Godzilla is the King of the Monsters, and like any monarch, he needs to watch his throne. A new trailer for the second movie in Legendary’s Godzilla series came out today, and in addition to providing glorious new footage of Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and the three-headed King Ghidorah, the four kaiju that are confirmed to appear in the film, there might’ve have been hints that some other kaiju will make appearances as well.
First, there’s this shot of what looks like several armored or chitin-covered legs emerging from the ground. It’s possible this is Mothra emerging from the ground after undergoing metamorphosis. The new redesign does have long, large limbs. Perhaps this version of Mothra buries itself underground when it makes a cocoon, rather than spewing silk into the air around it as past iterations of the kaiju have done when it’s time to transform. There are real moths that do this, so it’s not a totally crazy idea.
However, there are a few other insectoid kaiju who have appeared in Godzilla films before. There’s Kumonga, a giant spider who made his first appearance in Son of Godzilla in a very similar way. There’s also Kamacuras, a giant praying mantis, and Ebirah, a giant shrimp, but since the kaiju appears to be digging itself out from a hole in some desert oil field, we can probably scratch Ebirah out. It’s also possible that this could be another MUTO, the monsters from the 2014 Godzilla.
Although a subterranean, long-limbed Mothra would be quite a departure from the traditional Mothra Godzilla fans have come to know, it seems likely that this first mystery kaiju is just Mothra. Still, if there’s another bug kaiju in King of the Monsters, Kumonga and Kamacuras would both make for good fodder for a stronger kaiju to dispatch.
More intriguing is this shot of the ground erupting in a huge mound as something emerges. Based on what we know of the other kaiju in the movie, it’s harder to believe that this is a monster we’ve already seen. Godzilla appears to be underwater when the film starts, Rodan is in a volcano, and King Ghidorah is under ice. The landscape also appears to be different from the dusty oil field of that first mystery monster unearthing, so even if that kaiju is Mothra, this buried monster is still a mystery.
There are a couple contenders for who this subterranean kaiju might be if it isn’t one of the ones that have already been confirmed to appear in the movie. Anguirus, a mutated Ankylosaurus, was the first monster Godzilla ever fought (in 1955’s Godzilla Raids Again) and he went on to be one of Godzilla’s staunchest allies. He’s a popular kaiju, is what we’re saying, and he has been known to bury himself in the earth and emerge from his slumber in a similar manner as seen in the trailer.
There’s also Baragon, a dark horse, fan-favorite kaiju who was most notable for getting obliterated by one of the evilest incarnations of Godzilla in Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. Baragon is a gifted burrower, but he would be a much more out of left field inclusion for King of the Monsters. If Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah are Godzilla’s most famous foes, Anguirus is probably right up there with MechaGodzilla in the runner-up spot.
Finally, although there’s pretty much no chance of this being the identity of the buried monster in the movie, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Gorosaurus. In Destroy All Monsters, Gorosaurus unearths himself underneath Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. Gorosaurus is not at all designed to be a burrowing monster, but was only selected to tunnel under France because the Baragon suit was in such a poor state that it was unusable for the scene.
It’s entirely possible that the two mystery monsters in the trailer aren’t mysteries after all, and that some combination of Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah will find themselves buried in the Earth. But, if Legendary is looking to make Godzilla’s monster kingdom as big as possible, though, these could be hints of additional kaiju baddies. Hopefully, it’s not Minilla, though. (Editor's note: Not everyone at SYFY WIRE agrees with this hateful anti-Minilla stance. - JZ)