At this point in time, it's almost common knowledge that [Godzilla](movie:45291) (2014) revitalized the monster brawlng, Kaiju film genre. To the point to where two more sequels have been put into the books (No offense to [Pacific Rim](movie:204401). But that to me was more along the lines of a Mecha Anime than a Kaiju film). And it rightfully deserves this recognition. Being one of the best summer movies to come out this year (So far), the Americans have finally redeemed themselves of the 1998 "Zilla" travesty. The Americans love the film. TOHO loved the film. Even the nay saying critics can't help but agree that the film was good to an extent, despite their jaded views on the human cast.
One of the biggest discussion points that have been circling the web is: Will we be seeing any of the other TOHO monsters coming in? Gareth Edwards has shown interest in doing a "Destroy All Monsters"-esq film. But why stop there?
Let's use this time to alter the discussion a little bit on this topic. Rather than talk about what the sequels could potentially be about, instead let's use this time to discuss each of the TOHO monsters and how they could fit into the realistic styled world of the new Godzilla films.
(Please note that not every monster may be on this list. There are many smaller, less iconic ones that I may or may not miss. I'm going to do my best to touch base on most of them from all 3 of the film eras: Showa, Heisei, and Millennium. No monsters will be mention that were exclusively from the tv show Godzilla Island Monsters, as well as the animated tv series of the original Godzilla and Zilla. Kaiju's like Gamera, who are exclusively in their own films and have not appeared in any of the Godzilla films, will not be mentioned either.)
Anguirus/Rodan: I'll pit these two into the same category because out of all the Kaiju's, these two more than likely have the absolute best chance at fitting in with the theme of the new films. Both can easily be reworked, without damaging the integrity of the original concept, into two prehistoric monsters from Godzilla's era that also survived into modern times. Whether they be antagonists, or allies of Godzilla, is up to the vision of the people behind the films. But I feel these two can fit in quite well, and the designs would literally be mind blowing.
Mothra: Originally, I wasn't about this idea. No offense to Mothra, but she didn't strike me as a Kaiju who could fit into the new vision of Godzilla's sense of realism. But once I saw the new movie, I immediately changed my mind. (Spoiler) The amount of insect and Mothra easter eggs, as well as the M.U.T.O.'s being insectoid-like creatures, showed me that maybe Mothra could be possible. My only fear would be the design. Mothra is supposed to be a very colorful and vibrant Kaiju, meant to reflect her heroic and beautiful nature. Would they capture this design? Would they change it and make Mothra look more gritty? I'm unsure. But honestly the curiosity is enough for me to want them to do Mothra. Just for the sake of seeing it and judging it.
King Kong: The biggest argument out there against King Kong is that Godzilla scales over King Kong by (Insert large numbers. Don't feel like doing research on the exact measurement ratio of Godzilla and King Kong). This obviously didn't stop TOHO from recreating King Kong into a Kaiju as large as Godzilla. And there's nothing stopping Legendary from doing it too. But will they? More than likely not. If Legendary is going to be throwing cash at TOHO for rights to their monsters, do you think they are going to waste money on King Kong? Or one of the other more deserving Kaiju's? Oh and also, King Kong was originally supposed to be a Frankenstein monster (Explaining his affiliation with electricity). Not that it matters or adds to the more than likely "no", but King Kong just doesn't seem like a worthy candidate.
King Ghidorah: Probably the absolute most talked about Kaiju for the future films. And there's good reason why. If Godzilla was to have an immortal rival whom he would battle for all eternity, it would be King Ghidorah. Bringing him into the new films would make fanboys and fangirls alike lose their shit. But again, we're at the point of wondering "Would he fit into the realistic vision that Edwards is trying to portray?" Now, hear me out. At first, you would think that a 3 headed mystical dragon from space probably wouldn't be a good choice. The concept of aliens just doesn't seem like a likely candidate of plot points for these films. However, we know nothing of the sequels. We know nothing about if they are going to stick to the same formula, or decide to bring in small doses of that magical and mystical aspect that we all loved as kids in the Godzilla films. Hell, they can even rework King Ghidorah into being a more natural and Earthly creature, rather than an alien. So this choice is honestly up in the air. It could literally work both ways, each having a sound argument to back them up.
Megalon: Nothing too much I can write here. In all aspects, the same logic applies to Mothra. Being an insect like Kaiju, he could possibly make it in. Not as much of a chance as Mothra, but at least he wouldn't be out of place.
Biollante/Hedorah: Again, I'm going to put these two in the same category just for the sake of discussion. The reason why is because these two Kaijus both introduced aspects reflecting on human nature. Hedorah on pollution, and Biollante on experimental science. While not as iconic as other Kaiju's, these two could work. Godzilla (2014) was pretty heavy on the "humans vs nature" plot line, so to go even further than that by bringing in two Kaiju's who were created by human influence could capitalize on that message (I'm well aware that Hedorah is alien in nature. However, again, I don't think aliens are going to be touched on in this particular series. Hedorah could easily be reworked into a human creation and still keep to it's original concept).
