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Rumor News: France Pushes Godzilla vs Kong To March 17th; Monsterverse TV Show Coming To HBO Max

After the news that Godzilla vs Kong was pushed up to March 26th in the United States, there has been a lot of anticipation for any sort of news regarding when the trailer will drop. Currently, the toy company, Funko, is having their virtual convention called Funko Fair and on the first day we got to see the reveals for the 10" inch Godzilla and Kong figures and apparently more will be revealed. Until then, there have been a few of rumors floating around.

Starting with the most likely true rumor, Kaiju News Outlet reported France is pushing Godzilla vs Kong up to March 17th. That is a week and a half before the movie releases in the United States. While there is no confirmation the reason why I consider this most likely true is the concern for piracy. Piracy is an issue especially when movies and tv shows go straight to streaming and I think Legendary and Warner Bros. would want to tackle that issue since most of the revenue would be coming from other countries like China, Japan, and Europe. If a movie like Godzilla vs Kong gets pirated, then they could lose a lot of that money. Also, HBO Max is not currently available in Europe until sometime this year according to Deadline. The only thing I would take away from this is the new release date. It is unknown if March 17th will be the new international release date for Godzilla vs Kong until there is confirmation. So a tiny bit of salt will be taken away from here, but not so much that it can't be considered illegitimate.

The next rumor being reported is that the trailer for Godzilla vs Kong will be releasing this Sunday. The source comes from YouRocket on Twitter claiming that it has been confirmed. I find this kind of odd because none of the Monsterverse movies has ever released a trailer on a Sunday. They have usually either been released on Tuesday or Saturday. The only reason why I would ever think this could possibly true is because Funko will supposedly reveal the rest of the Godzilla vs Kong Funko POP! figures on Monday instead of Saturday according to the schedule for Funko Fair. The virtual convention is supposed to go from January 19th – 29th and there are only nine days on the schedule. Which means two of those days will have to be skipped. This is probably in consideration of not revealing spoilers until the trailer is released. If that is true then we should expect some news of the trailer releasing VERY soon.

UPDATE: Legendary has just confirmed that the trailer will be coming on Sunday. So the rumor above is confirmed true.

The last rumor is about a new Monsterverse TV show coming to HBO Max. This was reported "exclusively" by FandomWire. You know when an exclusive is from an unofficial source and it ends with "it does not guarantee to air" that immediately sends red flags.

It reads, "Fans of Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse are eagerly anticipating the long-awaited blockbuster Godzilla vs Kong! As we wait for a first trailer, FandomWire can exclusively reveal that HBO Max is developing a MonsterVerse series revolving around the secret scientific organization, Monarch!

Introduced in the 2014 Godzilla reboot, Monarch was founded in 1946 by American President Harry S. Truman to investigate the sinking of the U.S.S. Lawton by a giant creature, or Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism (MUTO). Monarch soon expanded into an international organization.

In 1954, it was involved in attempts to kill Godzilla and the Shinomura with hydrogen bomb detonations at Bikini Atoll. The organization’s next breakthrough came in 1973, when Monarch agents attached to a Landsat expedition discovered the incredible ecosystem of Skull Island and the ancient rivalry between its guardian, Kong, and the marauding Skullcrawlers.

The organization has played a big role throughout Legendary’s MonsterVerse so it’s no surprise that HBO Max would want to make an Agents of SHIELD-esque spin-off.

We currently don’t have any other details or any word on who will direct or produce. However, we do want to stress that this project is in the early stages of development. It’s important to stress that “In-Development” means teams connected to Warner Bros. and Legendary are prepping and writing the following projects. It does not guarantee they will all make it to air."

To be honest, this reads like it came from We Got This Covered, which they also claimed to have had an exclusive about a Monsterverse TV show. I am all for the Monsterverse continuing as a TV show. I would love it if the show explored around the USS Lawton incident and other incidents mentioned in the films and graphic novels. If HBO Max made a show based around the Monsterverse and does it right, then I would be all in. However, what FandomWire is reporting is more than taking it with a grain of salt. This is where you need to haul the salt from the salt mine by carts. They're asking fans to be excited for something that may never happen. Let's call out this article for what it is. It's clickbait. They didn't name a source or prove anything to suggest that this news is legit. This is more for them to get clicks from us who are excited for Godzilla vs Kong. Until there is an official source confirming the Monsterverse is coming to HBO Max, this is pure clickbait through and through.

What are your thoughts on these rumors? Do you believe any of them have a leg to stand on? Let me know in the comments section on your thoughts of these rumors. Make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Minds, MeWe, and Gab to stay up to date for more news, reviews, and discussions.


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