Despite the slowly stabilizing theaters, Godzilla Vs. Kong has emerged as one of the highest-grossing films of 2021. It not only pitted its two eponymous characters against each other in one of the biggest crossovers ever but also broke several pandemic box-office records. And now three months after its release, the film and especially Godzilla is once again the talk of the town as an underwater pipeline explosion in the Gulf of Mexico’s Campeche Sound on Friday has the internet comparing it to the arrival of the legendary movie monster.
The explosion took place underwater due to a gas leak from a Pemex facility, Activo Integral de Produccion Ku Maloob Zaap, which is an offshore oil platform in the Campeche Sound, in the Gulf of Mexico. By noon, Pemex managed to bring the incident under control and thankfully reported that no evacuations were needed nor did anyone get injured.
But the underwater explosion led to a surge of flames to erupt from under the waves, making it look like a scene right out of Godzilla vs Kong, where Godzilla erupts from the ocean. And of course, fans of Godzilla noticed.
At the moment, Twitter is rampant with visuals of the raging fire in the ocean and people pointing out its uncanny similarity to Godzilla’s arrival in the films.
Interestingly, Godzilla isn’t the only fictional monster trending on Twitter after the incident- the fire is also being compared to the arrival of Cthulhu, an iconic and rather evil sea monster, a recurring character from H.P. Lovecraft’s stories who looks like a twisted giant octopus.
But needless to say, even when it comes to trending on Twitter, Godzilla is winning. To date, the renowned fictional monster has appeared in many films, starting with 1954’s Godzilla and the recently released Godzilla vs Kong being its latest cinematic venture. The latter is the fourth film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse and has grossed over $444 million worldwide.
The film has been a resounding success, both in the theaters as well as on HBO Max, and is being credited for jumpstarting the arrival of crowds to the theaters after the pandemic. It recently reached another milestone after it finally crossed $100 million in the United States after three months of its release. Variety reported last week that Godzilla vs Kong’s domestic total has crossed $100.113 million, which adds the film to the short list of films that managed to accomplish the feat during this post-pandemic period.
While Warner Bros. and Legendary were on the fence about continuing the MonsterVerse earlier, the success of Godzilla vs. Kong has convinced them to make a sequel. The Hollywood Reporter had recently reported that the film’s director Adam Wingard is in early discussions to direct at least one more film though there are many more potential sequels being planned. Reportedly, the film Wingard has been approached for is titled Son of Kong and will pick up after the events of Godzilla vs Kong, with Kong will be seen beginning a family in Hollow Earth.