Warning: Spoilers for Godzilla: King of the Monsters are in play. If you haven’t seen the film yet, come back once you’ve caught up with the action, and are cleared for duty.
At the end of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a brave new world is set into motion. With Monarch unable to hide the existence of the Titans from the public, and massive events of devastation rocking several major cities of the globe, the time has apparently come in which human and Titan will strive for co-existence.
With the sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong heading into theaters next year, there’s going to be a lot to chew on between now and that film’s March 2020 debut. And luckily, it’s all thanks to some interesting headlines shown during the film’s end credits, as well as a particular moment that makes up the post-credits stinger for the film.
We’re going to discuss both in great detail, so if you’re looking to avoid spoilers, this is your final warning. Otherwise, we hope your Monarch clearance levels are up to date, as we’re about to pull back the curtain on Godzilla: King of the Monsters and what its ending credits probably mean for the future of Warner Bros. and Legendary’s MonsterVerse.
What Happens During The Credits Of Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
With a mass awakening of Titans occurring thanks to the actions of both Vera Farmiga’s Monarch operative Dr. Emma Russell and Charles Dance’s eco-terrorist, Col. Alan Jonah, the cryptozoological organization had two choices: try to pull off the greatest coverup of all time, or share their research with the public. In light of Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ events, Monarch decided it was time for the latter to finally happen.
Monarch’s research about Titans, their behavior, their history, and even events of films like Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla, is released to the public en masse in the aftermath of this grand scale event. As such, the world starts to change in light of the revelation that is the existence of Titans.
Cruise ships are surprised by visits with the King of the Monsters himself, and they wind up being Twitter moments. Prehistoric plants are not only coming back, they could be the new superfood. And most importantly, the earth is starting to be healed thanks to the Titans no longer being driven by King Ghidorah’s influence to destroy the world.
But there is a slight downside, as the area around Skull Island seems to be unstable, and all of these “New Titans” are starting to set up camp in that area. Which, more than likely, will piss off the current inhabitants of that area, most of all King Kong. And the danger doesn’t stop there, as the rogue elements from Godzilla: King of the Monsters are making another play at some unfinished business in the post credits stinger.
What Happens After The Credits Of Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
After all is said and done with the wave of new world acceptance between Titans and humanity, there’s still a bit of a black market to be had for Titans and Titan by-products. At the very end of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, we return to Isla De Mara, the Mexican village devastated by the awakening of Rodan.
And it’s not for a particularly good reason either, as the decapitated head of King Ghidorah has been recovered by some enterprising parties. Yes, we see the remains of the invasive alien species up for grabs to the highest bidder, and that bidder just happens to be one Col. Alan Jonah: someone who definitely knows how to make a buck off of Titan DNA.
Surviving the events of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the man and his remaining cronies are very inclined to procure this item. Once it’s revealed to the audience that he’s the mysterious shopper looking to add that gigantic piece to his collection, the scene ends with a line of dialogue so benign, but so chilling: “We’ll take it.” With this last piece falling into place, the fate of the MonsterVerse can now be explored.
How The Future Of The MonsterVerse Will Probably Be Shaped By Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
Naturally, going forward in the MonsterVerse, two story components are about to change drastically: the world of the Titans and the world of humans. Both will obviously clash again, as Godzilla vs. Kong isn’t going to merely let the Titans have their fun in a vacuum. But the changes in both look to be spectacular leaps forward.
With the world of Titans expanding to include numerous other species that are just coming back to the earth, there’s going to be a lot of adjustments that those creatures will have to make to live in the world they’ve just entered into. Also, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Godzilla vs. Kong kick off because of the fact that just as Kong has settled into his own groove as the king of Skull Island, a new king and his disciples are about to crash the party.
Meanwhile, with Col. Alan Jonah’s procurement of King Ghidorah’s remaining head, there’s a lot of bad stuff that could be headed down the line in the MonsterVerse’s human half. Everything from cloning/resurrecting King Ghidorah, to using the creature’s DNA to hybridize or enhance Titans and/or humans is on the table. Whatever his intent is, it’s bound to be something unsavory, and something that will lead to his potential return in Godzilla vs. Kong.
Everything presented here boils down to the fact that while huge strides have been made in acknowledging the presence of Titans, as well as trying to foster co-existence with them in this world, there is still a greater struggle ahead. Humanity isn’t just going to accept these creatures wholeheartedly, and the Titans look like they might have another brawl for it all, with only one king standing in the wake of that promised conflict.
It’s all certainly exciting stuff to think over while walking out of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and it’s even more thrilling when you realize that Godzilla vs. Kong won’t have as long of a waiting period as fans endured between this new sequel and 2014’s Godzilla.