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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Monster Theories

We all know the movie is focusing on the epic (and I mean EPIC!) battle between two of the most prominent kaiju in all cinematic history, but the whole story is yet to be told. We’ve only seen the tip of this colossal iceberg and there’s plenty left to speculation. So as we wait (finally!) for it’s long-awaited release in March let’s run down a few of our theories.  

courtesy of Warner Bros, ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

MECHAGODZILLA!

Let’s get the most obvious out of the way. Given just a brief glimpse at the beginning of the trailer we see what could be none other than Mechagodzilla. 

image via Warner Bros. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

Watching this scene over and over again it really does leave little else to be argued. It has the shape of Godzilla but appears mechanic and we’re given the briefest glimpse of an orange-glowing energy pulse in the thing’s neck.

Unless Godzilla levels up his atomic flame from blue to reddish-orange, similar to what happened during the Heisei era, we might be seeing none other than Godzilla’s mechanical nemesis. 

Reasons for this theory.

By the trailer we’re told that Godzilla is out there hurting people. Now that’s a big turn of events given how Godzilla has been the earth’s defender and a hero to humanity. Although, the somber ending of Godzilla: King of the Monsters does reflect that Godzilla is on our side ‘for now‘ leaving room for a frightening possibility of Godzilla becoming our destroyer.

What could turn him against us? Now that’s the question. 

image via Warner Bros. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

Perhaps it’s our meddling with the Titans – genetic engineering or bio-experimenting – that pisses Godzilla off. After all he is their king and would only be protecting his subjects from us if that were the case. And you know it’s entirely within reason that people like Alan Jonah (Charles Dance) would be using Titans as his own personal weapons.

That could be enough to send Godzilla into a shit storm of fury. I don’t think that’s entirely the case though. If we are indeed getting Mechagodzilla in this movie then it’s possible Godzilla is not, in fact, to blame for these sudden attacks at all.

image via Toho

You see, back in 1974, when Mechagodzilla was first introduced he appeared as Godzilla at first, albeit a counterfeit. Just like the Terminator has a fleshy exterior to hide the monstrous T-800 underneath, Mechagodzilla wore a Godzilla skin suit to conceal his true identity while leaving a trail of destruction in his wake and the blame being pinned on Godzilla.

So what if what we’re seeing is not the real Godzilla but an imposter? Someone whose sole purpose is to create chaos and drive humanity to the brink of despair? In desperation, humanity would turn to the King of Skull Island to battle the King of the Monsters and hopefully end the sudden reign of terror.

image via Warner Bros. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

While Kong and Godzilla are busy beating the shit out of each other the world would be left defenseless against whatever the true threat operating behind the scenes is. 

I can see this as being a likely case. We know Alan Jonah is still very much active out there. We also know that he had some sort of plans for that (SPOILERS!) discarded Ghidorah head in that post credit scene.  Hmmmm. (We’ll visit this plotline a little later on. )

Could Jonah be orchestrating events so earth’s two mightiest Titans fight to the death while leaving the planet open to advance his master plan? This does strongly echo the original intentions of Mechagodzilla. 

via Toho

Given that Legendary has been faithfully adapting classic motifs from Toho’s Godzilla mythos it makes sense to see Mechagodzilla finally given their extraordinary treatment. Mechagodzilla is renowned as one of Godzilla’s chief villains and became an instant fan favorite upon his introduction back in 1974. Also he is one of the few Godzilla kaiju to make an appearance in all three of Toho’s Godzilla eras, just like Mothra and King Ghidorah.

Kevin’s Head

Kevin’s head is still a mystery. Why did Jonah want to purchase it so badly? This could be another connection to the Mechagodzilla theory. In the 2002 film Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, a film rebooting the original concept, Mechagodzilla is made from the bones of the original Gojira. Let that sink in a little.

via Toho, ‘Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

So in that film there are two different Godzillas: the original Gojira – who died by oxygen destroyer – and another who was the current Toho Godzilla. 

Humanity builds Mechagodzilla around the bones of Gojira to fight Godzilla. That’s just all kinds of Hell yeah!

via Toho, ‘Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla’

In that film Mechagodzilla was biomechanical and at one point the DNA of Gojia’s bones activates, takes over, and goes insane. 

Could it be the decapitated Ghidorah head (lovingly known as Kevin) serves as a kaiju DNA structure for Mechagodzilla? Or…is there someone else we could be seeing?

Mecha-King Ghidorah

Anyone familiar with 1991’s Godzilla vs King Ghidorah will know exactly what I’m talking about. In that colossal movie Godzilla promptly takes down Ghidorah but the battle is far from over. From the discarded body humanity builds the Mecha-King Ghidorah!

image via Toho

This mechanical beast is mankind’s only hope against the devastation of Godzilla.

