KONG (SKULL ISLAND)
The MonsterVerse version of King Kong (キングコング Kingu Kongu?) is a giant ape daikaiju created by Legendary Pictures that first appeared in the 2017 MonsterVerse film, Kong: Skull Island. He will also appear in the 2020 film, Godzilla vs. Kong, where he will finally meet and combat Godzilla.
Kong was named by the Iwi natives of Skull Island.
The director’s confirmed and spoken about how the MonsterVerse Kong’s design was inspired by, and acts as a throwback to the 1933 film’s design, while being truly identifiable as the “2017 version of Kong”. The overall design was created to be simple enough to be drawn by a third grader, yet iconic enough to be immediately recognized.
The concept of Kong walking upright like a human was a design choice intended to give off the impression that it was its own species, over that of a silverback gorilla like the 2005 film’s incarnation, or a generic “big monkey”. The designers took design cues from the 1933 variant with its exaggerated or cartoonish properties, and attempted to visually twist them to make it their own.
Another big part of the design was instilling a sense of divisiveness in the audience, where some see a threat, others an ally, and some a God. This can be seen with the wide range of facial animations provided by the movie’s motion capture actor for Kong, Terry Notary, with some assistance from Toby Kebbell. With that, it was decided that Kong’s fur would be brown to honor the original’s design.
In general, Kong has several scars, three of them running diagonal from his left pectoral to the right side of his torso, and short, brown fur as well a rounded head.
His stance, while upright unlike his 2005 counterpart, shows how his arms are longer than his legs, proportion wise, given him an unnatural appearance compared to a human, providing him with a distinctive silhouette.
It is also said by Hank Marlow, who got his information from the natives, that Kong had not yet reached his full size.
Kong is shown to be extremely fierce and brutal when angered, hurling trees at the oncoming helicopters and smashing them together. Despite this, he has a relatively kind and peaceful side, helping a Sker Buffalo to escape after it was trapped under the wreckage of a helicopter, and befriending Mason Weaver and James Conrad. This was to the extent that he even went to save Weaver when she fell into the river during his battle with the giant Skullcrawler.
Kong also demonstrates remarkable intelligence, such as when he attacked the giant Skullcrawler using a tree trunk as a staff and used the propeller off an abandoned ship as a melee weapon.
Kong is shown to be at least partly carnivorous, feeding on animals such as a Mire Squid that he killed. It’s also implied that he ate one of Packard’s soldiers, however, this is also shown to be inadvertent as the man falls into Kong’s mouth while the latter holds a helicopter above himself as he roars.
Kong seems to show a great deal of loneliness, as a result to him losing his parents to the Skullcrawlers at a young age. He visibly sheds tears when Weaver gently touches him, and one of the cave paintings depicts him crouching and mourning over the remains of his deceased parents. The producers intentionally designed Kong to have a personality similar to a “teenager orphaned early and forced to assume adult responsibilities”, being not yet fully grown but left to fend for himself.
Kong shows great hatred against the Skullcrawlers, as well, becoming very aggressive while encountering them, and this hatred was caused by the deaths of Kong’s parents in the jaws of the Skullcrawlers.
Standing over 100-feet tall, the beast they call Kong is a primate of such size and ferocity that his very existence rewrites every chapter of evolutionary history. More mountain than mammal, he walks upright on two legs, his towering form shaking the ground with each thunderous step. It is hard to say how long Kong has existed, but initial analysis of bone structure and teeth growth suggests the creature is an adolescent. He’s still growing.
While sharing a common ancestry with apes, Kong is an entirely new superspecies beyond any existent categorization of life on earth. Worshiped as a god by the Iwi, Kong has inspired a culture of reverence among the indigenous peoples of Skull Island. Across the sweep of his natural domain, his history has been memorialized through a series of sacred monuments. Intricately painted petroglyphs and totems chart Kong’s god-like rise to power. And that power has come at a terrible price.
The emergence of a new breed of apex predator – the Skullcrawlers – challenged Kong’s kind, threatening extinction in an evolutionary war that has waged for millennia. The island is strewn with the bones of his fallen ancestors. His family. How long can it have been since he last gazed upon another like himself?