In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, it's thought we'll learn just how Godzilla earns that titular crown, but he isn't the only Monster King (or Queen) in the film. Other Titans - as the kaiju are now called in Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse - are also referred to as Kings and Queens, and they too have earned those titles through actions both amazing and terrible.
As the third film in the MonsterVerse, Godzilla 2 is building on the new mythos introduced in Godzilla (2014) and Kong: Skull Island. Using those films as a jumping off point, Godzilla 2 is introducing even more Titans - Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah - and framing them as the original and perhaps rightful rulers of Earth. With humans having caused a cataclysmic shift in the planet's ecosystem, unleashing a long-hidden threat, these Titans - these Monster Kings and Queens - might be Earth's only chance at survival.
But how did some of the monsters earn the title of King or Queen, and what does it really mean? According to Monarch's research, these Titans are the true alphas of their species, and in being so, they weren't only the apex predators of their habitats, but also feared and sometimes worshiped by the primitive humans of the time. These Titans took on mythic stature, and even in the years since they've disappeared, they remain important figures in certain primitive cultures. Only now it seems they served another, even more important role - maintaining the delicate balance of life on Earth, and they're returning to reinstate that balance.
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Mothra Is Queen of the Monsters
Mothra is unique among the Titans for a variety of reasons. Firstly, of all the Titans, Mothra is the only one referred to as female. It's hard to say whether or not Monarch has actually identified Mothra's sex, but their reasoning for referring to her a such could stem from evidence that she can (and possibly has) reproduced. Mothra is also said to be quite beautiful, with massive wings capable of emitting a stunning (and potentially destructive) display of beta-wave bioluminescence. And while not a strictly scientific reasoning, that may have also played a role in why she is the only she - and therefore Queen - among the Titans.
Of course, referring to these Titans as Kings and Queens is in itself not very scientific, but the practice appears to have originated with the ancient human cultures who coexisted with these mighty beasts. For instance, Mothra's "reign" as Queen is represented in early human artwork, in paintings and carvings which depict humanity worshiping the massive moth. Her role among these early civilizations may have been something akin to a guardian angel, protecting them from other monsters who would do them harm. In which case, Mothra being the Queen of the Monsters may have more to do with her benevolent, protective nature than it does her sex, contrasting her behavior with the more predatory and dangerous Kings.
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- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020