Given that, at the end of GKOTM, there’s still that remaining piece of Monster Zero, and the fact that they purposely show it to us, it’s a good bet someone has some wicked plans for it.

It’s entirely possible that Jonah’s team builds Mecha-Ghidorah out of that head.

So would fans rather see Godzilla battle Mechagodzilla or Mecha Ghidorah? Fuck I’d hate to choose between the two. I’d be thrilled to see him and Kong fight both! Bring it on!!! 

image via Toho, ‘Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah’

And Legendary could make that shit look great!

So either Mecha is a possibility at this point. 

Could this severed head be the missing piece to the puzzle? The unseen force working in the shadows by a skilled puppet master to bring an end to the known planet?

Destoroyah! 

image via Toho ‘Godzilla vs. Destoroyah’

What if Legendary is planning something even bigger? Something less obvious? Something that embodies destruction itself? I mean would it be that far of a stretch for Legendary to bring in the Devil of Godzilla’s mythos to challenge the two Kings?

Think about it. Once again we point to Ghidorah’s rotting head (I swear there’s more to that thing). Let’s recall how Ghidorah lost that head: it was during the ocean battle with Godzilla, and Godzilla bit the head clean off. Then immediately afterwards the oxygen destroyer struck the both of them and left its carnage upon the waters.

In Gojira, this was the very weapon the slew our beloved monster. Then, during the Heisei era, the oxygen destroyer was brought back to fans’ memories, for out of the debris and mutations left behind from the OD a new and terrible force came into being: Godzilla’s most terrifying enemy, Destoroyah!

So…why would Legendary bring in the oxygen destroyer? And that thing not only hit Godzilla but also Ghidorah and the severed head. The same head seen at the end of the credits, letting us know it’s still of importance.

What if the cells of the head are crawling with radiation that could lead to Destoroyah’s emergence into the Monsterverse?

image via Toho ‘Godzilla vs. Destoroyah’

Destoroyah could be a new monstrosity grown from Ghidorah’s own cells, have prescient memory, and, along with that, an inherent hatred for Godzilla. Yes, I’m suggesting Keven could become Destoroyah.

During the movie Godzilla vs Destoroyah, Destoroyah was unique for the fact that it went through various evolutionary stages until reaching its final form.

What if whatever Jonah’s monster eventually evolves into this thing? That would be one helluva final form and final battle. It would be something beyond Kong or Godzilla’s ability to face alone. I can see them having to join together to defeat the power of Destoroyah.

image via Toho ‘Godzilla vs. Destoroyah’

After all, they’ve already hinted at Godzilla vs Destoroyah by introducing burning Godzilla at the end of GKOTM. Could it have been a hint of more things to come?

image via Toho ‘Godzilla vs. Destoroyah’

So those are my theories, at least for now. As more is revealed I’ll be sure to make a follow-up post. Maybe none of these are right. Maybe Gigan will be the big reveal! Or, better yet, Gamera shows up and beats them both into submission. I’d be down for that!

There’s still room for the Super X to make an appearance as well as other beloved kaiju. We’ll have to wait until March to know what all is in store for us.

It’s an exciting time to be a fan and I hope you share your thoughts and theories with us in the comments below. Thank you and long live the King!

The ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ Trailer Is FINALLY Here!

It is time, monster fans! The two most legendary names of kaiju are back in Legendary’s most anticipated Monsterverse film yet, Godzilla vs Kong!

image via Warner Bros. ‘Godzilla vs Kong

The most anticipated monster mash of all time is upon us and we can hardly contain ourselves! Ever since we were introduced to Legendary’s extraordinary Monsterverse one single cross-over was forefront on every fan’s mind: Godzilla vs Kong!

And it’s happening this year at long last.

King Kong vs Godzilla has long been a fan favorite of the Showa age, beloved for its silliness and over-the-top fun. Seeing both monsters battle it out was a blast back in childhood.

Toho, “King Kong vs Godzilla”

Now our monsters have grown up just like us. Given the exceptional grandeur of monster upon monster chaos we’ve seen from Legendary in the past few years, we can only imagine what the studio has in store for us in this movie.

We’ve been beside ourselves wanting details, drooling over screenshots and waiting – so much fucking waiting! – on a trailer. It’s finally here and we invite you to watch it with us. The TV clips and teasers let us know something special was awaiting us. Now we have a much better glimpse at what this monsterpiece has in store.

Personally, I never thought we’d get this movie. Back during the Heisei era, there was talk of a new Kong vs Godzilla film. I think, given that era’s track record, that would have been one fan-fucking-tastic movie! That was there era that brought back King Ghidorah, Mothra, and introduced one of Godzilla’s deadliest foes, Destoroyah.

image courtesy of Toho, ‘Godzilla vs Destoroyah’

Just think what a Heisei Godzilla vs King Kong could have been like! But for one reason or another plans could not work out and fans were robbed of what could have been another cult classic.

