Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know the Michael Dougherty written and directed Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be hitting cinema screens in the British Isles and movie theater screens in these United States on Wednesday, 29 and Friday, 31 May 2019, respectively.
From what we know of the production, the monsters Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed King Ghidorah will all make appearances in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Is this a little too much for a film running 132 minutes?
Pitting multiple villains against the title character was not financially successful for Tim Burton / Joel Schumacher Batman film franchise. What makes anyone think Legendary’s MonsterVerse using the same tactic would yield better results? The financial viability of the MonsterVerse, grossing $1 billion worldwide on just two films thus far, is apparent. Because of heightened anticipation and buzz surrounding Godzilla: King of the Monsters, it’s possible this will propel monster loving filmgoers into theater seats for the premiere weekend.
Will the crypto-zoological agency Monarch do what we expect of it? If Monarch is anything like other shadowy organisations, it will use Godzilla as a weapon against the other monsters. It is likely Monarch will then seek to destroy the “King of the Monsters” but that will probably not come until three maybe four instalments into the franchise.
MonsterVerse, like the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), is a multi-production shared-fictional universe. But instead of featuring superheroes, supervillains and galactic tyrants, Legendary’s MonsterVerse features Godzilla and King Kong at the core.
Even though the MonsterVerse has seen success, there is nothing suggesting it will mirror the financial success of the MCU. The MCU works because of several factors. Marvel has an abundance of production and well-known acting talent working on each project. Further but more importantly, the production company has a mountain of source material at its fingertips. Can anyone say the same for Legendary’s MonsterVerse? The MCU is now more than a decade old. Do shared-unversies still have the same appeal? It’s possible Legendary can learn from the MCU’s success and not Universal’s mistakes. Let’s hope Legendary’s MonsterVerse does not get put on hold like Universal’s Dark Universe.
Even though Dougherty’s production is the second MonsterVerse film to feature Godzilla, do not forget there are 34 other films revolving around the creature. Godzilla has been box-office gold since 1954. Godzilla’s big screen appearances did not begin until 21 years after King Kong but the Japanese creature boasts more film titles.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters and next year’s Godzilla vs. Kong will be instalments 35 and 36 to feature the antihero, respectively.
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters features television and film acting talents Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson Jr., David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Ziyi Zhang.