Film Theory: King Kong’s Secret Past – SOLVED! (Kong: Skull Island)

Film Theory: King Kong’s Secret Past – SOLVED! (Kong: Skull Island)

*Spooky music* *Fi Fai fo Fum* *…* *Screams* *I smell Diet Coke….* *Spooky music again* *Hmmm!* *Yummy…* *Screams* *Screams* *Fade to black, dramatic music aaand title card* Hello internet! Welcome to Film Theory! The Kaiju monster Of smart internet shows. *Matzilla scream* Wait, does that even make sense? An over-sized internet show about… I don’t know, I guess it sounded good in my head, but now, just saying it out loud I just sound stupid… And also, now that i think of, it’d be redundant since Kaiju implies the monster half, so…I don’t know, now I’m all screwed up. ANYWAY! When it comes to over-sized Kaiju monsters!– double redundancy there! No one beats… Gamera~! Kids; Gamera! Gamera! Gamera!!! * HOLY CRAP TURTLE BACKFLIPZ OMG!!11 * I don’t care who you are! You can’t beat a rocket-powered, flying turtle monster! (Well, everyone knows that.) But the most famous of the Kaiju, *Bye Gamera!* are the two big ol’ classics themselves… Godzilla and King Kong. Over the years, these two enormous monsters have had dozens of movies made about them. I’m sure most of you are already familiar with Godzilla’s backstory. He’s a prehistoric sea monster awakened by nuclear radiation but King Kong’s backstory– well, that’s a bit more mysterious, or, at least it was…Until today! because I did the research, and by looking closely at the new movie “Kong: Skull Island,” past King Kong lore, and good old-fashioned science, we can start to piece together the big ape’s origin, and not ONLY that but also some of the hidden secrets that I predict you’ll be seeing revealed over the next few movies in this kaiju monster universe that’s been kicked off by “Godzilla” and “Skull Island.” Ready to go? Cue that ominous stinger! *Ominous music much?* Previously, the only thing we knew for certain about Kong was his home, Skull Island In the original 1930’s classic, this island was geographically located 12 degrees south and 78 degrees east on the map. The closest real-life island to these coordinates is the Cocos Island, otherwise known as the Keeling Island. And if you compare the Keeling Island to Skull Island, they’re pretty much an exact match– a coral atoll teeming with overgrown vegetables and a tropical monsoon climate. I mean, the only REAL difference between the two is that one’s renowned for its beautiful beaches and the other has prehistoric dragon creatures and a giant ape. So… pretty much the exact same. *Camera flash, ukulele music, cheerings from Cocos Island!* And that was all we had for decades. Now fast-forward to 2004 and the release of Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” remake. In a tie-in novel released alongside the movie, it’s revealed that Kong and the other prehistoric creatures on Skull Island survived due to its isolated location. But is that even possible? Could some large monsters from prehistoric times have survived thousands of years past that ancient extinction asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs and be hiding out in some remote island today? Well, yes! And no. You see, there are quite a few Jurassic-age species that survived the K-T Extinction Event, or the Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction Event. That’s the fancy, scientific name for the events that killed off the dinosaurs. And when I say quite a few, I mean a bunch! I mean, we all think of that asteroid hitting the earth as an event that killed off EVERYTHING, but in reality, almost 84% of marine life made it: crocodiles, certain types of fish, frogs, even a few, small land mammals. Don’t believe the lies your third-grade science teacher is peddlin’! *Matpat Falcon Punches your third-grade lying teacher* But there is a key word here, and that word is small. After the asteroid’s impact with earth, the theory goes that the atmosphere changed drastically. So some smaller species survived, but larger species–BOOM! Completely wiped out. Thus, dinosaurs=extinct. But there is one way dinosaurs actually could have survived, and that’s underground. In 2007, scientists discovered an underground den of dinosaur bones, suggesting that some dinosaurs survived that initial K-T extinction by avoiding the extreme changes in the environment in the only place that was safe–inside the earth. And we see that the new movie “Kong: Skull Island” actually backs that theory up. Houston Brooks (ding!) one of the Monarch scientists on the hunt for the kaiju, name-drops the Hollow Earth Theory. This theory claims that within the earth, there are hollow interior spaces that have their own magnetic poles and atmospheres. Per Brooks, the dinosaurs must have gone into these hollow spaces, surviving well-past the K-T event, to the 1970s when the movie begins, which, scientifically speaking, in the real world is incredibly far-fetched, but in the Kong-verse, it’s entirely possible and looks to be