The Godzilla vs Kong panel at the IGN FanFest has just happened and I have to say that Adam Wingard did a really great job with the interview and the fan Q&A. He didn't reveal too much and played very safe when answering the questions. He has even dodged a lot of questions that would go into spoiler territory, so bravo to him. Here are the things he did reveal in the interview.
The first question Wingard was asked is if we should consider Godzilla vs Kong the final movie of the Monsterverse series. His reply was that he is unsure about what the future holds for the series. The only true way to know is based on the enthusiasm from the fans.
"Well, I mean…I guess just like any other sequel that's up to if, you know, if people are super into this. One which, you know, I'm biased, but I think they're definitely going to be super into it. So, you know, who knows what the future holds, but…if the fan enthusiasm is there, then absolutely, why would we ever end this thing if people want more."
For the most part, Adam is stating that he is not sure about where the Monsterverse series will go after Godzilla vs Kong, but he has made it clear that if there is enough enthusiasm then you can bet on more movies in the future. So if you want to see more movies happen then you have to show that you want more. This even includes watching Godzilla vs Kong.
Wingard was asked about if he made any changes to Godzilla's design and he gives the same answer he gave to Collider. He was given the option from Legendary to make changes to Godzilla, but he feels that Dougherty's design is the definitive design for Godzilla vs Kong. He even uses Batman V Superman and the original 1962 movie, King Kong vs Godzilla, as examples of how we identify the characters. He doesn't feel like the original movie was the definitive version of King Kong vs Godzilla since King Kong looks very different as a guy in a suit and the same goes for his opinion on the Ben Affleck version of Batman in Batman V Superman. So when it comes to designing Godzilla and King Kong, he wants them to be the definitive versions of those monsters.
On top of that, he ends the question saying, " He [Godzilla] already has a couple of movies building up to this point and I just want this to feel like the real match up. I want you to walk away from this…I wanted there to be no more arguments on the playground. This is the decider, you know. You don't have to debate it anymore. You watched this film. That's Godzilla, that's King Kong, they're beating the shit out of each other and one wins, you know. That's it."
If anybody ever has any doubts about a winner in this film, then you heard it from the director's mouth. There will be a definitive winner.
Adam Wingard was asked about King Ghidorah, but he has dodged the question saying there is something in the movie about Ghidorah. It is hard to not mention him in Godzilla vs Kong since it takes place five years after Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Yet, he can't give any details without spoiling the movie.
The last question asked in the interview is about Wingard's horror movies and if he brought any of the styles he used in those movies in Godzilla vs Kong. He reveals that there will be blood and other horror aspects he took inspiration from and applied it into this movie. At the same time, he doesn't want it to be disturbing like in his horror movies.
As the interview turns to the Fan Q&A, the first question asked from a fan was about whether or not we will see as much of Godzilla's side of the story as Kong's side of the story. Wingard answers that over each installment, we have seen the movies turning more and more towards the story of the monsters more than the human story. He can't say how much of the movie leans towards one or the other, but there are large portions of the movie that allows the monsters to guide the story. He states that the audience and the studios are becoming more comfortable of allowing these monsters be treated like characters and even believes that if more movies are made in this series then there is a possibility we will see 30% of the human story and the rest is the monster's story.
The next question asks about Godzilla having new powers. Of course, Wingard can't answer it without spoiling the movie. He states that we will see Godzilla act differently in a lot of ways and do things we would never really see him do before.
The next subject Wingard was asked about how much time it takes to do one minute sequences of Godzilla and Kong fighting. He couldn't really answer it because it is all done in segments. Some shots are done during the pre-visual stage and some shots are done during the post-visual stage. Even though the assets for Godzilla and Kong were already pre-rendered there are shots more difficult than others.