Godzilla: King of the Monsters is expanding Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse, and that means several more Titans are joining the fold. Beginning with Gareth Edwards' 2014 reboot, Godzilla, WB launched yet another shared universe to compete with other studios in the growing trend in Hollywood of interconnected narratives. And while it took them a few years to build upon the MonsterVerse with Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island in 2017, they are now moving forward at breakneck pace.
In 2019, Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King of the Monsters will pit Godzilla against several new creatures, who are known as Titans in the MonsterVerse, in order to restore the natural order of the world. In addition to making Godzilla the official King of the Monsters, the upcoming blockbuster film will presumably spend some time setting up the following year's epic crossover movie, Godzilla vs. Kong, which is being directed by Adam Wingard and features several returning stars from Godzilla 2.
But before that happens, there's plenty to get through in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which not only introduces three of the most iconic monsters in cinema history but also several smaller and lesser-known kaiju to keep further flesh out the burgeoning shared universe. With that in mind, here are all the Titans appearing in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
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Godzilla 2, of course, features the return of Godzilla himself, but the big question here is, is Godzilla the actual King of the Monsters? In the old movies, comics, and various other mediums, Godzilla has been revered as the ultimate kaiju/monster, but in the MonsterVerse, he may not have that title just yet. Instead, it's possible that, for now, Ghidorah is the current King of the Monsters - and defeating the flying dragon appears to be the crux of what's happening in Godzilla 2. And while the first movie primarily focused on the mystery of Godzilla and the M.U.T.O.s, the upcoming blockbuster film will expand into more monster-on-monster action.
In the time since the 2014 movie, Godzilla has been patrolling the Pacific Rim as well as parts of the rest of the world, traveling between the hollow earth points in order to keep an eye on all the monsters in the world, including the three new Titans appearing in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Now that humanity knows Godzilla is on their side, it's only a matter of time before they side with the iconic kaiju in defeating the other Titans on the planet. Otherwise, as it's been posited in the Godzilla 2 trailers, the restoration of the world's natural order may mean humanity's extinction.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the first Hollywood-made movie to include King Ghidorah on the big screen - or, at least a version of the iconic three-headed dragon. First appearing in the 1964 movie, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Ghidorah has been Godzilla's arch-nemesis throughout the Toho movies, and now that trend will continue in Hollywood with Ghidorah making its way into the MonsterVerse. In its original incarnation, Ghidorah was an extraterrestrial monster that destroyed planets. While the MonsterVerse may disregard parts of the kaiju's past, such as him destroying Venus, Ghidorah's space origin was recently confirmed.
In-universe, Ghidorah - known as Monster Zero - is currently residing deep in Antarctica, where Monarch has been studying him. Considering what Monarch has learned so far, it seems that each of Ghidorah's heads will be given unique personalities. Plus, as determined by the Monarch Sciences website and shown in the second Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer, Ghidorah towers over Godzilla in height (521 ft and 355 ft, respectively) and appears to be far superior to the original kaiju with regards to strength. According to Legendary's viral website, if Ghidorah used its Gravity Beams superpower, "the stratosphere would be torn open by an otherworldly tempest of thunder and lightning our sky has never seen."
One of three big, new monsters appearing in Godzilla: King of the Monsters is Rodan, a flying reptile whose in-universe history contains nothing but destruction. Even though Rodan is one of the smaller Titans appearing in Godzilla 2 (154 ft), his wingspan is astonishingly long - coming in at 871 ft - which makes his volcanic abilities (as shown in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailers) extremely devastating; that's why he's earned the moniker "Fire Demon" by ancient civilizations. According to the Monarch Sciences website, Rodan currently resides inside the Isla De Mara volcano.
Rodan first appeared in the 1956 movie Rodan, just two years after Godzilla's debut, but it wasn't until a few years later that the iconic kaiju ultimately joined Godzilla's universe - and now Rodan is slated to join Godzilla once again, but this time in the MonsterVerse. It's unclear where Rodan's allegiances lie in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but it's theoretically possible that Rodan may join Godzilla in the fight against Ghidorah at some point in the film. And in keeping with the notion that there are multiple kings and queens in the MonsterVerse, the Monarch organization believes that Rodan's internal volcanic combustion system and Pteranodon-esque flight capabilities make Rodan the King of the Skies, in the same vein that Kong is King of the Primates.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020