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* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: Both the MUTO and the Skullcrawlers are merely animals acting on instinct, but while the MUTO are portrayed as somewhat sympathetic TragicMonsters the Skullcrawlers are played for full-on horror. And then they're followed by King Ghidorah, who is no mere instinctive beast, but a genuinely evil, sadistic and malicious creature.

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* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: Both the MUTO and the Skullcrawlers are merely animals acting on instinct, but while the MUTO are portrayed as somewhat sympathetic TragicMonsters {{Tragic Monster}}s the Skullcrawlers are played for full-on horror. And then they're followed by King Ghidorah, who is no mere instinctive beast, but a genuinely evil, sadistic and malicious creature.

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* MilitariesAreUseless: The series follows the trend set up in the original movies of the military standing no chance against the Kaiju. Though its also deconstructed slightly, with it being indicated that the primary reason their so useless is because the things they're up against are so far beyond anything they've dealt with before.


* OneMythToExplainThemAll: It's suggested that TheKaiju were responsible for the myths and tales around the world. Mothra inspired, of all things, angels.

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* OneMythToExplainThemAll: It's suggested that TheKaiju {{Kaiju}} were responsible for the myths and tales around the world. Mothra inspired, of all things, angels.

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* OneMythToExplainThemAll: It's suggested that TheKaiju were responsible for the myths and tales around the world. Mothra inspired, of all things, angels.


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* ''Franchise/KingKong''
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* GreenAesop: Humans are not the masters of the Earth, and we should live in harmony with the ecosystem rather than trying to rebuild the world to our needs, [[SpaceWhaleAesop or we'll wake up the Earth's real rulers and they'll wreck our civilization]].


Interestingly, the success of this franchise has given Toho enough confidence to throw their hat back into the ring with making a SharedUniverse of monster movies after 2020 ([[GenreThrowback naturally featuring people in rubber suits]]). Whether the two respective settings will coexist, or if the fourth film will serve as the franchise's GrandFinale, is presently unclear.

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Interestingly, the success of this franchise has given Toho enough confidence to throw their hat back into the ring with making a SharedUniverse of monster movies after 2020 ([[GenreThrowback naturally featuring people in rubber suits]]). Whether the two respective settings will coexist, or if the fourth film will serve as the franchise's GrandFinale, is presently unclear.


* SealedCastInAMultipack: Many kaiju are slumbering or trapped somewhere on Earth waiting to be awakened in some way. The [=MUTOs=] were in a sealed undergrown cavern until a mining organization DugTooDeep and according to the Monarch Timeline, Mothra is dormant in a cocoon in a temple in China, Rodan is sleeping in a volcano, an unknown kaiju is dormant and contained in Siberia, Kong is keeping things under control on Skull Island, and Ghidorah is sealed away in the Antarctic ice.

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* SealedCastInAMultipack: Many kaiju are slumbering or trapped somewhere on Earth waiting to be awakened in some way. The [=MUTOs=] were in a sealed undergrown cavern until a mining organization DugTooDeep and according to the Monarch Timeline, Mothra is dormant in a cocoon in a temple in China, Rodan is sleeping in a volcano, an unknown kaiju is dormant and contained in Siberia, Kong is keeping things under control on Skull Island, and Ghidorah is sealed away in the Antarctic ice. [[spoiler:King Ghidorah awakens a large number of them and Mothra awakens to help Godzilla, but the end credits montage reveals many of them are still out there slumbering.]]

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* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: Both the MUTO and the Skullcrawlers are merely animals acting on instinct, but while the MUTO are portrayed as somewhat sympathetic TragicMonsters the Skullcrawlers are played for full-on horror. And then they're followed by King Ghidorah, who is no mere instinctive beast, but a genuinely evil, sadistic and malicious creature.


* ''Film/GodzillaVsKong'' (2020)

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* ''Film/GodzillaVsKong'' ''Godzilla Vs Kong'' (2020)


* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: So far the franchise seems to lean towards the cynical end of the scale, particularly when compared to the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] and similar franchises. Humanity is surrounded by [[{{Kaiju}} gigantic monsters]] that have existed long before everyone was even born, and they are basically powerless against them once they awaken and begin laying waste to the world, and though there ''are'' some monsters (Godzilla, Kong, etc.) willing to protect the humans, they can be [[DestructiveSavior just as destructive to everything around them]] as the ones causing said destruction.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: So far the franchise seems to lean towards the cynical end of the scale, particularly when compared to the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] and similar franchises. Humanity is surrounded by [[{{Kaiju}} gigantic monsters]] that have existed long before everyone was even born, and they are basically powerless against them once they awaken and begin laying waste to the world, and though there ''are'' some monsters (Godzilla, Kong, etc.) willing to protect the humans, they can be [[DestructiveSavior just as destructive to everything around them]] as the ones causing said destruction. However, comparing it to its genre, it is surprisingly Idealistic. Godzilla himself is at his most heroic since the late Showa era, and as of King of the Monsters, [[spoiler:the fallout from a worldwide rising of kaiju is... surprisingly positive. The environment is benefitted immensely, and humanity itself seems to be reaping rewards too - kaiju waste is even implied to work as a renewable resource!]]

