In 2020, two iconic monsters are finally going to come to blows for an all-out brawl in Godzilla vs. Kong, but not until the massive lizard next appears in 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Although we know what the massive nuclear-powered lizard has been up to in recent years thanks to the 2015 reboot, we haven't yet seen Kong in the present day, but Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard promises that when we finally experience the giant ape's adventure in our time, Kong will be big, Kong will be bad, and Kong will be mad.
"Ours is more in continuity with the sequel to Godzilla right now," Wingard told Slashfilm. "They’re doing Godzilla 2 with Mike Dougherty directing, so our film is in present day. We have a couple characters from Godzilla 2 in ours, but it’ll be interesting to see how Kong has fared over the years."
When last we saw him in Kong: Skull Island, it was towards the end of Vietnam War, and Kong was said to be only partially grown. And while his presence has remained a mystery to the world, it sounds like he hasn't had an easy time of it since the 1970s.
"You see [Kong] in that film and he’s just constantly under attack," Wingard said. "Things are going wrong and there’s probably been lots of human intervention since then. It’ll be interesting to see a more rugged, a bit more aged Kong in this film."
Like Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island was a huge box office success. If that winning streak continues with the franchise's next two films, we could be looking forward to a slew of new movies about the world's biggest monsters - even if there is a definitive winner after round one.
Releasing in theaters on March 22, 2019, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a production of Legendary Entertainment directed by Michael Dougherty and starring 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.