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The Simpsons Reference You Missed In Godzilla Vs. Kong

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Godzilla vs. Kong, the latest entry into the new kaiju canon which began with Gareth Edwards' 2014 film Godzilla, is out in theaters and on HBO Max for all to see. This latest entry throws back to a lot of the films we've seen before. Most notably, this is the first time we've seen King Kong since his Vietnam-era movie Kong: Skull Island and his entire reintroduction is built upon what we remembered of Skull Island versus the chaotic state that it's in now.

There are tons of throwback references. Both Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown) and her father Mark (Kyle Chandler) are on hand to continue their stories. The man behind Mechagodzilla Ren Serizawa (Shun Oguri) is the son of Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) from the first two Godzilla movies in this latest series. Heck, the very existence of Mechagodzilla at all is a nod to the classic 1974 Showa Era film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.

But for every time we see King Kong stuck in netting as he travels by plane (a callout to the original 1963 film King Kong vs. Godzilla) there are also references to media which have little to do with Godzilla or Kong. Like, for example, that Simpsons reference you probably missed.

Homer Simpson, Sector 7-G, and a history of Godzilla references

Skull Island is a torrent of destructive storms, but you'd never know it if you were chilling in Monarch containment outpost #236. And that is where we find Kong at the start of the film. Of course Kong is a lot bigger (and probably a lot smarter) than most of us so he's able to sense that something doesn't smell right.

We discover the true state of Skull Island when Kong angrily throws a lovingly hand-picked projectile at the sky, revealing that the sky is fake. But it's not just any part of his Truman Show-esque world Kong manages to destroy but a specific part of the outpost clearly labeled "Sector 7G."

For the average movie watcher, "Sector 7G" probably feels meaningless — just a random number and letter slapped together in order to look official. But if you just so happen to be a die hard fan of The Simpsons, you'll recall that Homer Simpson works in Sector 7-G of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.

Why the nod to The Simpsons? Well, it could be because The Simpsons often references both King Kong and Godzilla. For one, Homer Simpson is guilty of accidentally causing a nuclear meltdown or two and Godzilla is, in many ways, a direct response to Japan's fear of nuclear radiation. Much more lighthearted is the fact that Homer himself became a King Kong-esque figure in the classic The Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror III." And in another episode — "Wedding for Disaster" — Maggie Simpson once imagines Homer and Marge as Kong and Godzilla respectively while the two bicker. Those are just the tip of a very large iceberg's worth of King Kong and Godzilla references on The Simpsons — making the show and these film series a lot more connected than most people probably realize.

Godzilla vs. Kong is available to stream now on HBO Max.