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** The Skull Island natives themselves are also heroic. While in the original film they practiced human sacrifice to ward off Kong, and in various other adaptions they're monstrously deformed, in ''Kong: Skull Island'' they are taciturn but peaceful and friendly to outsiders.


* AdaptedOut: Toho has to give Legendary explicit approval to use specific {{Kaiju}} for the series, meaning that the only monsters that are licensed out to the company are Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. Presumably, this is the reason why Rodan is showing up before Anguirus. That being said, Toho is very supportive of the series, and it's likely that the approval process is based on determining what the movies need as opposed to there being real legal red tape preventing certain characters from being used.
* AllThereInTheManual: In the lead-up to the home release of ''Kong: Skull Island'', social media pages for the movie have been releasing video timelines for the [=MonsterVerse=]. Notable events include the establishment of a Monarch research base at a Caribbean volcanic island in 1991 (presumably Rodan's roost), the discovery of Mothra's cocooned form within her temple in China in 2009, and finding King Ghidorah frozen in MysteriousAntarctica in 2016.

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* AdaptedOut: Toho has to give Legendary explicit approval to use specific {{Kaiju}} for the series, meaning that the only monsters that are licensed out to the company are Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. Presumably, this is the reason why Rodan is showing up before Anguirus. That being said, Toho is very supportive of the series, and it's likely that the approval process is based on determining what the movies need as opposed to there being real legal red tape preventing certain characters from being used.
* AllThereInTheManual: In the lead-up to the home release of ''Kong: Skull Island'', social media pages for the movie have been releasing video timelines for the [=MonsterVerse=]. Notable events include the establishment of a Monarch research base at a Caribbean volcanic island in 1991 (presumably Rodan's roost), the discovery of Mothra's cocooned form within her temple in China in 2009, and finding King Ghidorah frozen in MysteriousAntarctica in 2016.



** Judging by TheStinger of ''Kong: Skull Island'', Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah are also a lot older than their Toho counterparts. The original movie involving King Ghidorah mentioned that he was over 5,000 years old, but based on Godzilla's own AgeLift and the fact that the two have already fought at some point in ancient history, he's most likely '''[[TimeAbyss significantly]]''' older here.
** In the meantime, King Kong is conversely much, '''much''' younger than the other versions of the character, which are described as being prehistoric in nature. While his species of ape has been around for that long in this continuity, Kong himself is only a teenager in TheSeventies and still growing.

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** Judging by TheStinger of ''Kong: Skull Island'', Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah are also a lot older than their Toho counterparts. The original movie involving King Ghidorah mentioned that he was over 5,000 years old, but based on Godzilla's own AgeLift and the fact that the two have already fought at some point in ancient history, he's most likely '''[[TimeAbyss significantly]]''' older here.
** In the meantime, King Kong is conversely much, '''much''' younger than the other versions of the character, which are described as being prehistoric in nature. While his species of ape has been around for that long in this continuity, Kong himself is only a teenager in TheSeventies and still growing.



* BehemothBattle: The franchise's crux. The most anticipated battle will involve Godzilla and King Kong duking it out in "a battle for the ages".

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* BehemothBattle: The franchise's crux. The most anticipated battle will involve Godzilla and King Kong duking it out in "a battle for the ages".



* SealedCastInAMultipack: Many kaiju are slumbering or trapped somewhere on Earth waiting to be awakened in some way. The [=MUTOs=] were in a sealed undergrown cavern until a mining organization DugTooDeep and according to the Monarch Timeline, Mothra is dormant in a cocoon in a temple in China, Rodan is sleeping in a volcano, an unknown kaiju is dormant and contained in Siberia, Kong is keeping things under control on Skull Island, and King Ghidorah is sealed away in the Antarctic ice.

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* SealedCastInAMultipack: Many kaiju are slumbering or trapped somewhere on Earth waiting to be awakened in some way. The [=MUTOs=] were in a sealed undergrown cavern until a mining organization DugTooDeep and according to the Monarch Timeline, Mothra is dormant in a cocoon in a temple in China, Rodan is sleeping in a volcano, an unknown kaiju is dormant and contained in Siberia, Kong is keeping things under control on Skull Island, and King Ghidorah is sealed away in the Antarctic ice.

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