Godzilla 2 Director & Mike Dougherty On If & How Kong Stands A Chance In The Fight
The co-writer of Godzilla vs Kong explains how Kong could give Godzilla a fair fight.
Now that Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters is out, next year’s Godzilla vs Kong will slowly begin grabbing all the attention. And one of the things that fans have been scratching their head over is how will Kong fight Godzilla and pose the giant lizard a fair threat. These concerns seem to have amplified with Godzilla possessing atomic breath as well as a new revelation in Godzilla 2 that makes him infinitely more powerful than Kong.
Director Mike Dougherty doesn’t necessarily think so and, having co-written next year’s Godzilla vs Kong, he has a fair idea or two about how a beast like Kong could challenge a God like Zilla. It largely has to do with things that work in Kong’s favor, such as his agility, speed, intelligence as well as the fact that he is still growing compared to when we last saw him in Kong: Skull Island.
Kong is extremely intelligent. As a primate, he’s a tool-user. So he’s got speed, he’s got agility, he might have some good size.
Dougherty also described it as an underdog battle, along the lines of David vs Goliath. It’s set up so that it clearly looks impossible for one side to win, which makes for a fairly thrilling, if somewhat predictable fight.
I think part of the fun of watching that fight go down is we are witnessing a potential underdog battle. We’re looking at an almost David vs. Goliath situation. Because everyone, the moment you say Godzilla’s going to fight Kong, your first reaction is Kong doesn’t stand a chance. Godzilla’s got his radioactive breath, et cetera, et cetera.
But then if you really take the time to look at Kong as a character, it’s like, okay, in Skull Island he was an adolescent, so he was still growing. So who knows how big he is since the 1970s when they first met him?
Dougherty’s remarks on Kong’s size suggest that the beast may have grown quite lot since we last saw him in Skull Island that was set in 1973. Size then, shouldn’t be a problem when pitting the two beasts against each other. It remains to be seen now if the writers come up with interesting ideas to keep the fight even without forcefully restraining one side or favoring the other. Hopefully, we’ll find out soon enough if they show something that San Diego Comic Con this year.