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Godzilla vs. Kong, also known by the working title of "Apex"[6] is a 2021 American science fiction monster film produced by Legendary Pictures, and the fourth entry in the MonsterVerse, following 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters, acting as a sequel to both King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island.

Godzilla vs. Kong had a turbulent development, and was originally set for release on May 29, 2020, before being pushed up to March 13, 2020, only to then be delayed to November 20, 2020, and then May 21, 2021. It then got pushed up to March 26, 2021, before ultimately being released to American theaters on March 31, 2021. The film was also streaming concurrently on HBO Max through to April 30, 2021.

The film is directed by Adam Wingard, produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod, and Brian Rogers with the screenplay written by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein, from a story by Terry Rossio, Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields. Borenstein, Dougherty and Shields also wrote King of the Monsters. Godzilla vs. Kong begins five years after King of the Monsters, and sees Godzilla and Kong undergoing a titanic battle in the wake of Ghidorah's rampage.

A follow-up sequel for the film is in development.[7]


Legends collide in "Godzilla vs. Kong" as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the world. The epic clash between the two titans, instigated by unseen forces, is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth.


In 2024, five years after Godzilla fought and killed his extraterrestrial nemesis Ghidorah for dominance in 2019, he and Kong are currently the only active Titans on Earth. On Skull Island, its climate has become unstable due to a storm generated by Ghidorah combining with the storm cell perpetually surrounding the island, forcing Monarch to contain Kong inside a dome-shaped facility that simulated the island's environment, with an orphaned young Iwi girl named Jia, who is deaf and can communicate with Kong via sign language, providing him company. However, when Jia comes to visit Kong and holds out a doll to him, the Titan, sensing that he is trapped inside the biodome, finds out and immediately throws a tree at it.

Meanwhile, Bernie Hayes, an employee of the Apex Cybernetics corporation and host of a Titan conspiracy theory podcast known as the Titan Truth Podcast, exfiltrates information suggesting sinister activities at a Pensacola Apex facility, but as he finished downloading the files, Godzilla arrives and unexpectedly attacks. During Godzilla's rampage, Bernie discovers a strange piece of technology resembling a giant robotic eye among the ruins of the facility. In the aftermath of the attack, public opinion has turned against Godzilla, who is no longer viewed as humanity's savior. Madison Russell, now grown up and a fan of Bernie's podcast, sees the news about Godzilla's recent attack at her school and is worried. After school, she tries unsuccessfully to talk sense into her widowed father Mark (who is acting as Monarch's director), regarding a possible lead on the cause of Godzilla's rampage, but he dismisses everything she says as he only replies that creatures, just like people, can change. Later, Madison enlists the help of her best friend Josh Valentine to investigate the one behind Godzilla's rampage and figure out the secrets of Apex.

Meanwhile, Apex's founder and CEO Walter Simmons recruits Nathan Lind, a former Monarch scientist turned Hollow Earth theorist, to help guide them to the Hollow Earth, an underground world below the Earth and the hidden home to the Titans, in search of a powerful energy source. At first, Nathan is initially hesitant since his brother tried to explore the Hollow Earth, but a strong anti-gravity field inside the tunnel ended up killing him. He finally agrees after Walter reveals that Apex has created and developed Hollow Earth Aerial Vehicles, specialized crafts that are capable of withstanding the gravity field's pressure. To help guide them to the Hollow Earth, Nathan travels to Skull Island and meets his colleague, Monarch anthropological linguist and Jia's adoptive mother Ilene Andrews, with his idea of using Kong as their navigator to lead them to the energy source since Skull Island is no longer able to contain him (because Kong has grown too large) and allow him to survive. Though Ilene declines at first as she explains that Godzilla would come for Kong as soon as he was moved off of Skull Island, she finally accepts after being convinced by Nathan that they need to undertake this mission in order to stop Godzilla's rampage and that they can also find Kong a new home.

