse.[13] In March 2017, Legendary assembled a writers room led by Terry Rossio to develop the story for Godzilla vs. Kong.[14]

Legendary's license to Godzilla expired in 2020.[15]

FilmsEdit

Film Release date Director Story by Screenwriter(s) Producers
Godzilla May 16, 2014 (2014-05-16) Gareth Edwards David Callaham Max Borenstein Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent and Brian Rogers
Kong: Skull Island March 10, 2017 (2017-03-10) Jordan Vogt-Roberts John Gatins Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent and Alex Garcia
Godzilla: King of the Monsters May 31, 2019 Michael Dougherty Max Borenstein, Michael Dougherty, and Zach Shields Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Alex Garcia and Brian Rogers
Godzilla vs. Kong March 24, 2021 Adam Wingard Terry Rossio, Michael Dougherty, and Zach Shields Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Brian Rogers, Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, and Eric McLeod

GodzillaEdit

The film reimagines Godzilla's origins in contemporary times and is set 15 years after a nuclear meltdown in Japan which was caused by giant parasitic creatures, known as "MUTOs". As two MUTOs ravage the countryside in order to reproduce, they awaken a larger ancient alpha predator, known as "Godzilla", whose existence has been kept secret by the U.S. government since 1954. The film introduces Godzilla, the MUTOs, and the Monarch organization to the MonsterVerse.

In 2004, director Yoshimitsu Banno acquired permission from Toho to produce a short IMAX Godzilla film which was in development for several years until the project was eventually turned over to Legendary Pictures.[16][17] In March 2010, Legendary announced to have acquired the rights to Godzilla for a feature film reboot.[18] In January 2011, Gareth Edwards was announced as the director for the film.[19] The film was co-produced with Warner Bros. Pictures with filming completed in 2013 in Canada and the United States for release in 2014.[20] Godzilla was released on May 16, 2014 to positive reviews,[21][22] and was a box office success, grossing $529 million worldwide against a budget of $160 million.[23]

Kong: Skull IslandEdit

In the film, set in 1973, a team of scientists and Vietnam War soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific and encounter terrifying creatures and the mighty Kong. The film introduces Kong, the Mother Longlegs,[24] the Sker Buffalo,[24] the Mire Squid,[24] the Leafwing,[24] the Psychovulture,[24] the Spore Mantis,[24] the Skull Devil,[25] and the Skullcrawlers to the MonsterVerse and a post-credits scene introduces Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah to the MonsterVerse.[26] The Skull Devil was originally trademarked as "Ramarak the Skullcrawler" until it was abandoned in September 2017.[27]

In July 2014 at the San Diego Comic-Con, Legendary announced a King Kong origin story, initially titled Skull Island, with a release date of November 4, 2016, and Universal Pictures distributing.[28] In September 2014, Jordan Vogt-Roberts was announced as the film's director.[29] In September 2015, Legendary moved development of the film from Universal Pictures to Warner Bros. to create an expanded cinematic universe.[30] Principal photography began on October 19, 2015, in Hawaii and Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island was released on March 10, 2017 to positive reviews,[31][32] and was a box office success, grossing $566 million worldwide against a budget of $185 million.[33] The film received a nomination for Best Visual Effects at the 90th Academy Awards.[34]

Godzilla: King of the MonstersEdit

In the film, humanity must rely on Godzilla and Mothra to defeat King Ghidorah and Rodan, the former having awakened other Titans to destroy the world. The film changes the monsters' designation from "MUTOs" to "Titans".[35] The film introduces Scylla, Methuselah, Behemoth, and the Queen MUTO to the MonsterVerse.[36][37] Off-screen, the film introduces Baphomet, Typhon, Mokele-Mbembe, Sargon, Tiamat, Abaddon, Leviathan, and Bunyip to the MonsterVerse.[36][38]

Prior to announcing a shared cinematic universe between Godzilla and Kong, Legendary originally intended to produce a Godzilla trilogy, with Gareth Edwards attached to direct all films.[39] However, Edwards left the sequel in May 2016 to work on smaller scale projects.[40] In January 2017, Michael Dougherty was announced as the director and co-writer for the film.[41] Principal photography began in June 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia and wrapped in September 2017.[42] The film was released on May 31, 2019 to mixed reviews,[a] and was a box office disappointment,[49][50][51] grossing $386 million worldwide against a budget between $170–200 million.[52][53]

Godzilla vs. KongEdit

In the film, Kong clashes with Godzilla as humans lure the ape into the Hollow Earth to retrieve a power source for a weapon to stop Godzilla's mysterious rampages. The film introduces Mechagodzilla,[54] the Warbat,[55] and the Hellhawk[56] to the MonsterVerse.

