SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for "Kong: Skull Island." Read at your own risk!
The details of the post-credits scene for the upcoming giant ape vs kaiju movie “Kong: Skull Island” have been revealed, a full week before the film hits theaters. The scene features both Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson in an interrogation that connects the film about the larger than life ape’s quest for revenge to Legendary Pictures' ongoing “Godzilla” series.
The scene begins with Hiddleston's James Conrad character asking, “Why are you sitting in the darkness? Are you enjoying this?” It’s a clear dig at moviegoers’ recent penchant for sticking around after the credits to catch a glimpse at the next film in a series or cinematic universe. It’s quickly revealed, though, that both Conrad and Larson’s Mason Weaver are in a Monarch interrogation room -- Monarch being the organization in 2014’s “Godzilla” that attempted, and failed, to contain the film’s creatures.
The two are then confronted by Monarch’s Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) and San (Tian Jing), who claim that Kong is not the only king kaiju on the planet. The duo then show Conrad and Weaver a series of pictures, including images of a nuclear blast intended to destroy Godzilla and cave paintings depicting the likeness of monsters Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah. One final image shows Godzilla and King Ghidorah locked in combat before the screen cuts to black and Godzilla’s roar is heard.
The scene teases “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” the upcoming film in Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse, the shared cinematic universe that includes both the current run of “Godzilla” and “Kong” films. The images of monsters Brooks and San share with the survivors of Skull Island are drawn from film company Toho’s extensive line of kaiju, many of which appeared in Japanese “Godzilla” films—some receiving their own cinematic outings—during the heyday of Japanese monster flicks in the 1960s.
Mothra first appeared in the 1961 film “Mothra,” in which a tribal village summons its ancient, giant moth-like protector after a sensationalist entrepreneur attempts to exploit the island’s culture and resources. Mothra would later go on to appear in the 1962 “Mothra vs. Godzilla,” which saw Mothra’s offspring humble the rampaging lizard after their parent was destroyed by Godzilla’s atomic breath.
Rodan is a species of pterodactyl-like monsters that first appeared in the 1956 film “Rodan,” in which a small town is terrorized by two of the creatures. The species would later go on to be retconned into a singular monster named Rodan who did battle alongside Godzilla and Mothra against the three-headed golden dragon King Ghidorah in “Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.”
Debuting in theaters on March 10, "Kong: Skull Island" is a production of Legendary Pictures directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell and John Ortiz.