MechaGodzilla: Probably one of my top choices, MechaGodzilla could totally work. If King Ghidorah wasn't Godzilla's rival, MechaGodzilla would be next in line. Originally, MechaGodzilla was an alien creation. Again, I don't think aliens are going to be touched on in the new series. But don't worry. Not much rework has to go into MechaGodzilla. In the 1993 film "Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2", MechaGodzilla was utilized into a government creation (From the remains from Mecha-King Ghidorah), upgraded later by forming around the skeletal remains of the first Godzilla from the 1954 film (Kiryu). In Godzilla (2014) we saw what looked to be the skeletal remains of an older Godzilla (Not confirmed but speculated), as well as a heavy driven plot involving the government. I think MechaGodzilla could easily fit into the films, following this plot device (Or to an extent, minus a few details like the skeletal remains and etc).
Gigan: Another alien. Another choice that probably won't make it in. No offense to Gigan either. The guy is a true blue badass villain. But not every choice needs a deep discussion. Sometimes, it's just not the right choice, for the right reasons.
SpaceGodzilla: No.....Just no......Ok seriously though, another choice I cannot see. Despite my uneasy disdain over SpaceGodzilla (No offense to fans out there, but SpaceGodzilla to me was just a cash cow created to capitalize on the Godzilla look-alike villain train. MechaGodzilla is, and should be, the only owner of this title), I'll give SpaceGodzilla a fair assessment. Like I said above, the alien concept just does not look to be within the plans of Legendary and their franchise. Though SpaceGodzilla isn't directly an alien, but a DNA clone of Godzilla caused by either A. Biollante or B. Mothra, the alien/space concept still falls under that. It really seems like these films are going to be grounded here on Earth, and situations caused by Earthly means.
Jet Jaguar: An odd choice, seeing as he only appeared in one film. But after seeing Pacific Rim, and hearing rumors of a Godzilla/Pacific Rim crossover, I was sold. A giant mech like Jet Jaguar fighting alongside Godzilla against a big baddie? I'm sold on that idea, and you should be too.
Minilla/Godzilla Junior: Both the children of Godzilla. While different characters, both will be used within the discussion. Would a Godzilla offspring make it into future films? Probably not. While it was ok to never bother explaining how a baby Godzilla came to be from a single parent with no other Godzillas around (1998 Godzilla attempted to bring science into the mix by explaining this. It didn't help it at all), in today's day in age the modern audience goer and critic would have a field day picking this apart and wrecking it. They could bring in another Godzilla to mate with, but then that would ruin the main Godzilla character and just make him seem so......common and uninteresting. It's ok to give Godzilla allies, but let's leave Godzilla as he should be: A single Kaiju.
Destroyah: Possibly the biggest, baddest, most ridiculous mofo that has come out of TOHO (I just rhymed there. MC Breece in da house). Only being in one film, but one film is all he needs. While not as iconic as say King Ghidorah, Destroyah is in all intents and purposes the final boss of the Godzilla series (Unless you consider Kaiser Ghidorah in Final Wars). Being such a bad ass and fan favorite, you'd think he would be a candidate. But in all honesty? Probably not. The reason is because in order to introduce him, they would potentially have to take away what made him so interesting: Destroyah is a direct mutated result of the Oxygen Destroyer used to kill the original Godzilla in 1954. The O.D. was not introduced, or even hinted at, in the new film however. It could possibly make it's way into the sequels, but remember. We're only confirmed for two more films, making this series a trilogy. We can't fit all these monsters into the films. Some will be chosen, most will be ignored. While Destroyah is definitely a favorite, there's just not enough time to set up a proper introduction to the Kaiju without ruining the creature itself.
Original Kaiju: Like the M.U.T.O.'s, there is a possible chance we may see more original Kaiju's in future films. During the leaked teaser for Godzilla (2014), we saw a centipede like Kaiju which has been dubbed by fans as "Vishnu" because of the speech that can be heard over the clip spoken by Robert Oppenheimer. It could be possible that this was an early M.U.T.O. design, or maybe taken out (And possibly saved for a future film?) All in all, it would be cool to see another original Kaiju, even if it was for a small role.
Honorable Mentions. Not going to give these creatures descriptions, accounting for the amount of reading material as well as their less iconic stance compared to others.
Possible Yes's: Ebirah, Kumonga, Kamacuras, Manda, Gorosaurus, Baragon, Varan, Gabara, Titanosaurus, and Battra. Fitting the reasoning above, these Kaiju MAY have a chance for the simple fact they are either reptilian or insect by nature. So not a whole lot of rework would have to go into them. However, because they are less iconic, their chances are probably slim to none. But deserve some sort of mention anyways.
Possible No's: Zilla, King Cesaer, M.O.G.U.E.R.A., Orga, Megaguirus, and Monster X. Either fitting the alien description, or being a complete unnecessary creation, these Kaiju will have almost no possible chance of ever being in the new films.
So what do you think? Anything you agree with? Disagree with? Want to add in? Comment below and add to the discussion. What Kaiju do you want to see in the future Godzilla sequels???