When the recent trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising emerged with the robot Jaegers beating up monsters again, there might have been some out there wondering what it would be like to see those robots beat up classic monsters like King Kong or Godzilla. Turns out, those fans aren’t the only ones thinking that way.
In an interview with Collider during New York Comic Con, director Steven S. DeKnight said there might have been some discussion of this sort already.
“I won’t say there’s an Easter Egg but there’s been a lot of discussion about that possibility [of crossing over]. Look I think it would be fantastic to have the Pacific Rim universe join Legendary’s Monster Universe, it seems like a natural step. And part of the big overall plan after the third movie we’ve talked about is that could happen, it’s always a possibility. It’s by far not a certainty; it’s merely theoretical at this point, but as a fan myself I would love to see that happen.”
Really this is a possibility that is not that far off from being able to happen. Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island have already set up the ground work for the shared monster universe and the already in post-production Godzilla: King of Monsters and in development Godzilla vs. Kong it would be pretty easy to slip in a film after that which brings them all together.
Currently Godzilla vs. Kong is the last Monster Universe film we know of, but it seems silly to think that Legendary Pictures would do all this work to just stop there in 2020. If Pacific Rim: Uprising does well a third film would be a no-brainer and DeKnight told Collider that there is already something in the film to setup for that possibility.
“Oh we definitely leave it open to another installment. The tricky thing with something like this is you want to not end on a cliffhanger. You don’t want an Empire Strikes Back cliffhanger unless you know you’re gonna do a third movie—you want to leave it open but also wrap it up. So that’s very much what we did on this movie. It has a definitive ending but very much open to the next chapter.”
When you’re dealing with a shared universe that has the Monarch organization set up that has been monitoring these monsters for decades, it’s not that far fetched to find a way to incorporate all that into the Jaeger program, find a way to cross the Jaegers over to the monster universe world or even create a alternate universe version of the Jaeger program within the Monster Universe.
Pacific Rim: Uprising opens on March 23, 2018.