A Massive Godzilla vs. Kong Scene Paid off an Abandoned King Kong Idea From 58 Years Ago

A 58-year-old King Kong idea was finally brought to life in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, where he appeared in a large team-up scene. One of Godzilla x Kong’s most memorable scenes took place in Egypt during Godzilla’s rematch with Kong. Before victory could be claimed, Mothra arrived, resulting in a team-up of three of the monster movie genre’s most iconic characters.

Kong has a short history of kaiju encounters, having only been introduced into Godzilla’s world once before the Godzilla vs. Kong crossover in 2021. In his films, he rarely appears alongside another monster of comparable size. So, despite Godzilla’s decades of fighting and allying with other giant monsters, this is all new to the Kong character. However, the Monsterverse has made significant efforts to further integrate him into Godzilla’s universe. Godzilla vs. Kong introduced Mechagodzilla as the third Toho kiaju to face Kong, while Godzilla x Kong’s ending introduced Mothra as the fourth.

Kong was supposed to meet Mothra in a cancelled 1964 film

Kong’s encounter with Mothra in Godzilla x Kong was a first in film history, though it was not the first time such a meeting had been depicted. The original script for Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, a 1965 film starring Godzilla and a giant lobster, included a scene that would have marked King Kong’s first encounter with Mothra. After defeating the film’s villain, Kong would have had a brief fight with Mothra at the end, losing. However, the film, which was originally titled Operation Robinson Crusoe: King Kong vs. Ebirah, was never released and was retooled as Ebirah, Horror of the Deep.

While Ebirah, Horror of the Deep is unquestionably a Godzilla film, that was not the studio’s original intention. Following the success of their collaboration with RKO on King Kong vs. Godzilla, Toho decided to use the giant ape in a second film. In addition to having him fight Ebirah, Toho wanted him to meet Mothra, a familiar monster from the library. However, when Rankin-Bass, the studio that was co-financing the project with Toho, changed their mind about the film, Toho rewrote the story to replace King Kong with Godzilla, which is why Kong plays no role in a film that was originally about him.

Why The Monsterverse’s Mothra and Kong Meeting Is Significantly Better Than Toho’s Version

While the idea of King Kong meeting Mothra was always intriguing, audiences were not denied a thrilling experience when Operation Robinson Crusoe: King Kong vs. Ebirah was scrapped. Ebirah, Horror of the Deep’s reputation as a mediocre Godzilla film that suffered greatly from its low budget suggests that the encounter between the two monsters was unlikely to be memorable. With that in mind, it might be best if it was saved for Godzilla x Kong. The fact that the two had never met on the big screen made the scene of the three Titans standing together in Egypt all the more dramatic.

Not only that, but an alliance between the two, rather than a fight, makes more sense than Toho’s original vision for the film. Whereas Godzilla and Kong can act as both enemies and allies, Kong and Mothra have a slightly different dynamic. Both are traditionally regarded as human rights defenders, so they have fewer reasons to fight one another. Kong and Mothra’s very natures dictate that they should be on the same side in any conflict. That is not the case for Godzilla, whose history as an anti-hero easily justifies battles with other heroic monsters.

What Kong & Mothra’s Collaboration Could Mean for The Monsterverse’s Future

Now that Mothra and Kong have been reunited, the Monsterverse has the resources it requires to capitalize on their union. Though Mothra and Kong have a common enemy in the Monsterverse’s Skar King in Godzilla x Kong, the film fails to develop a relationship between the two. The Monsterverse has given Godzilla unique relationships with both Kong and Mothra, and it can do the same with the latter two monsters. That could happen in a Godzilla vs. Kong 3, especially since Adam Wingard has expressed an interest in making his Monsterverse films into a trilogy.

Given what Godzilla x Kong revealed about the two Titans, audiences would expect to see more of Kong and Mothra together in a sequel. Kong: Skull Island introduced Kong as a guardian figure for the Iwi, and Godzilla x Kong suggests that Mothra serves a similar role, albeit for the Iwi of the Monsterverse’s Hollow Earth. This naturally raises more questions about Kong’s ancestors’ relationship with Mothra. Given their shared Iwi affiliation, it’s likely that they had some sort of connection.

While it could be argued that the Monsterverse’s lore includes separate Iwi tribes, Godzilla x Kong highlighted Mothra’s connection to the Skull Island group. The prophecy stated that Mothra could only be revived by an Iwi from Skull Island, demonstrating that regardless of where they live, they remain one people. And if Kong and Mothra are expected to protect them, it stands to reason that they are also bound together in some way. Whatever it is, it deserves to be expanded on as Kong’s Monsterverse story progresses.

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