An April Fools day prank is a tradition here at Toho Kingdom. One can see our history on the matter here with our jokes over the past decade, although it has been going on for longer than that. In the earlier days of the Internet, aka the late 1990’s to early 2000’s, it feels like a lot of April Fools pranks were actually successful on the web, tricking people about the authenticity of their story. I’ll say part of this was due to naivety, with things being harder to fact check then, and also probably a less global understanding of what April Fools was, as it’s more of a Western tradition. These days, people are wisely cautious once the first of April rolls around. Realizing this, a lot of jokes are less believable as they are outlandish.
Long story short, our jokes typically have fallen into this outlandish category. That includes last year’s prank, which turned the site into a 1993 newspaper, which are more about being creative as opposed to fooling people. This year, we tried something different. Crafting a story that was fake, but with enough detail that it could be real. The subject was a clash between the MonsterVerse Godzilla and Shin Godzilla, although in comic form to make it more believable. It was a tightrope as this was the only time that a major Godzilla film literally released the day before April Fools, so of course couldn’t contain anything that would be perceived as a spoiler.
Long story short, the joke was played legitimate, although I’m doubtful how successful it was. At the end of the day, it at least made for a good excuse to mash up images of the MonsterVerse Godzilla with Shin Godzilla.
What follows is the original April Fools post, in its entirety.
Following Godzilla vs. Kong (2021), another “crossover” event is in the works for the MonsterVerse. This time, though, Godzilla will be facing a very similar foe: the titular “Shin” Godzilla from the 2016 film… or at least they will be in comic form. Legendary Comics, who is about to release Godzilla: Dominion, is set to pit their version of the King of the Monsters against the 2016 Toho version in a graphic novel.
This isn’t the first time different interpretations of Godzillas have battled it out, as Godzilla infamously did battle with Zilla in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). However, rather than being a side skirmish, this conflict will be the focus of the story.
Details are scattered, although the graphic novel is said to be of similar length to earlier ones from Legendary Comics. For those keeping count, that’s anywhere from Godzilla Awakening‘s 80 page count to Godzilla: Aftershock‘s 112 page count. In addition, it will be arriving later this year, although the date given was a loose “TBD 2021”.
Plot wise, the book is described as a globe trotting conflict between the two Godzillas. The United States, Japan and China are noted as locations in the comic. “Shin” Godzilla is described as rising again to threaten humanity, although given this takes place in the MonsterVerse it might not be literal or alluding to continuity with Shin Godzilla (2016). The graphic novel is also broken into four chapters.
Oddly, the creative team behind the comic is not mentioned. It does reference, though, that multiple writers and artists will be involved. In fact, it claims an international team that has worked on both comics and mangas.
Below is the description released for the upcoming graphic novel:
- TBD 2021: Godzilla vs. Shin Godzilla
(Graphic novel sequel from Legendary Comics)
Written and with art by international comic and manga artists
“After legends collide in GODZILLA VS. KONG, another Godzilla rises again to threaten humanity. The nearly unstoppable Shin Godzilla begins laying siege to cities across the globe, attracting the attention of the King of the Monsters. Godzilla is harboring a dark secret of his own, though, as he prepares to face his ominously similar opponent while the fate of the world rests in the balance.”