For a while now, there was a rumor circulating that John Goodman's character in Kong: Skull Island would have ties to the secret government organization MONARCH, which we were introduced to in Gareth Edwards' Godzilla back in 2014. Since Kong: Skull Island takes place in the same universe as Legendary and Warner Brothers' Godzilla series, it makes sense that the organization behind the research of these creatures is prevalent in each installment, but up until now all we had to go by were rumors.
During an exclusive interview with IGN at this past weekend's San Diego Comic-Con, John Goodman was asked if his character in Skull Island works for MONARCH, to which he comically replies "Yes!". Was he being serious? We would like to hope so!
Goodman's voice-over throughout the film's first trailer hints at his heavy involvement regarding the discovery and analysis of these giant primordial beings. He says he spent 30 years trying to convince people these monsters do exist.
Perhaps Goodman acted the way he did and answered the way he did because is doesn't necessarily "work for MONARCH", but instead acted as one of its founding fathers? Either way, we're very excited to see what other secrets Goodman's character reveals.
In addition to the MONARCH tease, we also learned that the King Kong in Skull Island is not in fact larger than the one featured in Togo's King Kong vs. Godzilla - still leaving Legendary's Godzilla quite a bit larger than Kong for their new Hollywood clash in 2020. Perhaps Kong gets stuck by lightening and grows even more before the re-match? We'll have to wait and see.
For the time being, you can watch the full interview below and let us know what you think in the comments section!
More about Kong: Skull Island (movie)
Kong: Skull Island is a new King Kong film set in the new Legendary / Warner Brothers / Universal Pictures Kaiju cinematic universe. Acting as a blood relative and somewhat of a sequel to 2014's Godzilla, Skull Island will introduce King Kong like never before.
In March 2017, the producers of Godzilla transport audiences to the birthplace of one of the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island's release date is March 10th, 2017.
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