Previous trailers for “Godzilla 2: King Of The Monsters” have already shown us which monsters Godzilla faces in his new movie. For the movie premiere, we want to introduce you to Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidora in more detail.
In its 65-year history, Godzilla has had to face all kinds of different monsters. For Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla”, the prelude to Warner’s current MonsterVerse, the lizard of the same name battled two monsters named “Muto” (“Unidentified Massive Terrestrial Organism”). With Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah In Michael Dougherty’s “Godzilla 2: King Of The Monsters,” Godzilla faces three iconic opponents who have encountered the giant lizard multiple times in the past. Primitive beings, now known as Titans, have individual abilities and, depending on the movie series, have different origin stories.
Rodan, the fire demon
Rodan is a flying monster whose name is based on the pterosaur Pteranodon. In the Japanese original it is also known as radon, which is reminiscent of the radiation that monsters in movies are often exposed to. The flying giant made his first appearance in “The Flying Monsters of Osaka” from 1956. He first met Godzilla in “The Monsters of Frankenstein in the Fight Against Ghidorah” from 1964, in which he met Godzilla and other monsters against him. still. ally to the mightiest King Ghidorah. This is also the first movie in which Godzilla actively fights on the side of the people. Although Rodan occasionally collides with Godzilla, he is also often an important ally in the fight against even greater threats.
Rodan is a master of the skies and manages to outperform modern aircraft with ease. The flapping of its wings can unleash destructive shockwaves that sweep entire cities to the ground. In some movies, he can also shoot deadly heat beams from his mouth.
Mothra, the queen of monsters
Mothra is a kaijū (Japanese name for monsters) that looks more like a giant moth. She had her first appearance in 1961’s “Mothra Threatening the World.” The mostly good-natured monster is often shown in different stages of development, from larvae from egg to pupa and finally to moth. So far, Mothra has appeared in seven Godzilla movies and even has her own trilogy. It comes from Modra Island, which is located somewhere in the Pacific, unnoticed by the rest of the world. Mothra had her first encounter with Godzilla in 1964 in “Godzilla and the Urweltraupen.” Although Mothra often has to pay with her life in her fights, she usually leaves behind a giant egg, which eventually grows into a new giant moth.
Two little twins, Cosmos or Elias, who worship Mothra as a goddess and are the only ones capable of making direct contact with her, also come from said Modra island. With its wings, it can create storms so strong that it can simply blow up entire buildings or take down other monsters. In some versions, Mothra can also shoot poison arrows from her stomach.
The three-headed golden dragon Ghidorah is considered one of Godzilla’s archrivals. Unlike the rest of the titans, Ghidorah does not come from Earth, but is an alien being. In his first appearance in “Frankenstein’s Monster in the Fight Against Ghidorah,” he came to earth through a meteor and terrorized the population. This was the first time Godzilla was forced to fight for people. After multiple defeats against Godzilla, Rodan and Co. Ghidorah manage to escape again and again. In “Orders of the Dark” it turns out that Ghidorah is controlled by the alien race of Alphas to prepare an invasion of Earth.
In an alternate “Godzilla” series, people from the future travel with three so-called Dorats, small winged creatures, until 1944. After the Americans irradiated them on Lagos Island through hydrogen bomb tests, the Dorat they fuse and mutate into the dreaded three-headed Ghidorah. . The golden dragon is usually so powerful that Godzilla cannot fight it alone. In addition to his three teeth and pointed heads and huge wings, Ghidorah also has two horned tails, which he knows how to use as weapons. Once in the air, Ghidorah can create powerful storms in which it moves. In addition, it can fire bolts of lightning-shaped energy from all three mouths, which are of hardly any use.
In “Godzilla 2: King Of The Monsters,” the famous titans are brought back to life with elaborate technology and also receive a visual overhaul. Now you can marvel at what happens when primeval giants collide in German cinemas.
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