After a long wait and multiple delays, Godzilla vs. Kong is finally here, giving us the absolute treat of two super Titans butting heads. While the film is a direct sequel to both Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island, no sequel to the film itself, like Godzilla vs. Kong 2, has been officially announced as of yet nor did the film include the traditional post-credits scene teasing a possible follow-up story. Though this sets up a future where we might not get to see the amazing characters of Godzilla vs. Kong on screen again, Daniel Richtman, the source of authentic cinema rumours, has reported that actress Millie Bobby Brown is all set to return to the Monsterverse with Godzilla vs. Kong 2.
Millie Bobby Brown’s role in Godzilla vs. Kong is pretty limited compared to the part she played in the standalone Godzilla film. But the bigger question here is not whether Godzilla vs. Kong 2 will give her a more substantial storyline, it is whether there will be a sequel to start with. As mentioned earlier, unlike the earlier films in the Monstersverse, the film didn’t include a post-credits scene hinting at what could come next. Apparently, they filmed one and used it in the movie itself. Instead ended on a very finale–like note.
Godzilla vs. Kong ends with the two Titans first grappling with each other in a fight that seemed to only have one end—the death of either one of them. But then arrived the MechaGodzilla, pushing Kong and Godzilla to recognize the real enemy and join forces to beat the monster. In the end, after ensuring that the threat has been nullified, Godzilla returns to the ocean and Kong finally gets to go home—the Hollow Earth. But does it mean the end of Monsterverse as well?
In a chat with Collider, Godzilla vs. Kong writer Max Borenstein noted that while the film was a part of the franchise that the studio has been building up to for years, it serves more like an ending to Kong and Godzilla’s story not the end of the Monsterverse per se, thus effectively shutting down the possibility of Godzilla vs. Kong 2. He compared the characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Avengers who starred in multiple films separately and together to reach the culmination i.e., Avengers: Endgame, but it neither meant the story has ended nor did it end the possibility of the older characters coming together in the future and the same goes for the Monsterverse.
Even the film’s director, Adam Wingard, explained in a chat with Polygon that Godzilla vs. Kong is necessarily not the end of the Monsterverse and is more like a “culmination point.” He didn’t directly address the possibility of a Godzilla vs. Kong 2, though. While the trajectory of the films has been leading to this 2021 box-office hit, it doesn’t mean that there are no more stories to tell. But what raises more hope is the fact that he assured if the film is a financial success, there should be more. Given the current scenario where Godzilla vs. Kong seems to have breathed new life, not only in the franchise but into film theatres as well as the film is a certified blockbuster now, we can surely expect more films. But that still doesn’t clarify whether it was the last we saw of Kong, Godzilla, and the rest of the star cast or if there will be a Godzilla vs. Kong 2.
While the film did not include a post-credits scene that would have set up the possibility of Godzilla vs. Kong 2, it did establish a possible sequel to Kong: Skull Island. As Kong is now in his rightful place, his home in the Hollow Earth which is endless and he is yet to explore it completely, we can expect a follow-up to his adventure.
Even though Legendary Pictures hasn’t confirmed any developments in its film projects, it is moving forward with a new Skull Island anime series created by Brian Duffield for Netflix.
So, yes, the Monsterverse is moving forward. But whether it will follow up on Kong and Godzilla’s latest display of comradeship in Godzilla vs. Kong 2 is left to be seen. While the film’s ending seemed rather final, the fact that Godzilla vs. Kong has a fresh RottenTomatoes review score and is still earning big bucks at the cinemas could have made Legendary Pictures take the decision to continue the MonsterVerse with Kong, Godzilla, and perhaps include the rumoured return of Millie Bobby Brown.