Ever since Netflix announced a spin-off of the Monsterverse anime, it’s been mostly silent – to the point where some even started if the series was still in development.
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Luckily for eager fans, any doubts can now be dispelled as Legendary Television has officially released the first preview image for Skull Island, and while it’s not much, it says a lot.
Unveiled during the recent Netflix Geeked Week event and posted by Legendary on all relevant social media accounts, including Twitter for Kong: Skull Island, which surprisingly remains active after all these years, is our first look at the MonsterVerse series from production. The team behind the anime adaptation of Castlevania is the only screenshot showing an aerial view of Kong’s footprints on the beach.
In the center of a giant hand-shaped print, two people are kneeling, looking almost microscopic in comparison to the changed landscape around them.
Along with the image, Legendary also shared the series’ first synopsis, teasing, “Here’s your first look at Skull Island, a new anime series about a group of explorers who encounter strange beasts, terrifying Titans, and the most mysterious island the world has ever known!”
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While this new synopsis and image clears up a few questions related to the series, it also raises more than it can answer.
First, we can determine from the synopsis that there will be more Titans on Skull Island than just Kong, though we don’t know if that means the monkey will face a new kind of kaiju or will face one of the many that can be seen in various Legendary games. Media MonsterVerse.
To that end, it’s also likely that we’ll be introduced to strange new species of variations of well-known favorites like the Skullcrawlers.
For example, since there is a MUTO Queen and a MUTO Prime, the same intimidating classifications may well exist in the Skull family tree.
Also, as we know from MonsterVerse canon, Skullcrawlers get bigger the deeper they go into the Hollow Earth. It is a logical conclusion that nothing will stop them from becoming strangers as long as they do so.
Then there’s the demon bat Camazotz, who can jump from the pages of the Legendary Kingdom Kong graphic novel to the small screen.
Admittedly, this is a small chance that might require some discontinuity, but let’s imagine for a moment how crazy it would be to see Kong violently knock the beast out of the sky in full motion.
The image makes it even more attractive to use, to say the least.
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The appearance of Camazotz can also help determine what time period Skull Island takes place in.
Current speculation is that the series will either take place in the 1930s or sometime before the events of 1973, as depicted in Kong: Skull Island.
However, this time frame doesn’t quite fit since if Kong hadn’t reached maturity during the Great Depression, he wouldn’t have been big enough to leave the marks shown in the teaser.
Of course, his exact size in Skull Island is currently unclear, as his design is one of the many closely guarded secrets of the MonsterVerse spinning wheels, so there’s a chance these inconsistencies will eventually be ironed out.
In addition to Skull Island, Legendary is currently developing several other spin-offs, each with their own secret plots.
These include the Apple TV series Godzilla and Son of Kong, the big-screen sequel to Godzilla vs. Kong, directed by the returned Adam Wingard.
None of these titles currently have an official release date, but the MonsterVerse continues to chug along nonetheless.
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