The MonsterVerse is beginning to shape up nicely. Kicking off with Gareth Edwards' Godzilla in 2014, the franchise went back in time to the 1970s with Jordan Vogt-Roberts' undeniably trippy Kong: Skull Island earlier this year. The latest King Kong movie delivered plenty of great thrills with its army of monsters, but one terrifying undersea creature apparently didn't make the final cut. Luckily for us, Jordan Vogt-Roberts has finally released concept art for the unused beast on social media; check it out below and prepare to feel your skin crawl.
Terrifying, right? Although Kong: Skull Island certainly featured a few undersea monsters for our heroes to encounter, this one looks like it would've featured prominently in a showdown against a boat -- leading us to believe that the sequence depicted in this concept art takes place when the group convinces John C. Reilly's Hank Marlow to leave with them. The worm-like entity is even creepy in sketch form, so we can only assume that it would've been even scarier on the silver screen.
That's not to say that Kong: Skull Island didn't feature some truly spectacular monsters -- even if this underwater beast didn't make its way into the final cut of the film. In addition to the titular, simian creature, Skull Island was also populated by Skull Crawlers, the Mire Squid, the Spore Mantis, Leafwings, and the Mother Longlegs -- which made for one downright nasty reference to Cannibal Holocaust. It would've been awesome to see this eel-like underwater monster take on our heroes, but Kong: Skull Island definitely satisfied our appetites for kaiju destruction.
Of course, just because this monster design never appeared in Kong: Skull Island does not necessarily mean that it will never show up in the MonsterVerse at some point. Though Skull Island told a relatively self-contained story, its ultimate purpose within this cinematic universe was to set up King Kong and put him on the warpath for a showdown against Godzilla (who made his debut in 2014) in their upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong film in 2020. With plenty more opportunities for monster action on the horizon, it is entirely possible that this creature could still end up used in a future film.
CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to the future of King Kong and Godzilla as new updates about the MonsterVerse become available to us. Godzilla: King of the Monsters will debut in theaters on March 22, 2019, and King Kong will finally face off against the enormous reptile when Godzilla vs. Kong premieres on May 22, 2020. Before then, check out our 2017 movie premiere guide and out 2018 movie premiere guide to see the other films (big or small) Hollywood has in store over the course of the next year.