The project was announced in October 2015 when Legendary announced plans for a shared cinematic universe between Godzilla and King Kong. The film's writers room was assembled in March 2017 and Adam Wingard was announced as the director in May 2017. Principal photography began in November 2018 in Hawaii and Australia and concluded in April 2019. After being delayed from a November 2020 release date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was theatrically released internationally on March 24, 2021,[57][58] and was released in the United States on March 31, 2021, where it was released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.[59] The film received generally positive reviews and was a box office success, breaking pandemic records and grossing $467.8 million. It was also a streaming hit, becoming the most successful launch item in HBO Max's history until it was overtaken by Mortal Kombat.[60][61]

TelevisionEdit

SeriesSeasonEpisodesOriginally releasedNetworkShowrunner(s)Status
Skull Island1TBATBANetflixBrian Duffield & Jacob RobinsonIn development

Skull IslandEdit

In January 2021, an anime-styled animated series set within the MonsterVerse titled Skull Island was announced to be in development. The series will center around the adventures of shipwrecked characters, trying to escape from the titular island which is home to various prehistoric monsters. The project will be written by Brian Duffield, who will also serve as co-executive producer with Jacob Robinson. The series will be a joint-venture production between Legendary Television, Tractor Pants Productions, Powerhouse Animation Studios, and Netflix Animation. The show will be released as a streaming exclusive on Netflix.[62]

Cast and charactersEdit

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This section shows characters who will appear or have appeared in the billing block of at least one film in the series.

  • An empty, dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film, or that the character's official presence has not yet been confirmed.
  •  S indicates an appearance through use of special effects.
  •  Y indicates a younger version of the character.
Character Films
Godzilla Kong:
Skull Island
Godzilla:
King of the Monsters
Godzilla vs. Kong
Monsters
Godzilla T.J. StormS Pictured with audio T.J. StormS CGI
MUTO Matt CrossS
Lee RossS
CGI Archive footage
King Kong Terry NotaryS
Toby KebbellS
Archive footage Eric PeteyS[63]
King Ghidorah Pictured Jason LilesS
Alan MaxsonS
Richard DortonS
Archive footage
Rodan Pictured Jason LilesS Archive footage
Humans
Ishiro Serizawa Ken Watanabe Ken Watanabe
Vivienne Graham Sally Hawkins Sally Hawkins
William Stentz David Strathairn David Strathairn
Ford Brody Aaron Taylor-Johnson
CJ AdamsY
Elle Brody Elizabeth Olsen
Joe Brody Bryan Cranston
Sandra Brody Juliette Binoche
Houston Brooks Corey Hawkins Joe Morton
William Randa John Goodman Pictured with archive audio
James Conrad Tom Hiddleston
Hank Marlow John C. Reilly
Will BrittainY
Mason Weaver Brie Larson
Preston Packard Samuel L. Jackson
San Lin Jing Tian
Mark Russell Kyle Chandler
Madison Russell Millie Bobby Brown
Alexandra RabeY
Millie Bobby Brown
Emma Russell Vera Farmiga Pictured
Ilene and Ling Chen Zhang Ziyi
Rick Stanton Bradley Whitford
Sam Coleman Thomas Middleditch[b]
Alan Jonah Charles Dance
Diane Foster Aisha Hinds
Jackson Barnes O'Shea Jackson Jr.
Nathan Lind Alexander Skarsgård
Ilene Andrews Rebecca Hall
Jia Kaylee Hottle
Bernie Hayes Brian Tyree Henry
Josh Valentine Julian Dennison
Walter Simmons Demián Bichir
Ren Serizawa Shun Oguri
Maia Simmons Eiza González
Guillermin Lance Reddick

