Last Tuesday, there were private screenings of Godzilla vs Kong that took place, but due to an embargo the audience were not allowed to talk about the film until March 21. Yesterday, the embargo was lifted and there were a lot of positive impressions towards the movie. Some even gave interesting details in what was not in the movie. One of those detail points is the absence of a post credit scene.
In an interview with a YouTube channel called Review Nation, Adam Wingard gives a reason why there is no post credit scene. Wingard explains, "No, we never did a post credit scene. We actually shot one cause we actually shot it during production and we actually ended up using the footage in the movie itself. So we never actually cut a post credit scene into it. I think the reason for it is just that, you know, I think the Monsterverse is kind of at a cross-roads. This is all that it has been leading up to at this point and the question is is like if there is going to be more desire for these things. We had to kind of see with the reactions to this. And I think it's just about not pigeon holding ourselves until, like, forcing ourselves into making a movie. We had to see what the reaction is, which I think is going to be very positive. It seems to be, so far. From there, we will take a direction for whatever feels right."
I have said it in the past, if Godzilla vs Kong were to be the last movie in the Monsterverse series then I would be okay with having four movies. Godzilla vs Kong has always been the end game of this series. However, I have even said back in February during IGN FanFest, that if you want to see more movies then you must go out and support the film. Adam Wingard, the director himself, has already given you where the Monsterverse is at and the instructions on how to keep the series moving forward.
To me, it sounds like Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. are not too confident on Godzilla vs Kong doing well and for good reasons. Back in 2019, Godzilla: King of the Monsters was really dragging its heels at the box office, the general audience were not crazy over the story, and the movie ended up underperforming. Also, even though we are quite near the end of this pandemic with theaters slowly opening back up there are still parts of the U.S. and other countries where movie theaters are not open yet.
Without a post credit scene, Godzilla vs Kong can be left open ended so that way Legendary and Warner Bros. can find out if there is enough enthusiasm for another movie or not. If the Monsterverse continues, then I think a TV series would be the best approach. They're cheaper to make and there is so much potential of stories for other monsters we barely got to see. They don't have to rely on Godzilla, Kong, Rodan, Mothra, Ghidorah, and MechaGodzilla to continue the story. Currently, there is a Monsterverse anime in the works for Netflix called Skull Island and is being produced by Powerhouse Animation Studios, the same animation studio that made Castlevania and Blood of Zeus. If you're a fan of/familiar with either of those shows, then expect Skull Island to be really dark and possibly gory. My guess is that if this show does well then expect the Monsterverse to continue with more TV shows.
Let's say that Godzilla vs Kong does do well enough for Legendary to do a fifth movie. I think the best way to do another movie is to make the next one THE last movie. Build it up to where the war of the monsters is close to a climax and the world has gone into chaos. We see Behemoth bulldozing over the Skull Crawlers, Methuselah is munching on the War Bats, Rodan and Mothra joining forces to aide Godzilla and Kong to end the war, and MechaGodzilla appears again under Monarch's control to aide Godzilla and Kong, as well. Then finally at the climax, we see Destroyah rise above the flames looking down at the monsters with its menacing yellow eyes and overpowers them all. The movie ends where both Mothra and Rodan are killed by Destroyah, but they didn't go down without a fight. Mothra and Rodan would get in a few good blows before Destroyah shreds them apart unlike in King of the Monsters Mothra just dies when she charged head on towards Ghidorah. Both Mothra's and Rodan's essence are absorbed by Godzilla and Kong and we get both Burning Godzilla and Thunder Kong. With Godzilla's red atomic breath and Kong's lightning fists they overpower Destroyah together, but this time neither Godzilla nor Kong come back to life. That's it, game over for them. BUT before the movie cuts to credits we see a baby Godzilla hatching from an egg and a baby Kong in the Hollow Earth to symbolize that Godzilla's and Kong's legacy still lives on through a new generation.
Sorry if that last paragraph was long winded, but that is how I would make the fifth movie. The point I am trying to make is that there is not a whole lot you can do with monster movies in general before they get stale to the general audience. Each movie has to feel bigger and more epic than the last movie, which is why the fifth movie being a "Destroy All Monsters" type of movie would be a perfect way to end the Monsterverse.
What are your thoughts on Godzilla vs Kong having no post credit scene? Could this be the final chapter in the Monsterverse series or do you think there is still more to come? How would you do a fifth movie if you were given the opportunity? Leave a comment in the comments section of your thoughts on this information. Make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Minds, MeWe, Gab, and Parler to stay up to date for more news, reviews, and discussions.