If you count yourself in the Baby Boomer or Generation X crowd and like B movies, you certainly grew up on Godzilla, Kong, and the rest of Toho Studios’ pantheon of monsters. No other entertainment property was as much fun for a kid on Saturday morning as watching our favorite Kaiju rampage through the poor and defenseless city of Japan year after year.

But many often forget that King Kong came first. The 1933 Radio Pictures original, an American production, starring Bruce Cabot and Fay Wray, predated Godzilla’s Raymond Burr-inspired classic by more than two decades and for fans of ‘Team Kong’, the original. King kong It was ranked the fourth greatest horror movie of all time by Rotten Tomatoes. Not bad for what really was a romantic adventure movie.

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However, Toho took the success of the original 1954 Godzilla and ran with it, producing 32 movies over the next 64 years, with the last four being during Japan’s Reiwa era that began in 2016.

In the early years of the original monsterverse, Godzilla and Kong faced off for the first and only time. It was the year 1963 and to this day, that titanic clash remains the most-attended Godzilla movie in Japanese history. Due to the great success, Toho Studios and the American production company Rankin / Bass, followed with King Kong escapes in 1967, where audiences saw the genesis of the Mechani-Kong that Kong fought and defeated. Interestingly, the giant octopus scene in King Kong escapes It was later referenced 39 years later by filmmakers from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest for inspiration from the Kraken movement. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery … well, there you have it. You may never see this scene the same again.

Toho Studios celebrated 60 years in 1992 and to honor this legacy, they wanted to put a rematch between Godzilla and Kong on the big screen a second time, but they did not have the rights to Kong, so they developed the idea of ​​using a more recent version of Mechani. -Kong. Again, fearing that they might not even be able to obtain image rights to the giant gorilla, they opted to use the idea of ​​Mechani-Kong to inspire the creation of Mechagodzilla (or Super-Mechagodzilla as it were) that resulted in the 1993 monster game, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II.

In the original King Kong vs. Godzilla the two giants collide early with Kong losing. In the ensuing battle later in the movie, by increasing his power due to lightning, Kong gained the upper hand over his reptilian opponent. In the final clash, they both fall off a cliff and fight underwater with only Kong emerging when he is seen swimming back home to Faro Island … Godzilla is nowhere to be seen. Fans debated for years who actually won the fight, but in the decades that followed, even Toho Studios admitted that Kong won. It is important to understand that at the time, Kong was considered to be a kind of antihero, as he had a special relationship with humans and was somehow easy for the public to identify. Conversely, Godzilla He was still seen as a villain in Japan and was not seen as a helper to humanity until later films. But will the same thing continue to happen today?

Let’s examine the possibility a little more. The images from the Godzilla vs. Kong’s next show what is likely to be an early battle aboard an aircraft carrier. Later shots show Kong in a weakened state aboard something resembling a large cargo ship, probably losing the initial fight. We then see a side encounter where Kong appears to be taking the lead with the help of a ‘battle ax’ that also appears to have properties that can counter Godzilla’s atomic breath. This general synopsis would be laid out in a similar fashion to the original with Kong losing the original encounter but ultimately emerging victorious in the final confrontation.

Also, the movie poster Godzilla vs. Kong it says, ‘One will fall’. This could be simple misdirection and marketing hype, but it’s plausible if, for example, Godzilla leaves a legacy. The stipulations of Toho’s contract are rumored to prohibit Godzilla from dying unless he has a child to carry on his legacy in the movies. Interestingly, a post-credit scene from Godzilla: King of the Monsters shows us a newspaper clipping of a giant egg found by Monarch.

giant egg found by Monarch - Godzilla vs Kong

When reading the legend, the evidence points to something else.

There is also a strong precedent for a Godzilla offspring in movie canon. The first sighting of a baby Godzilla was in 1967 Son of godzilla where her son, named Minilla, was born from an egg. Even more ironic, another iteration of Godzilla’s son was hatched from an egg in the one mentioned above. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II in 1993. These offspring were a bit more like their current father’s physical characteristics than the original, but both films clearly establish the possibility that we may still see a baby Godzilla at the upcoming clobberfest, allowing King Kong is victorious in the final. battle.

Also, a quick read of the toy site BigBadToyStore shows two final releases of toys without a picture and they are cited as ‘Godzilla Little’ and ‘Godzilla Minira’. Minira is the Japanese name of the original junior Kaiju from the 1967 movie. These facts are too specific to be a coincidence.

Another theory holds that Godzilla will die in the combined assault of King Kong and Mechagodzilla, who will also make his first modern appearance in a Godzilla epic. This monster saga completes the circle with its historical predecessors with the addition of Mechagodzilla. The result will surely have important implications in the future.

The original Kong vs. Godzilla Classic, too far from our minds and from viewing pleasure, it has produced multiple pop culture references to include the music industry, advertising, board games, and was even once mocked by The Simpsons. Will the restart of this titanic struggle produce the same legacy as the predecessor? Clock Godzilla Vs Kong in theaters or on HBO Max on March 31 and find out.

Godzilla Vs Kong follows three other popular Legendary Entertainment movies including 2014’s Godzilla, From 2017 Kong: Skull Island Y Godzilla: King of the Monsters which debuted in 2019. Godzilla Vs King Kong is directed by Adam Wingard and stars Alexander Skarsgard, Rebecca Hall, Kyle Chandler and Millie Bobbie Brown.

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