For films that are part of cinematic franchises, post-credits scenes have become all but expected–nay demanded! This is certainly the case for Legendary’s last three films in their MonsterVerse. But when early critical responses to Godzilla vs Kong (the 4th film in the MonsterVerse, arriving March 31st) hit the internet over the weekend, it was revealed that there is no post-credits scene this time.
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We’ve seen Godzilla vs Kong and can confirm that this isn’t a rumor or a marketing gimmick. It’s true: There is no post-credits scene in Godzilla vs Kong (or a mid-credits scene, in case you think we’re being coy); nada, zip, zilch. While this doesn’t affect our enthusiasm for the film (which left us wanting for nothing) it was certainly unexpected.
So what made Godzilla vs Kong director Adam Wingard decide to buck the norm in this case? And was it always the plan to release the film without a post-credits scene? Here’s what he told us during our exclusive interview.
“We actually did shoot a post-credit scene,” Wingard explains, “but we ended up using the footage in the movie itself. We never actually edited it as a post-credit scene; it kind of got cannibalized and ended up sort of being the end of the movie. We used it in a slightly different context than it was originally shot for.”
“The MonsterVerse is at a crossroads now,” Wingard continued. “It’s really at the point where audiences have to kind of step forward and vote for more of these things. If this movie is a success obviously they will continue forward. But I actually think it’s good that there’s not a post-credit scene because, you know, the MonsterVerse is different from the Marvel universe. Just because you have a [shared] universe it doesn’t mean you have to do all the things that Marvel does. And ultimately I think it’s better with sequels to not pigeonhole yourself.
“I think some of the best movies are films that work completely independently and you can go into the sequel or the movie can stand alone. But if a movie is totally contingent on a sequel then you are just talking about the next thing that is coming up and you can’t totally enjoy that ride. But yeah, we did shoot [a post-credits scene] but didn’t end up using it.”
We’ll be sharing more of our exclusive interview with Adam Wingard in our lead-up to Godzilla vs Kong’s release! Look for the film in US theaters and on HBO Max beginning March 31st.
Legends collide in Godzilla vs. Kong as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, 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 globe. 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.
Adam Wingard directs Godzilla Vs Kong from a script written by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein. Terry Rossio, Michael Dougherty, and Zach Shields penned the story based on Godzilla by Toho and King Kong by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper.
Godzilla Vs Kong stars Alexander Skarsgård (The Stand), Millie Bobby Brown, and Rebecca Hall. Brian Tyree Henry co-stars with Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir. Mary Parent produced with Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod, and Brian Rogers.
Are you excited to see Godzilla vs Kong on the 31st? What do you think of Adam Wingard’s reasons for omitting a post-credits scene? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.