true! Thus, we have the origins of the underground Skull-Crawlers, and in a brilliant design detail on the part of the movie’s designers, you can tell that the Skull-Crawlers adapted to a life spent burrowed within the earth. They have sunken eyes and skeletal features. It’s awesome to see that level of detail! But NONE of this explains Kong. He’s still as hairy and muscular as ever, showing no signs of his species having to adapt to living in caves for millions of years. There’s . . . something else going on here. So if Kong wasn’t Netflix and chilling since prehistoric times, then where did he come from? To figure this out, we need to trace Kong’s family history. The closest ancient ancestors to Kong are the Giganthopithecus Blacki, a species of ape that existed from 9 million to one hundred thousand years ago. These apes, originating from South China and Vietnam, were the biggest apes that ever walked the earth, standing at a whopping ten feet tall! But, obviously, even at ten feet tall, Kong dwarfs these giant apes. According to “Kong: Skull Island’s” director, quote, So that places him nearly ten times the height of the Giganthopithecus, and while I admit that may seem initially like a theory killer, a recent study published in the 2015 “Journal of Science” tracked the relationship between the sizes of large animals and time. According to their study, it took 542 million years for marine animals to increase in size by 150-fold. Comparing this statistical growth to the Giganthopithecus Blacki’s 9 million year history, the average size could, theoretically, increase by . . . 150 divided by 542 million equals x over 9 million, cross-multiply, divide and separate out the X and (drum roll)– APPROXIMATELY 2.5 TIMES! Uh . . . yeah. So at most, it would be, like, twenty feet, not the hundred-foot mammoth that we end up seeing, so . . . Yeah, that one ended up being a theory killer. (shattering sound) But hey, you know what, that’s OK because there’d still be one fatal flaw. In “Kong: Skull Island,” the downed World War II pilot Hank Marlow reveals that the local tribes on the island had to survive thousands of years against the Skull-Crawlers without any help from Kong. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, the Kongs appeared and fought back against the Skull-Crawlers, protecting the tribe members. But . . . that’s a weird detail right? Giant apes don’t just pop into existence. They gotta come from somewhere. It’s almost like Kong was placed on the island rather than grew up there, and THAT’S exactly what happened. If you pay close attention to the new movie, there’s a blink-and-you’ll miss it cameo by a familiar name that gives this whole conspiracy away. When Marlow reveals the island’s history to the group of survivors, they’re in a temple the natives built to worship Kong, and where’s that temple located? Inside of a ship. But why would the natives ever build their temple in the decrepit bowels of a ship instead of, say, a cave, or something? Well, as the characters enter into the ship-temple, for a few seconds we see the ship’s name– Now, for those of you who are unfamiliar, the Wanderer is the name of the ship from the 1930’s film, the ship that transported King Kong from Skull Island to New York, but in this new reboot, the Wanderer isn’t rusting on the docks of New York but instead it’s rusting away on Skull Island. This new reboot has deliberately inverted the boat’s whereabouts, suggesting that Kong wasn’t brought from Skull Island to New York, as it’s always been, but instead was brought from New York to Skull Island. The locals have created an altar for Kong in the ship that delivered their savior to them. Now, before you call me bananas, remember that the most important thing about this new version of “King Kong” and the thing that separates it out from all previous versions, is that it’s a part of a shared universe with Godzilla– because everyone wants to be Marvel these days– and in the 2014 “Godzilla” movie, we actually learn the U. S. government already knows about the existence of kaiju as early as 1850. In fact, the kaiju are such a threat that the U. S. government forms MONARCH, a secret organization to hunt and study these giant monsters MONARCH even lures Godzilla to an island where they detonate a nuke to kill it. Of course, this nuke has the opposite effect. Godzilla actually gets stronger with each dose of radiation. So, facing monsters that take their greatest weapon of the atom bomb and treat it like a shot of Power Thirst, what could MONARCH possibly do other than create their own monster? And that’s not just me spit-balling; just look at the company name itself. In the real world, Monarch is a real company, a company that, according to their website, collects information on genes and mutations for biomedical research. And if you think it’s just a coincidence that the fictional MONARCH government agency and this real scientific institution just so happened to share the same name, look no