A few details from the recent press release from Legendary Pictures concerning their Godzilla and King Kong plans, were slightly overlooked. Mainly, the fact we could be seeing more movies set in this cinematic world, featuring other kaiju from Toho Sutdios.
Legendary acquired rights to additional classic characters from Toho’s Godzilla universe, including Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. This paved the way for developing a franchise centered around Monarch and anchored by Godzilla, King Kong, and other famous creatures.
When Legendary announced films centered on Godzilla and Kong, fans all over the world speculated these two characters might one day meet in the same film. Classic Toho monsters including King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan, as announced at Comic-Con 2014, may also join the Legendary pantheon of giant monster mayhem going forward.
All three newly acquired iconic kaiju from Toho Studios mentioned in the press release all started out in their own feature films directed by Godzilla‘s Ishirō Honda. Those movies were Rodan! The Flying Monster! in 1956, Mothra in 1961, and Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster in 1964 (did feature Godzilla).
Legendary could plan on giving these characters their own features, mainly because they have such iconic relationship with both Toho and Godzilla, it wouldn’t make sense to make them simply throwaway or supporting characters. Plus, this gives the studio an excuse to release more kaiju movies on a regular basis without exhausting the two main monsters.
They mention Monarch being the centre of the franchise (not unlike Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.), which could mean they might also get their own spin-off movie. That wouldn’t be entirely crazy considering they have in past have had humans fight kaiju in these movies, and a Monarch movie could be their universe’s version of Pacific Rim.
Allowing them to bring characters like a non-alien version Mechagodzilla, or even the many human-driven giant robot characters that Toho have at their disposal, that could easily join this universe as well.
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