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  • The characterization of Legendry's Godzilla is that he is a force of nature and as such, is neither inherently good or evil. Remember that in KOTM they foreshadow by mentioning he's on our side, for now. Up until this point Godzilla has stop greater threats that challenged him, not because he actually wanted to save humanity. Now that he is King of the Monsters and is more prominent in the world, he runs a greater risk of coming into conflict with humanity. Also the trailer implies something else is at hand that the characters have to uncover.

    In the movie Godzilla is here to defend his turf, so any large monsters (whether they be evil or not), Godzilla has to fight them to basically show them who is the boss, hence the name "The King of The Monsters." Edit

  • Spoiler free version You see a little bit about Kongs origin in this movie but nothing extensive.

    Spoiler version When they travel inside the hollow earth you learn that is where Kong came from. You see weapons made by Kongs people, out of the scales on Godzillas back. It is heavily implied Kongs people and Godzillas people were enemies and waged a war against each other. Edit

  • There are giant monsters in Kong's lair, and Mecha-Godzilla is in this. Edit

  • Yes. It was established that the Kong we saw in Skull Island (2017) was a very young adult and would continue to grow in size. The Kong we see now looks older and grizzled, like a middle-aged adult, as well as considerably bigger.

    He also has the same scratches on his chest that we first saw in Skull Island (2017). Edit

  • Through a hole made by Godzilla. Kong used the inverse gravity to sling him. Edit

  • No. According to the movie, they fought an ancient war against each other, not together. Edit

  • In 2017's Kong Skull Island it is established that the island once served as a gateway to the Hollow Earth. Edit

  • It was connected to king ghidorah's brain which took over the super computer and was a super computer of it's own. So it wasn't it's own entity; just under the control of Ghidorah who wanted to kill Godzilla. Edit

  • In this universe Godzilla wasn't created by the atomic bomb, that origin is exclusive to Godzilla (1998). In this universe the atomic bomb merely stirred Godzilla and had awoken the MUTO titans which caused him to awaken. Edit

  • Mark Russell said, "Godzilla is attacking people and we don't know why," meaning Godzilla most likely DID feel something before and the energy plant was one of several attacks. Edit

  • Monster Zero's (King Ghidorah) skull had neurons infused to the helmet which took over by killing Ren Serizawa, who was controlling the body. As Ghidorah was a kaiju similar to Godzilla, the core energy gave his brain the power to take over the entire body himself. Edit

  • It is sending the energy signal which Apex then replicates. Edit

  • Two possibilities:

    1) Either he wanted to take out Kong or destroy Kong's ancestral home.

    2) It seems like the Hollow Earth energy waking up triggered Godzilla's Goji-Sense, and he tunneled down more to figure out what the hell just went massively pear-shaped and what it means for his hunt for Mechagodzilla. Discovering Kong down there reignited the rivalry, so Godzilla basically called him out. Edit

  • Three possibilities:

    1.) The explanation to her knowledge most likely lies with her parents, although it could also be linked to the aftershocks of Godzilla's battle with Ghidorah five years prior. Monarch is the organization that studied massive unidentified terrestrial organisms (MUTOs) like Godzilla and Kong, and both of Madison's parents were important people in the Monarch hierarchy. Her father, Mark, was the deputy director of special projects at Monarch, and her mother, Emma, was a field researcher who often brought Madison on assignments with her. It's possible one of those assignments brought Emma and Madison to Monarch's Skull Island containment zone, where she could have studied Kong and the Skullcrawlers, or Madison's father could have talked about the monsters with her before going on one of his special projects.

    2.) It's made clear that Madison is very passionate about the Titans as she listened to the Titan True Podcast created by Bernie Hayes and argued that Mark shouldn't be so quick to consider Godzilla a villain after he attacked Apex Cybernetics Florida headquarters. The credits in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) dropped a vital Easter egg that could explain Madison's MUTO knowledge. The credits revealed that Monarch released more than 60 years' worth of Titan research files to the public after the battle that leveled Boston. Madison would likely have read these files, explaining how she knew so much about the Titans.

    3.) Most of the information about what happened on Skull Island has been leaked to the public through the years when the Mutos, then Godzilla started showing up the secrecy gig was up Edit

  • It's explained in Godzilla: King of the Monsters that the government never like Titans hence why they funded various weapons against them, including the Oxygen Destroyer. As long as Apex supports that belief, the government is more than happy to provide the money. They also may be getting government grants for R&Ding anti-Titan technologies, they may have successful and lucrative products on the market, they may have extremely wealthy private investors, or all of the above. Alternatively, since they somehow got the Ghidorah head last seen in the hands of an eco-terrorist group, they may have gotten the funds through less clean methods. Edit

  • According to the Hollow Earth myth, there is supposedly an internal sun inside. Edit

  • Two possibilities:

    1.) There's a throw away line early in the movie suggesting the theory that Skull Island was a part of Hollow Earth that somehow came to the surface. And since we know humans exist on Skull Island, its possible humans used to (or maybe still do, we didn't see much of it) live somewhere down there and made that temple. Also considering that Godzilla has a similar temple of his own, presumably there was some sort of human or humanoid civilization down there that liked to build rooms for the titans.

