Exclusive: Godzilla vs Kong director "knew right away" who should win epic battle

Ian Sandwell
·3-min read
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Photo credit: Warner Bros.

From Digital Spy

Godzilla vs Kong spoilers ahead.

Whether or not you agree with it, Godzilla vs Kong does have a definite winner as promised by director Adam Wingard.

The epic battle of the titans sees Godzilla and King Kong go head-to-head in several rounds with the fate of the world at stake. You'd think it would be a tough decision deciding who to win, but Wingard told Digital Spy that he "knew right away" who had to win.

Before we go into who won and why Wingard thought that way, we wanted to warn you that major spoilers are ahead, so look away now if you haven't seen Godzilla vs Kong yet.

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Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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So once all the fighting is done, Godzilla vs Kong reveals that it's Godzilla who is the stronger of the two titans. It's something that Wingard has assumed to be the case since he was younger.

"I remember being in second grade arguing with my friend, and he said King Kong would win in a fight, and I just thought he was totally wrong. I mean, it would be Godzilla. He's a god. He's indestructible, you know? And so I carried that with me all these years," he recalled.

Wingard first heard about the movie when he was finishing up on Netflix's Death Note and his management told him that Legendary Pictures were developing it, giving Wingard the opportunity to confirm his childhood belief that Godzilla was King.

He was only going to consider taking on the movie if they "were willing to actually have a winner", unlike in 1962's King Kong vs Godzilla – the only other time the titans have clashed on the big screen.

"My fear going into this, actually, was that the studio would be too afraid to pick a side, because these are both heroes, and they're both big IPs that they're dealing with. But I knew right away," Wingard explained.

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Photo credit: WarnerBros - YouTube

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"Look, I think you could pick either side, and you would actually be in pretty decent shape – but as long as you picked a side. Because if we did another situation where it's an interpretation of who won – like in a lot of 'versus' movies that have come out over the last few years – I think that's the thing that would rub audiences wrong more.

"They just want a choice to be made – especially when you're talking about big-budget studio filmmaking. If people don't feel like there's a choice being made, they're just going to smell fear and studio intervention. And so I knew that the choice was more important than what the choice was, in some ways. But I knew who should win as well."

As for the decision to add another titan into the mix in the movie's finale with Mechagodzilla, Wingard revealed that was always in the plan for the movie even before he joined it as he was told about the idea when he first met with Legendary.

"My eyes just went really big. I was on board at that point. They would have to convince me not to do it. It wasn't like me convincing them. It was like, this is something I have to do, because I always loved the design of Mechagodzilla," he noted.

"I always thought he was a cool character. The temptation as a filmmaker and an artist to put my stamp on it and do a new version of it for the MonsterVerse was so exciting."

Godzilla vs Kong is available to rent at home in the UK from Prime Video, iTunes and other participating digital retailers, while it is available to watch now in US cinemas and on HBO Max in the US.

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