Whether you enjoyed the film or not, Gareth Edwards' film Godzilla was a monster (pun intended) hit. It grossed around $529 million with a budget of $160 million. Godzilla was a critical and financial success (it boasts a certified fresh rating of 74% on Rotten Tomatoes). The film was the second attempt of Americanizing Godzilla with the first film poorly reviewed from 1998. I actually enjoyed that film but it didn’t necessarily feel like a Godzilla movie but had more or less of a Jurassic Park tone to it. This cast is a huge step up from the previous film although I did enjoy Matthew Broderick’s performance. The cast consisted of Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
While I certainly had problems with this film, the cast was actually the least of my concerns. Although SPOILER ALERT: killing off Bryan Cranston in the first 20 minutes was a waste of a character. He recently mentioned how disappointed he was when he learned that his character was going to be killed off very early on in the film. He knew it to be a mistake after reading the script.
No one can deny the special effects in the film. The titles lead character looked enormous like he should. Even the Kaiju looked astounding. However the biggest issue this film had (I actually called this well before the release of the film) was that the main character of the ENTIRE film was only seen in the film for a measly eight minutes! Yes, Godzilla was actually only in the film for that amount of time. Even the Kaiju or as the film calls them MUTO, had more screen time than the title character (a whopping thirteen minutes!).
Either way, that’s a big concern for fans (such as myself) who wanted to see more of Godzilla kicking ass! We may finally get our wish as a sequel is planned for a release date sometime in 2018. Gareth Edwards is once again set to helm the next film after he’s finished with the first Star Wars Anthology film: Rogue One.
For the sequel, Edwards and screen writer Max Borenstein has promised us a “bigger and better” spectacle. Since the title character is now cinematically established, they can now focus on producing more familiar monsters. While I’m not overly excited to see the next Godzilla film, I would however like to see some of the more famous monsters that have made the King of the Monsters that much more awesome. Even though rights may be an issue for some of these creatures who were created by Toho, we can at least hope that Warner Bros. will be aloud to use some of the monsters. Or at the very least, Warner Bros. should create some of the creatures to resemble some of Toho’s monsters. Here is my list of “5 Toho Monster’s That Should be Utilized in the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla.”
Gigan is one of the many bug-like creatures that are seen in many Godzilla films. Like another monster on this list, Gigan was summoned by Nubula M Space Hunter aliens. He first appears in Godzilla vs Gigan while also making a late appearance in Godzilla vs Megalon. Gigan is also featured briefly as an upgrade in Godzilla Final Wars. This monster may not have appeared in a lot of films but that does not mean he didn’t actually leave his mark while facing the King of Monsters.
On the contrary, Gigan has made his mark literally on Godzilla. He has massive razor sharp claws as hands, a buzz like saw on his chest, and his cyborg eye emits a laser beam. Gigan has proven to be a very formidable foe and would be a great addition to this Godzilla universe.
Perhaps the biggest and most destructive of all the monsters Godzilla dealt with, Destoroyah evolved into a gigantic creature to combat him. A spider/crab-like monster at first, this beast combined all of the other “spider-crabs” and grew to enormous size. Featured in only Godzilla vs Destoroyah, this monster was one of the toughest battles Godzilla had to fight. This was also the film that featured the first time we see the original Godzilla perish at the very end of the movie. A rather heartbroken moment, Godzilla breathes his last breath and his body is slowly disintegrated into the sky.
Destoroyah has many capabilities but there’s nothing more destructive than his atomic ray called a Micro-Oxygen Beam. This beam is fired directly from his mouth and is capable of vaporizing all types of organic matter. This creature would no doubt cause all kinds of problems for Godzilla and these are reasons why Destoroyah should be included in a future movie.
One of my favorite Godzilla monsters of all time, Rodan is featured in multiple films including his first solo appearance in the film Rodan. Rodan has also appeared in Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster, Godzilla vs Monster Zero, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs Megagodzilla II, and Godzilla Final Wars. Rodan has either been an ally of Godzilla or an enemy depending on where you stand. He has teamed up with him in the past much like Anguirus has before.
Rodan is basically a giant prehistoric pterodactyl who flies around causing all sorts of destruction in his path. The film Rodan gives the audience a glimpse of the forceful wind power that Rodan produces with his wings. He causes massive devastation just by flying by and flapping his wings. Rodan also has a powerful beak that can bite into his foes.
One of Godzilla’s most feared creations, Mechagodzilla has battled Godzilla numerous times throughout the films. His first appearance came in 1974’s Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla. This film has to be one of my all time favorites as the fight scenes are extremely well done. Mechagodzilla basically pulverizes Godzilla in a very gruesome manner by constantly firing missiles/rockets and laser beams directly at him. At first Mechagodzilla was controlled and crafted by these ape-like aliens (aka the Black Hole Planet 3 aliens) but was later created and used to stop Godzilla by the Japanese military. They were able to use the original Godzilla bones and construct around them to conceive one unstoppable machine.
This incarnation of Mechagodzilla was the best possible means to take down the King of the Monsters. Able to fire on all cylinders, Mechagodzilla can also rotate its head a full 360 degrees to take down foes while also creating a force field in the process. Certainly one of Godzilla’s most powerful enemies, Mechagodzilla can also be found in other feature films such as Terror of Mechagodzilla, Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
1. King Ghidorah
The most feared and well-known Godzilla enemy out there, King Ghidorah (or as some call him Ghidrah) has given Godzilla more bang for his buck. King Ghidorah has been featured the most out of all the Godzilla monsters. In total, Ghidorah has starred in eight films combating Godzilla over and over again. However, Ghidorah is rumored to be the monster for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla sequel due to be released in 2018. If that’s the case I will be super excited when this film comes out. He has mostly been everyone’s favorite Godzilla villain so it will be interesting to see how they use him in the movie.
Since three heads are better than one, King Ghidorah is simply a force to be reckoned with. Some of his abilities include creating hurricane force winds from its wings, able to use its three necks to strangle opponents, can fly extremely fast, and also is able to fire lightning bolt gravity beams directly from its mouth(s). His abilities has certainly changed over time, however these are his most common attributes.
Hopefully Gareth Edwards can construct something more memorable the next go round. While I did enjoy the visual effects and the story from a certain point of view, overall it was a complete let down for me. Godzilla should have been the main focal point of the film but instead Edwards decided to focus more on the human aspect and how the families are trying to survive all of the devastation around them. They MUST give Godzilla more than eight minutes this time around! I’m going to give Edwards one more crack at this because I know he can direct a solid film.
So what Godzilla monsters are you looking forward to seeing in a sequel? Are you even looking forward to the Godzilla sequel? Please share your thoughts and comment below!