kpa wrote:Mini-Godzilla and bananoil, you apparently missed that I was addressing Destroyer's comment (quoted in my post) that G'98 "linked to GMK perfectly." If you have to do a retcon or take liberties to stories to make the link work, then obviously they weren't linked perfectly.
But studios use retcons to link films together "perfectly" all the time!!! You're just quibbling over syntax, now. We didn't say anything in an attempt to contradict or troll you.
The general theme of the Millennium Series were what if/alternate takes on Godzilla and the other other monsters. MEGAGUIRUS launches from the premise of "what if Godzilla was never killed by the Oxygen Destroyer?, GMK is "what if Godzilla hadn't been seen since 1954?" and GxMG is "what if Godzilla's bones had been disintegrated?". The films are supposed to take liberties with what had gone before; that's the point.
I'm pretty sure most Godzilla fans know this.
I've talked to Shusuke Kaneko about GMK, and the bit at the beginning serves two purposes. First, it sets up a key premise about the timeline created for the film: Godzilla hadn't been seen in 50 years. Therefore, people have pretty much forgotten the monster and don't really know what it looked like while the name "Godzilla" has become a generic term for "monster"... that's why Baragon is initially mistaken for Godzilla and is later called "Red Godzilla".
Funny. I didn't need to talk with Kaneko to know this (Hint: this is where I'm actually starting to be a jerk, incase you couldn't tell. Maybe you need to verify that with Kaneko, first?)
That's also sets up part 2: that the reference is intended as a joke; a dig at the American GODZILLA which Kaneko thought was awful. A giant monster attacked New York late in the 20th century and people who didn't know better mistook it for Godzilla. Kaneko expects the audience to get that its a shot at the American film (and I can tell you that Sony executives laughed out loud at the line when they screened GMK).
And I clearly said I knew it was a joke. And I clearly implied agreement that GMK established a monster attack on New York. Since both instances are direct references to the American Godzilla, regardless of "creator's intentions," it's not a stretch, then, to assume the American Godzilla happened in some capacity
But in no way to does the reference create a "perfect link" between GMK and G'98 because you would have to discard the backstory and the intentions of the filmmakers for both movies to make that happen.
And you glazed over my "devil's advocate" line just to rant. Feel better, now?