Godzilla vs Kong 2 Needs To Finally Fix The MonsterVerse's Kong Problem

Godzilla vs. Kong 2 presents the MonsterVerse with an opportunity to fix its long-standing Kong problem, which relates to his overreliance on the movies’ human characters. Legendary Pictures is working on a Godzilla vs. Kong sequel, which makes Kong’s return to the big screen inevitable. Exactly what the movie’s story will entail remains unclear, but there’s a good chance it’ll reveal what happened to him after his move to the hidden Hollow Earth world.

Godzilla vs. Kong put Kong through the ringer. In addition to losing Skull Island, Kong barely survived a grueling fight in the ocean with the King of the Monsters. And after getting tricked into escorting the humans to the Hollow Earth, Kong encountered two Warbat monsters and was forced into a fight he came very close to losing. Making matters worse, Kong found himself on the wrong side of a brutal rematch with Godzilla, who unleashed his wrath on the giant ape. Had he not been saved by the humans, it would have been Kong’s last fight. Following his revival, Kong actually had to save his would-be killer by fighting Mechagodzilla.

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The challenges Kong had to endure in the movie (and how they were overcome) reflect a major problem that needs to be solved in the Godzilla vs. Kong sequel. Kong was placed in numerous, life-threatening situations in the last movie and had to be saved from all of them by the humans. It shouldn’t be forgotten that the humans stopped Godzilla from hitting Kong with a point-blank atomic breath blast at the very beginning of their fight. If the humans hadn’t used their firepower to distract Godzilla, Kong would most likely have died before the story could really go anywhere. What happened in this scene wasn’t a one-off either, as Kong needed human intervention to destroy Mechagodzilla, kill the second Warbat, and survive his third fight with Godzilla. It’s important that Godzilla vs. Kong 2 avoid a repeat of the same formula.

This problem isn’t exclusive to Godzilla vs. Kong, as there were certainly examples of it when he was fighting the Skullcrawlers in Kong: Skull Island. But it was definitely at its worst in the crossover, particularly when it became apparent that Kong couldn’t beat two Warbats without needing the humans to get involved. This recurring issue hasn’t done Kong’s image as an alpha Titan any favors and has made it necessary for Kong’s next story to redeem him.

Kong’s human connection is part of what makes him special, so while Godzilla vs. Kong 2 has to retain that element of his character, it also needs to let him operate independently – particularly when he’s fighting. Accomplishing this shouldn’t be difficult, as all the movie needs is for Kong to fight his next battles without help from the humans (and win). If that happens, the MonsterVerse will have a chance to prove he’s worthy of his status as the Hollow Earth’s alpha Titan.

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