We’ve had the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The extremely short-lived Dark Universe Cinematic Universe. But now, we have the largest one of all—the Godzilla Cinematic Universe (GCU)!
Starting after 2020, Toho will break away from its current iteration of Godzilla & begin a new, interconnected movie series.
This revelation is via an interview with Keiji Ota in the Japanese publication, Nikkei Style (check it out here). Mr. Ota is Toho’s Chief Godzilla Officer, making him in charge of Godzilla’s future plans… Thanks to a translation from Gomaru Island, we know exactly what Godzilla’s future holds. Mr. Ota explained,
…after 2021, we’re thinking of a potential strategy that publishes Godzilla movies uninterrupted at a rate of every 2 years, although there is a preference for a yearly pace as well.
But what exactly will the GCU entail? Thankfully, it appears we’re going old school.
Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, etc. could all share a single worldview much like a Marvel movie, where Ironman and The Hulk can crossover with each other. …Each movie can be a possible film production where any one of them could lead a film of their own as the titular character.
This is what I’ve been waiting for. The last Godzilla vs. movie was back in 2002, and I couldn’t begin to guess the last Godzilla enemy stand-alone film. It looks like we’re finally focusing on the monsters in these Godzilla moves and I could not be happier…except for one thing…
If you’re a Shin Godzilla fan like I am, I know you have questions, and unfortunately, I have answers. According to Mr. Ota,
…instead of thinking of doing the obvious idea of making a ‘Shin Godzilla 2’, instead think about a world that can be used for a long time. I’d rather make a World of Godzilla.
So…that kind of sucks. While I’m incredibly excited about the GCU, Shin Godzilla is a rather sad sacrifice. Chances are, we won’t see a sequel anytime soon, and possibly never at all.
The GCU will follow the 2018 Polygon/Netflix animated releases of Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle and Godzilla: Planet Eater. It will also follow two live-action Godzilla films by Legendary Pictures–2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters and 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong.
Toho does not plan to extend the license with Legendary after 2020.