The Definitive Chronological Order Of The MonsterVerse

It’s a rematch almost 60 years in the making. In just a few short months, kaiju icons Godzilla and King Kong will go toe-to-toe in the first major crossover event of the “MonsterVerse.”

While this cinematic universe is still relatively young, with only four total films on the slate so far, there is already a pretty formidable collection of transmedia material planned and already released.

This page will track all of the film, TV, and comic books in in-universe chronological order. Since some stories feature flashbacks to earlier events, we’ll be ordering them by the events of their main narratives.

This page also contains spoilers for the already released films in the series.

Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

This four-issue miniseries reveals Kong’s backstory, exploring the ancient war between his kind and the Skullcrawlers.

Godzilla: Awakening

This graphic novel follows the story of Ishiro Serizawa’s father Eiji. It begins in the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, during which Eiji glimpses the kaiju Shinomura. In the 1950s, Eiji joins Monarch and begins tracking Shinomura. Monarch eventually lures both Godzilla and Shinomura to Bikini Atoll, where the American military nukes them, an event discussed in Godzilla.

Kong: Skull Island

This film is primarily set in 1973, and follows a Monarch led expedition to Skull Island, and the subsequent discovery of Kong. A post-credits scene introduces the kaiju Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah to the universe, all of whom would later appear in Godzilla: King of Monsters.


This is the film that kicked of this entire cinematic universe (long before anyone knew it would become one). In 1999, Monarch discovers a new kaiju that is later dubbed MUTO. 15 years later, two of these creatures re-emerge, attacking Hawaii and Nevada. They eventually collide with Godzilla in San Fransisco, who kills both of them before returning to the ocean.

Godzilla: Aftershock

This graphic novel introduces Dr. Emma Russell, a major character in Godzilla: King of Monsters. It follows her work in the aftermath of the MUTO attacks in 2014.

Godzilla: King of Monsters

This story takes place in 2019, five years after the battle in San Francisco. It follows Monarch operatives, including IshirĊ Serizawa, as they study the emergence of “Titans” following the re-emergence of Godzilla. It introduces several new Titans to the universe, including Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah, the latter of which is killed in battle with Godzilla.

Upcoming Stories

Godzilla vs. Kong

In this crossover event, Godzilla is rampaging across the world for unknown reasons. To stop him, Kong is brought out of Skull Island to battle against his fellow Titan. The film will feature the return of Madison and Mark Russell from King of Monsters, as well as the Dr. Ilene Chen, the scientist studying Mothra.

It will be released in theaters and on HBO Max on March 31.

GvK: Kingdom Kong

This graphic novel will follow a group of military operatives on Skull Island as they prepare for an expedition into the hollow earth. It will introduce a new bat-like Titan called Camazotz.

GvK: Godzilla Dominion

This graphic novel will be set after the events of King of Monsters, and told entirely from Godzilla’s point of view.

Skull Island

This animated Netflix TV series will follow shipwrecked characters who must survive the dangers of Skull Island.

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