Nathan, Ilene, Jia, and an Apex team led by Walter's daughter Maia board a modified barge with a lightly sedated Kong chained up to prevent him from breaking free. One rainy night, Kong becomes restless and agitated as he starts to pull on the chains restraining him, though Jia calms him down by allowing her and Kong to touch fingers in solidarity whilst Kong signs the word "home", much to Ilene's amazement. The next day, Ilene explains to Nathan on how she raised Jia as her adoptive daughter after dangerous and unpredictable storms wiped out most of the Iwi and her parents, but Jia herself was the only survivor since Kong was the one who protected her, leading to the two forming a bond. At this point, Jia senses Godzilla's presence by feeling vibrations through the ship as the Titan arrives and attacks the military before capsizing the barge, nearly drowning Kong as well as the others inside. Fortunately, Nathan manages to free Kong by unlocking his chains, allowing him to battle Godzilla underwater long enough for him to swim to the surface and flip the barge back on its head, saving the group from drowning. Kong leaps onto a nearby aircraft carrier to face Godzilla, who climbs aboard to face Kong. The two Titans exchange violent blows before fighter jets distract Godzilla enough for Kong to push him back into the ocean. Godzilla fires his atomic breath from under the carrier, but Kong manages to leap off to evade the blast, only for Godzilla to wrap his tail around Kong and drags him into the depths of the ocean, attempting to drown the Titan. However, their fight is broken up when Godzilla is disoriented by depth charges, giving Kong the opportunity to surface for air.

Seeing no other option, Nathan decides that the group should instead shut down all the ships' power to trick Godzilla into thinking he destroyed them and defeated Kong which eventually succeeds. Godzilla observes the destroyed fleet curiously and, believing that he had won, swims away. Realizing that Godzilla could return if they reactivate the ships, the group change plans and instead fly Kong to a Hollow Earth entry point in Antarctica, the place where Ghidorah was originally frozen. There, Jia explains to Kong that his home is through the entrance, but he is too reluctant to go. Realizing Kong can't survive in the cold weather and that they can't return him to Skull Island, Nathan asks Ilene if Kong will go if he thinks there are others like him through there and she tells Jia to ask Kong that his family could possibly be down there, prompting the Titan to enter the tunnel and the teams follow him in their HEAVs.

Meanwhile, Madison and Josh find Bernie, who recognizes Madison as Mark's daughter and joins their investigation as they believe Apex had something to do with Godzilla's change in behavior. Together, they sneak into the wrecked Apex base, only to find that the "eye" Bernie had described earlier is now gone. As they discover a secret facility deep underground, the group are inadvertently locked and transported in an antigravity transport vehicle carrying Skullcrawler eggs through an underground tunnel to Hong Kong. There, the three disembark and find themselves inside a huge dark chamber, but stumble upon Apex's ultimate weapon "Mechagodzilla", a mechanized counterpart of Godzilla being controlled by the late Dr. Ishiro Serizawa's son and Walter's chief technology officer Ren Serizawa. To test Mechagodzilla's might against the Titans as soon as the mecha is activated, Walter unleashes a large adult Skullcrawler codenamed "Number 10" into the chamber. The beast targets Madison, Josh and Bernie and is on the verge of attacking them when it is grabbed and restrained by Mechagodzilla, who cleaves the Skullcrawler in half using a powerful red energy beam, allowing Madison, Josh and Bernie to seek shelter in a small hatch. However, the test is cut short when the mecha powers down immediately afterwards due to limitations of the power supply. It is then revealed that Walter intends to harness the power of the Hollow Earth's energy to overcome Mechagodzilla's limitations. Madison then realizes that Mechagodzilla is the reason why Godzilla attacked in the first place: Apex is trying to replace him and all the Titans so that humans can become the Earth's apex species. While trying to find an exit, Madison and the others suddenly come upon a room where Ren is sitting inside the skull of Ghidorah's severed head, which has now turned into a biological supercomputer and cockpit for Ren to control Mechagodzilla through radio waves after it was acquired from Alan Jonah by Apex since Godzilla previously tore it off during his battle against Ghidorah off the coast of Isla de Mara five years ago.

Inside the Hollow Earth, Kong and Nathan's team find an ecosystem similar to Skull Island. While roaming the landscape, they are suddenly attacked by a pair of Warbats, with one destroying one of the HEAVs. Kong was able to save the group by killing the first Warbat and swings its corpse into the second one which staggers it, but the creature recovers and constricts itself around him. Before the Warbat can suffocate Kong, the creature is bombarded by missiles from Nathan's team in their HEAV, giving Kong the opportunity to break free and violently beats the monster to death before feasting on the dead Warbat by eating its innards. Afterwards, Kong and Nathan's team resume their journey, eventually reaching their destination at a huge stone temple that once belonged to Kong's ancestors. As they explore inside, they find remains of an ancient war between Kong's and Godzilla's race while Kong finds an ancient axe made from a dorsal plate of a deceased member of Godzilla's race before sitting upon a giant throne. As Nathan's team discover the power source they need to increase Mechagodzilla's power supply, Kong learns that the same power source can also recharge the axe. However, Maia and the Apex team use spider-like drones to harvest the power source and send it back to their Hong Kong base, despite Ilene protesting that Apex cannot simply take the find of the millennium. Maia has her guards aim their guns at Nathan's team, only for Kong to angrily bellow at them in their defense. Meanwhile, Mechagodzilla begins sending a signal to Godzilla, who senses the machine's activation and heads straight towards Hong Kong. There, Godzilla makes his way into the heart of the city and sensing Kong's presence in the Hollow Earth, he drills a shaft to the ecosystem with his atomic breath, causing the temple to collapse. Kong and Nathan's team fight off a flock of Hellhawks while Maia and her team try to flee in their HEAV, only for Kong to grab it on their way out and instantly crush the aircraft in his hand after peeking inside to make sure that Jia, Ilene and Nathan aren't in there, killing Maia and her personnel inside.

