Here in the States, Godzilla is already part of the shared cinematic universe known as Legendary’s MonsterVerse, which so far includes 2014’s Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island. Up next, Mothra, King Ghidorah and Rodan are joining the fun in Godzilla 2, before Godzilla and Kong come together for an epic mash-up fight film.
And it seems Japanese production/distribution company Toho, the original home of Godzilla, is planning its own cinematic universe. To make a long story short, Toho’s deal with Warner Bros. and Legendary means they can’t do much of anything until 2021, but they’re planning on opening the floodgates once they’re able to.
“After 2021, we’re thinking of a potential strategy that [releases] Godzilla movies uninterrupted at a rate of every 2 years, although there is a preference for a yearly pace as well,” Toho’s Keiji Ota told Nikkei Style this week. “The future of the series and its forwarding developments are very conscious of the method of “shared universe”. Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, etc. could all share a single world view much like a Marvel movie where Iron Man and the Hulk can crossover with each other.”
That’s the good news here. The bad news? If you loved Shin Godzilla, you’ll probably be bummed to hear that Shin Godzilla 2 will apparently *not* be happening.
Ota explained, “Shin Godzilla was a huge hit, but instead of thinking of doing the obvious idea of making a Shin Godzilla 2, instead think about a world that can be used for a long time. I’d rather make a World of Godzilla.”
Thanks to Gormaru Island for the translations.