Godzilla fans, go ahead and get your popcorn ready. The massive kaiju may be on the back-burner for now, but Legendary Pictures has big plans for the beast. In 2014, the studio revived the Japanese monster in a blockbuster reboot, and Legendary has plans to create a cinematic universe about the behemoth. In years to come, fans will get to see Godzilla go head-to-head with King Kong thanks to the studio, and now a massive reference to the King of Monsters can be seen in a new clip from Kong: Skull Island.
Thanks to Yahoo, an exclusive clip from the action-packed thriller can be seen. The video shows Samuel L. Jackson's character demand answers from a scientist who is played by John Goodman. With a gun leveled to his head, the latter man tells Jackson's man that he's part of a secret organization on the hunt for ancient beasts.
"Ancient species owned this Earth long before mankind, and if we can't keep our heads buried in the sand, they will take it back," Goodman says.
"My agency is known as Monarch. We specialize in the hunt of massive unidentified terrestrial organisms."
Of course, Monarch will be a familiar name for Godzilla fans. The 2014 introduced the name through Project Monarch as the group tried to slay the nuclear beast back in 1954 with little success. As for the massive unidentified creatures phrase, the line is a direct reference to MUTO. The acronym refers to creatures like Gozilla or King Kong, and Monarch is clearly interested in reigning these beasts in.
Kong: Skull Island is the second installment of Legendary Pictures' Godzilla-Kong franchise. The universe debuted in 2014 with Godzilla whose sequel is slated to debut in 2019. Then, by 2020, the two monsters will go head-to-head in Godzilla vs. Kong.
You can check out the film's synopsis below:
"Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures' "Kong: Skull Island" reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts ("The Kings of Summer"). In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they're crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong."
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Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston (Thor: Ragnarok), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Oscar-winner Brie Larson (Room), John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane) and John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy). The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell and Eugene Cordero.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) directs the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Derek Connolly. The film is produced by Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni with Mary Parent. The executive producers are Eric McLeod and Alex Garcia.
The film will be released worldwide in 2D, 3D in select cinemas, and IMAX on March 10, 2017.