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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛˛->''"The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in our control and not the other way around."''˛-->-- '''Dr. Ishiro Serizawa''', ''Film/{{Godzilla|2014}}''˛˛The [=MonsterVerse=] is an American media franchise and [[SharedUniverse shared cinematic universe]] that is centered on a series of films featuring [[{{Kaiju}} gigantic monsters]], most prominently {{Franchise/Godzilla}} and Franchise/KingKong.˛˛The movies are distributed by Creator/WarnerBros and produced by Creator/LegendaryPictures in partnership with Creator/{{Toho}}, the Japanese studio that [[TropeCodifier codified]] the genre and owns most of the well known Kaiju [=IPs=]. Currently, plans are for the series to encompass four films, which is as extensive as Legendary's initial contract with Toho lasts.˛˛Interestingly, the 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, as Legendary's license to make Godzilla movies is scheduled to expire on that same year. ˛----˛[[index]]˛!!Media:˛˛[[AC:Films]]˛* ''Film/{{Godzilla|2014}}'' (2014)˛* ''Film/KongSkullIsland'' (2017)˛* ''[[Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters]]'' (2019)˛* ''Godzilla Vs Kong'' (2020)˛˛[[AC:Comics]]˛* ''Godzilla: Awakening''˛* ''Skull Island: The Birth of Kong''˛* ''Godzilla: Aftershock''˛˛[[AC:Related franchises]]˛* ''{{Franchise/Godzilla}}''˛* ''Franchise/KingKong''˛˛[[/index]]˛----˛!!Tropes:˛* AdaptationalHeroism: While both of them have always had TragicMonster traits, Godzilla and Kong are presented as almost completely heroic in this continuity. Kong is explicitly described as protecting the creatures and natives of Skull Island from the Skullcrawlers and only attacks the invaders when they threaten his home or attack him first; he even goes out of his way to help and protect the invading humans as they help him in return. Godzilla, for his part, never directly attacks humans at ''all'', the damage he causes is merely an unavoidable effect of his battles and massive presence.˛** 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 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 Ghidorah frozen in MysteriousAntarctica in 2016.˛* AgeLift:˛** Godzilla has always been described as ancient, but in this continuity he survived the Permian Extinction, which happened [[TimeAbyss 252 million years ago]].˛** Judging by TheStinger of ''Kong: Skull Island'', Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah are also a lot older than their Toho counterparts. The original movie involving 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, 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.˛* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: This universe's entire premise is that the world is filled with these, and while they've been mostly dormant, they're making a comeback.˛* BeenThereShapedHistory: Apparently, a giant winged kaiju (possibly Rodan) caused the Great Smog of London.˛* BehemothBattle: The franchise's crux. The most anticipated battle will involve Godzilla and Kong duking it out in "a battle for the ages".˛* BenevolentConspiracy: Monarch serves as an institution to make sure the monsters are kept in check, and are instrumental in helping the governments of the world prepare and deal with these threats accordingly. That being said, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero they do far more harm than good]] in ''Kong: Skull Island'', to the point where none of their people would have died if they hadn't agreed to ''bomb'' the place to try and map it.˛* CanonForeigner: A lot of monsters are created for the series, including the [=MUTOs=] and the Skullcrawlers.˛* CentralTheme: Both Godzilla films share the theme of a [[DysfunctionalFamily fractured family]] getting caught in the middle of the kaiju chaos and trying to survive and reunite.˛* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: Both the MUTO and the Skullcrawlers are merely animals acting on instinct, but while the MUTO are portrayed as somewhat sympathetic {{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.˛* ContinuityReboot: The franchise represents the third reboot of the ''King Kong'' film series[[note]]not counting Toho's version[[/note]] and the first American reboot of the ''Godzilla'' franchise following the [[Film/Godzilla1998 1998 movie]].˛* CosmicHorrorStory: Earth is a hellish world in which 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. Unlike the aliens and gods in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse or Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, the heroic monsters are rather indifferent towards humanity and can be every bit as destructive as the villainous monsters.˛* DeadToBeginWith: Adam, the Godzilla fossil that played host to the [=MUTOs=]; and Kong's parents, respectively.˛* GentleGiant: Both Kong and Godzilla are relatively placid (or as much as their size allows them to be) unless they're attacked (although Godzilla doesn't fight back against humans when they attack him and only seeks to destroy the [=MUTOs=]).˛* 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]].˛* {{Kaiju}}: The series is about gigantic monsters rampaging through human cities.˛* {{Masquerade}}: Upheld in ''Kong: Skull Island'', since the island itself is hidden away and any information about what happened there is classified. Upheld for about half of ''Godzilla'', at which point Godzilla and the two [=MUTO=] [[TheUnmasquedWorld completely do away with it altogether]]. ˛* 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 {{Kaiju}} were responsible for the myths and tales around the world. Mothra inspired, of all things, angels. ˛* PrehistoricMonster: Godzilla, the [=MUTOs=], and many more existed well before the dawn of mankind.˛* 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.]]˛* SerkisFolk: The giant monsters are animated through MotionCapture. The TropeNamer himself, Creator/AndySerkis, assisted in the animation of Godzilla, albeit uncredited.˛* SharedUniverse: One of several conceived in the wake of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse achieving success with ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', and one of several owned by Warner Bros. (the others being the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, the [[Film/HarryPotter Wizarding]] [[Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem World]], the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie LEGO Movie]]'' series, and ''Film/TheConjuring'' universe).˛* SingleSpecimenSpecies: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] for the most part. Most of the important kaiju discussed early on were stated to be the [[LastOfHisKind last of their respective kinds]], being relics from ancient prehistoric days when creaturs of that size were common, so it's generally assumed that this is true of the other kaiju as well. [[spoiler: the possible exception is King Ghidora, who is stated to be an alien. Nothing else is elaborated on about him, though.]]˛* 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!]]˛* UnluckilyLucky: The human characters and humanity as a whole seem to have this going for them in this universe. As while Godzilla and Kong do cause them a good amount of grief, they also end up taking out the threats that would have done ''so'' much worse.˛----


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