Now that Kong: Skull Island is in theaters, you might be wondering what’s next for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse franchise. The series of films brings two iconic movie monsters – King Kong and Godzilla – together. Two more films are in the works, including a sequel to 2014’s Godzilla and a movie where the two monsters meet.
Kong: Skull Island is set several years before Godzilla and does feature an end credits scene that teases the film’s connection to the other franchise. The scene shows the main characters in Skull Island being told that there are other big creatures in the world. (You can click here to read a spoiler-full description of the scene.)
The MonsterVerse only became possible when Universal Studios decided not to co-produce Skull Island with Universal Studios. This allowed Legendary to partner with their Godzilla partner, Warner Bros., for it instead. Legendary decided that the link between the franchises will be the secret government agency known as “Monarch” that was first seen in Godzilla. In Skull Island, John Goodman plays an official in Monarch who leads the expedition to the titular island.
Here’s a look at what’s next for the franchise.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters – March 22, 2019
Godzilla 2, which has earned the subtitle King of the Monsters, doesn’t hit theaters until March 22, 2019. That’s five years after Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla grossed $529 million worldwide.
Since Edwards was busy with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, he wasn’t able to continue development on the franchise. In January 2017, Variety reported that Michael Dougherty, who directed the cult horror films Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus, will be directing King of the Monsters. He also co-wrote the script with Krampus‘ Zach Shields and Godzilla‘s Max Borenstein.
The cast for King of the Monsters will be completely different from the 2014 film. Millie Brown from Stranger Things nabbed a lead role in January, while Kyle Chandler will play her father. Vera Farmiga will play Brown’s character’s mother.
It’s worth noting that this will be chandler’s second time in a movie related to King Kong. He also had a role in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning 2005 King Kong.
Godzilla vs. Kong – May 29, 2020
As everyone can guess, the endgame for the MonsterVerse is Godzilla vs. Kong, in which the two monsters will finally meet. It’ll be the first time the two have had to fight each other on the big screen since King Kong vs. Godzilla in 1962. Legendary announced in 2015 that Godzilla vs. Kong will hit theaters in 2020. As of May 2016, the mash-up movie is still scheduled for May 29, 2020.
Beyond these two movies, there are no further planned projects, although it could always continue. There are many, many more monsters in the Godzilla universe who are expected to show up in King of the Monsters and could easily provide ideas for future projects. Godzilla is currently the longest-lasting film franchise in the world, with 29 films produced in Japan, plus two Hollywood movies.