ReceptionEdit

Box office performanceEdit

Film Release date Box office grosses Budget References
Domestic International Worldwide
Godzilla May 16, 2014 $200,676,069 $328,400,000 $529,076,069 $160 million [23][65][66]
Kong: Skull Island March 10, 2017 $168,052,812 $398,600,000 $566,652,812 $185 million [67]
Godzilla: King of the Monsters May 31, 2019 $110,500,138 $276,100,000 $386,600,138 $170–200 million[c] [69]
Godzilla vs. Kong March 24, 2021 $100,563,133 $367,300,000 $467,863,133 $155–200 million[d] [79]
Total $579,792,152 $1,370,400,000 $1,950,192,152 $670–745 million

Critical and public responseEdit

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Godzilla 76% (326 reviews)[80] 62 (48 reviews)[81] B+[82]
Kong: Skull Island 75% (388 reviews)[83] 62 (49 reviews)[84] B+[85]
Godzilla: King of the Monsters 42% (347 reviews)[86] 48 (46 reviews)[87] B+[88]
Godzilla vs. Kong 75% (376 reviews)[89] 59 (57 reviews)[90] A[91]

Tie-in materialEdit

SoundtracksEdit

Title U.S. release date Length Composer(s) Label
Godzilla: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack May 13, 2014 1:00:27 Alexandre Desplat WaterTower Music
Kong: Skull Island (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) March 3, 2017 56:56 Henry Jackman
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) May 24, 2019 1:38:00 Bear McCreary
Godzilla vs. Kong: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack March 26, 2021 1:07:09 Tom Holkenborg

BooksEdit

Title Release date Writer(s) Note
Godzilla: The Art of Destruction May 13, 2014 Mark Cotta The making of Godzilla
Godzilla – The Official Movie Novelization May 20, 2014 Greg Cox Novelization of Godzilla
Kong: Skull Island – The Official Movie Novelization March 14, 2017 Tim Lebbon Novelization of Kong: Skull Island
The Art and Making of Kong: Skull Island March 21, 2017 Simon Ward The making of Kong: Skull Island
Godzilla: King of the Monsters – The Official Movie Novelization May 31, 2019 Gregory Keyes Novelization of Godzilla: King of the Monsters
The Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters June 4, 2019 Abbie Bernstein The making of Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Godzilla vs. Kong: The Official Movie Novelization April 6, 2021 Gregory Keyes Novelization of Godzilla vs. Kong
Godzilla vs. Kong: The Art of the Ultimate Battle Royale May 21, 2021 Daniel Wallace The making of Godzilla vs. Kong

ComicsEdit

Title Release date Writer(s) Illustrator(s) Cover artist(s) Note
Godzilla: Awakening May 7, 2014 (2014-05-07) Max Borenstein and Greg Borenstein Eric Battle, Yvel Guichet, Alan Quah, and Lee Loughridge Arthur Adams Tie-in prequel graphic novel to Godzilla
Skull Island: The Birth of Kong #1 April 12, 2017 (2017-04-12) Arvid Nelson Zid Zid Tie-in prequel/sequel comic to Kong: Skull Island
Skull Island: The Birth of Kong #2 June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28)
Skull Island: The Birth of Kong #3 September 27, 2017 (2017-09-27)
Skull Island: The Birth of Kong #4 November 22, 2017 (2017-11-22) Drew Johnson
Godzilla: Aftershock May 21, 2019 Arvid Nelson Drew Edward Johnson Christopher Shy, Arthur Adams Tie-in prequel graphic novel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Kingdom Kong

April 6, 2021 Marie Anello Zid Zid Tie-in prequel graphic novel to Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla Dominion

April 6, 2021 Greg Keyes Drew Edward Johnson Drew Edward Johnson Tie-in prequel graphic novel to Godzilla vs. Kong

CollectionsEdit

Title Release date Cover artist(s) Note
Skull Island: The Birth of Kong December 12, 2017 (2017-12-12) Zid Collects all four issues

MonsterVerse Titanthology Vol. 1

June 22, 2021 (2021-06-22) Arther Adams Compilation of Skull Island: The Birth of Kong and Godzilla: Aftershock

