Monsters are something we generally like to see on the big screen, mostly because they fascinate us and give us entrance to a world we don’t live in but would like to. And while the West has its fair share of monsters, the term kaiju that comes from the Japanese language refers to a specific genre of Japanese films that deal with large monsters bent on destroying the world. And while the most famous Western monster is King Kong, the most famous kaiju is Godzilla. The former is a Western creation that made its way into Japanese films, while the latter is a Japanese creation that appeared in Western movies. Today’s article is going to be all about Godzilla and King Kong and who would win in a fight between the two monsters.
Before we start with the topic at hand, we are going to give you a brief introduction to the two characters – King Kong and Godzilla. You’re going to find out some basic information about them how their powers and abilities to function. Ultimately, you’re going to find out who the stronger among the two is and how King Kong managed to become so big; both of these issues are a form of preparation for the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie, set to be released in 2021. Enjoy!
Who is Kong?
King Kong is a fictional monster that first appeared in the 1933 movie of the same name, created by famed crime author Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper. King Kong is a gigantic gorilla that inhabits a distant island that is not located on any map. Usually, when he comes into contact with humans, he is captured and brought back to civilization, where he rampages and destroys everything around him so that he could return home.
In the traditional sense, King Kong is not a kaiju as he is not a Japanese, but rather an American (Western) monster but his history is associated with the kaiju genre, as evidenced by several crossovers since his debut appearance. Based on the interpretation, he can range from being depicted as a rampaging monster to a tragic antihero. There is an identically named Japanese version of the character which is – in the technical sense – a kaiju.
King Kong inhabits the so-called Skull Island, along with other prehistoric creatures – mostly dinosaurs – and, depending on the version of the story, other monsters. He is usually depicted as being the ruler of said island. He has appeared in movies, television series (live-action and animated), literature, and video games.
How did Kong get so big?
As for Kong’s height, it varied over the years. Cooper – who was fascinated with gorillas since early childhood – initially envisioned him as being 40-50 feet tall, but later cinematic versions were usually scaled to be much taller like that, like the 148 feet-tall version from 1962. The current iteration is also somewhere around that height.
The reasons for King Kong’s amazing height stem from the fact that he is a prehistoric creature. His genetic code is different and from a purely evolutionary point of view, in order to survive on an island inhabited by gigantic dinosaurs and other monsters, one had to become large himself to survive. That is how King Kong could grow so big and that is why all of the versions were so big; Cooper’s initial idea was to make King Kong exceptionally large and that is exactly what the moviemakers did with each version of the gigantic ape.
Who is Godzilla?
Godzilla is a kaiju, a fictional monster that debuted in Japanese films. Godzilla was created by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Ishirou Honda, and Eiji Tsubaraya and debuted in the 1954 movie of the same name. Godzilla has, in the meantime, become the most popular cinematic monster and has inspired a long-lasting cinematic series of kaiju films as well as Western adaptations.
Godzilla is a giant lizard, actually, a prehistoric, destructive sea monster usually awakened from a deep slumber by nuclear energy created by humans. And while he often comes to destroy humanity (especially Tokyo), different versions of the characters have also shown him to be protective towards people and the human world.
He has appeared in a series of films and even television shows (animated and live-action), but also in literature and video games.
Can Kong defeat Godzilla?
As far as their clashes go, the two of them have clashed only once so far, in the 1962 Japanese movie King Kong vs. Godzilla. In that movie, Godzilla is reawakened by a submarine, while King Kong is captured by a pharmaceutical company for different promotional purposes. As the plot develops, the two monsters clash on Mount Fuji. After the battle, King Kong was the only one that appeared, reemerging from the water, while Godzilla was not seen; King Kong won, but the scientists from the movie speculated (correctly) that Godzilla had actually survived the encounter.
Based on that, we can definitely state that King Kong is able to defeat Godzilla. Whether he will do it is a completely different question, as Godzilla is also able to defeat him. If you’re wondering as to who is going to win in the upcoming movie, we have to state that the battle could go either way, as this version of Godzilla is extremely powerful, while we have not yet seen the true extent of King Kong’s powers in the new series. We’ll just have to wait and see.
And with this, we conclude our article. You know everything you need to know about King Kong – including how he managed to get so big – and about Godzilla. You also know how a fight between these two monsters would end. We hope you had as much fun reading this article as we had writing it and that you are going to keep following us for more of the same. Until next time!