Godzilla: King of the Monsters' viral website, Monarch Sciences, makes a very subtle but noticeable change to Rodan's file that may go overlooked by most fans. Leading up to the release of the first Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures launched a viral website to get fans involved in the burgeoning MonsterVerse, particularly with the Monarch organization's dossiers on all the Titans in Godzilla's shared universe.
One of the new Titans in Godzilla: King of the Monsters is Rodan, an ancient monster known as the "Fire Demon" that has ravaged the world in the past. Bearing similarities to a Pteranodon, Rodan is considered one of the first Titans in the MonsterVerse to be able to fly, which is why he was once known as the king of the skies, similar to how Kong is meant to be the king of the primates, according to the Monarch Sciences website. But its Rodan's fiery abilities that make him a force to be reckoned with. That's also why Rodan currently resides in a volcano in Mexico.
When the Monarch Sciences website first launched, Rodan was said to be in "pyrostasis" inside the Isla de Mona volcano in Mexico. But fans quickly pointed out that the real-life Isla de Mona is actually in Puerto Rico, and it's not a volcano. Five months after the Monarch website launched, WB released the second Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer, but shortly before doing so, the studio changed Rodan's location to Isla de Mara. While the change was subtle, it's something that fans spotted right away.
Some fans who aren't aware of the real Isla de Mona may question why the change was made, seeing as the MonsterVerse is obviously a fictional universe and locations don't necessarily have to resemble their real-life counterparts. But seeing as the real-life Isla de Mona was something that WB perhaps became aware of ahead of the new trailer's release, the change is most likely correcting a mistake that was made several months ago, rather than setting up or changing Rodan's story in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. After all, as long as the volcano's name isn't mentioned in the movie itself, the studio is in the clear - unless, of course, they have to resort to using ADA to correct dialogue in the film.
With Godzilla: King of the Monsters now just a few months away from releasing in theaters, the studio will likely start to ramp up the film's viral marketing campaign, which means there should be a steady stream of content being published on the Monarch Sciences website in the near future. Perhaps fans will even find out more about Rodan.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020