Many blockbuster movies end with a post-credits teaser that sets up something to come in the future. Godzilla vs. Kong, which premieres in the US today, doesn’t have one, and the director has now explained why. Adam Wingard also touched on what he hopes to achieve with a sequel, should he get the opportunity to make one.
Speaking to Deadline, Wingard said he actually filmed a post-credits scene for Godzilla vs. Kong but instead of putting it at the end, the scenes he filmed were changed and placed at an earlier part of the movie for budget reasons. Viewers probably won’t even notice the scenes were originally meant to be a post-credits stinger, the director said.
“Truth is, during our main production we actually shot a post-credit scene. But we got to a point with the edit of the movie where we realized the movie ended at a certain point, but it wasn’t the right ending,” he said. “It didn’t tie up all the loose ends in a satisfying right way. We weren’t budgeted to shoot anything else. I had this ah-ha moment where I realized we have this post credit scene and if we tweak it and give it a slightly different context, we can use all the same footage.”
He added: “We were able to take that footage and use it in a different context, an example of my indie brain turning and able to save the final bit of the movie. You watch the film and you’d have no idea it was shot for a different purpose.”
While there is no post-credits sequence in Godzilla vs. Kong that sets up a sequel, the film itself has threads that tease what could happen next. Wingard said he’s hopeful he gets to make a sequel one day that dives deeper into Hollow Earth where the monsters live.
“I would absolutely love to continue. The clear starting point we teed up, exploring Hollow Earth, I think there is a lot more to do there,” he said. “This is a pre-history of Planet Earth, where all the titans come from. We tee up some mystery in this film, things I want to see resolved and explored and pushed to the next level. If I have the opportunity, I know what I will do. It’s up to Warner Bros and Legendary, if they have an appetite.”
You can watch Godzilla vs. Kong on HBO Max and in theaters right now. The movie is already off to a great start, pulling in more than $120 million from its foreign box office premiere to set a new pandemic-era record.
As for Wingard, news broke recently that he will direct a ThunderCats movie, while he’s also lined up to make the sequel to Face/Off.