With Godzilla: King of the Monsters set to expand Legendary’s MonsterVerse in a big way, audience members have questions about the long-term health of the franchise. This is because no films have been officially announced beyond 2020’s Godzilla vs Kong, a movie that can either conclude the MonsterVerse or establish a new status quo.
When Toho Kingdom was able to visit the set of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, they were able to interview Producer Alex Garcia and Executive Producer/Co-Writer Zach Shields, learning more about the current status of the MonsterVerse post-2020.
During the interview, they say “We take it one movie at a time. We’re working with Adam Winguard, working toward Godzilla vs Kong, but the right now the focus is all on [Godzilla: King of the Monsters]…It’s one brick at a time. There’s obviously a goal of what we want the whole thing to look like, but each piece has to be as good as it can be. Could there be? Yeah, that’s the hope if the movies turn out really well.”
This puts a lot of pressure on the 2019 blockbuster, as it now has to balance Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra, Rodan, and the future status of the MonsterVerse franchise. In many ways, this is reminiscent to how Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice dictated much of the DCEU’s future.
Zack Snyder even confirmed during a recent Q&A at “Snydercon” that Warner Bros. ordered a rewrite of Justice League upon the reception of Batman V Superman. Then based on Justice League’s reception, the DCEU opted for a soft reboot of sorts, with references to past movies but no immediate plans for a sequel to Man of Steel and no direct sequel for Ben Affleck’s Batman (as he no longer is attached to the role).
Toho in previous statements about future Godzilla films has expressed interest in a new cinematic universe called “The World of Godzilla.” If they were to explore this route for the future of Godzilla movies instead of new MonsterVerse movies it would be a waste. That’s because the MonsterVerse has successfully in two adaptations brought the characters of Godzilla and Kong into a shared universe for the modern era audience.
Toho starting from zero would be a waste of potential considering the foundation built to introduce more monsters is already established. In my personal opinion, I think Toho should do another animated series, but please not another anime trilogy. This could be several one-shot type movies that do not need to replace or compete directly with the MonsterVerse franchise of films.
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