Kong: Skull Island Two World War II fighter pilots, American pilot Hank Marlow (USA) and Gunpei Ikari (Japan) were parachuted over an island in the South Pacific in 1944. They engaged in close combat until an enormous Ape swarmed into the battle.
Bill Randa, the head of Monarch, the U.S. government agency Monarch, plans to search for primal animals on the recently discovered Skull Island in 1973. He invites an U.S. He recruits the U.S. Army unit under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard. Packard is a tracker, former British Special Air Service Capt James Conrad and anti-war photographer Mason Weaver. Packard’s troops arrive on Skull Island and begin dropping seismic explosives. These explosives were invented by Randa’s seismologist Houston Brooks to map the island and to prove Brooks’ Hollow Earth theory. The unit is then attacked by the giant ape dispersing survivors throughout the island. Two groups are formed between the survivors, one with Conrad, Weaver, Nieves, the researchers, as well as one soldier, and the other together with Randa and the rest. Packard is searching for the transport helicopter piloted Major Jack Chapman, intending to make use of the weapons aboard to kill the Ape.
Conrad’s team meets with the Iwi locals as well as the older Marlow. Marlow informs Conrad’s group the giant ape Kong guards the island against predators. He also names the reptilian subterranean creatures “Skullcrawlers” who were awakened by the blast. They killed Kong’s entire race and left him the last of their kind. According to the Iwi, Kong will be brought back by a Skullcrawler and will destroy the island when he dies. Marlow claims he had a relationship with Ikari when they were together on the island. But, Ikari was murdered by the Skullcrawler a while back. Conrad’s group assists Marlow to finish an inflatable boat that is made from parts of Marlow’s. Ikari destroyed planes when Chapman is attacked and consumed by the Skullcrawler. They cruise through the river, and Nieves is broken by carnivores, and secure communication with Packard’s group. Packard insists they look for Chapman whenever they meet one another.
Marlow leads them through a mass grave of dinosaurs and Kong’s relatives. Randa and the other victims are killed by the Skullcrawler who took on Chapman to kill him. Weaver then triggers an explosive gas fire which will kill the Skullcrawler. Packard is informed of the death of Chapman and plans to execute Kong and exact revenge on his friends who were killed. Brooks and Marlow try to explain to Packard that the killing of Kong could trigger the Skullcrawlers to run rampant. But Packard refuses to listen. The two groups split as Packard’s group retrieves the weapons from Chapman’s chopper and laying a trap for Kong in an adjacent lake, while the non-military personnel return to the boat. Conrad and Weaver meet Kong in person and, upon observing his true peaceful nature, resolve to save Kong. Packard’s team lures Kong to their base with remaining seismic charges and injures him by burning napalm. Marlow, Weaver and Conrad arrive to convince Kong to surrender however Packard resists. When the other soldiers leave as they retreat, the gigantic Skullcrawler is seen emerging from the water, and Kong smashes Packard. With the help of humans, the Skullcrawler is defeated by Kong and prevails. While Kong sits in silent awe as the survivors make it to the point of rendezvous.
Marlow is seen with his son in a credit pre-end scene. In the post-credits scene Monarch takes in and recruits Conrad and Weaver. San Lin and Brooks inform them that Kong isn’t the only monster king and show archives of cave paintings that depict Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, as well as King Ghidorah. The final image shows Godzilla and Ghidorah in battle.