Updated: Aug 14, 2021
With the success of Godzilla vs Kong, many of us have been wondering about the future of the Monsterverse series. We have been given hints that there are talks going on behind the scenes of the series continuing from interviews with Adam Wingard and from the art book. Recently, Screen Rant has interviewed Godzilla vs Kong writer, Max Borenstein, asking about the future of the Monsterverse in the article, Godzilla vs Kong Writer Teases Future MonsterVerse Movies. The answer he gave is about what was expected.
Borenstein answers, "I've heard some exciting things that are happening that I can't divulge. They have a great handle on things there and I certainly have thoughts and am always excited when I get involved in them. I think it's in good hands and with the success of Godzilla vs Kong, there will be some new, interesting installments coming. Without being able to say any of that officially, you can look at the fact that that film performed and people responded to it."
Long story short, he is saying that there are talks, but nothing is confirmed yet. The future of the Monsterverse is still unknown, at the moment. They (Legendary and Warner Bros.) do sound very pleased with how Godzilla vs Kong performed in the box office and they should be. The movie has made $476.46 million worldwide beating a lot of movies that released this year such as Mortal Kombat, A Quiet Place Part II, Space Jam: A New Legacy, Cruella, and Raya and the Last Dragon. The only Hollywood movie Godzilla vs Kong lost against was F9: The Fast Saga, which made $661 million worldwide at the time of writing this post. Right now, Godzilla vs Kong is competing for fourth place against Black Widow, which has made $359.76 million worldwide, thus far.
Currently, the top 5 worldwide box office hits of 2021 are:
Hi, Mom – $822 million
Detective Chinatown 3 – $686.26 million
F9: The Fast Saga – $661.36 million
Godzilla vs Kong – $476.46 million
Black Widow – $359.76 million
With Godzilla vs Kong still holding onto the top 5 it is found to be very impressive, especially when the movie is still standing toe to toe with Black Widow. On top of that, Warner Bros. had to pay Legendary around $200 million in January just to release Godzilla vs Kong on HBO Max same day as the movie's theatrical release bumping the total number to around $600 million. So talks for more movies for the Monsterverse series was no doubt going to happen.
We do know there is the Skull Island anime series in the works for Netflix, yet it is what comes afterward is the question. As far as we already know, Warner’s deal with Toho was that Warner was allowed to make three Godzilla movies by 2021. I talked about where Godzilla's future could be heading after Godzilla vs Kong a couple of times. In my article, Which Direction Will Toho Take Godzilla Next?, I speculated that the rights for Godzilla could return to Toho so they can start working on their own live-action Godzilla movies again. I even speculated that Toho could possibly extend the rights for Godzilla to Legendary and Warner Bros. so the Monsterverse could continue as part of their plan to expand the IP internationally in that same article. There is another possibility where the Monsterverse could continue without Godzilla and concentrate only on Kong. The last possibility is that Godzilla vs Kong is the last movie and there will be nothing else afterwards. At this point, anything can happen.
The most common idea being floated around is that Max Borenstein wants to explore a "Godzilla B.C." movie, which would be a Godzilla movie set in a prehistoric era with little to no human characters to focus on. While certainly an interesting idea to take with Godzilla that fans do welcome with open arms, I don't know if it is the right idea for a movie. I feel as though that kind of idea can be explored in a TV show so the story can build up gradually. You can have the first season showing how Godzilla's and Kong's ancestors were once allies and trusted each other and then show how that trust gradually diminished. Then in season two, it would show the "Titan Wars" saga that has been hinted at since Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which would tie in with the Monsterverse movies we got and a "Destroy All Monsters" movie. This way, you get more Monsterverse lore without having to compromise the story to just a 2–2 1/2 hour movie.
Overall, the article from Screen Rant confirms nothing new that we already know is happening behind the scenes. I can’t say when or even if we will get an official announcement from Legendary and WB, but if there are more movies coming to the Monsterverse then I hope we hear something soon. I know that we are back in this Godzilla/Monsterverse news drought like in 2020. So I do expect pretty much the same news as this one where a representative from Legendary or WB will say there are ideas floating around and nothing is for certain yet. Until there is confirmation, all we can do is wait and see what happens.
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