In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a huge emphasis was put on introducing new Titans and fleshing out Monarch as the MonsterVerse equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D. These new Titans were original creations from Legendary Pictures and served as complimentary monsters to classic characters like Ghidorah and Mothra. In Godzilla vs Kong, it has been widely speculated that a new Titan will be introduced as a physical threat to both Godzilla and Kong. Fan favorite picks appear to be Biollante, Gigan, and Destroyah based upon fansites and community forums across the internet. However, what if the physical threat is another Titan entirely? This brings us to the possibility of Mechagodzilla entering the MonsterVerse in 2020.
The Human Conspiracy
When early details were released by Warner Bros. for Godzilla vs Kong, the plot summary had this interesting description, “As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into uncharted terrain and unearths clues to the Titans’ origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever.” While this is understandably vague in certain aspects, it teases more exploration of the Hollow-Earth. Introduced as a theoretical concept in Kong: Skull Island, it was believed subterranean pockets helped Titans transverse Earth quicker than conventional means. These pockets were also believed to be responsible for how Skull-Crawlers entered Skull Island.
As shown in Godzilla: King of the Monsters with
Atlantis the underwater kingdom, the Hollow-Earth can lead to locations revealing new information on the Titans’ history. If Monarch could learn how Titans and humans previously coexisted, it would change the landscape of the MonsterVerse. Discovering long-lost origins of the Titans relationship with humanity could also result in retcons to certain characters such as Godzilla or Mothra based upon their unique powersets and relationships with humans. For example, the famous non-Toho kaiju Gamera wasn’t an ancient super-species but instead the creation of Atlanteans. This type of revelation within the MonsterVerse would be game-changing.
The human conspiracy in Godzilla vs Kong could be the “threat of Titans” to society. While this narrative could be pushed, it has been shown the activity of Titans results in positive changes to nature. However, their destructive capabilities, in the aftermath of Ghidorah’s chaos, likely wouldn’t sit well with various governments. The United States government developed the oxygen destroyer to combat Godzilla after Godzilla (2014), so it wouldn’t be surprising to see more drastic methods developed. These methods would be in the form of a weapon capable of not only direct confrontation but containment of the Titans.
This type of containment would incorporate the Orca, which can replicate Alpha-Waves in order to manipulate the behavior of Titans. In the wake of how ineffective the oxygen destroyer ended up being, it would make sense that the United States government, running Monarch, would want less of a destructive force and more of a specialized machine. This machine combining an upgraded Orca and Titan-level weaponry would be the most logical version of Mechagodzilla within the MonsterVerse. It could be called Mechagodzilla as a reference in a mocking way since the Orca can replicate the influence of Alphas such as Godzilla.
Toho Kaiju Rights With WB & Legendary Pictures
When the MonsterVerse first came into development, the only Toho kaiju Legendary was allowed to use (legally) was Godzilla. Of course, Legendary could have always created a new Titan that was near identical to a Toho kaiju. However, after the release of Godzilla (2014), Legendary acquired the rights to certain characters and monster themes, revealed to be King Ghidorah, Mothra, Rodan, and other undisclosed kaiju. This is not including King Kong’s rights as technically the character is in the public domain.
Based on leaked concept art and appearances in other Warner Bros. films like Ready Player One, these undisclosed characters are presumed to be Gigan, Megalon, and Mechagodzilla. A non-Toho kaiju which also seemed to have been acquired by Legendary is Gamera. He was included in concept art easily identifiable by his signature head and shell design.
Director Michael Doughtery is even on the record saying that he’d love to introduce characters such as Gigan and Mechagodzilla into the MonsterVerse. Of course, Toho may want the introduction of these spaced out for future installments since they would like a new MonsterVerse film every 2 years according to rumors. Considering how Mechagodzilla is a top 5 (arguably top 3) recognizable kaiju from Toho, it’s hard to imagine the character not being introduced into another film since Warner Bros. acquired the rights. A movie showcasing the anticipated battle of Godzilla and Kong with the reveal of a new Mechagodzilla would be marketing gold.
What Should We Expect
Across its history, Mechagodzilla has had four notable interpretations in movies. The first version of the kaiju (Showa era) was the result of the Simians alien race, in an attempt to conquer Earth. This Mechagodzilla was disguised to appear like the real Godzilla until injuries exposed the mechanical design. The second version of Mechagodzilla (Heisei era) is more dangerous than the last, capable of merging with other compatible technology to upgrade itself. The third version (Millenium era) was also known as Kiryu. Created by the Japanese military, this Mechagodzilla was built using a skeleton of a dead Godzilla (original 1954 incarnation) to defend Japan from Godzilla, Mothra, and any other kaiju.
The most recent version, ignoring Ready Player One, appeared in Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters and Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle. This version of Mechagodzilla is created as an ultimate last hope in defeating Godzilla Earth. Unfortunately, this Mechagodzilla never becomes operational as intended but lives on through its A.I. system. Combined with nanometal, the Mechagodzilla A.I. creates an advanced self-replicating base used to develop new technology and weapons against Godzilla Earth.
A notable element with Mechagodzilla is how it defies the natural order, a theme present throughout the MonsterVerse. In the credits for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, there are newspaper clippings showing that Monarch is not only building a base on Skull Island but they’re also reportedly building a mechanized weapon. It wouldn’t be unlikely that over the years, even before the events of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Monarch had started the development of a Titan-sized weapon. Based on everything we know, this weapon is highly probable to be revealed as the MonsterVerse incarnation of Mechagodzilla whether literally or just in spirit.
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