The latest iteration in Warner Bros./Legendary's Monsterverse, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, has proved to be a hit among Godzilla devotees. With the next film, Godzilla vs. Kong only a year away, kaiju buffs have plenty to be excited about, including the possibility of new monsters coming to American shores.
It's not like Legendary is going to run out of monsters for Godzilla to fight anytime soon. Toho's collection of city-crushing creatures is vast and goes back almost sixty-five years. There's plenty for the creators of the Monsterverse to play with, so here are 10 monsters that we think should be added to the series' roster.
While only a minor monster in the grand scheme of things, Varan has remained a favorite among the most hardcore Godzilla fans. A spiky monster that flies like someone in a wingsuit, Varan appeared in his own solo film in 1958, before showing up in other kaiju movies over the next decade.
He hasn't seen any screen time since Destroy All Monsters, where he appeared only briefly after the climax. An under-appreciated monster, he has shown up in works of kaiju literature over the years. If the head honchos at Legendary decide to bring him back to the big screen, it'll show fans how truly devoted they are to the series.
While the robotic kaiju Moguera first appeared way back in 1957, it's his 1994 appearance in Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla where most G-Fans remember him. Created by G-Force as a versatile mech with the ability to transform into a number of different robotic combinations, Moguera is one of the coolest robots in Toho's lineup. It's a shame, then, that no one has paid him much mind in the last twenty years. Legendary should consider resurrecting him for a future installment if only to take advantage of his many quirks and features.
In a nutshell, Battra is an evil Mothra, who wishes to conquer and destroy the human race rather than protect them. An ambitious creature from the Heisei era, Battra is easily the most bad-ass looking kaiju of the last two decades. While some fans have dismissed Battra as being too edgy, his story arc is one of the most profound in the entire series. At the end of 1992's Godzilla vs. Mothra, Battra is convinced by Mothra to come back to the light and help her defeat Godzilla.
In doing so, Battra sacrifices his life and dies a hero rather than a villain. It's a touching end to a character who is more complex than most fans give him credit for, and he's a monster who deserves a comeback.
No one will ever argue that Hedorah is the most heavy-handed metaphor in the entire series, perhaps second only to Godzilla himself. Also called the Smog Monster, Hedorah was a product of human pollution, and is literally a big pile of sentient toxic sludge. His starring movie was produced during the beginning of the environmentalist movement and was used to criticize humanity's use of fossil fuels and their negative effects. While Hedorah may be hamfisted, he's still one of the most freakish monsters in the series' history. His ability to kill people by literally melting their skin with his toxic gasses results in some truly shocking scenes. He would fit nicely in a world ravaged by the ill effects of climate change, making him as woke now as he was forty years ago.
The 1973 film Godzilla vs. Megalon is considered one of the weakest of the series. In fact, if it weren't for a pair of Godzilla video games released during the PS2/Xbox/Gamecube generation, few would remember Megalon at all.
He was easily the most overpowered creature in those games, able to tunnel underground and even fly short distances. It's odd, therefore, that he hasn't seen much action outside the games and the Godzilla expanded the universe of fiction. If anything, he's a monster that ought to be revisited, even if he was a pain in the neck to play against.
After a 30 year long hiatus, Gigan received the 21st-century facelift for his appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars. But even before he got his slick redesign, Gigan was a fan favorite that refused to be forgotten. A hodgepodge of different creature designs, Gigan seemingly defies to laws of physics, with claws instead of arms, a buzzsaw, and a laser that fires over his single, visor-shaped eye. Of all of Godzilla's foes to come out of the 1970s, Gigan is the one most worthy of returning to the big screen. We can't imagine how the American version would look compared to his counterparts.
Like Varan, Baragon has mainly appeared as a guest star in other kaiju movies. He's battled Frankenstein, teamed up with his fellow monsters to defeat King Ghidorah, and he even tried to protect Japan when Godzilla got possessed by dead WWII soldiers (yes, really). However, unlike other side characters within the Godzilla franchise, Baragon has maintained a star power that rivals that of other famous monsters.
Maybe it's because of his big, puppy dog eyes and floppy ears that makes him so irresistible to audiences. If he ever makes it into the Monsterverse, we hope they retain some of his derpy mystique.
Unlike other monsters on this list, Mechagodzilla technically has his own American counterpart, having appeared in the 2018 science fiction movie Ready Player One. However, this doesn't negate the need for a true Americanized counterpart to face off against Godzilla and company. Mechagodzilla is one of Godzilla's most recognizable adversaries, as he's always there to keep Godzilla in check. He has appeared in every Godzilla timeline up to this point, most recently in a trilogy of Godzilla anime movies that were released between 2017 and 2018. It's almost inevitable that Mechagodzilla will appear Monsterverse movie at some point, considering his enduring legacy.
Anguirus was the first monster Godzilla ever fought on the silver screen. Since then, the two managed to patch things up, and Anguirus later became one of Godzilla's most trusted companions.
Resembling a cross between a ring and a porcupine, Anguirus can be identified by his iconic, whiney roar that is as recognizable as Godzilla's. Anguirus absolutely needs to appear in a new Godzilla movie, and the Monsterverse just won't be whole without him.
If Godzilla is the Coca Cola of kaiju, then Gamera is the Pepsi. A flying turtle with questionable dental work, he began as a knockoff of Godzilla by a rival studio in the mid-'60s. In the mid-'90s, Toho (who now owns the Gamera brand), rebooted the series with a trilogy of movies directed by Shusuke Kaneko. Not only are these movies considered to be the highpoint of the franchise, but they are often regarded as some of the best kaiju movies ever made, rivaling even Godzilla himself. Having Gamera appear in the Monsterverse for a good ol' one-on-one with Godzilla would be a dream come true for G-fans, and if Legendary pulls it off, the results will be nothing short of epic.