Hearing Godzilla's roar as he issues him with another challenge, Kong accepts and proceeds to make his way through the hole created by Godzilla's atomic breath to Hong Kong with his axe in hand while Ilene, Nathan and Jia follow him in their HEAV. Upon arriving in Hong Kong and confronting Godzilla on the surface, Kong fights him again, this time gaining the upper hand against the Titan to the point he shoves his axe down Godzilla's throat to stop him firing his atomic breath. Kong sees that his axe can not only block Godzilla's atomic breath, but can also absorb the blast and injures the Titan in the thigh with his weapon, though Godzilla removes the axe and throws it away. After using the buildings of Hong Kong and his superior agility to dodge and evade Godzilla's attacks, Kong retrieves his axe before bringing his now charged-up weapon down on Godzilla, creating an explosion that knocks both Titans back, making Nathan believe that Kong has won the second round. Kong and Godzilla both recover and get back to their feet, with Godzilla searching for Kong, who hides from the Titan by perching himself on a skyscraper. Kong throws a construction crane into a building, distracting Godzilla to the point he ambushes him from above and places the Titan in a chokehold intending to strangle him, only for Godzilla to break free and unleash his full fury against Kong, eventually dislocating his arm, slashing Kong with his claws and even stomping on his chest twice, despite Kong trying to force Godzilla off of him by punching his wounded thigh. With Kong subdued and pinned down, Godzilla furiously roars at his opponent in a show of dominance, but the defeated Kong angrily roars in defiance against Godzilla. As if impressed by Kong's resilience and prowess, Godzilla shows mercy and spares his rival's life before walking away, leaving Kong alive but badly injured as he eventually loses consciousness due to commotio cordis.

Back in the Apex base, Walter excitedly orders Ren to send out Mechagodzilla to kill Godzilla. Though Ren warns him against using the new Hollow Earth energy source without testing, Walter ignores his pleas and coldly orders him to activate the mecha. At the same time, Bernie, Madison, and Josh are caught by security for infiltrating Apex headquarters and are taken to Walter. Madison accuses Walter of provoking Godzilla into war and for causing all of this in the first place, though he confidently explains that he accepted the responsibility for giving mankind a chance to fight back against Godzilla and the Titans. Unknown to Walter as his back is turned while he monologues about his creation, Mechagodzilla suddenly goes haywire under the influence of both the energy source and Ghidorah's neural networks, resulting in the robot killing Walter with a swipe of its hand and Ren's death by electrocution. Mechagodzilla, now possessed by Ghidorah's consciousness, breaks free from the Apex facility underneath Victoria Peak Mountain and rampages through the city before Godzilla confronts it. Quickly coming into contact with Godzilla, Mechagodzilla engages its organic counterpart in battle.

