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Did ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Tease Future ‘Gamera’ Movie?

Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse was officially launched back in 2014 with Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, and it’s currently dominating the box office in the form of director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ massively entertaining Kong: Skull Island. Up next, Michael Dougherty’s sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters is set to arrive in 2019, with Godzilla vs. Kong coming in 2020.

As you may have caught at the very end of Kong: Skull Island, a post-credits scene teased the next installment in the Godzilla series, revealing that Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah will soon be coming along for the ride – one or all of them will likely be appearing in Dougherty’s 2019 film. What/who else can we expect to see in the new MonsterVerse? Gamera, perhaps?

Was Gamera already teased in Kong: Skull Island?!

Eagle-eyed reader “Callum Cenobite” just dropped us an e-mail to let us know that he spotted what sure looks to be Gamera, a monster-sized turtle, in the new film’s opening credits:

At the beginning is a sketch of a turtle that appears for a few seconds. Next to the turtle it says MUTO Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism.

Interesting. Very interesting. Check out a screen-grab below.

Gamera first appeared in 1965, and subsequently starred in eleven Japanese films.


29 Comments
  • Chuck

    Gamera isn’t a Toho property so they may have put that in as a little wink for the audience but they may not have the rights to do anything with the character.

  • Wolvenmist

    It’s most likely Kamoebas (I think that’s how it’s spelled). It’s a giant turtle that has appeared in at least two Toho films that I can think of. One was “The Giant Space Amoeba” were he fought another monster. The other one is “Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.” were he was found on shore dead, killed by the big G.

    • Bill

      Exactly! Kamoebas is Toho property so most likely to appear in a Legendary film.
      http://godzilla.wikia.com/wiki/Kamoebas

      • Wolvenmist

        It would be interesting to see if it does make an appearance. I have heard a lot of talk about doing more Gamera films. I grew up with kaiju films my whole life. Gamera and Godzilla were/are my two favorites. So, seeing Gamera again would be great. I’m just glad to see kaiju films making a bigger dent in America in the last few years. Go Kaijus!!!

    • Orc

      We all know it isn’t officially Gamera, but why did they choose a turtle? it could have been a sketch of a giant lobster like the Space Amoeba ‘Ganime’ creature, which would also count as Ebirah too.

  • Constantine Furman

    Kadokawa is saying no.

  • Mike Darwin

    If you paid attention to the credits themselves, they acknowledge Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah as being owned by Toho. No such mention of Gamera. So it is either an unofficial easter egg or wishful thinking.

    • Wishful thinking, but fans can dream, can’t they? lol. Giant turtles have shown up in the mythology of various cultures. Also, Toho already has a giant turtle of their own: Kamoebas!

      • Orc

        Toho also had the giant turtle skeleton on Godzilla vs Mothra when the people first arrive on the island. Out of all the creatures they could have picked they chose turtle, not it isn’t Gamera, that is why no credits to his company but probably chosen a turtle to get people to think.

    • Julius Archibald IV

      Maybe it was a reference to the other giant turtle Kameobas?

      But look the recent TMNT series that was on Nick. I think they could get away with referencing Gamera if they changed enough of the design to be original. It after all worked for Tokka in the nick series.

    • Orc

      I saw no mention of Nintendo/Pokemon in the end credits either, but the director still put homages to that in there (source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/kong-skull-island-director-reveals-surprising-influence-pokemon-new-movie-1610005)

      It is not Gamera, but it is probably an indirect reference to him, Kameobas is a spikey rock creature and doesn’t look anything like a typical turtle, and the only reason he made it into Tokyo SOS was a stab at the Gamera franchise.

  • leatherlungslucas

    NOT. Gamera is not a Toho kaiju. He is owned by Daiei. And I highly doubt that turtle is a reference to Gamera. Looks nothing like him. Also, Toho had their own giant turtle creature in the film Space Amoeba (titled ‘Yog: Monster From Space’ in the USA).

    • ZoMbí

      Toho did distribute the Gamera trilogy of the 90’s so there is a relationship between two companies. There is also that skeleton of a giant turtle on G vs Mothra when the people first arrive on the island.

      • leatherlungslucas

        Distributing a film series is not owning the character-sorry to burst your bubble. And if Daiei and Toho still haven’t been able to hammer out a deal to get Godzilla and Gamera in a film together, the chances that Legendary can do it are next to NIL. Give it up. Just another cockamamie fan theory. Isn’t going to happen. Would it be cool? Hell yes. But will we see it? No. Still a MUCH higher chance of seeing Kamoebas than Gamera.

  • ThatGuy

    Most likely Mysterybones of infant island (skeleturtle) reference

    • Orc

      It can’t be Kamoebas because that creature has a unique body/head structure and they would probably choose the giant lobster instead as there is two of those in the Toho universe. There must have been a reason why they picked the turtle. Also the only reason they chose a dead Kamoebas to appear in Tokyo SOS was a stab at the Gamera franchise.

      Yes my vote is it is the skeleton turtle from Infant island. But then again the movie is filled with Manga and other movie in-jokes (THEM!, Jurassic Park, Akira) so who knows.

  • ThatGuy

    This can’t be Gamera since Kadokawa ( Daiei formally) already tried to make a Gamera Vs Godzilla film in 2002 but only if gamera won ,but Toho declined the offer so there is no way this is gamera. Also there is supposed to be a new gamera film coming out soon(we hope). If this is not a reference to kamobeas or skeleturtle then it’s just some new and random MonsterVerse kaiju; then there’s the possibility of a hidden muto next to the turtle but it’s blocked out and the turtle is just being used as a comparison.

    • Orc

      We know it isn’t Gamera, but then again that toy of a turtle in Final Wars that gets thrown into a fire isn’t Gamera too, but it is enough for fans to realize what they meant.

      That writing is actually beside it on the movie, we see 3 sketches of the turtle in fast speed it starts out as a skeleton and by the last sketch it is the final turtle, then it cuts to a real turtle’s eye.

  • Eugene

    I like how people know everything there is to know about this “monsterverse”.
    So what Gamera is not a Toho character, does that mean that legendary can’t hash out a deal with Daiei for him to appear in the monsterverse? No, anything is possible. Along with Godzilla and Kong, Gamera is kaiju royalty and it would be more than great to have him show up in this monsterverse. Legendary should definitely make a play to aquire the rights or make a deal for him to appear. An American monster that could also fit into this universe and would be just right to debut in the next kong film is Reptilicus, he fits perfectly into the Skull Island kind of monster both he and Kong would have to grow to go up against Godzilla and the rest of the Toho creatures so that would be a good match for the next Kong film. The monsterverse without Gamera will be just like the Marvel Universe without Spiderman, it will still be great but much greater with his inclusion.

  • PAhiphopFAN

    A petition to have Gamera join the Legendary Godzilla Monsterverse. Sign if interested. Toho can’t stop Legendary from acquiring the rights to Gamera

    https://www.change.org/p/thomas-tull-add-gamera-to-legendary-s-monsterverse

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