Iconic kaiju Mothra and Rodan may team up with each other in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, according to the latest trailer. Shortly after Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot released in 2014, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. confirmed plans to expand the film into a new shared universe, later dubbed the MonsterVerse. And then it was announced that the movie's sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, would include Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah - three of the most iconic kaiju in Toho's film library.
After a number of delays, Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King of the Monsters is finally going to hit theaters five years after the first movie released - in May 2019 - and it will not only continue the story that left off with the previous film but also set the stage for Adam Wingard's highly anticipated monster mash-up film, Godzilla vs. Kong, which releases the following summer, in 2020. But before Godzilla takes on the king of the primates, he will first have to face several new kaiju.
It's unclear how every kaiju - who are officially known as Titans in the MonsterVerse - factors into Godzilla: King of the Monsters, aside from Godzilla taking on Ghidorah at two points in the film. However, it seems that the second Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer hints at Mothra and Rodan teaming up together.
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Godzilla 2 Trailer Hints At Mothra & Rodan Teaming Up
While the first Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer that debuted during San Diego Comic-Con this past summer offered glimpses of the franchise's new monsters/Titans, and aimed to set up the story surrounding the latest MonsterVerse installment, the movie's second trailer put all of that aside to give audiences a look at all the monster action that awaits them; it was a smart move since Edwards' 2014 movie was criticized for focusing too much on the humans and holding back on Godzilla himself. But that doesn't seem to be the case anymore, at least in this forthcoming movie. And among the many details shown in the trailer, there's one scene that may reveal Mothra and Rodan teaming up.
At the 1:46 mark in the second Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer, viewers can see Rodan's claws trying to grab a hold of a plane. Then, a few moments later, viewers can see Mothra flying in what appears to be the same area. The gust and wind would indicate that they are flying together, an observation that appears to be proven when the trailer is paused at 1:48. In just a few frames, Rodan can be seen in the background, flying right next to Mothra. Since they are flying together, it would seem that the two monsters have found a way to team up in Godzilla: King of the Monsters - and that wouldn't be something out of the ordinary for them.
Mothra & Rodan Have Teamed Up Before
In Toho's movies, Mothra and Rodan haven't always been on the same side, but they have worked together before in order to defend the planet against another, bigger kaiju, such as Ghidorah. Perhaps the most notable team-up between Mothra and Rodan - and Godzilla, for that matter - was in the 1964 movie Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. It was the first appearance by Ghidorah, and it saw three of the world's most powerful monsters put aside their differences for a short while in order to defeat Ghidorah. In that film, it was Mothra who approached Godzilla and Rodan (at the request of the Shobijin, aka the twin Fairies who can communicate with Mothra), who were in the middle of a battle with each other, and attempted to convince them to join her in her fight against Ghidorah.
Another time the two monsters teamed-up was in the 1968 movie Destroy All Monsters. Whereas Mothra and Rodan fought to protect Earth in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, they actually worked together to destroy most of the planet in retaliation for being captured by the United Nations Science Committee and imprisoned on an island called Monsterland. So, while the MonsterVerse is still finding its footing in the world of shared universes, there's a precedent in Toho's old movies for Mothra and Rodan teaming up, albeit temporarily.
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- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Nov 20, 2020