The upcoming movie, Godzilla: King of the Monsters may include a reference to the 1954 classic, Godzilla. It appears that the weapon responsible for Godzilla's death in the first movie over 60 years ago will make an appearance in the much-anticipated sequel to Legendary Pictures' Godilla, which was released in 2014.
Michael Dougherty, director of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, tweeted a picture from the set of a device Godzilla fans will recognize as the Oxygen Destroyer. The Oxygen Destroyer is the weapon that Japanese scientists used to kill the monster in the 1954 film.
In the movie, the device was designed to release a large amount of a chemical called micro-oxygen into an organism that would disintegrate its oxygen atoms until the creatures dies of asphyxiation. The weapon was first demonstrated on a tank of fish, and was able to reduce the fish to skeletons. The Japanese military devised a plan to use it on Godzilla when all other options were exhausted. It was the only weapon that worked.
— Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) August 14, 2017
This was not the only time the Oxygen Destroyer has appeared in a Godzilla film. It was used as an Easter egg in Godzilla vs. Biollante, and was referenced in other films as well. It returned as an important plot device in Godzilla vs. Destroyah when the weapon was revealed to be responsible for the creation of the movie's antagonist, Destroyah. Could the weapon take on a similar role in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and be linked to the origin of Rodan, Mothra, or King Ghidorah, who we already know are in the film?
It's interesting to note that in the original film, the Oxygen Destroyer was invented by Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, played by Akihiko Harata. Ken Watanabe's character, who appeared in the 2014 reboot and will return in the sequel, is named Dr. Ishiro Serizawa. The character was intended to be a homage to Harata's character, but the inclusion of the Oxygen Destroyer easter egg may lead fans to wonder if the two characters share an even deeper connection. It's possible that the two are related, and that Watanabe's character will use his relative's invention at some point in the film.
This possibility doesn't seem too far of a stretch, considering that a Godzilla incident in 1954 is heavily referenced in the 2014 film. This suggests that at least a version of what happened in the original movie took place in the continuity of the MonsterVerse.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020