When King Kong meets the talking apes from Planet of the Apes in an upcoming crossover, he won’t be allowed to talk back.

When reached for comment on Wednesday, BOOM! Studios told Inverse that “no, Kong will not be as smart as the Apes, so he won’t be talking like they do.”

Kong on the Planet of the Apes is the title of the six-issue miniseries, which will be written by Ryan Ferrier and illustrated by Carlos Magna. Set after the original 1968 Planet of the Apes, the series will see the orangutan Dr. Zaius, the gorilla General Ursus, and a group of soldiers going to the Forbidden Zone to destroy any trace of the human Taylor. There, they come across the gargantuan body of Kong, and they begin a journey to find out why he’s there.

A cover for 'Kong Of the Planet of the Apes' by Mike Huddleston.
A cover for 'Kong of the Planet of the Apes' by Mike Huddleston.

Interestingly, Kong won’t be the only element from his world in Kong on the Planet of the Apes. “Skull Island still exists in the future,” Ferrier told Empire.

Though Kong won’t be talking in the series, he will be slightly different from how we’ve seen him before. “While [the BOOM! Studios series Kong of Skull Island] had multiple Kongs, since ours is set thousands of years in the future, our Kong is the sole survivor and last of his species. He’s older and weary, but the events that unfold when discovered by Zaius and the Apes will take the giant out of his comfort zone.”

Whether he can talk or not, the Apes will surely understand what Kong’s saying when that happens.


The Kong on the Planet of the Apes comic miniseries will start this November.


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