Skull Island And Tomb Raider Anime Announced On Netflix
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Could A Skull Island And Tomb Raider Anime Become An Expanded Kaiju Universe?

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BY January 31, 2021

We’ve barely been able to catch our breaths after that insane Godzilla vs. Kong trailer from a few days ago. The excitement of two gigantic mythical beasts, not to mention titans of fictional history, coming together looks so many kinds of incredible. But now, on the heels of that trailer, comes even more monster-related news. We now have confirmation from Netflix about a Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime in development. While this seems like simply additions to Netflix’s anime library, there’s a lot of excitement in this news.

Skull Island And Tomb Raider Anime Series Coming From Netflix

Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime Kong. Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime  Image via Legendary Pictures.

A new Variety report now confirms that Netflix is expanding their anime library with more anime series based on popular film franchises. The Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime join the ranks of Netflix’s upcoming Pacific Rim anime as well. This may very well kick off a trend for Netflix, supplementing their own content with anime versions of existing IP. They’re already doing it for their own original properties, like The Witcher anime. 

But the fact that all three of the anime have similarities in concept and premise, it makes me wonder. How easy would it be for Netflix to create an anime shared universe of these iconic properties, culminating in a never before seen expanded universe of monster movies? I just got chills! But wait, there’s a bit more to unpack before we get there. 

Could Skull Island Have Kong In It? 

Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime Beast. Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime  Image via Legendary Pictures.

This renewed interest in the Kaiju monster movies that began back way back in the 30s is a new resurgence. There are countless adaptations of Kong including the epic Peter Jackson 4 part miniseries 3-plus hour-long reboot of the giant primate in 2005. However, it’s the 2017 reboot of the Kong: Skull Island live-action movie that’s the most relevant here. 

Skull Island starred the likes of Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Goodman. The movie was the introduction of Kong into the modern landscape of cinematic universe-style storytelling. While it didn’t entirely live up to those expectations, Skull Island had an interesting enough story for it to be a fun watch. But the franchise plans didn’t work out entirely. Legendary Pictures still went full steam ahead, resulting in the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie we’re getting. But will the new anime series have Kong in it as well? 

Skull Island Anime Will Be About New Characters

Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime Monster. Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime  Image via Legendary Pictures.

As per the Variety report, the Skull Island anime series will be about a new cast of characters. The new cast is shipwrecked on the island, and have to survive the most dangerous place on Earth. Skull Island is home to a variety of colossal monsters, including Kong himself. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about the new series. For example, if Kong will be in the show or not. Also not sure when the show is set, seeing how the Skull Island movie was set in the ’70s. It’s also unknown whether the Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime will connect to their respective movie universes in any way. 

Tomb Raider Anime Could Easily Connect To Monsterverse

Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime Lara Croft. Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime 

Tomb Raider is another massive multimedia franchise that began as a video game. It’s all about a treasure hunter named Lara Croft. The gameplay story is all about her discovering hidden treasures and having adventures during it all. After a 2-movie franchise with Angelina Jolie in the lead role, Tomb Raider got a reboot in 2018 with Alicia Vikander. The new Netflix anime might not have anything to do with that and be its own standalone adventure instead. However, the most exciting aspect of this news is the possibility of a shared universe between the Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime.

How A Netflix Shared Anime Monster Universe Could Work

Lara Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime  Image via Legendary Pictures.

Hear me out. Netflix is currently working on 3 different anime projects with a similar premise. There’s the Pacific Rim anime, which is also about giant monsters fighting giant robots. The Skull Island anime fits into that pretty perfect as well. Both properties are also from Legendary Pictures. And Tomb Raider could easily be the more theoretical, archeological discovery these of these mythical monsters side to the larger story. 

It wouldn’t be the first time that seemingly unrelated Netflix anime have crossed over with one another. There’s the upcoming Ultraman and Ghost In The Shell anime crossover that’s coming soon as well. The potential universe building of these shows is definitely exciting, but the shows on their own are intriguing ones to look out for as well.

No word yet on when the Skull Island and Tomb Raider anime will premiere on Netflix. 

Are you excited about these new anime series from Netflix? Let us know in the comments below or on social media. 

Featured image via Legendary Pictures. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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