Is Godzilla patrolling the Pacific Ocean and keeping the world safe from monsters? This past summer, Monarch Sciences, the viral website promoting 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters, gave fans the ability to track the gigantic lizard's movements. It's a fun way to tell Godzilla's story before the sequel, and the website has also revealed tantalizing clues about the other Titans that the film will feature: Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah.
Godzilla has had some curious but interesting travels in the past few months. After he made a big splash at San Diego Comic-Con, the King of the Monsters hit the high seas of the Pacific. Swimming past Skull Island, which is protected by Kong, his future opponent in 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong, Godzilla then disappeared off the map for a while - which seems to confirm the MonsterVerse's Hollow Earth Theory. Godzilla soon reemerged near Antarctica, where he visited the resting place of Ghidorah, the Big Bad of Godzilla 2. Apparently satisfied that the three-headed dragon is still entombed in a block of ice, the Big G went back into the ocean and swam past Skull Island a second time. Currently, Godzilla is once more on an eastern trajectory across the Pacific.
Going by his swim pattern, fans can thus deduce that Godzilla is actually on patrol and his beat is the entire Pacific Rim (Earth's largest ocean tends to be the entry point for giant monsters rising to the surface). However, the question remains of what exactly is in the ocean that is now occupying Godzilla's attention? The answer may be that Titans coming from beneath the Earth at an accelerated rate and Godzilla is, in turn, rushing to battle them. After all, even though the Monarch Sciences teases over a dozen confirmed locations of dormant Titans all over the map, that doesn't mean that those are all of the Titans on Earth!
If Godzilla is indeed being forced to deal with an influx of monstrous invaders from beneath the Pacific, this could be linked to the catastrophic environmental events in King of the Monsters, further suggesting that Godzilla 2's plot is smarter than the trailer has indicated. Godzilla may now be on a constant patrol that requires him to meet and defeat invading beasts - though these battles aren't being caught on camera or documented by Monarch.
Normally, after he defeats a fellow monster, Godzilla returns to the ocean to slumber - he even did this at the conclusion of the 2014 Godzilla. However, with months to go before his cinematic showdown with Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah, Godzilla actually seems to be busier than ever. The massive lizard has been on the move almost non-stop since the summer. It's also possible his occasional disappearances from the map is because he does dive beneath the Earth to rest - but he doesn't seem to sleep for very long.
This is viral marketing, so it must be clarified this may be simply entertainment for fans and not actually a story clue. However, if it turns out Godzilla is indeed fulfilling a self-imposed mission to keep us safe from unknown monsters, then he's not only performing a vital service to the planet, but he can also be considered the giant monster version of Batman - and the entire Pacific Rim is his Gotham. Godzilla is the Earth's watchful guardian and protector, and he seems to be doing the job even more effectively and more diligently than the Jaegers of Pacific Rim.
Since both the Godzilla franchise and the Pacific Rim franchise are owned by Legendary Pictures, fans are clamoring for a crossover. If their universes were to merge, it would have to be after Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020, but assuming that epic monster fight is a box office success, it could leave the door wide open to bring in the Jaegers to face the Titans. After the disappointing performance of Pacific Rim Uprising, the giant robots franchise could use a shot in the arm - one teaming up with Godzilla could certainly provide. That is, of course, if Godzilla can find the time in his busy schedule as the one-lizard protector of the Pacific Rim.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020