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  • All-Star Cast: Like Kong: Skull Island, this film is jam-packed with A-list stars such as Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Eiza González, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Julian Dennison, Demián Bichir, Lance Reddick and (famous in Japan) Shun Oguri.
  • Channel Hop: Averted; with the COVID-19 Pandemic shutting down theaters and limiting box office potential, Netflix made an offer to Legendary Pictures to acquire the film for $200-$250 million. (Netflix had previously released fellow Legendary pandemic refugee Enola Holmes.) However, WarnerMedia blocked the deal. This led to fury on Legendary's part when the plan to simultaneously release all of Warner Bros.' 2021 theatrical slate on HBO Max was revealed; the company demanded Warner match Netflix's offer. A legal battle was ultimately averted following negotiations, which saw Warner paying Legendary back for its share of the production cost to acquire full rights to the film.
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  • Development Gag: In the script to Jan De Bont's attempt at a Godzilla film in the 90s, as well as a few pieces of concept art, Godzilla is mentioned and shown to be able to move about on all fours in a few scenes. Come this movie, in which an enraged Godzilla chases after Kong on all fours. Fittingly, the screen story was developed by Terry Rossio who co-wrote the 90s unused script.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Jia is a deaf Iwi girl portrayed by Kaylee Hottle, who is from an all-deaf family.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The lizard-like monster briefly seen in the Hollow Earth is nicknamed Doug.
    • Unsurprisingly, the reveal that the remains of San/Kevin was used to create MechaGodzilla led to many fans dubbing it MechaKevin.
  • I Knew It!: There was much pre-release speculation on the film's major plot points, many of which were proven correct.
    • Few believed Godzilla's Face–Heel Turn was genuine, with a common theory being that MechaGodzilla was involved, either framing Godzilla for the attacks or Godzilla's hunt for MechaGodzilla being misinterpreted as unprovoked aggression. The latter turns out to be precisely the case.
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    • Many believed the remains of King Ghidorah were a factor in the creation of MechaGodzilla. Ghidorah's skull, brain, and telepathic communication essentially form MechaGodzilla's operating system.
    • Once MechaGodzilla was revealed, many began to wonder if Kong wasn't actually fighting it in a Godzilla disguise, as Anguirus did in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Some speculated that real Godzilla and Kong would have the bulk of the movie's fights, otherwise the title would be terribly misleading. Kong is indeed fighting the real Godzilla every time; MechaGodzilla is never in any kind of disguise.
    • Finally, few took the "One Will Fall" Tagline very seriously, doubting the film would end with the death of either Godzilla or Kong. Both Titans survive the film and agree to stay out of each other's way, although Godzilla did definitively defeat Kong. And with Exact Words considered, one DID fall: Ghidorah did, in Mechagodzilla's body.
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  • Invisible Advertising: Likely because of the uncertain release date changes mentioned below, the film didn't even receive a theatrical release poster until only two months before release (which, at that point, was already several months after the originally intended date), and a trailer less than two months from release.
  • Refitted for Sequel: The Spirit Tiger and Fern Bird which were conceptualized for Kong: Skull Island make appearances in the comic Kingdom Kong and the children's book Kong and Me, respectively, both tie-ins for Godzilla vs. Kong.
  • Release Date Change: The film was pushed back from March 2020 to November 2020. Then it was moved to May 2021 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic crippling the movie theater business. It was eventually revealed by WarnerMedia in November 2020 that it will be released in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day (for a one-month duration) along with the rest of the entire 2021 theatrical slate of Warner Bros. Legendary Pictures executives were not happy about this decision (likewise with Dune), and WarnerMedia entered negotiations with them. The simultaneous release was then moved backwards to March 26, 2021, then pushed back 5 days to March 31st, ahead of Easter weekend, to accomodate for the release of Zack Snyder's Justice League on March 18.
  • Short Run in Peru: Launched theatrically in China on March 26, a few days before its US release on March 31.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise:
    • Early looks and leaked images of the Playmates toyline revealed the Warbats, Hellhawks, and MECHAGODZILLA well before they debuted in first official trailer.
    • The Playmates toyline also depict Kong and Godzilla with serious wounds, including a diagonal deep cut across his entire torso.
    • Funko Pop! released a Mechagodzilla Funko Pop, effectively spoiling the character's existence.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • James Rolfe was actually offered a cameo appearance by Adam Wingard, but James declined due to the birth of his second daughter.
    • Zhang Ziyi was originally slated to return as Dr. Ilene Chen and play a prominent role in the film... but for reasons unknown was completely absent from the final cut. It is possible that she was cut to avoid confusion with Ilene Andrews.
    • In an interview with CinemaBlend, co-writer Max Borenstein revealed that a deleted scene from Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) showing Mothra's egg was almost Refitted for Sequel, but was ultimately left out.
    • The film's ending, in which we see Kong thriving happily in Hollow Earth, was originally intended to be The Stinger, but Wingard later decided to play the scene before the credits in order to give the film a stronger conclusion. He also notes that including a post-credits scene, which usually serves to tease future installments, would've been too risky due to the questionable future of the MonsterVerse.
      Adam Wingard: I think the MonsterVerse is at a crossroads where audiences need to vote if they want to see another one of these films before they continue. [...] So I think it’s better not to back yourself into a corner to a certain degree. It makes sense that we don’t have a post-credits scene.
    • Plot details have started to come out regarding the first version, elements of which are preserved in the novelization. It has Ren having more screentime, and Madison suffering effects of PTSD from the previous film. A big one is that the eye seen in Florida contained the ORCA-Z and the Simmons are intentionally trying to cast Godzilla into a bad light. Even him going out of his way to attack Kong at sea was engineered by Maia and 'playing dead' also caused it to shut off.
    • Ren was originally The Starscream who after infusing Hollow Earth Energy to Mechagodzilla, he kills Simmons, becoming the sole human Big Bad, making a Big Bad Duumvirate with Hollow energy-infused Mechagodzilla with Ghidorah taking the reins.
    • In an earlier draft of the script Nathan lost his fiancee rather than brother in the Hollow Earth.
    • Nathan was supposed to have a bigger role in the original draft, thus why he teams up with Simmons.
    • Concept art shows Skull Island was originally rendered uninhabitable by severe volcanic activity, with the Iwi being evacuated from the island by Monarch in one piece of art while another piece shows Kong watching the skeletons of the Valley of the Fallen Gods be engulfed by lava.

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