Here's how and why Godzilla has a new look in Godzilla vs. Kong. Though it may be hard to spot, the King Of The Monsters has a slightly different look in artwork that’s been revealed for Godzilla vs. Kong. Set for a May 2021 release, the upcoming movie will mark the King of the Monsters’ third appearance in Legendary’s MonsterVerse. In his next outing, he’ll be up against the King of Skull Island in a battle to determine which Titan is superior.
Of course, the character on the receiving end of the biggest changes is of course Kong – and for good reason. In Kong: Skull Island, the giant ape was less than a third of Godzilla’s size, meaning that without a size upgrade, he would lack the height to match up properly with the alpha of the Titans. Art for Godzilla vs. Kong has revealed that Kong is getting a massive size boost and a beard. Kong’s new look makes sense for the MonsterVerse, considering that he was just an adolescent when he had to defend Skull Island from the Skrullcrawlers (and the humans) in the 1970s. At this point in the MonsterVerse’s timeline, Kong should be full-grown and ready to take on Godzilla.
Kong isn’t the only Titan who will look different in the movie. By looking closely at the promo art and the packaging for recently released Godzilla vs. Kong action figures, fans may notice that Godzilla’s spikes aren’t identical to the ones he was sporting in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. One image of the two monsters’ heads reveals that his razor-sharp dorsal fins are shaped like maple leaves, which is similar to the look his spikes had in movies like Godzilla 2000 and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus in the Millennium series. In the art on the Playmates Godzilla vs. Kong toys, it seems that that Godzilla’s spikes are a bit sharper, slimmer, and less heavy than the ones in the previous film. However, the differences are still less noticeable than the much more obvious change present in King of the Monsters.
Godzilla hasn’t aged, and he’s the same monster that audiences are already familiar with, but at the same time, it’s not unusual for his look to get a few minor adjustments. Similarly, Godzilla: King of the Monsters updated the spikes he had in the 2014 movie to make them look more like his dorsal fins from the original 1954 classic.
The reason why every Godzilla design is a bit different from the one that preceded it has been explained in the past by King of the Monsters director Mike Dougherty, who says that it’s a tradition for each film to put its own stamp on Godzilla. It’s likely that this is why Godzilla’s spikes are changing again in Godzilla vs. Kong. As for why it makes sense for Godzilla’s dorsal fins to be different in regards to the MonsterVerse’s canon, Dougherty has offered an explanation for that as well. It’s been said that Godzilla’s spikes are constantly growing and breaking and the replacements inevitably are not identical.