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How Godzilla: King of the Monsters Sets Up Godzilla vs. Kong

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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, in theaters now.

Legendary's fledgling MonsterVerse gets a major shot of adrenaline with the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The two previous films in the franchise, 2014's Godzilla and 2017's Kong: Skull Island, were box-office hits that embraced the scope over their setting, a world where giant monsters shake the ground. Still, they still only introduced a handful of kaiju, or Titans, as they're now called.

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By the end of King of the Monsters, however, most of the Titans around the globe have been awakened. But while Godzilla has claimed the title of King of the Monsters by killing Ghidorah, there's still a threat to his rule on Skull Island. Fans know Godzilla vs. Kong is set to arrive in 2020, and this film certainly hints at the grudge match.

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All Hail The King

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

It's established early in Godzilla: King of the Monsters that the world now knows what lives on Skull Island. That's why any indication of earthquakes coming from the island registers attention from Monarch. The monster-tracking organization frequently references the island, especially after Ghidorah unleashes the other Titans, and sets them off around the world. But while many of the creatures set to work terrorizing the planet, Kong isn't among them. It's shown that only apex predators, the strongest of the Titans, have the ability to resist Ghidorah's influence. That includes Godzilla and Mothra, and it's implied Kong is among those unaffected.

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That becomes more important at the end of the film, when Godzilla confronts Ghidorah in the ruins of Boston. After a lengthy battle, Godzilla defeats Ghidorah, disintegrating the created with an overload of atomic power. That leaves Godzilla as the new alpha, and four Titans, including Rodan, pledge themselves to the new King of the Monsters. Numerous other Titans will likely follow suit, but given the hints about Skull Island, Kong probably won't be among their ranks.

Grudge Match

As the credits roll, Godzilla: King of the Monsters quickly reveals how the world has already begun to change in response to the Titans. Sea life is flourishing, and plant life is returning around the world. But among the news clippings and reports is a common thread: Although many Titans flocked to Godzilla, others went instead to Skull Island. Soon, it becomes apparent that Kong is considered as much of a powerhouse as Godzilla and Ghidorah. Other monsters may be willing to bow to him, setting up a new contest for dominance. Ancient cave paintings, reminiscent of the ones that depicted Godzilla fighting Ghidorah as if they were gods of old, also show Godzilla confronting Kong.

We already knew this battle was coming, of course. But Godzilla: King of the Monsters goes a long way toward explaining why the two will face off, setting up a battle for supremacy of the Titans and, by extension, the world. But those same teasers openly ponder what chance humanity has of surviving the conflict.

Directed by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds and Zhang Ziyi.

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