King Kong is not to be trifled with. As Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ blockbuster reboot inches closer and closer to its March 10th release, Legendary has spent the past few weeks drumming up excitement with a steady stream of teasers, eye-popping promos and nail-biting clips featuring some nervy exchanges between the human cast of Kong: Skull Island.
But if Samuel L. Jackson’s Lieutenant Colonel Packard and John Goodman’s mysterious Monarch operative Bill Randa took center stage earlier this week, Legendary has now summoned Kong himself to lock horns with one of the island’s many Skull Crawlers. The latter species will no doubt be categorized as another MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Object) when Kong: Skull Island lights up the silver screen, but the real question is whether those Skull Crawlers have any relation to Godzilla, the real king of monsters.
Skull Island is a prequel, remember – just don’t refer to Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ reimagining as an origin story – as it takes place during the height of the Vietnam War. Providing the film adheres to a strict timeline, Godzilla won’t feature whatsoever, given those nuclear ‘tests’ nixed the alpha predator in 1954. By the time Gareth Edwards’ reboot begins in ’99, Project Monarch uncovers two colossal spores – one hatched, one dormant – and a massive skeleton in the Philippines. Perhaps, Skull Island will shed some light on how those spores came to be? We’ll see.
Joining Jackson and Goodman on the expedition to the place where myth and science meet are Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, and Eugene Cordero.
Kong: Skull Island will be with us on March 10th with a post-credits stinger to boot. Common logic dictates that the tail-end of Vogt-Roberts’ monstrous reboot will lay the necessary groundwork for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which is all set to usher Gojira back onto the big, big screen on March 22nd, 2019. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also Godzilla Vs. Kong – inevitably the main event of Legendary’s shared MonsterVerse – to look forward to in 2020.