Rodan is one of the several new Titans scheduled to be introduced into the MonsterVerse in this year's Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The fast-flying kaiju has a rich history in Japanese monster movies from Toho that goes all the way back to the 1950s, and his history in Western cinema is only getting started with Legendary Entertainment's MonsterVerse.
The long-awaited sequel to Legendary's 2014 film, Godzilla, will pit the alpha predator against three new monsters: King Ghidorah, Rodan, and Mothra. Like Godzilla, the three kaiju are owned by the Japanese studio, Toho, which is why they haven't been adapted into Hollywood movies before (despite their standlaone Toho movies having released in the United States). In 2014, Legendary announced that they had acquired the rights to King Ghidorah, Rodan, and Mothra, thus making it possible for more Toho creations to join the MonsterVerse.
King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty has already discussed adding more kaiju for a potential Godzilla 3, such as Biollante and Gigan. But all the Titans in Godzilla: King of the Monsters will clash in a battle for supremacy that could threaten all of humanity. It's unclear which Titans in Godzilla: King of the Monsters are on Godzilla's side and which will ultimately side with Ghidorah, but no matter how it all plays out, Toho fans will undoubtedly be excited to see some of their favorite monsters of all-time show up on the big screen in Legendary's MonsterVerse, of which one of the main ones is Rodan.
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Rodan Is A New Titan in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Godzilla: King of the Monsters will give a fresh new take on the fan-favorite kaiju Rodan when he makes his MonsterVerse debut this summer. The first look at Rodan was revealed in Godzilla 2's SDCC 2018 trailer, which also showcased King Ghidorah and Mothra. Along with the other two Titans, Rodan was first teased in the post-credits scene of Kong: Skull Island where ancient cave paintings revealed that multiple giant monsters exist somewhere on Earth. Even though it was first announced in 2014 that Rodan would be joining the MonsterVerse, it's taken at least three years to obtain any real information regarding the character's inclusion in WB's new shared universe.
The cave paintings in Kong: Skull Island, among other details, suggested a prior relationship between the Titans in the MonsterVerse, which could mean that Godzilla: King of the Monsters' story will culminate into an apocalyptic rematch between Godzilla and King Ghidorah. While the battle may actually be a free-for-all between all four monsters, some fans have speculated that Godzilla: King of the Monsters will follow the formula of past Godzilla movies where Godzilla teams up with another monster to battle two others. If so, it's possible that Mothra will align with Godzilla, and Rodan will take King Ghidorah's side in the conflict. Either way, it appears that no matter who they side with, it will all boil down to an epic showdown between Godzilla and King Ghidorah, with Rodan making a fiery splash at some point in the middle.
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- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020