What Could Happen Between Rodan & Godzilla In King Of The Monsters
The new Godzilla: King of the Monsters is working off the blueprint left by Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, which is smart, because that plot covers all the bases for introducing three new, huge monsters into a cinematic universe. Rodan's story looks to be similar to its original telling – a preserved egg of a prehistoric creature – but modernized for this darker, more grounded and horror-tinged telling.
According to the Monarch website that's part of the viral marketing for the movie, Rodan is in a form of pyrostasis, sleeping within a bed of magma in the Isla de Mona volcano. Legend has it this was once a dominant predator of the skies, with a massive wing-span and powers that could devastate the land below. A facility has been built around the resting Titan (as they're known to this universe) to monitor and study it. Rodan's powers here seem to be heat-related, too, including his sonic thunderclap.
In the Comic-Con trailer, we can see that Monarch facility is blown up to awaken Rodan, whom we see unleashing a mighty roar atop the mountain, having been so rudely awakened. It stands to reason that Rodan and Godzilla will fight for some portion of the film, possibly while the humans, led by Vera Farmiga's Dr. Emma Russell and Millie Bobby Brown's Madison Russell, work to bring out Mothra in order to have the three fend off Ghidorah. But that's if this flick follows the 1960s Ghidorah, plot information is relatively limited and the only things we know for certain are that Monarch is heavily involved and the broad idea is for a three-on-one against Godzilla's three-headed nemesis.
Some of the imagery available really leans into Rodan's roots as a metaphor for the Soviet nuclear threat. There's a shot of its shadow as it glides over the land, and then later we see a city in ruin. The connotations for this iteration are more towards climate change, us being an infection and the whole mess being our inability to reckon with what we're doing to the planet, which is still prevalent with the use of a volcano and natural disaster. It's still nice, and reassuring, to see director Michael Dougherty and his team haven't forgotten the roots of these monsters and the through-line significance of their symbolism.
As is the standard set by Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, not all these monsters will be left standing by the end. Unlike those flicks that introduced new enemies for their namesake heroes to trample, this time we're watching kaiju with a deep history, clashing once again. This is going to be a big, messy scrap between four cultural titans, and good money is on Godzilla being the only one to walk away. Rodan's Hollywood debut might be short-lived, but from the first trailer, it's going to be a debut for the ages.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020