WARNING, THERE ARE SPOILERS TO GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS IN THIS ARTICLE!
During the credits for ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters,’ there were several teases of what’s to come in the Monsterverse. One cave painting, in particular, appeared to showcase a previous battle between members of Titanus Kong and Titanus Gojira. This painting, an obvious reference to the upcoming ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ film, is interesting as it establishes a history of conflict between the two super-species. On one hand, Godzilla is accepted to be the alpha of all Titans and responsible for maintaining the natural order.
On the other hand, it seems like Kong resists Godzilla’s status as his alpha which can be the foundation for their conflict. This could, in theory, destabilize the entire balance enforced by Godzilla depending on how much damage Kong inflicts onto Godzilla. A quote that properly captures this was said in ‘Iron Man 2’ by Whiplash, “If you could make God bleed, people would cease to believe in Him. There will be blood in the water, the sharks will come.” However, where would this rebellious personality in Kong originate?
My personal theory and answer would be that Kong was in a unique situation with his species living on Skull Island. Before the Skull Devil and the other Skull Crawlers systematically killed off Kong’s family, the Kongs ruled Skull Island and potentially guarded the hollow earth tunnels located there. This resulted in the Kong species remaining active and autonomous to the other Titans while they hibernated. Without a Titan such as Godzilla active for thousands of years, it’s presumed that the Kong species evolved beyond the pack-mentality of the other Titans. This would explain why even the ORCA or Ghidorah’s call didn’t persuade Kong to leave Skull Island, as he wasn’t bound to the sway of an alpha.
Another reason for conflict between Godzilla and Kong would be their respective social and emotional capabilities. It’s been mentioned several times in interviews by the Directors of ‘Kong: Skull Island,’ ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters,’ and ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ that there is an emotional component to Kong that Godzilla lacks. This correlates with the protective and very benevolent nature Kong has towards humans. While Godzilla doesn’t hate humans, he also isn’t proactively trying to save humanity.
It’s been stated by the creative minds behind Monsterverse that Godzilla would destroy humanity if it posed a direct threat to Earth or the natural order. This could result in Kong resisting Godzilla as Godzilla’s actions at some point may begin threatening humanity in Kong’s eyes. This would make Kong the “champion of the people” to a certain extent while Godzilla maintains his “force of nature” M.O. he commonly has throughout contemporary media.
The final and most logical reason is that they’re territorial animals responding as territorial animals would. According to ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ director Michael Doughtery, “And story-wise, the hope is that their motivations for fighting each other are sound, and not contrived. But when you have two extremely hyper-aggressive masculine territorial animals who both believe that they’re the rightful rulers of an entire species, chances are they’re going to do more than have afternoon tea.” This gives the impression that outside of “king of the monsters” dynamics the source of tension could be Kong not wanting Godzilla in his territory. However, in my opinion, this wouldn’t be as interesting a reason considering how straight-forward it is.
It will be interesting to see how ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ explains Kong’s claim to the throne, considering he doesn’t appear to leave Skull Island. Let us know what you think, why will Godzilla and Kong battle it out?