What Does Godzilla: King of the Monsters Mean for Godzilla vs. Kong?

This week saw the premiere of the second trailer for the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, upping the stakes and scope of the kaiju-sized action as the entire planet becomes a battlefield for Godzilla and his various rival monsters, including the fearsome King Ghidorah, introduced in the upcoming sequel. While the latest trailer shows the eponymous behemoth evidently fighting on the side of humanity once again, as the military is seen racing past Godzilla to attack Ghidorah in a ruined city, the scene does prompt the question of how the fight in 2020's followup, Godzilla vs. Kong, comes about.

The sequel to both King of the Monsters and last year's Kong: Skull Island is currently in the middle of principal photography. When it's done, it will pit the two titular kaiju (called "titans" in the franchise's fiction) against each other. With King Kong largely content to watch over his remote island in the Pacific Ocean, it seems unlikely that the furry titan will willingly leave his home to cause wanton destruction, forcing Godzilla to arise again. And while Godzilla could certainly arrive on Skull Island himself, the showdown is almost guaranteed to have humanity caught in the crossfire. So, how do King Kong and Godzilla meet, and why do they end up fighting? The answer may lie in the secret organization Monarch.

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First introduced in the post-credits scene for Skull Island, the organization has been monitoring and analyzing titans for decades, eventually providing hints about the return of Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah in the King Kong reboot's final moments. A press release for Godzilla vs. Kong announcing the start of principal photography confirmed that the agency would figure prominently, along with a human plot to eradicate monsters. With that in mind, the battle for monster supremacy is likely man-made, as is potentially the final battle in King of the Monsters.

Initially seen frozen in a massive block of ice in the latest trailer for King of the Monsters, Ghidorah has presumably been in Monarch's custody since crashing to Earth. With humanity increasingly terrified by the emergence of devastating titans across the planet, representatives from the organization are seen contemplating their next move to combat the new extinction-level threats.

It's possible the film will see Ghidorah thawed from its cryogenic slumber in a desperate bid to rein in the monsters, only for it to rage out of control and force a confrontation with Godzilla. Given his status as the titular King of the Monsters and the crossover sequel the following year, it's relatively safe to say Godzilla will ultimately triumph over the three-headed, electric titan to fight another day. That leaves Monarch with their own contingency plan hiding away on his own island.

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Following King Ghidorah's probable defeat, Monarch will presumably force Kong off Skull Island and put him on a collision course with Godzilla in an attempt to kill the uncontrollable, atomic titan. While it's unknown if humanity and Godzilla will have a more contentious relationship than they did in the original 2014 film, it is confirmed that the government is fearful of him, and the widespread destruction seen in the King of the Monsters trailer will assuredly fuel further attempts to destroy him for good.

Humanity sees the new age of monsters as a grave threat to its very survival. With Kong waiting in the wings, perhaps Monarch will turn to the giant simian to pick up the fight where King Ghidorah fails.

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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. The film opens May 31.

Godzilla vs. Kong, directed by Adam Wingard, will release on May 22, 2020. The film stars Kyle Chandler, Ziyi Zhang, Millie Bobby Brown, Danai Gurira, Brian Tyree Henry, Demian Bichir, Alexander Skarsgard, Jessica Henwick, Lance Reddick and Julian Dennison.

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