The official Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes title reveal sheds light on three important story details. Disney and 20th Century's efforts to continue the Planet of the Apes franchise have resulted in the development of a fourth film that continues after War for the Planet of the Apes' ending. After sharing very little information about Planet of the Apes 4, the studios pulled back the curtain on Wes Ball's movie to build some hype. This included officially revealing the film's title is Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, sharing some concept art, and confirming a few cast members.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
The Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes title announcement is the most significant to come from the first wave of information on the sequel, as there are a few different story details that can be gleaned from it. The franchise has a good tradition of using its titles to tease what audiences can expect from the narrative. Rise of the Planet of the Apes teased the origin of the intelligent apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes showed them beginning to establish power, and War for the Planet of the Apes included them going to war with humanity. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' title reveals story details about the status of the ape empire, the sequel's setting in the timeline, and what has happened to humanity.
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Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' Title Teases The Apes' Empire
The first Planet of the Apes 4 story detail revealed by Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' title is the expansion of the apes' reign. The previous three movies showed the evolution of the apes and the creation of a colony under Caesar's leadership. That colony has now clearly grown in size if it can be referred to as a kingdom. Instead of controlling a portion of the forest or even a small town, it now appears that Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes could show a massive ape empire spread across the remains of the Simian Flu-infected America.
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' Title Teases Future Setting
Building on the idea of the apes' civilization expanding into a kingdom, the Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes title teases the sequel's future setting in the Planet of the Apes timeline. It is confirmed that the movie takes place many years after War for the Planet of the Apes, and the title reinforces how much time has passed since Caesar's death. It is quite likely that Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will take place decades later in the timeline to give a realistic window for the apes' dominance to grow.
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' Title Hints At Humanity's Fate
There is also a tease of humanity's fate in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' title. Even as the ape group grew in strength and numbers in the past, there was still a fair amount of humans around who could challenge them. The idea that the apes have a kingdom similar to the original Planet of the Apes movie indicates that they are now the dominant species and civilization on Earth, which means whatever is left of humanity is in ruins. That means that Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes could show humans in a similar state as the original movies where they serve the apes.