Godzilla vs. Kong forgoes after-credits scene due to unclear future

In 2015, Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures called their shot: Not just would Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla make a follow up, however the franchise would broaden to consist of a brand-new King Kong film, and pay everything off by pitting the titans versus each other in 2020.

Shockingly, conserve for a couple of schedule mixes due to an international pandemic, the strategy exercised. Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ took a ’70s-period backstory in Kong: Skull Island, Michael Dougherty pitted the monster-chasing company Emperor versus a handful of kaiju in Godzilla: King of the Beasts, and Adam Wingard knocked the cinematic folklore together in the brand-new Godzilla vs. Kong.

So is that completion of the “Monsterverse”? The last scenes of the movie might not be what fans of open-ended franchise storytelling may anticipate, providing a real sense of closure. However Wingard informs Polygon “finale” may be the incorrect word.

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for Godzilla vs. Kong]

King Kong overlooks Godzilla atop a neon skyscraper at night in Godzilla vs. Kong

Image: Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures

Instead of tacking on an after-credits scene hinting at what could come next, Godzilla vs. Kong offers the thrill of a happy ending. After the two titans grapple over their long-standing feud Hatfield and McCoy-style, they join forces to crush MechaGodzilla into mechadust. With Earth safe once again, Godzilla descends into the ocean and Kong journeys back to the center of the Earth. Everything is at peace!

The Monsterverse is the result of an elaborate deal between Legendary and Toho Ltd. that grants the Hollywood company access to the Godzilla IP. The specifics of the deal remain blurry, but on the macro level, it prevented Toho from making its own Japanese Godzilla films while the Monsterverse plans played out. Toho has signalled that it intends to pump out its own Godzilla films after the release of Godzilla vs. Kong, casting doubt on whether the deal could be re-upped and the Monsterverse could continue in some capacity. A gentle conclusion to Godzilla and King Kong’s royale rumble may have been more dictated by contracts than storytelling preference, but Wingard informs Polygon that at the end of the day, his film was never ever indicated as a last entry.

“It was more designed in the sense in the way that Avengers: Endgame was kind of designed as a culmination point, not necessarily an ending, for the Marvel movies,” he states. “This has been the trajectory for the films, and I’m very fortunate to be the one to be able to kind of do it. But it doesn’t mean that it’s over. But we are at a crossroads where, you know, the audiences have to show up and fulfill the the financial end of the things. If this is a success, then you bet your ass there’ll be more.”

While the future of American Godzilla motion pictures is uncertain, for Wingard, the important success of Godzilla vs. Kong will bring him on to a variety of other tasks. According to the filmmaker, he and long time partner Simon Barrett (You’re Next, The Visitor) have a variety of scripts in advancement, consisting of an initial movie composed throughout the pandemic off-days; Face/Off 2, which will continue the story of John Woo’s 1997 action film; and the just recently revealed Thundercats film, which is anticipated to press animation in absolutely brand-new methods. “That is is kind of like a lifetime goal movie of mine that we’re about to start writing” Wingard states.

When It Comes To more Godzilla and Kong? “I would love to do more, too. I had such a great experience on this film. I picked up so many tools on how to do this type of movie, and I’m ready to do more.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.