Comic-Con 2014: Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah Confirmed For Godzilla Sequel

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Either Legendary Pictures listened to the cries from people who weren’t interested in the human characters in Godzilla and decided to shift to a good old-fashioned monster bash — or — while DC and Marvel are going all in, they just decided to go all in for the sequel and include the three most classic Toho monsters: Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah.

Just announced in a teaser, CS’s Ed Douglas gave the blow-by-blow:

“They showed a bunch of old newsreel footage similar to the opening credits but it was interspersed with the tag: “There is still one secret that remains hidden,” “There are others.” And then we see a shadow of what’s clearly Rodan with the words “Codename: Rodan.” Then they show the old Mothra with the title “Codename: Mothra,” and lastly…. “Codename: Ghidorah! Monarch Assessment: Conflict Imminent.” Followed by the words “LET THEM FIGHT”

Gareth Edwards, who directed this summer’s film (which we found to be smashing good fun), was already confirmed to direct the sequel. But at the Comic-Con panel Edwards did confirm that he will be directing an unspecified Star Wars spin-off before starting on Godzilla 2. So the winged beasts will stay grounded for a while. What do you think? Is this overkill? Just right? Or is anything Godzilla bound to be awesome as long as they keep Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Roland Emmerich occupied with other projects?

UPDATE: After Skull Island was announced, does this mean that Legendary is mapping out an eventual, legendary fight between King Kong and Godzilla? It wouldn’t be the first time. But it’d be the first mega-throwdown.

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