There has been little known so far about the sequel to the 2014 hit, Godzilla, and while there has not even been much information regarding the other Kaiju of the film in Rodan and Mothra, we might finally have our first tease for the greatest antagonist in Godzilla franchise history, King Ghidorah.
When speaking with Collider, Straight Out of Compton, Den of Thieves, and now Godzilla: King of Monsters star, O’Shea Jackson Jr., provided some short details to excite fans about the upcoming showdown between the two legendary monsters, promising a fight that will not soon be forgotten:
We got Mothra, we got Rodan, and we got King Ghidorah all in the same film, and in the last scene between Godzilla and King Ghidorah, I promise you, you will never forget it, in your life. As a nerd, I am foaming at the mouth to get in the editing room…
Jackson Jr. had previously mentioned in the interview about how ecstatic he was to join not only a movie in Legendary’s ongoing MonsterVerse, but in a film that features some of the most iconic characters in the genre:
As a Godzilla fan, I know that I was shocked to find out that the second movie has King Ghidorah, like, King Ghidorah is the Godzilla bad guy, like, three-headed golden dragon that shoots lightning, is gonna be in the movie that I’m in!
… Godzilla will be the number 1 movie. The way that (Godzilla) and Ghidorah fight… man… Kong better bring some shit.
Though Godzilla has faced many adversaries over the years such as Anguirus, Gigan, and MechaGodzilla, no Kaiju has played as much of antagonist role to the Big G as much as King Ghidorah has.
Much like how Godzilla was a metaphor for the damages of nuclear warfare, Ghidorah was representative of the threat posed by China onto Japan due to the development of nuclear weapons at the time. King Ghidorah made his debut appearance in Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1964), and his final appearance in Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) and as Kaiser Ghidorah in Godzilla Final Wars (2004). Ghidorah’s most memorable moments were showcased brilliantly in Godzilla V.S King Ghidorah (1991). This saw a wounded Ghidorah be reconstructed in the future and be sent back as Mecha King Ghidorah centuries prior to defeat Godzilla, this film also would become one of the best in the entirety of Toho’s history.
It will be interesting to see how King Ghidorah plays into the story of the Godzilla sequel, as he has been previously portrayed as an extraterrestrial being, a genetically engineered futuristic Kaiju, and as a ancient protector of Japan. However, given the fact both Mothra and Rodan are planned for the film, it is very likely that we could be in the midst of seeing a similar version of Destroy All Monsters (1968) which saw King Ghidorah unleashed as a secret weapon developed by an alien race known as the Kilaaks.
Godzilla: King of Monsters is set for release March 22, 2019, is Directed by Michael Dougherty, and stars Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. The film will be subsequently followed by Godzilla VS. Kong on May 22, 2020.
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