While Josh and Bernie unsuccessfully try to deactivate the rampaging robot remotely and Madison tries to call up Mark for help, Godzilla, despite having already grown weary from his earlier battle against Kong, and Mechagodzilla battle, at one point both fire their energy beams at each other which lock together, only for Mechagodzilla to gain the upper hand, knocking Godzilla over and burning him. While Mechagodzilla continues to overwhelm and badly beat Godzilla, Nathan, Ilene, and Jia approach an unconscious Kong, where Jia senses that his heartbeat is slowing down. Ilene explains that they can't produce a charge big enough to restart Kong's heart, but Nathan, having remembered what Maia said earlier about the HEAVs producing a charge big enough to power Las Vegas for a week, flies the remaining HEAV onto Kong's chest and sets it to self-destruct, detonating the craft and releasing a huge electrical charge which instantly revives Kong. After Kong regains consciousness, he awakens in time to witness the battle between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla before meeting up with Jia, who tries to convince Kong that Godzilla isn't really his enemy. Though Kong doesn't believe her at first as he continues to watch Godzilla being overwhelmed by Mechagodzilla, Jia reveals the truth to him that the robot is the "real" enemy, not Godzilla. After a moment, Kong finally accepts and puts aside his grudge before heading into battle to help Godzilla while fixing his dislocated arm. As Mechagodzilla prepares to fire its red energy beam down Godzilla's throat, Kong leaps onto the robot and redirects the beam into the air, saving Godzilla's life in the process. Realizing that Kong saved his life and sensing an ally in him upon seeing that he is not an enemy, Godzilla helps Kong fight against Mechagodzilla. Working together as a team, the two Titans turn the tide, but the robot proves to be stronger than their combined might and overpowers them. Seeing his axe among the wreckage after losing it during his earlier battle against Godzilla, Kong reclaims it and lands several blows on Mechagodzilla, but his weapon, having lost its charge, is ineffective against the robot, who attempts to fatally impale Kong with its tail drill. All seems lost for Kong and Godzilla while Bernie, realizing there is nothing he and the others can do, pulls out a flask of liquor, suggesting that they all have a drink. However, Josh, suddenly having an idea, snatches the flask out of Bernie's hand and short-circuits Mechagodzilla's controls by pouring the contents of the drink all over the control panel, making Mechagodzilla momentarily stall and giving Godzilla and Kong the opportunity to recover and regain the upper hand. Seeing Kong holding his axe, Godzilla supercharges it by blasting the weapon with his atomic breath, allowing Kong to dismember Mechagodzilla limb from limb and ripping its head off before holding up his trophy with a mighty roar of triumph and sitting down to rest.

In the aftermath, Nathan, Ilene and Jia sit together among the debris while Madison reunites with Mark and introduces him to Josh and Bernie, who is delighted to see Mark and invites him onto his podcast to talk about the Monarch facility in Roswell. Suddenly, their moment is interrupted when Godzilla approaches Kong, prompting the Titan to grab his axe and prepares to resume the fight with his old rival. However, Godzilla doesn't attack and merely stares Kong down. Understanding that their true enemy has been defeated, Kong lowers his axe, putting an end to the feud between his kind and Godzilla's. Now that they are no longer rivals, Godzilla and Kong regard each other as equals before Godzilla returns to the sea peacefully as Kong and all the gathered humans watch. Sometime later, Monarch have created an observation post in the Hollow Earth. One day, Ilene, Nathan and Jia watch as Kong passes by on his morning walk. After signing "home" to Jia, Kong swings onto a cliff, punches his chest and roars, declaring himself as the king of the Hollow Earth and happily embracing it as his new home and kingdom.


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Admiral Wilcox
  • Ronny Chieng as Jay Wayne
  • John Pirruccello as Horace
  • Chris Chalk as Ben
  • Conlan Casal, Brad McMurray as Apex Cybernetics security guards
  • Benjamin Rigby as Sonar operator
  • Nick Turello as Apex Cybernetics armed guard
  • Daniel Nelson as Hayworth
  • Priscilla Doueihy as Monarch mission tech
  • Kei Kudo, Bradd Buckley as HEAV pilots
  • John Walton, Daniel Tuiara as HEAV co-pilots
  • David Castillo, Kofi Yiadom, Jim Palmer as Maia Apex Cybernetics guards
  • Eric Petey as Kong (motion capture, uncredited)


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.







Reception for Godzilla vs. Kong has been generally positive. As of April 16, 2021, the film has 341 reviews on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, with 254 of them fresh, and a "Tomatometer" with a 74% certified Fresh score. The site's critics' consensus feature states that "Delivering squarely on its title, Godzilla vs. Kong swats away character development and human drama to deliver all the spectacle you'd expect from giant monsters slugging it out." The site's summary of audience reviews expressed a similar opinion, stating that "This long-awaited blockbuster matchup makes it easy not to think about the so-so story and characters by serving up plenty of action and incredible effects."[8] Indeed, reviewers generally praised the film's monster brawling element, but some expressed disappointment at the "half-baked" human element of the film.[9] The film was credited with ending a box office slump fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, having earned an estimated $48.5 million dollars in the U.S. box office by the Sunday morning of five-day weekend release period. WarnerMedia did not release numbers for the film's reception on HBO Max, but stated that it was a film that viewers were watching more than once and that the film had a larger viewer audience than any series or film released on the service since it launched.[10] The film also saw massive international ticket sales, with an additional haul of approximately $236 million in non-U.S. markets.[11] On April 17, 2021, it was reported that despite still somewhat depressed box office due to the pandemic, Godzilla vs. Kong had surpassed the total box office of the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters.[12]

