Godzilla v. King Kong Hot Takes

The Argument For King Kong by Ben Malo
When discussing the argument that has taken over every facet of the internet, we must first look at the history of it. A major talking point of the pro-kong movement is the 1962 movie by a similar name King Kong vs Godzilla. The storyline is a little wild (as you would expect a movie about a gorilla fighting a lazar shooting lizard) but it basically goes like this: King Kong is put to sleep underwater but is woken by the US government. This is due to the fact that Godzilla had also been awoken by a US submarine, so they need him to fight Godzilla for them, because they have no one to do it. Kind of a “enemy of my enemy is a friend” type of thing. King Kong and Godzilla then start to fight which ends in King Kong managing to drag Godzilla underwater along with him, to an eternal sleep once more. Many within the Kong fandom have seen this as a win for King Kong and a foreshadow for what is to come.
Another major argument is that “Kong” is a similar but different entity to King Kong. Many argue that Kong is a different species all together. The King Kong from Peter Jackson’s 2005 film is a far cry from the behemoth in 2017’s Kong Skull Island, which goes from 104 feet tall to just as tall as Godzilla. This negates the idea that Godzilla can use its size advantage. Also, unlike the original King Kong, this Kong seems to be significantly more aggressive. I doubt the Kong that ripped apart a Tyrannosaurus Rex like it was Playdough, would save a woman atop the Empire State Building. Now that I’ve discussed a couple proven points, I will now lay out a plan of attack for Kong. Yes, Godzilla’s famous atomic breath will be a potential problem, but it takes a second to load and Godzilla has often had trouble aiming it. While some people may see this as a way for Godzilla to simply overpower Kong, I see this as an opening. As I explained earlier, Kong will be the same height as Godzilla so Kong would have an opening to use its vertical jumping ability with his insane 104 ft vertical to get to Godzilla’s back while firing a laser. This is no stretch as one of Kong’s most famous abilities is that of human-like intelligence.
Another counter for the atomic breath of Godzilla is his natural ability to absorb electricity and atomic material. Even if Kong does get hit, it shouldn’t do too much damage as he is great at taking in normally deadly levels of atomic matter. If Kong is able to get behind Godzilla without taking too much damage, the fight is all but his. In addition, Godzilla is significantly slower and weaker physically. When in hand to hand combat, Kong wins without a doubt. This is why I believe that Kong wins this battle of monsters, and you should too.

The Argument For Godzilla By Eli Metoyer
I will begin by telling you, the reader, that I completely understand the appeal of King Kong. We can all agree that a gigantic gorilla is not only cool but it is perhaps even rad. However, looking at it in a simply scientific way, there is absolutely no possible way that King Kong can defeat the King of Monsters, Godzilla.

Godzilla vs Muto in Godzilla (2014) Courtesy of Google Images

First of all, Godzilla is literally a walking nuclear power plant. The in-universe origin of his creation is based off of a massive amount of nuclear energy infusing with an ancient monster, thus awakening him. This infusion has made him extremely powerful, giving him the power of a localized nuke in the form of a laser beam. This laser beam cannot only level cities with absolute ease but also has been proven to be able to decimate other kaiju (giant monsters) in the film, Godzilla: King of Monsters (2014). No mammal on Earth can withstand that much condensed nuclear energy, even if they were a giant gorilla.
That brings up the point that anatomically, King Kong is just a gorilla that is large. There’s nothing special about him except for the fact that he is big. We can prove this through the classic ending of 1933’s King Kong, where he dies simply from the gunfire of four airplanes. Even though he has recently been buffed to easily ignore gunfire in Kong: Skull Island, that doesn’t change the fact that he is simply a giant monkey and has the same anatomy as a regular gorilla, just scaled up. The paper thin skin of a primate cannot compete with the thick scaly plating of Godzilla’s armor

-like epidermis. The only advantage that a primate’s anatomy grants is the power of opposable thumbs, which is completely negated by the fact that Godzilla also has razor sharp claws that function exactly like opposable digits.
Finally, King Kong simply does not have the swagger of Godzilla. Godzilla is a monster that is famous for creating an entire genre of movies and thus has created an established personality throughout his legacy of films. He has gone from a destroyer of societies to a saviour of humanity from other kaiju. Godzilla recently has actively worked to defend the humans of the world from any giant monsters that may threaten it. He is the people’s champion, and deserves to take the win over King Kong.
Plus, can King Kong pull off a jump kick like this? I don’t think so.

Godzilla’s furious dropkick from Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) Courtesy of Google Images

In the End
The movie Godzilla Vs. Kong is set to be released on March 31, 2021. Though the famous monsters have fought in the past in 1963’s King Kong vs. Godzilla, this is the first time that the monsters will square off in the modern era. So the question is up to you, dear reader: Who do you think deserves to win this clash of the ages? Kong or Godzilla?