‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’: Everything We Know So Far About the Next MonsterVerse

‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’: Everything We Know So Far About the Next MonsterVerse

It appears that it’s time to evacuate the major cities once again, as the next chapter of the MonsterVerse brings together Godzilla and Kong in an epic showdown called Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire. The King of the Monsters and the Eighth Wonder of the World are ready to face off once more.

Legendary’s cinematic universe, based on the iconic Toho monster films, achieved great success with the release of the 2014 Godzilla film. It served as an impressive western reboot, showcasing breathtaking scale and intense monster battles of almost apocalyptic proportions. As the film progressed, audiences learned that Godzilla is not the only creature in this universe. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, numerous new threats were unleashed upon the Earth. While Godzilla faced a formidable opponent in the form of King Ghidorah, the mutated lizard ultimately emerged victorious and established himself as the true king.

Before Godzilla rose as the dominant monster, there was another king who ruled over the secluded Skull Island. King Kong made a triumphant return to the big screen with Kong: Skull Island, where he defended his sacred land against intruders. Years later, Kong and Godzilla crossed paths in the highly anticipated Godzilla vs. Kong. While they initially began as ancient enemies, the two colossal titans eventually joined forces to defeat the rogue Mecha-Godzilla.

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Godzilla and Kong are scheduled to reunite in Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire, three years after their previous encounter. The upcoming installment in the MonsterVerse is expected to be an action-packed spectacle, filled with chaos and destruction. The big question is whether the two iconic monsters will continue to fight each other or they will work together to face a new threat. While details about the sequel’s cast, trailer, and release date are still limited, there is much anticipation surrounding the film. Fans are eagerly awaiting more information about The New Empire and what it has in store for audiences.

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When Is Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire Coming Out?

The massive creatures of the MonsterVerse are set to make their grand comeback in theaters with the release of Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire on Friday, March 15th, 2024.

Where Can You Watch Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire?

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Every fan of Godzilla and Kong will tell you that these cinema icons are at their best when they’re on the big screen. Fortunately, the announcement trailer for the movie confirms that the sequel will be released exclusively in theaters. This is thrilling news for fans, especially considering that the previous film, Godzilla vs. Kong, faced challenges due to the global pandemic and had a simultaneous release on HBO Max alongside other Warner Bros. movies in 2021.

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the previous film, Godzilla vs. Kong, performed exceptionally well at the box office, becoming the first major hit during that time. It generated an impressive $470 million in worldwide box office revenue. With Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire returning the franchise to theaters, it is likely that the film may later be available on the rebranded streaming service Max once its theatrical run concludes.

Is There a Trailer for Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire?

A teaser trailer was released, unveiling the title of the upcoming battle between Godzilla and Kong, called Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire. The trailer is just over thirty seconds long. It shows a giant ape seated on a foreboding throne amidst a haunting landscape of bones and wreckage. At the edge of this monstrous graveyard, two colossal skulls resembling Godzilla and Kong are seen. While it seems likely that the ape on the throne is Kong, there is a noticeable difference in his appearance, with a slimmer physique and a somewhat villainous aura surrounding him.

Following the unveiling of the film’s title, the title reveals trailer for Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire presents a close-up view of the enigmatic villain with striking blue eyes. It concludes by announcing the film’s release in 2024, exclusively in theaters.

Who is in the Movie?

Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire will see the return of several cast members from Godzilla vs. Kong. This includes Rebecca Hall as Dr. Ilene Andrews, a specialist in monsters. And Brian Tyree Henry as Bernie Hayes, a conspiracy theorist, with Kaylee Hottle as Jia, Kong’s young human companion. Additionally, Dan Stevens, known for his role in Downton Abbey, will be joining the cast in a leading role that has yet to be revealed. The remaining cast includes Rachel House, Alex Ferns, Fala Chen, and Mercy Cornwall.

While there has been no official confirmation regarding the return of Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Julian Dennison, and Kyle Chandler from Godzilla vs. Kong, it is currently unclear if they will be part of Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire. However, it is reasonable to assume that they may not be involved in this particular installment.

Who Is Making Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire?

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After the release of Godzilla vs. Kong, it was reported that the film’s director, Adam Wingard, would return to helm the next installment in the MonsterVerse. This marks the first time in the franchise that a director will helm more than one project. Additionally, it serves as a reunion between Wingard and actor Dan Stevens, who previously collaborated on the popular action-horror film The Guest. The film’s writing team includes Simon Barrett, Terry Rossio, and Jeremy Slater.

Other members of the crew include composer Junkie XL, editor Josh Schaeffer, and production designer Tom Hammock.

When and Where Did Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Film?

The filming for Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire commenced in July 2022, with the majority of the production taking place in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. According to reports, filming concluded by November 2022.

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