Ghidorah Is The King of the Monsters
Legendary's MonsterVerse is creating a new mythology for Godzilla and his cast of creatures. Unshackled from Toho's continuity, the MonsterVerse is largely reinventing the histories of the kaiju, starting with a name change calling them the Titans. This could include a new way of looking at basic ideas and beliefs about the monsters that fans take for granted. For instance, why is Godzilla known as "the King of the Monsters"? Based on what was seen in Gareth Edwards' film, Godzilla holds this status from Monarch (and especially in the eyes of Ken Watanabe's Dr. Serizawa) because in each of his appearances since World War II, the mighty lizard has risen specifically to take down other M.U.T.O.s and restore balance to the Earth. Since Godzilla has been victorious in each appearance against rival monsters, he must be their king. But what if that simply isn't so - or at least, not yet?
Unlike Godzilla, the golden dragon has been called "King" Ghidorah since his first appearance. But beyond mere semantics, Ghidorah has always been a catastrophic threat. In the MonsterVerse, this is even moreso - Ghidorah looks to be the clear big bad of King of the Monsters, and one that, as in the 1964 film, it might take the combined efforts of Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan to defeat. Climate change caused by human ignorance looks to be the culprit responsible for awakening the dragon from his Antarctic slumber, but once he's loose, Ghidorah's mere existence threatens the safety of the entire planet. Simply by flying, the winged Titan can devastate the ecology of the Earth and ultimately make it uninhabitable to human (and possibly even monster) life. If might makes right under the primitive and barbaric 'rules' of MonsterVerse, Ghidorah is the mightiest, hence he's their King.
Godzilla Could Become King At The End
While fans are bracing for an epic clash between four of the most beloved classic Japanese kaiju, director Michael Dougherty's film might have something surprising up its sleeve: King of the Monsters could be Godzilla's "Rocky" story. Like in Sylvester Stallone's seminal franchise, Godzilla 2 might secretly be about how the fire-breathing lizard was actually an underdog against Ghidorah for thousands of years and how he finally conquers his greatest foe to become the one, true King of the Monsters.
After all, based on what fans saw in Godzilla 2014 and the history that has been leaked of Godzilla's other battles in the MonsterVerse, he seems like he's the undefeated champion of the monsters. But over ten thousand years ago, a Godzilla and Ghidorah battle may have happened and somehow left the three-headed dragon encased in the Antarctic ice while Godzilla has been free to occasionally rise from his millennia-long slumber to walk the Earth. Therefore, there's unfinished business between the two greatest Titans. King of the Monsters looks to be an epic rematch between Godzilla and Ghidorah for "the crown". Even with Rodan and Mothra mix, the real title fight is between Godzilla and Ghidorah, winner takes all. And, as Charles Dance's character quips in the trailer, "Long live the King!"
So perhaps the key to Godzilla: King of the Monsters is that the big G has to finally beat King Ghidorah once and for all to claim his title and famous nickname. If this ultimately proves to be the case, then when Godzilla comes at the King with his atomic fire breath, he best not miss.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020