    2.) It's also possible that Kong's ancestors used to have a civilization and that they built that place. Edit

  • Skull Island is in the midst of being destroyed by the storm system that once protected it now engulfing it, those channels were apparently closed when that happened. It's only Monarch's containment facility keeping Kong safe there, and they note he's grown too big for that environment to sustain him any longer. Also, they'd have to deal with Skull Crawlers if they went that route. Edit

  • They were between him and Kong, and he was that determined to stay the alpha that he wasn't in the mood to be careful this time. Also Godzilla knows that the humans are heading to the Hollow Earth and use the energy against him. He's trying to prevent them from using it to power up MechaGodzilla. Godzilla would also sense Kong as a rival and attack him to fight for dominance. Attacking to stop them from getting the Hollow Earth energy would require A) Godzilla knowing that the Ghidorah signal he's picking up is being used to construct a mecha, B) that mecha requires Hollow Earth energy to activate fully, C) that Team Kong have decided to help Apex get the Hollow Earth energy and are using Kong to do so. That's approaching Bat Deduction levels of convenient. Besides, if Godzilla really wanted to make sure they didn't get the Hollow Earth energy, he'd either keep attacking even after they played dead, or simply head to Antarctica and collapse the passage Godzilla knows Ghidorah well enough that his Healing Factor won't work without sufficient energy. And he knows Kong and his race's ancestral home and that place's energy source. Plus, he was merely stalling them long enough to finish his job. the simplest reason might be that Godzilla is simply that irritated in this film thanks to what he senses is being done at the Apex facilities, and likely getting more and more irritated as he can't figure out why he hasn't been able to find what he is sensing and whatever it is is refusing to come out and fight him (it's noted he used threat displays during the first attack, presumably in an effort to get a response from the enemy he sensed). He's still not going out of his way to attack humans, but in his frenzied and confused state he is no longer being as "careful" or restrained as he usually is. And in such an emotional state, those ships and Kong basically became something to redirect his frustrations on (i.e. he couldn't find Ghidorah but he could find Kong). Looking at it from Godzilla's perspective, it's not a huge stretch to assume that both APEX's activity and whatever Kong was being hauled around for (seemingly headed straight for the location of a hollow earth entrance, notably) were connected somehow. The ships do fire at Godzilla. He only attacks them after they start shooting him and when the engines are cut he leaves them. It's implied that even though he was in a bad mood, if the humans hadn't panicked and shot him that he would have ignored them. Edit

  • Ghidorah's decentralized nervous system probably allowed the other heads' personalities to re-manifest in any remaining part of his nervous system. Except this time it's only got the one head to work with. Which means that either A)it's just Kevin, B)The three personalities have done a Fusion Dance, or C) this isn't actually Ghidora, but a "newborn" clone of him. Edit

  • Because they're just the most plentiful titan species and thus readily available, and they also mature quickly (given how being overrun with them was such a threat on Skull Island), meaning they can be raised and replaced more easily. The red coloration of Apex's "Number 10" captive Skullcrawler might have an In-Universe explanation: if it was captured by Apex as an egg like the ones Team Godzilla discover and raised entirely in captivity in their facility, then it growing up in different conditions to the Skullcrawlers in Kong: Skull Island, being exposed to different environmental factors, might have affected its development. Alternatively, it may be a genetically-engineered clone, probably reinforced by its sheer size at over twice the size of Ramarak. Edit

  • There's a tie-in comic that reveals Godzilla ordered the others into hiding when he started sensing Ghidorah was still alive.

    Also in Godzilla: Dominion, a graphic novel set three years before this film, reveals that Scylla's post-King of the Monsters activities attracted the attention of the alpha. It was shown that Scylla attacked a naval vessel near the coast of Georgia to absorb the radiation of a nuclear bomb. That's when Godzilla intervened and tried to stop her from causing trouble. Apparently, Scylla's hunger for radiation caused her to disobey him. Since she wouldn't yield without a fight, Godzilla was forced to battle her in the ocean. She used the tendrils from her mouth to restrain Godzilla, but she lacked the physical might to hold her own against him in combat for very long. Her slender legs and size difference to her opponent also put her at a huge disadvantage.