further than their logos. They’re almost exactly alike–two sideways infinity symbols. What I’m saying is that in the movies King isn’t just some random prehistoric ape. The science and timelines just don’t add up, but you know what does? Gene mutations done by MONARCH. I mean, scientists are already using gene mutation to increase the size of animals Researchers at the Salk Institute created genetically stronger and larger mice by suppressing specific genes, and genetically modified salmon are programmed to grow year-round instead of just during spring and summer. After just eighteen months, these salmon were almost double the length and three times the weight of a normal salmon. So it’s not that far of a stretch to say that a fictional government organization named after a REAL organization that specializes in gene science would use this exact same tech to craft genetically larger apes. As we learn in “Skull Island,” per Marlow, King Kong’s only just a kid, which doesn’t actually make sense on paper. Given that the lifespan of a typical ape is forty years, and Marlow’s only been stuck on the island for twenty-six, Kong should be pushing middle-age, and yet King Kong is “still only a kid”? Why? Well, because of genetic modification. During puberty in animals, there’s an increased production of the hormone estrogen. The high-concentration of estrogen in the blood causes growth plates in the bones to fuse thus closing down growth centers of bones and preventing my pimply-sixteen-year-old self from getting taller. However, if you manipulated TeenPat’s genes to reduce the production of estrogen during puberty, then the size of my nerdy, Dockers-wearing self would increase without limit. I would finally become the tall, masculine god that I have always envisioned myself to be! The same applies to Kong! If MONARCH had altered the ape’s genetic makeup to keep him growing, what they essentially did was delay his puberty, keeping him, as Marlow says, “only a kid.” So then, what is the true lineage of King Kong? Well, lemme break it down for ya. In the 1850s, scientists discovered the existence of kaiju-life living within the earth’s surface. They try everything to defeat these monsters–bombs, nukes, radiation poisoning–but nothing works. Faced with an unprecedented threat, they decide to fight fire with fire, creating their own genetically-modified creatures– super-large apes. After creating these apes, they ship them off to an isolated island, an island, per their research, that may be a hot-spot for kaiju life. They wait for over sixty years for their apes to grow and evolve on that island, but in the 1970’s, as their money and influence dwindles, MONARCH has no choice but to prove to the government that their research wasn’t for naught. (crash sound) They send two scientists armed with a couple of bombs and a camera on a trip to Skull Island to document the fruits of their labor. Once over the island, these scientists drop bombs, awakening the kaiju’s dwelling beneath the earth’s surface, all to see if their monster, King Kong, has what it takes to defeat them. The whole trip to Skull Island in the new Kong movie is nothing more than a test-run to see if MONACH’s masterpiece, King Kong, has what it takes to defeat humanity’s greatest threat–Godzilla. It’s just gonna take until 2020 and the whole connected, kaiju universe to see these two skyscraper-sized monsters finally cross paths! But hey, that’s just a theory–a Film Theory! Aaaaaaaand cut! Remember a few weeks ago when I did that episode on “The Walking Dead,” talking about how the series is all touchy-feely, got to interview Robert Kirkman the creator of the series to talk to him about theories, both the good (like secret clues hidden in Tyreese’s death) and the bad (like the coma theories)? “You heard it here–” “That would be the worst.” “Stop it with the coma!” Well, he and his team enjoyed the interview and the episode SO MUCH that they put me as a character in their video game– How cool is that?! Apparently, I’m a savior and armed (gun cocking sound) to the max! So if you ever wanted to team up with me, or feed me to a hoard of hungry zombies eager to tear out my throat with their teeth then download “Walking Dead: Road to Survival,” and when you find me, take a screenshot and send it on in! I would love to see you guys mutilate my twitching undead corpse. And hey, a very, very special thank you to the Walking Dead and their gaming team Scopley for partnering with me to make that happen. Get slaughtering, my friends! I’ll leave a link in the description. I am so excited about this opportunity, and I am so excited to share it with you guys. So go out there, find me, and enjoy the game! It’s free to download, so really there’s no excuse outside of “I don’t have a phone,” in which case that’s a perfectly valid excuse. But otherwise, find me and kill me. Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta prep for next week, and I believe the seas are calling my name.

