The film Godzilla: King of the Monsters has officially arrived in cinemas, with its release date being Wednesday 29 May.
The critical response hasnt exactly been glowing, but that hasnt stopped us from being curious about this latest installment in the Godzilla franchise.
The plot of the movie follows members of a crypto-zoological agency, Monarch, who are forced to contend with a range of giant and violent monsters, including, the legendary Godzilla of course.
So, judging by the title, we can pretty safely assume that Godzilla is their king, but who and what are these monsters that will be appearing in the movie?
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Mothra, who plays a pretty important role in King of the Monsters, is for all intents and purposes a giant moth.
She first appeared in the 1961 movie aptly called Mothra.
Mothra has been seen as a mostly heroic character over the decades, so it stands to reason that she will be a relatively nice monster in King of the Monsters as well.
As with all but one of the monsters in this move, the character of Mothra was created in Japan.
Rodan, a giant creature modeled after a Pteranodon dinosaur (picture a Pterodactyl and youve pretty much got it), also first showed up in a movie named after it.
Rodan the film came out in 1956, and the character was later incorporated into the Godzilla franchise.
Its been theorised that Rodon was conceived as a symbol of Japans fear of the Soviet Union.
Ghidorah, also referred to as King Ghidorah, is a monster which debuted in the movie Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster in 1964.
Ghidorah has had several origin stories over the course of the many films that its been featured in over the years – from being a planet-killing dragon from space to a guardian of Japan.
Often, Ghidorahs arch-nemesis is shown to be Godzilla, which may give you some indication as to where King of the Monsters plot might be headed…
Kong, aka King Kong, makes a brief appearance in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, evidently to set up the pretty self-explanatory plot of Godzilla vs. Kong, which is due to come out in 2020.
King Kong is one of the most famous of all the monsters in cinema and is the only one on this list to have not been originally thought up in Japan, having first been seen the RKO Pictures movie King Kong in 1933.
Godzilla vs. Kong wont be the first time Kong and Godzilla have gone head to head on the silver screen – a movie called King Kong vs. Godzilla came out back in 1962, and in this film, Kong won.
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