[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Godzilla vs. Kong]

With a movie called Godzilla vs. Kong, fans are expecting to see plenty of monster fights between the two titular Titans. But within those fights in the latest Warner Bros. Legendary MonsterVerse movie, the director Adam Wingard It also gives King Kong a new weapon to put him on a more even level with Godzilla (a creature with nuclear fire breath): an ax. However, this is not just any ax, as we discover throughout the film. When Kong is brought to the Hollow Earth, a kingdom in the center of the Earth where he came from, he finds a battle ax on the ground that he collects with great familiarity. And as his throne room begins to “connect” in the wake of his triumphant return, the ax begins to ignite. It is immediately clear that King Kong’s ax has very special powers.

That ax is useful in the grand finale of Godzilla vs. Kong, when Kong and Godzilla team up to fight the super villain Mechagodzilla, and indeed it is Godzilla who lights the ax so that Kong can land the final blow that kills Mechagodzilla once and for all. But the mythology behind the ax isn’t really explained within the film, and in an interview with Collider’s own Steve Weintraub, Wingard said they kept its origins a secret for a reason:

“Yeah, it’s something that we scoffed at in the movie and hopefully we can explore in later movies. But yes, there is a true story behind it. ”


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Writer Max borenstein, who has been involved in all the legendary MonsterVerse movies thus far in some way, was more forthcoming. In a separate interview with Collider’s Steve Weintraub, Borenstein revealed that the ax was actually made from the scales of a Godzilla-like creature, which explains why he can turn it on during the big. Godzilla vs. Kong final:

“To me it’s like Godzilla’s scales have this conductive, radioactive quality and the Kongs primates have some kind of evolved civilization, like primates, and simple tools and have used the backbone of a Godzilla creature to create it. Presumably there are more like this, but it feels like the iconic scepter of the King. ”

Indeed, clearly this ax and the entire journey to the Hollow Earth opens up the MonsterVerse mythology in a unique way, but Wingard cautions that while they have hopes of a Godzilla vs. Kong sequel, it’s really up to the audience to tell the studio if they should do more of these:

“I think MonsterVerse is at a crossroads where audiences should vote that they want to see another one of these movies before moving on, and I think that’s a really healthy thing … Let’s find out what people really like about this movie, And then if we’re going to do a sequel one way or another, let’s find out what’s based on what people like and don’t like. ”


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Godzilla vs. Kong is set to be one of the first big movies to hit theaters with the vaccine launching at a high level, so its box office could certainly tell Warner Bros. whether it is worth continuing down this MonsterVerse path or not. But the movie will also air on HBO Max for 31 days, so those streaming numbers will also help the studio gauge interest in this franchise after the somewhat disappointing box office of MonsterVerse’s most recent movie. Godzilla: King of the Monsters. At this time, there are publicly no future MonsterVerse movies or sequels in development.

Clearly with this latest movie, Godzilla vs. Kong It hints at even more mythology to discover, specifically regarding King Kong’s ax. So there are more stories to tell, if the public is interested.

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