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  1. anyone else hear the sound of the creators of the new king kong movie saying oh s*** our stories already been figured out?

  2. Hey moron matpat, marvel isnt the only entertainment in history to make storylines that tie in to each other. Use that research ability to look up actual facts you imbecil

  3. Matt i love your videos but monarch is researching monsters not making them so why would monarch make kong to fight godzilla even though Godzilla is a friend to humanity not a threat

  4. He mentions Kong's family or shows a picture of them but somehow Kong came on a ship but his whole family is there but he came on a ship

  5. I do like some of Matpat's theories and this whole human-engineered Kong is an interesting idea, but this has to be one of his worst-researched theories.

    I know they released a comic explaining Kong's origins that wasn't out at the time Matpat made this video, but even if you strictly go off of what was in the movies, Matpat's theory is still proven wrong from the beginning.

    Firstly, I know it's a fictional series but there's no way an organization in the 1800s would have the science or the technology to genetically engineer animals to be huge like Kong, let alone be able to control or transport them to eventually fight Godzilla. Unless he means Monarch didn't "create" the Kongs until after World War II so we could try nuclear weapons on Godzilla first, although Kong was already huge when Marlow landed on Skull Island (1944 I believe), and there's no way Monarch had nukes in the 1800s either.

    What Marlow tells the people in Skull Island doesn't even seem to match up with what Matpat says either. It didn't seem at all like the people were living under the Skull Crawlers for a thousand years and the Kongs suddenly showed up. Hell, I don't think humans could have survived under the Skull Crawlers anyway. What Marlow seemed to be saying was that the people lived under the Kongs for a thousand years and then the Skull Crawlers showed up, which eventually left only Kong. Again, I know there's a comic that confirmed that, but all this is what I got from just watching the movie, so I don't know where Matpat's coming from.

    As for the Wanderer, I'm certain that was just a reference to the original 1933 film and not an important plot element. Matpat seems to think the only reason the Iwis were interested in the ship is because it had to have brought the Kongs, but look at cargo cults from WWII where Pacific islanders worshipped Allied aircrafts. It's a foreign object being discovered by a less-advanced group of people.

    That might all be nitpicky, but just about everything Monarch-related in both Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island also disprove Matpat's entire theory.

    According to Matpat, Monarch created these apes to fight Godzilla, then checked on them in the 70s to see how big Kong was, then they'll bring out Kong to fight Godzilla or something in the 2020 movie.

    However, every time we see the people who are running Monarch- from Dr. Serizawa to Randa to that senator in Skull Island- not one of them seems to have any clue about Matpat's supposed plan they're working on. At no point in the 2014 movie does Serizawa say they should bring out Kong to fight Godzilla or the MUTOs, which Matpat claims was the whole reason they allegedly made Kong in the first place. And if Monarch was "checking up" on Kong in 1973, why the fuck did they mount this huge mission involving Landsat, the U.S. Army, and Monarch? Why the whole runaround with the satellite imagery and the Monarch scientists studying the hollow earth theory when Monarch supposedly already knew where the island was and just wanted to see how big Kong was? Monarch could've very easily had the CIA fly over in a spy plane or something, or have a couple Army helicopters fly around at a safe distance from Kong. Monarch isn't some shady organization like Weyland-Yutani that doesn't care about human lives or lie to it's own personnel. They could have very easily launched an expedition that would have kept less people in the know and been much safer. Randa also makes it clear that he was going to Skull Island because he thought he would find Godzilla, not Kong, and even shows photos of the USS Lawton that Godzilla apparently sank. Why would Monarch's lead researcher on the mission not have a clue what he's really looking for? And why would he be trying to find Godzilla's habitat if Monarch supposedly put the Kongs there?

    Plus, Randa, Houston and the senator outright say that Monarch in the 1970s was on the verge of being shut down due to a lack of funding. They were founded after World War II to study the MUTOs (said during both Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island), particularly the Godzilla creature, but apparently Godzilla and other creatures had not been sighted since the 1954 nuclear "tests," so the need to keep Monarch around if the threat was apparently gone for about 20 years seemed unnecessary. They weren't founded in the 1800s, as Matpat suggests.

