This month, one of the biggest bouts of the century kicks off as a loud-mouthed Irishman pits his skills in a boxing ring against an equally arrogant braggart in a brawl that is already gone beyond the realm of hyperbole and back again. Fight of the century material though? HA! The best fights are fictional. I’m talking Batman introducing Superman to the pointy bits on his boots that should been Martha-proofed, Freddy Krueger treating Jason Voorhees like a giant personal voodoo doll and Rocky VIII: Adrian’s Revenge.
Here’s the thing though: When icons clash, nobody wins. Freddy vs Jason pretty much ended in a draw, while Alien Vs Predator saw all sides wiped out by the time the end credits rolled. Enough of that, it’s time to make a movie with a victor. Godzilla vs Kong wants to be that movie. Starring the Kaiju King in a rematch with the biggest ape to ever walk the planet, director Adam Wingard is planning to have this remake of the classic 1962 film settle the score once and for all. “I do want there to be a winner,” Wingard said to Entertainment Weekly.
The original film was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn’t take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie, you know. So, I do want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner.
How did the original flick end? With both titans toppling into the ocean, only for Kong to emerge as the presumed champ. A victory that may have been hollow, as it was hinted at that Godzilla had had enough and had simply buggered off to who knows where in the ocean. I’m with Wingard though, in that I also agree that this particular debate needs to be settled, just in time for social media to explode.
My money is personally on the King of Kong himself. If Kong: Skull Island was an indicator, then this particular great ape has a few definite advantages in his corner. He’s got enough size to tackle the big G head-on, and while he doesn’t have a counter to the atomic breath of the original Kaiju he does have a lethal cunning that’ll make him far deadlier than a pair of lovesick MUTOs.
Details on Godzilla vs Kong are scant for now, but you can expect it to pop up in 2020. I’ll be taking bets until then.
Last Updated: August 22, 2017