In addition to setting up the potential sequels, the Monster Hunter film establishes a world rich with history for a possible prequel spinoff.
Filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson‘s adaptation of the Capcom’s popular game titled Monster Hunter video game franchise ends on a cliffhanger, leaving plenty of plot for a potential sequel to explore.
However, the video game film also introduces enough lore throughout the film that could be explored in a prequel set years before the new film’s events.
Coupled with the backstory and the lore that was established by the video games themselves, there are several ways a possible prequel to the first Monster Hunter movie could be spun off.
Right from the beginning scenes, it is clear that the Hunters of the New World resides in the ruins of a civilization that was very mysteriously toppled.
From ancient ruins to a graveyard of the wooden ships, it is clear that something strange occurred, something that could devastate the planet Earth if it crosses over from the Sky Tower portal.
While Captain Artemis is not able to communicate in English language with any of the Hunters that she first encounters in the New World, The Admiral, Ron Perlman‘s enigmatic character, reveals that he not only can speak the English language but that Earth has crossed paths with the fantasy world sometime before.
How Monster Hunter Sets Up a Prequel For The Show.
The Admiral observed that humanity crossed over to the New World, disrupting the civilization that constructed the Sky Tower a long time ago, with odds and ends from the human history left behind.
The Admiral studied the culture of Earth his whole life, making him fluent in English. A potential prequel could further explore this history, chronicling the fantasy world in its golden age and the Sky Tower’s construction to bridge the worlds’ gap.
The plot would possibly detail the collapse of this medieval steampunk civilization and precisely what kind of incursions from the planet Earth helped usher humanity into a rag-tag existence in the face of monsters like Gore Magala and the Rathalos.
A prequel also provides the film adaptations’ potential to tie more directly into the games themselves.
The events of many of the video game titles, like Monster Hunter World, could be set far before the original film’s events. This would account for the games being more of medieval fantasy while the film’s setting and characters appear visibly more post-apocalyptic.