So I just never thought this movie would happen.

I still can’t hardly believe it! I’m kind of beside myself right now. Like so happy I’m in shock.

Anyone familiar with my work will know I’m a Godzilla fanatic. I can’t get enough of the movies or merchandise. Legendary has been making fans’ dreams come true and I am forever grateful.

Godzilla Vs Kong drops in theaters and HBO MAX on March 26, 2021!

Godzilla and his timeless reign over our hearts!

Horror fans are always asked what initially got them into the genre, and each one of us has a different answer. For some, it was Jaws, or Gremlins, or maybe Freddy. We all have that one quid essential monster that served as a gateway to the incredible world of beasties. For me, it was none other than the King of the Monsters himself, Godzilla. 

Godzilla may have entered our world in 1954 but he didn’t crash into my life until 1983-84. I was just a toddler and upon seeing the radioactive behemoth my imagination was awakened!

Oh, hells yeah! The time has finally come for me to talk about Godzilla, the Monster of Monsters! I’m lucky enough to remember – all be it briefly – all the way back to some of my earliest days on this planet. I’m like 3 or something and my little Manic nose is glued to the TV screen while TOHO’s giants are tearing one another to pieces over the fate of the Earth. The earliest films I remember ever watching are firstly Godzilla vs Mothra and then soon afterward King Kong vs Godzilla. Interestingly, I was going over this with my mom and she confirmed that Godzilla vs Mothra was one of the very first movies I ever watched and began mimicking. 

I’ve always loved Godzilla – as if you couldn’t tell by now. I mean just look! Look at little me romping around in my very own homemade Godzilla costume! 

image courtesy of Manic Exorcism, ‘Godzilla: Destroyer of Worlds” circa 1984

My Granny spent God knows how many hours at the sewing machine to make this dream come true and my Mom had one Hell of a time trying to get me out of it. Once I had that on I no longer existed. A perfectly harmonies symbiotic relationship between myself and Godzilla was formed while I had that on, the two of us became one, and woe to all who stood in our way. 

Sadly I outgrew that little costume but neither my love nor passion for the King of the Monsters could be diminished. This particular fandom though was not met without its fair share of challenges. One of the chief being the sheer scarcity of these movies back then! 

Image courtesy of Toho, ‘Godzilla vs Mothra’

Things weren’t like they are today. There were no streaming services. We had three channels. Three! If you were a kaiju fan while growing up in the mythical ‘80s you were lucky AF if your local horror host aired one of Godzilla’s movies during their Saturday late-night specials. TV guides were bought primarily so kids could bug the crap out of their parents on whether or not any Godzilla or King Kong movies would be on that upcoming week. Sometimes you’d luck out and there would be a giant monster movie! It felt like some kind of reward for all our patience. 

Thanks to TV special airings I was able to get Godzilla vs King Kong , Godzilla vs Megalon, and Godzilla vs Monster Zero recorded on tape to watch as many times as my psychotic little heart could handle! 

Image courtesy of Toho, ‘Godzilla vs Monster Zero’

And it wasn’t like you could just go to K-Mart and find copies on video. So fans could only rely on the movies they were lucky enough to record off TV. Although, I do remember one Christmas morning very vividly. So there I was greedily tearing away wrapping paper from all the goodies Santa brought me when I came across an obvious shoe box.

I remember being disappointed already before even removing the colorful wrapping paper and just sitting it to the side. What little boy wants a pair of bleeping shoes on Christmas? But my mom – being the psychotic mastermind she is – insisted I open it. Reluctantly I did, but what was awaiting me was not a boring old pair of sneakers, but 4, oh hell yeah, 4 Godzilla movies. I still own them. Among them being Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla and Godzilla vs Gigan! These videotapes were treasures to a fan like me! 

image courtesy of Manic Exorcism, circa 1989

This lack of movies also meant if you found a copy at your local video rental you were about to have a really good weekend. It was almost like a sacred quest and no less ambitious than any adventure Indiana Jones ever went on. We were kinda like paleontologists digging through movie shelves trying to discover just a single copy of a movie we (oh dear God, please oh please) had not already seen.  

I remember my cousin and me storming through one video store to the next just trying to get a copy of one of these monstrous relics. And then one Friday it finally happened! The stars came into alignment, God was merciful, or maybe Cthulhu was having a good dream, but, whatever the reason, there it was! A mother-loving Godzilla movie we had never seen yet – Godzilla vs the Smog Monster!!!

