If you’re the Baby Boomer or Generation X crowd and have a penchant for B-movies, you undoubtedly grew up in Godzilla, Kong, and the rest of the Toho Studios monster pantheon. No other entertainment hotel has had a kid as much fun on Saturday mornings as watching our favorite kaiju wipe out the poor, helpless city of Japan year after year.
But many often forget that King Kong came first. The 1933 Radio Pictures original, a US production starring Bruce Cabot and Fay Wray, dated the Raymond Burr-inspired Godzilla classic more than two decades before and for you “Team Kong” fans the original King Kong was named the fourth greatest horror movie of all time by Rotten Tomatoes. Not bad for a really romantic adventure movie.
Toho, however, took the success of the original Godzilla from 1954 and ran with it. He produced 32 films over the next 64 years, with the last four taking place in Japan’s Reiwa era, which began in 2016.
In the early years of the original Monster Verses, Godzilla and Kong clashed for the first and only time. It was 1963 and to this day this Clash of the Titans is the most-watched Godzilla film in Japanese history. Due to the sweeping success, Toho Studios and the US-based production company Rankin / Bass followed King Kong escapes In 1967, when the audience saw the creation of the Mechani-Kong, the Kong fought and defeated. Interestingly, the huge octopus scene is in King Kong escapes was later expelled from filmmakers 39 years later Pirates of the Caribbean: The Dead Man’s Chest to inspire the movement of octopuses. They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. You may never see this scene like this again.
Toho Studios celebrated their 60th anniversary in 1992. To honor this legacy, they wanted to bring a rematch between Godzilla and Kong to the silver screen a second time, but did not own the rights to Kong. Instead, they came up with the idea of using a newer version of Mechani-Kong. Fearing they might not even get image rights to the giant gorilla, it was decided instead to use Mechani-Kong’s idea to inspire the creation of Mechagodzilla (or super-Mechagodzilla, so to speak), which made the monsters romp in 1993 led. Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla II.
In the original King Kong versus Godzilla The two giants meet early, Kong loses. In the ensuing battle later in the film, in which his power was increased by lightning, Kong gained the upper hand over his reptilian opponent. In the final clash, both fall off a cliff and fight underwater, with only Kong showing up swimming home on Faro Island … Godzilla is nowhere to be seen. For years fans debated who had really won the fight, but in the decades that followed, even Toho Studios admitted that Kong had won. It is important to understand that Kong was considered to be some kind of antihero at the time as he had a special relationship with socialmediagossips and was in some ways accessible to the audience. In contrast, Godzilla was still viewed as a villain in Japan and only viewed as a helper to humanity in later films. But is that still true today?
Let’s examine the possibility a little more closely. The upcoming show’s Godzilla vs. Kong trailer footage reveals what is likely an early battle on board an aircraft carrier. Later footage shows Kong in a weakened condition aboard a large cargo ship who is likely to lose the first fight. We then see a secondary encounter in which Kong seems to gain the upper hand with the help of a ‘battle ax’, which also appears to have properties that can counter Godzilla’s atoms. This general recap would look similar to the original, with Kong losing the original encounter but ultimately emerging victorious in the final confrontation.
Additionally the movie poster for Godzilla versus Kong says: “One will fall.” This could be simple misdirection and marketing hype, but it’s plausible if Godzilla, for example, leaves a legacy. Toho Godzilla’s contract terms have been rumored to forbid dying unless he has a child who can carry on his legacy in the film. Interestingly, a post-credit scene from Godzilla: King of the Monsters shows us a newspaper clipping of a giant egg that Monarch found.
Reading the caption, the evidence suggests otherwise.
There’s also a strong precedent for a Godzilla offspring in the film canon. The first sighting of a little Godzilla was in 1967 Son of Godzilla where his son named Minilla hatched from an egg. Even more ironic is another iteration of Godzilla’s son hatching from an egg in the one mentioned earlier Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla II These offspring were somewhat more similar to their current father’s physical traits than the original, but both films clearly suggest the possibility that we might still see a Baby Godzilla at the upcoming Clobberfest, which will allow King Kong to be victorious in the final battle.
A quick perusal of the toy site BigBadToyStore reveals two definitive unpictured toy releases named “Godzilla Little” and “Godzilla Minira”. Minira is the Japanese name for the original Junior Kaiju from the 1967 film. These facts are too specific to be coincidental.
Another theory is that Godzilla will die in the combined attack by King Kong and Mechagodzilla, which will also make its first modern appearance in a Godzilla epic. This monster saga closes the circle with its historical predecessor with Mechagodzilla. The result will certainly have a significant impact on the future.
The original Kong versus Godzilla classic, too far removed from our minds and our viewing pleasure, has spawned several references in pop culture including music industry, advertising, board games, and was even faked once by the Simpsons. Will restarting this titanic battle bring forth the same legacy as its predecessor? See Godzilla versus Kong in theaters or on HBO Max on March 31st and find out.
Godzilla versus Kong Three other popular Legendary Entertainment films follow, including 2014 Godzilla, 2017 Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla: King of the Monsters that debuted in 2019. Godzilla versus King Kong Directed by Adam Wingard and stars Alexander Skarsgard, Rebecca Hall, Kyle Chandler and Millie Bobbie Brown.
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