    Matpat also seems to think he's figured out the plot of Godzilla vs. Kong, but Godzilla already defeated the MUTOs for humanity, the comic Godzilla: Awakening (which was out when Matpat made this video) showed Godzilla had already fought another monster, and in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla defeated Monster Zero and returned the Titans around the globe to some degree of normalcy instead of attacking humans, and generally saved the world itself. So why the hell would Monarch still plan on using Kong to kill Godzilla, when both Godzilla movies show humans learning to depend on and coexist with Godzilla? I know Godzilla: King of the Monsters wasn't out when Matpat made this video but we already pretty much knew it would be about Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah fighting.

    I apologize for this comment being so long, but damn, I seriously don't know how Matpat even made this theory in the first place, because even if he doesn't follow the expanded material like the comics, his theory was proven wrong by what was already in the movies. Maybe he just saw Kong: Skull Island in the theater once and made the video right after.

  6. Hey mat. Uh I don't know if this is useful information or not but I just watched king of monsters and uh king Kong wasn't in it so, yeah

  7. Kong smmla sukklu Island and 2019 godzilla king of the monsters is godzilla won and 2020 godzilla vs Kong is great to happen

  8. I am confused because King Kong is King of the monsters, but Godzilla is king of the Kaiju. But they both are Kaiju

  9. There's nothing to justify. This is make believe. It's whatever the writers imagine. Wonder woman was the creation of Ares. She's remade as the daughter of Zeus. Superman power has grown over the years. He's now considered a god because he's grown so powerful. Whatever storyline the writers create can be a new baseline for a refined monsterverse.

  10. Fun fact: In the late 1970s-1980s, Universal claimed that they owned King Kong, and attempted to steal Donkey Kong from Nintendo, but they were rejected and denied, and it was confirmed that King Kong is open to public use.

  11. Gamera is really neat, Gamera is filled with meat
    Gamera is really neat, he is filled with turtle meat
    We all love you Gameraaaaa

  12. You forgot one important thing at least i believe you did his parents were on the island so how could they make him if he has parents?

  13. In the comic kongs family is living on skull island and in hollow earth skull crawlers attack killing them except kongs mother gives birth to kong then puts him in a cave to save him

  14. Another strike against Kong being an island native. Island populations tend to decrease in size. See also the pygmy mammoths, and other instances where you have a mainland species and an island counterpart. The island counterparts are always smaller.

  15. The genetic growth theory is very possible as Ligers (cross bread tigers and lions) are just that! Big cats with no gene to tell them to stop growing!

  16. You didn't explain anything about King Kongs Dead Parents but to think about it maybe King Kong wasn't the only Super Ape created but was the only one to survive the initial battle with the creatures on Skull Island

  17. he's still a kid? well now it makes sense why he's gonna grow to be the same size as the godzilla that makes so much sense! thanks for helping me and love the videos

  18. No this was theory was wrong because I think they made comics and kong was born not brought most likely his parents and tribe though got experimented

  19. But we see Kong's dead parents on the island. Also there are comics of this universe and they show Kong's parents so. yeah.

  20. Fist off all you got skull islands location wrong it's in the Pacific not Indian ocean second monarch didn't lore godzilla there they lored another monster called shinomura godzilla was just an added bonus to them third monarch was founded in 1946 not 1850 as the first kaiju was discovered on August 6th 1945 also known as Hiroshima fourth Kongs species has been living on that island for thousands of years as they where there long before the ewi (the tribe on skull island) lived there fifth godzilla is a hero in the monsterverse not a villain 6th despite the fact this theory sucks I really like your videos and channels cause even when the theory sucks you still put effort into it so please keep up the good work – a critical fan

  21. I dont diagree but maybe they didnt delay his puberty but his parents and they pass down those genes to kong so maybe he is a kid

  22. Brie Larson walks into set
    -"Hey guys! Why don't we name this movie Kong SKRULL Island instead? Hecc, we can put flerkens on the island! Oh wait plz no im allergic to cats."

  23. In the Godzilla of the monsters , one newspaper article said‘ had already created organic monsters in the past

  24. You forgot that when they wncounter the skull crawlers you see kongs parents it is also noted by the charachters.

  25. Cockroaches survived I wish they were extinct 108283602629372937397339383928292919210273964945 centuries ago

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