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Godzilla Vs. Kong 2 - What We Know So Far

When it comes to monster movies, audiences know that the likes of "Godzilla" and "King Kong" are the gold standard for kaiju beatdowns. But the MonsterVerse has already delivered its own stunning versions of the classic beasts, introducing them with 2014's "Godzilla" and 2017's "Kong: Skull Island." The shared universe approach is held together by a shadowy organization called Monarch — think S.H.I.E.L.D. for monsters — as they keep an eye on the various gigantic creatures across the world as well as trying to stop them from decimating the planet.

But like any good cinematic universe, the two behemoths were destined for a crossover of epic proportions — and "Godzilla vs. Kong" eventually made its way to some theaters as well as HBO Max back in March 2021. It provided a much-needed dose of blockbuster escapism in the middle of the pandemic, and it made an impressive $468 million (via Box Office Mojo). Director Adam Wingard clearly managed to win MonsterVerse fans over too, since the film currently has a 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

All this was enough to persuade Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. to give the green light for "Godzilla vs. Kong 2," as the studio recently announced that the sequel is moving ahead.

Godzilla vs. Kong 2 starts filming this year

Adam Wingard previously told Dread Central that future sequels weren't guaranteed, which is why "Godzilla vs. Kong" doesn't have a post-credits scene. "The MonsterVerse is at a crossroads now," Wingard said. "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." Well, audiences have spoken and Legendary Pictures has responded: "Godzilla vs. Kong 2" will go into production later this year.

The studio will shoot on Australia's Gold Coast and in the southeast of the country (via Deadline/Screen Queensland). The production is already calling for Australian crew members to work on the film, and it's expected to boost the economy by A$79.2 million. It's worth noting that the sequel doesn't have an official title for the moment, and there isn't a confirmed start date for production. Thankfully, Wingard is reportedly on board to direct the sequel — which isn't surprising considering the previous film's success, combined with his obvious love for the franchise.

It's also not clear whether any of the cast from the previous film will return. Fans will remember that "Godzilla vs. Kong" starred the likes of Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Alexander Skarsgård, Brian Tyree Henry, Julian Dennison, and Kyle Chandler. They all make it out of the behemoth battle alive, so it's entirely possible that any of them could reprise their roles in the new film.

Godzilla vs. Kong 2 and the future of the MonsterVerse

So what can we expect from the sequel? Well, director Adam Wingard teased that the introduction of the Hollow Earth in "Godzilla vs. Kong" is a way of widening the world. When he spoke to Deadline about returning to the director's chair, he said, "The clear starting point we teed up (in GVK), exploring Hollow Earth, I think there is a lot more to do there." 

"This is a pre-history of Planet Earth, where all the titans come from," he continued. "We tee up some mystery in this film, things I want to see resolved and explored and pushed to the next level." Clearly, there's much more to do now that Kong has his own kingdom inside the planet, while Godzilla has free reign over Earth's oceans.

But the universe is getting just as big as the monsters it revolves around because there's also a MonsterVerse TV series in the works at Apple TV+. The yet-untitled series takes place after 2014's "Godzilla" and will dive into Monarch more than audiences have seen so far. The press release for the show says, "Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking new reality that monsters are real, the series explores one family's journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as Monarch."

It'll be interesting to see whether the show sets up the events of "Godzilla vs. Kong 2," although Legendary Pictures hasn't revealed any specifics about the series, who's in it, or even when it starts filming. It's entirely possible the two projects will be in production at the same time, so a crossover would be doable. But that's just pure speculation for now.