Legendary knows how to do marketing. Kaiju fans are extremely happy, right now. Legendary released a new teaser video, featuring a timeline of the MonsterVerse’s main connecting thread – Monarch. Twitter promptly ate it up. Though it is odd that the Kong: Skull Island Twitter revealed this. Doesn’t Godzilla have his own? It outlines their activities, from the 90s to two years after the events of the first movie. And it comes with a few easter eggs that fans should immediately pick up on.
— Kong: Skull Island (@kongskullisland) July 12, 2017
1991 begins the teaser. At that point in the timeline, Monarch sets up an establishment on Isla Del Mona’s dormant volcano. This is likely a direct reference to Rodan, who debuted with its own movie in the 1956 film the same name. Rodan was an irradiated pteranodon, known to nest in volcanos. In fact, the monster usually emerged from volcanoes when appearing in Godzilla films.
2016 brought the most obvious tease. Monarch scientists discovered a creature in the ice and set up an establishment around it. The specialist presumably in charge of the operation left a footnote that read “The Devil has three head.” This obviously references none other than King Ghidorah. Furthermore, the snippet even refers to him as “monster zero.” Though fans might find this confusing. Historically, Ghidorah comes from space. It seems like that may not be the case anymore, however. Honestly, the grounded nature of the Legendary MonsterVerse makes space adventures unlikely. Among other things. Mecha-Godzilla, anyone? What about magnet powers? Super Godzilla drop-kicks? But in all seriousness, it is possible that Ghidorah is still from space, and somehow crashed into the sea. It wouldn’t be the first time audiences have seen that.
In addition to the obvious teases, there are other little easter eggs. The 1995 mark mentions a “Return to Skull Island.” Presumably, Monarch returned to see what became of Kong after the 1973 incident. Furthermore, the 1999 tag refers to the meltdown seen at the beginning of Godzilla (2014). Then there’s the 2005 tag, which makes reference to a “mysterious mercenary.” It’s uncertain just what this could mean, at this time. However, the 2009 tag includes the next major reference – “Temple of the Moth.” The text clears up when paused at just the right time, making the segment readable. It refers to a cocoon being found in the temple, with a detectable heartbeat inside.
Obviously, all of this is exceptionally exciting. The text never clears up enough to make out the segment on the mercenary, unfortunately. So the mystery remains. But as to the rest of it, Legendary does a good job promoting their movies.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters releases on March 22, 2019.
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