Alternate titles

  • Apex (Working title)
  • Godzilla vs. King Kong (哥斯拉大战金刚 Gēsīlā dàzhàn Jīngāng; Chinese title)
    • (哥斯拉大戰金剛 Gēsīlā dàzhàn Jīngāng; Hong Kong title)
    • (哥吉拉大戰金剛 Gējílā dàzhàn Jīngāng; Taiwanese title)

Theatrical releases

  • France, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan - March 24, 2021
  • Argentina, Australia, Chile, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea - March 25, 2021
  • Bulgaria, China, Spain, Vietnam - March 26, 2021
  • Canada, United States - March 31, 2021
  • Lithuania - April 1, 2021
  • Sweden - April 28, 2021
  • Brazil - April 29, 2021
  • Italy - May 6, 2021
  • Slovakia, Ukraine - May 20, 2021
  • United Kingdom - May 21, 2021
  • Japan - July 2, 2021

Premium formats

  • 3D (post-converted)
  • IMAX 3D
  • Dolby Vision and Atmos

Home video

4K UHD combo pack

Godzilla vs. Kong has been announced for a home video release on digital purchase platforms on May 21, 2021, with the film arriving on DVD Special Edition, Blu-ray combo pack and 4K UHD combo pack on June 15, 2021. The following special features have been confirmed to be included, though some digital versions may contain only select special features:

  • Kong Discovers Hollow Earth
  • Kong Leaves Home
  • Behold Kong’s Temple
  • The Evolution of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World
  • Godzilla Attacks
  • The Phenomenon of GŌJIRA, King of the Monsters
  • Round One: Battle at Sea
  • Round Two: One Will Fall
  • Titan Tag Team: The God and the King
  • The Rise of MechaGodzilla
  • Commentary by Director Adam Wingard (only on 4K and Blu-ray)


  • This film marks the first time in 59 years that Godzilla and King Kong appeared in a film together since the 1962 Movie King Kong vs. Godzilla.
  • This film is Terry Rossio's first Godzilla film after his unproduced screenplay for the unmade 1994 film.
  • This is second movie featuring King Kong that Kyle Chandler has starred in, the first being Peter Jackson's 2005 remake.
    • With Chandler's involvement in King Kong, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and Godzilla vs. Kong, this results in the actor's notable distinction in being the only person to be present in the cast of a King Kong film, a Godzilla film, and a crossover film between the two.
  • With a runtime of 113 minutes, Godzilla vs. Kong is the shortest entry in the MonsterVerse.
  • The scene where Kong smashes his right shoulder (having been dislocated earlier) against a building to relocate it could be a reference to Martin Riggs’s infamous ability of a similar nature in the Lethal Weapon franchise.
  • The film has several references to Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • The scene where Kong jumps from ship-to-ship is similar to a scene where Eva Unit-02 jumps from ship-to-ship trying to avoid an angel, much like Godzilla.
    • The place where Mechagodzilla is stationed bears resemblance to the Central Dogma with it being located underground and with a pyramid atop of it.


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  2. The Numbers. The Numbers.
  3. D'Alessandro, Anthony (15 January 2021). 'Godzilla Vs. Kong' Jumps Up To March In HBO Max & Theatrical Debut. Deadline.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Godzilla vs Kong. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 30 March 2021.
  5. Godzilla Vs. Kong at an AMC Theater near you.. AMC Theaters. Retrieved on 8 March 2021.
  6. Mueller Matthew (May 4, 2018). Godzilla Vs Kong Working Title Revealed Comicbook. Retrieved May 5, 2018
  7. Peters, Megan (March 20, 2022). Godzilla vs Kong Sequel Shares New Filming Details. ComicBook. Retrieved on March 20, 2022.
  8. Godzilla vs. Kong. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on April 2, 2021.
  9. Weiss, Josh (March 24, 2021). First Reactions To Godzilla vs. Kong Praise 'Jaw-Dropping' Kaiju Brawling, But Lament Half-Baked Human Element. Syfy Wire. Retrieved on March 24, 2021.
  10. D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 4, 2021). 'Godzilla Vs. Kong' Propels Domestic Box Office Out Of Pandemic Depression With $48.5M 5-Day Opening. Deadline. Retrieved on April 4, 2021.
  11. Rubin, Rebecca (April 4, 2021). Box Office: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Sets Pandemic Record With $48.5 Million Debut. Variety. Retrieved on April 4, 2021.
  12. Mendelson, Scott (April 17, 2021). Box Office: ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Tops ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Worldwide. Forbes. Retrieved on April 18, 2021.

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