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The MonsterVerse Isn’t the MCU – and That’s a Good Thing

The MonsterVerse is slow with new movies, but it could actually help it from becoming as stagnant and formulaic as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

One of the more low-key success stories when it comes to cinematic universes is the MonsterVerse from Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment. These films, which feature classic kaiju such as Godzilla, Mothra and King Kong, have been tremendously successful. But while it’s no surprise that future movies and even TV spinoffs are on the way, what is somewhat shocking is how long it’s taking.

The MonsterVerse started in 2014, and so far, it’s had only four entries. That is an incredible amount of restraint for a Hollywood studio, especially given the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In doing the exact opposite of the MCU, however, the MonsterVerse shows another path to success. In fact, this method may allow it to last longer than Marvel, if only due to staggering releases.

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The four entries in the MonsterVerse are Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong. There’s also a planned Skull Island animated series on Netflix, a live-action show on Apple TV+ and a possible sequel to Godzilla vs. Kong. The latter, in particular, is still highly mysterious, with there being no real clue as to its direction beyond possibly involving the son of Kong. And this lack of information or Easter eggs setting up the next big thing is quite different from how the MCU operates.

One would think it’s antithetical to plan a shared cinematic universe without instantly teasing new movies, but it seems to be working in the case of the MonsterVerse. After all, the faintest mention of the supposedly upcoming sequel to Godzilla vs. Kong already has fans speculating on which monsters could show up, proving that there’s clearly a lot of interest in the franchise. Likewise, when Godzilla: King of the Monsters shoehorned in tons of lore and unnecessary exposition, it got heavily criticized, especially compared to its more straightforward sequel. Unlike what the MCU has become, this keeps the MonsterVerse fresh and exciting.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has definitely been the most successful shared universe in film, but its highest heights may be in the past. Ever since the release of Avengers: Endgame, the only Marvel movies to generate real excitement have been the last two Spider-Man films. Much of Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness’ hype died past opening weekend, and it’s actually emblematic of what the MCU has become.

The MCU has been criticized, perhaps rightfully, as being an assembly line of highly similar movies. Now that Marvel Studios is releasing so many of them at once, not to mention buffering them with tons of TV shows, it’s all too much of the same. Fans watch them to see what new character is established or hinted at, making the movies themselves almost afterthoughts. Not only are the productions largely formulaic, but there are also simply too many of them to keep up with. That is likely why the pop culture osmosis for most of the Disney+ Marvel shows has been non-existent compared to the movies, as casual audiences, especially after Endgame, aren’t as keen on keeping up with every little thing related to Marvel.

The MonsterVerse is playing things safe and smart by releasing movies and shows strategically. It’s been over a year since Godzilla vs. Kong, and the sequel is still not officially announced. Even the planned shows aren’t as spelled out in advance as many future Marvel productions are, keeping them interesting and making them seem like true events. The MCU, on the other hand, has lost this sense of spectacle, becoming a sort of “checklist” that’s waded through to get to the next big crossover. Now over ten years old, the MCU will likely not be nearly as strong when 2028 rolls around. However, the MonsterVerse, if it maintains its quality, can fill that void.

Timothy Blake Donohoo is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he majored in Communication and minored in Creative Writing.

A professional freelance writer and marketing expert, he’s written marketing copy and retail listings for companies such as Viatek.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing video games, watching documentaries and catching up on the latest Vaporwave and Electro-Swing musical releases.

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