By Travis Martin
Another cinematic universe is forming, this time with giant monsters. Warner Bros. and Legendary have united to bring a shared cinematic universe between two of the most iconic giant movie monsters: Godzilla and King Kong. The united franchises will intertwine with the usage of Monarch, the human organization first introduced in Gareth Edward‘s Godzilla. Monarch will a backbone of sorts between the film Kong: Skull Island, which will star Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and Samuel L. Jackson, and Godzilla 2, which will introduce other giant monsters Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. These films will culminate into Godzilla vs. Kong, coming out 2020.
The announcement was made by Legendary CEO, Thomas Tull and Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. Both had this to say:
“Audiences really responded to Godzilla,” stated Tull. “Today, I’m excited to reveal that film was only the beginning of an epic new entertainment universe. As a lifelong fan of these characters, I’ve always wanted to see the ultimate showdown, and today we’re pleased to be announcing that and more.”
“Working with our partners at Legendary, we enjoyed tremendous creative and commercial success with `Godzilla,’” said Tsujihara. “It’s great to be able to revisit these characters and help create a franchise with so many creative possibilities for filmmakers. Fans love these big, globally iconic films and it doesn’t get any bigger than this.”
Kong: Skull Island will releas release March 10, 2017, and Godzilla 2 is slated for on June 8, 2018. Godzilla vs. Kong is set to release in 2020.