After Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, I was extremely excited to see this. If the ‘MonsterVerse’ were to work similarly to the MCU and use phases, ‘GvK’ is the culmination of Phase 1. So it’s The Avengers right?
The obvious objective of ‘GvK’ is to entertainingly wow us with the title fight, and it does that! With crash zooms onto the combatants faces as they square up to each other, and the promise of the Titan fight to end all Titan fights, I was there for it. Watching the two duke it out is indeed entertaining and a sight to behold, with the neon-lit Hong Kong setting a highlight in a series already known for its visuals.
I can confirm that there are also humans in this film. Those that we already know have barely any contribution to make, whilst the new ones are alright. The main problem I have with them is that I’ve never met them before, and it really feels like I should have. Most of them at least. And that’s where my main issue lies; the almost complete lack of connective tissue to the proceeding films.
Apex Cybernetics aren’t mentioned at all prior to this film. Where is Charles Dances’ Alan Jonah? We should find out Ren is Serizawa’s son in the film, not in the credits. There’s so much that could and should have been used; it feels silly that you’d plant lots of seeds and then not see them through to fruition and go all in with the references and callbacks.
Director Adam Wingard has stated that this film is a turning point in the series; any continuation past what the films were building to will depend on it’s performance. Personally, I’d love to see more. ‘GvK’ is very entertainng, but if the MonsterVerse is to continue, I hope it leans more into word building with consistent appearances from the humans and corporations existing alongside the Titans.