Image courtesy of Toho, ‘Godzilla vs the Smog Monster’

I think we watched that movie every single chance we had. Like soon as it ended we would rewind it just to hit play again. I remember we even tried to get a video camera out and film ourselves making fun of the movie by adding our own little quips and inputs to ‘enhance’ the dialogue and greatly entertain ourselves. Yup, we had the idea for MST3K before Tom Servo or Crow ever sat front row to do what we loved them for. 

Another challenge was, well, just being a fan for the sake of being a fan. Being a Godzilla fan was almost like an underground thing.

There weren’t many people back then who loved the big guy like the few of us did. As result, there just wasn’t a market for it so collecting Godzilla stuff was nearly impossible. 

Today all you have to do is go to Target and you’ll find lots of amazing Godzilla stuff – mostly thanks to NECA. It’s a very different world from the one I grew up in and that’s a great thing!

Image courtesy of Toho

People my age can now easily find copies of these incredible movies to show their own kids and there are so many toys to now collect. We may have grown up but we have every right to play Godzilla with our little ones and spread that love to the next generation. Isn’t it amazing how that turned out?

It’s a good time to be a Godzilla fan. What with the new movies being released by Legendary that gives us a faithful upgrade to the Showa Era monsters we grew up with. 

image courtesy of Legendary, ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’

The Criterion Collection just recently released the entire Showa Era Godzilla collection on Blu-ray meaning all those movies that we might have missed out on seeing are now available!  

And I can’t believe that I now own a bona fide Godzilla figure from the very movie that got me into this whole giant monster craze, Godzilla vs Mothra. The details of the figure are uncanny. It’s like it was taken straight out of the classic film. I now own 6 different NECA Godzilla figures alone! It’s a new sickness that I’m convinced my loved ones will initiate a well-planned intervention for me soon. 

So here we are. Nearly 40 years later and still I’m a fan of the King of the Monsters, a title he has rightfully earned over the years. The greatness of Godzilla isn’t simply found in one movie, or even in a series of movies. It is how one single idea about identifying the nuclear age in the body of a new cinematic monster has gone above and beyond TOHO’s wildest dreams.

image courtesy of Toho, ‘Gojira’

Godzilla is a cultural phenomenon and unites people from all walks of life. He’s such a big deal in Japan that there’s a place for him at the Museum of Japanese History. 

So he might not have been the first giant monster to awe audiences but ever since his appearance in ’54 he’s taken the world by storm. He’s inspired a massive franchise that is still ongoing to this day.

The latest TOHO installment was Shin Godzilla back in 2016 and returned Godzilla back to his destructive roots. He’s seen as a plague of sorts upon a world of carelessness towards nature. 

Image courtesy of Toho, ‘Shin Godzilla’

This time around Godzilla appears in three evolutionary stages. The third and primary stage gives him this sickly macabre look some fans call ‘Zombie Godzilla.’ It’s a dark commentary on Japan’s politics during times of crisis and is a special effects masterpiece. A must-watch for hardcore fans!

Currently, on Netflix, there is a three-part Godzilla anime for fans to enjoy. Though there have been other animated representations of Godzilla this is in fact the first anime he’s ever had. 

I already mentioned how Legendary has given the Godzilla universe a very respectful and epic American update to the King of the Monsters. There are currently 3 movies in this new MonsterVerse:  Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019).

Image courtesy of Toho and Legendary, ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ and ‘Godzilla vs King Ghidorah’

As someone who’s been watching Godzilla movies since before I had a fully formed vocabulary I can say I genuinely love what Legendary is doing with these big guys. We’re all waiting for the next installment, Godzilla vs Kong which was slated to show this year but with COVID19 we’ll have to wait and see what happens. 

Godzilla has been the representation of nuclear terror, an unstoppable force risen against all humanity, a monster without pity or compassion. He has also stood tall as a symbol of hope as he withstood the odds and protected the Earth from extraterrestrial invaders bent on destroying the planet.

Over the years he’s been our reckoning and our protection, a destroyer and a savior, two sides of the same coin. He’s starred in over 30 movies and shows no signs of slowing down. 

image courtesy of Playmates Toys, ‘Godzilla vs Kong’

In some cases, he is a nuclear-enhanced dinosaur. Sometimes he’s a mystery risen from the sea. And he’s even been a surviving titan come back from a prehistoric time to face the newly awakened challenges threatening our world today. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Ok I know, I know! I gotta stop already or this could go on forever. People familiar with my writing know how much I love Hellraiser and Dracula, but had it not been for Godzilla I have to wonder if I would have as much admiration for Pinhead or the vampiric Count? Godzilla was my gateway monster and has remained a trusted constant in my life.

Godzilla is timeless. 

image courtesy of Toho, ‘Godzilla vs the Astral Monster,’ victory dance

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