We haven’t seen a new story in Legendary’s MonsterVerse since Godzilla vs. Kong last year. Now Netflix is teasing the latest entry into the universe with a new animated series, Skull Island. The show follows the adventures of a shipwrecked crew that are trying to escape from the mysterious Skull Island, home to prehistoric monsters, including the titan, King Kong.
The image released by Netflix showcases two characters standing inside a massive footprint left by the iconic monster, giving us a taste of the sheer size of Kong in the series. The official image can be found below.
The series shares several similarities to the 2017 film King: Skull Island. The movie follows a military operation and a group of researchers sent to Skull Island who encounter the various deadly creatures and fauna found within the territory. We can expect epic monster fights and plenty of outstanding visual segments if the series is anything like the film franchise.
When Does Skull Island Take Place?
The 2017 movie takes place in the ’70s, and at this time, it’s unknown what time period the anime will be set in. However, given a few context clues, we can make an educated guess as to the timeline of the Netflix show. For example, during Kong: Skull Islandthe giant ape is still a younger primate and is far from reaching its full-grown size seen in later iterations.
Based on the footprint size seen in the teaser image, this is a slightly older Kong, but not as experienced as we see in Godzilla vs. Kong. Following the events of the 2021 film, King Kong moves from Skull Island to live in Hollow Earth, an underground kingdom that exists beneath the crust of the earth. Therefore, the new series takes place somewhere between 1970, and 2021, with the monster being near its prime in terms of strength and size.
Brian Duffield writes the show, responsible for movies like Love and Monsters (2020), The Babysitter (2017), and Insurgent (2015), the second installment in the Divergent franchise. Brad Graeber is the executive producer for Skull Island. In addition, he has experience with Netflix, producing the series Blood of Zeus, a show focused on Heron, the son of Zeus who must save the world from a demonic army. Joining Graeber as a producer of Skull Island is Jacob Robinson, executive producer of the upcoming Tomb Raider series. The release date for the Netflix anime is still unknown; however, given that the show is still in production, it will likely hit the streaming service sometime in 2023 or early 2024.