‘Kong: Skull Island’ Post-Credits Scene Explained

Because it’s basically become a rule now that franchises must have a stinger to set up a future film in the franchise, the ending of Kong: Skull Island isn’t really the end. After you sit through the credits, you get another scene that sets up a future film. If you were a bit confused by what the scene entailed, read on.

[Spoilers ahead for Kong: Skull Island]

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In the scene, Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and Weaver (Brie Larson) are being held in an interrogation room of some kind (why John C. Reilly’s character, Hank Marlow, is released isn’t explained) where they insist they won’t tell anyone what they saw on the island. Then Huston (Corey Hawkins) and San (Tian Jing) come in and explain that their organization, Monarch, looks at all monstrous, ancient creatures and Kong is far from the only one. They then proceed to show Conrad and Weaver a series of slides featuring other monsters, such as one who looks like a giant lizard, a huge moth, a pterodactyl-like creature, and a multi-headed dragon.

It’s a scene that will excite you if you already know what’s coming, but might confuse you if you’re not sure what’s on the horizon.

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Is Next

At Comic-Con 2014, Legendary showed a teaser reel that was very similar to the slideshow Huston and San show Conrad and Weaver. In the teaser, there’s blurry photographs and odd drawings highlighting new creatures, but they also give names to the creatures: Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. These are three of Godzilla’s most famous enemies, and the creatures he’ll presumably face off against in 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Michael Dougherty (Trick r Treat) is set to direct Godzilla: King of the Monsters with Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) on board to star. Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga are attached to play the parents of Brown’s character. Of course, as with any good Godzilla movie, the human characters tend to be secondary to the big guy.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is currently set to open on March 22, 2019.

So Why Is ‘Godzilla 2’ Being Teased in a ‘King Kong’ Movie?

Legendary, the studio behind Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island is putting together a “Monster-verse,” and their plan is to eventually pit King Kong against Godzilla. They’ve already scheduled Godzilla vs. Kong for May 29, 2020, and while there are no details on the plot beyond the two iconic monsters fighting each other at some point, it should make for a fun culmination of the monster-verse Legendary is trying to construct.

It’s worth noting that even though the stinger in Kong: Skull Island features Hiddleston, Larson, Hawkins, and Jing, we don’t know if any of these characters will return for a future monster-verse movie. We don’t know when Godzilla: King of the Monsters takes place, but 2014’s Godzilla took place in the present day while Kong: Skull Island is set in 1973. Right now, it’s looking like the monster-verse will have a new cast of characters every time, which is fine. While all of these movies have cast great actors, you’re not showing up to a Godzilla movie or a King Kong film for the humans. You’re showing up for the giant monsters.

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