    After a short fight, Scylla retreated by swimming away at a great speed. Godzilla gave up the chase, realizing she had likely learned her lesson about challenging him. However, she wasn't the only Titan he had to put in their place between the events of King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong. After beating Scylla, Godzilla had to take down Tiamat and Amhuluk, two of the unseen Titans whose names were spotted on a monitor screen in King of the Monsters. As for why he had to fight these creatures, Dominion explained Ghidorah waking up so many Titans at once had consequences for the Earth. So many giant monsters sharing a planet with limited resources made it difficult for Godzilla to keep them in all line, and the situation with Scylla was certainly indicative of that. For this reason, Godzilla eventually sent them all - including Scylla - back into hibernation. Edit

  • It seems to be dependent on the species. The ones still active are the ones who don't age past adulthood, can hibernate for exceptionally long periods of time to extend their lifespans, or have (or had) active breeding populations. Kong and Skullcrawlers seem to be in the last category, the MUTOs seem to be in the middle, and Godzilla and the other Titans waking up in KotM seem to be the first type. Edit

  • The portal/gravity effect happens regardless of whether you are going to or leaving Hollow Earth, and that it explains both how Godzilla was able to blast all the way to it and how Kong got back to the surface so quickly (recall that when hitting the portal it pushes whatever is in it 1,000 miles through the Earth in two seconds, so Godzilla didn't need to blast all the way through on just his own power). Titans have such tough bodies that they can handle the forces involved (that they can function at all shows their bodies laugh at regular rules of gravity, square cube law, and such), while the humans still had that one remaining shielded vehicle. Edit

  • They were desperate to free Kong from Godzilla's grasps so that was the only option they had. Also notice the depth charges arguably did do more damage to Kong than Godzilla. Kong basically passes out as soon as he gets back on the ship, while Godzilla is seemingly unscathed. All the charges did to Godzilla was make him let go of Kong. Edit

  • He was dealt with numerous injuries during his second fight against Kong, including a stab wound to the leg from Kong's axe. It's understandable that Godzilla would be exhausted and weary from all the fighting he was involved in, similar to the time he collapsed right after beating the MUTOs in his first MonsterVerse movie. Admittedly, Kong was tired, too, but he had at least had the benefit of being supercharged by APEX's HEAV vehicle.

    Also notice how he notably lost a beam struggle when he locked his atomic breath with Mechagodzilla's laser. It's possible that Godzilla's blast was weaker because he had already used up most of his reserve energy. It's important to keep in mind that before the fight, he accomplished one of his most impressive feats ever when he fired off a blast of atomic breath from the surface all the way down to the Hollow Earth. It stands to reason that such a dramatic usage of his atomic power would have significantly drained him ahead of his showdown with Mechagodzilla. Another major reason Godzilla lost his Beam-O-War battle with MechaGodzilla is because his atomic breath is a literal breath weapon, requiring Godzilla to take a deep breath to activate it and it stops when Godzilla runs out of air. Being a cyborg with an internal power supply, of course MechaGodzilla beats him - he doesn't need to breathe in order to fire it.

    Of course, not all of this can be attributed to Godzilla being battle-weary and low on energy. There's also the matter of Mechagodzilla himself, who would have been a challenging opponent for Godzilla even if he was still at full strength. APEX's Titan was fueled by the supremely powerful energy source that Kong and the human characters stumbled upon while in the Hollow Earth. If this power is as incredible as APEX believed it to be - and the fact that it's able to sustain the Hollow Earth ecosystem suggests that it is - then it makes sense that it could make Mechagodzilla strong enough to force a team-up between two alpha Titans . Edit

  • Not all kinds of radiation are deadly, or some are only deadly after a long uninterrupted period of exposure. Also we aren't told if the radiation levels in the Hollow Earth are even uniformly high or not. Certainly in Godzilla's temple they were dangerously high, but that was not truly the Hollow Earth, more like Hollow Earth adjacent. Edit

  • Because Kong's ancestral home is built on top of a powerful energy source surprisingly similar to Godzilla's abilities and that the race had been using said source to build weapons against him and his kind. Godzilla probably feared that Kong will use this power against him or at least lead untrustworthy people to discover it and abuse it. Given that the energy source revived Ghidorah within MechaGodzilla, those fears were warranted. Edit

  • They have just discovered it and to Ilene, it is too early for Apex Cybernetics to swiftly harvest and capitalize on the energy since it is still a power source beyond human understanding. Not only that, Ilene must have pegged that the Hollow Earth energy isn't like coal or oil but the Earth's life force. She did not want to permanently damage the Earth all because for a new energy source. Edit

  • Kong sees the axe that represents everything that went wrong with him and Godzilla and to their entire race. So, he drops it now wanting to end a war that shouldn't have happened. Edit

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