Video gamesEdit

Legendary's Godzilla was featured as a playable character in Bandai Namco's 2014 video game Godzilla as "Hollywood Godzilla".[92][93] In 2017, a short virtual reality experience titled Kong VR: Destination Skull Island was made available at 1500 Samsung retail demo locations, in 15 AMC theater locations, and Samsung VR stores.[94] In 2021, Godzilla and Kong were featured in cross-over events for PUBG Mobile,[95] World of Warships,[96] and Godzilla: Battle Line.[97]

Title Release date Developer Publisher Note
Godzilla: Crisis Defense[98] May 7, 2014 Legendary Legendary Tie-in web game to Godzilla
Godzilla: Strike Zone[99] May 15, 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Warner Bros. International Enterprises Tie-in mobile game to Godzilla
Godzilla: Smash 3[99] May 16, 2014 Rogue Play Pipeworks Tie-in mobile game to Godzilla

FutureEdit

In October 2017, Steven S. DeKnight (director and co-writer of Pacific Rim: Uprising) noted that there have been discussions about a cross-over between the MonsterVerse and Pacific Rim franchise, however, he iterated it was all theoretical possibilities.[100] Guillermo del Toro (director and co-writer of Pacific Rim) had also expressed interest of Pacific Rim crossing over with the Monsterverse.[101] In March 2019, when asked about the future of the MonsterVerse, producer Alex Garcia stated, "It's one brick at a time, each piece has to be as good as it can be, so right now it's all focused on this [Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong]. But could there be? Yeah, that's the hope if the movies turn out really well."[102]

In February 2021, Adam Wingard (director of Godzilla vs. Kong) stated, "I know where we could go potentially with future films." However, he noted that the MonsterVerse was created "to a certain degree" to lead towards Godzilla vs. Kong.[103] Wingard added that the MonsterVerse is at a "crossroads", stating, "It’s really at the point where audiences have to kind of step forward and vote for more of these things. If this movie is a success obviously they will continue forward."[104]

On April 4, 2021, Legendary's CEO Josh Grode commented on potential sequels, "we have a number of ideas for more movies."[105] That same month, the hashtag #ContinueTheMonsterverse began trending on Twitter, which garnered support from Jordan Vogt-Roberts (director of Kong: Skull Island) and was acknowledged by Legendary.[106][107] On April 27, 2021, The Hollywood Reporter stated that Legendary was "quietly taking steps to stretch the series into one or more installments," while negotiating with Wingard to potentially return to direct. Various ideas are being considered, with Son of Kong being one potential title.[108]

In August 2021, writer Max Borenstein stated that "there will be some new, interesting installments coming" due to the success of Godzilla vs. Kong.[109] Borenstein had also expressed interest in seeing Legendary produce a film with minimal human characters, stating, "I think it is possible. It would be very ambitious. I think ambitious in that Mad Max: Fury Road way. I think it’s totally possible to do that with the absolute minimum amount of human characters and really characterize the creatures."[110]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The Observer stated reviews were "mixed to negative".[43] The Indian Express called reviews "largely negative."[44] Screen Rant described responses as "so negative."[45] Yahoo! Finance noted the reviews to be a "pretty mixed bag."[46] Scott Mendelson from Forbes stated the film earned "mixed reviews",[47] but later stated the film earned "mixed-negative reviews".[48]
  2. ^ Middleditch had an unrelated, voice-over cameo as "Jerry" in Kong: Skull Island.[64]
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly, Box Office Mojo, and Deadline Hollywood reported that the film's production budget was $170 million; however, Deadline also noted that other analysts marked the budget at $185 million.[68][69][70] In July 2018, the Hindustan Times reported the budget to be $200 million.[71] This figure was later confirmed in an analysis by Variety published in June 2019.[72]
  4. ^ The Numbers reported the production budget to be $155 million.[73] In December 2020, Variety reported the budget to be $160 million,[74] while TheWrap reported the budget to be $165 million.[75] In January 2021, both The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood stated the budget to be $200 million.[76][77] In February 2021, Comingsoon.net also noted the film's budget to be $200 million.[78]

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