Iconic kaiju Mothra and Rodan may team up with each other in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, according to the latest trailer. Shortly after Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot released in 2014, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. confirmed plans to expand the film into a new shared universe, later dubbed the MonsterVerse. And then it was announced that the movie’s sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, would include Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah – three of the most iconic kaiju in Toho’s film library.
After a number of delays, Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters is finally going to hit theaters five years after the first movie released – in May 2019 – and it will not only continue the story that left off with the previous film but also set the stage for Adam Wingard’s highly anticipated monster mash-up film, Godzilla vs. Kong, which releases the following summer, in 2020. But before Godzilla takes on the king of the primates, he will first have to face several new kaiju.
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It’s unclear how every kaiju – who are officially known as Titans in the MonsterVerse – factors into Godzilla: King of the Monsters, aside from Godzilla taking on Ghidorah at two points in the film. However, it seems that the second Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer hints at Mothra and Rodan teaming up together.
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Godzilla 2 Trailer Hints At Mothra & Rodan Teaming Up
While the first Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer that debuted during San Diego Comic-Con this past summer offered glimpses of the franchise’s new monsters/Titans, and aimed to set up the story surrounding the latest MonsterVerse installment, the movie’s second trailer put all of that aside to give audiences a look at all the monster action that awaits them; it was a smart move since Edwards’ 2014 movie was criticized for focusing too much on the humans and holding back on Godzilla himself. But that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, at least in this forthcoming movie. And among the many details shown in the trailer, there’s one scene that may reveal Mothra and Rodan teaming up.
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At the 1:46 mark in the second Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer, viewers can see Rodan’s claws trying to grab a hold of a plane. Then, a few moments later, viewers can see Mothra flying in what appears to be the same area. The gust and wind would indicate that they are flying together, an observation that appears to be proven when the trailer is paused at 1:48. In just a few frames, Rodan can be seen in the background, flying right next to Mothra. Since they are flying together, it would seem that the two monsters have found a way to team up in Godzilla: King of the Monsters – and that wouldn’t be something out of the ordinary for them.
Mothra & Rodan Have Teamed Up Before
In Toho’s movies, Mothra and Rodan haven’t always been on the same side, but they have worked together before in order to defend the planet against another, bigger kaiju, such as Ghidorah. Perhaps the most notable team-up between Mothra and Rodan – and Godzilla, for that matter – was in the 1964 movie Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. It was the first appearance by Ghidorah, and it saw three of the world’s most powerful monsters put aside their differences for a short while in order to defeat Ghidorah. In that film, it was Mothra who approached Godzilla and Rodan (at the request of the Shobijin, aka the twin Fairies who can communicate with Mothra), who were in the middle of a battle with each other, and attempted to convince them to join her in her fight against Ghidorah.
Another time the two monsters teamed-up was in the 1968 movie Destroy All Monsters. Whereas Mothra and Rodan fought to protect Earth in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, they actually worked together to destroy most of the planet in retaliation for being captured by the United Nations Science Committee and imprisoned on an island called Monsterland. So, while the MonsterVerse is still finding its footing in the world of shared universes, there’s a precedent in Toho’s old movies for Mothra and Rodan teaming up, albeit temporarily.
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Are Mothra & Rodan “Bad” In Godzilla 2?
It’s unclear where all the monsters’ allegiances lie in the new film – with Godzilla, Ghidorah, or themselves – but the latest trailer for Godzilla 2 doesn’t make the situation any clearer. According to Monarch, every titan in Godzilla: King of the Monsters is vying for supremacy, and they aim to dethrone Godzilla as the planet’s alpha predator. Taking that into account, as well as the fact that Rodan is considered an enemy of humanity in Godzilla 2 (as proven by the Monarch Sciences website), it stands to reason that Rodan starts off as a villain before turning to Godzilla’s side – and the same might happen for Mothra. Although Mothra is typically an ally to Godzilla, that doesn’t mean she has to start off that way. It would be interesting to see Godzilla win them over in the film.
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It’s also safe to assume that Godzilla: King of the Monsters won’t be an exact adaptation of Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, but will rather take elements from that film and incorporate them into the MonsterVerse. One of those elements may surely be the three monsters – Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan – teaming up to take down Ghidorah in the final act, presumably after Godzilla, who is believed to be the king of the monsters by the humans, loses to Ghidorah when the three-headed dragon breaks out from his containment facility in Antarctica and takes on the iconic kaiju (as shown in the second Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer).
What This Means For Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Considering that Godzilla: King of the Monsters sees multiple Titans come out of hiding and/or hibernation to seek dominance and to defeat Godzilla, it would make sense that Mothra and Rodan could potentially team-up to take down the supposed king of the monsters before the film’s main opponent (Ghidorah) enters the ring. Several movies such as this one tend to either have multiple battles or fake-out villains; it’s something that’s commonly seen in superhero movies and can even be used in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. After all, the official synopsis for Godzilla 2 even states that Godzilla “collides” with Mothra and Rodan at some point in the film.
Given what’s shown in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, it seems likely that Mothra and Rodan will team-up together to fight Godzilla at first, something that may be a rematch of the Titans’ ancient fight that was teased in the film’s marketing materials, before ultimately aligning with the iconic kaiju to take on Ghidorah in Godzilla: King of the Monsters‘ final act. It doesn’t seem reasonable to kill off either Mothra or Rodan before the movie’s final battle, but that doesn’t mean one of them can’t die at some point in the movie either. Of course, audiences will have to wait and see what happens, but right now, it certainly looks like Godzilla will have his work cut out for him with Mothra and Rodan potentially teaming up.
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