Get ready for the royal rumble to rule them all this May as Godzilla: King of the Monsters stomps into cinemas. In this third film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, our favourite scaly behemoth finds himself in a four-way showdown with fellow colossal critters Rodan, Mothra and the three-headed King Ghidorah, while the mysterious crypto-zoological agency Monarch valiantly attempts to keep score. Below you’ll find our field guide to the ‘Titans’ (as they’re termed). Extreme caution is advised!


Origin of name: Godzilla (or Gojira as he’s known in his native Japan) is a combination of the Japanese words for gorilla (‘gorier’) and whale (‘kujira’).

First seen in: Godzilla (1954).

Number of movies to date: 37.

Appearance in three words: ‘Really’ terrible lizard.

Powers in this film: Boasting a roar than measures 174 decibels (that’s louder than a jet-plane taking off), this gargantuan amphibian is not only incredibly strong, it also possesses atomic breath – a kind of fiery energy beam that pours from its mouth (but usually only in self-defence). Get in the way and you’re toast!

Fun fact: When it came to Godzilla’s appearance for King of the Monsters, director Michael Dougherty asked his design team to put the “God in Godzilla”. 

ODEON’s advice: Do not approach!


Origin of name: Rodan is a contraction of Pteranodon, a type of pterosaur that lived during the late Cretaceous period.

First seen in: Giant Monster of the Sky, Rodan (1956).

Number of movies to date: 11.

Appearance in three words: Enormous prehistoric phoenix.

Powers in this film: With a wingspan measuring an astonishing 871 feet, this ancient flying reptile is capable of creating sonic thunderclaps powerful enough to flatten cities. Thanks to its internal volcanic combustion system, it also has pyrokinetic abilities (i.e. it can shoot fire from its mouth).

Fun fact: A cave painting of Rodan, together with Mothra, King Ghidorah and Godzilla, appears in a post-credits scene in Kong: Skull Island (2017).

ODEON’s advice: Danger: highly flammable!


Origin of name: Following the style set by ‘Gojira’ (aka Godzilla), Mothra is the
English word for ‘moth’ with the suffix ‘ra’ added.

First seen in: Mothra (1961).

Appearance in three words: Luminescent mega-moth.

Number of movies to date: 15.

Powers in this film: Known as the Queen Of The Monsters, Mothra is able to fly at
extraordinary speeds (thanks to her humungous 800 feet wingspan). When antagonised, she also emits beta-wave bioluminescence (powerful lighting-like shockwaves) capable of both lighting up and decimating the night sky.

Fun fact: Mothra’s eyes were intentionally designed to look like those of Godzilla in
this film, so that the two (friendlier) Titans had an instant “connection”. 

ODEON’s advice: Find some sunglasses, quick!


Origin of name: Ghidorah is inspired by the pronunciation of the word “hydra” in Russian. The Hydra, of course, is a multi-headed monster in Greek and Roman mythology (chop off one head and two more grow in its place).

First seen in: Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1964).

Appearance in three words: Three-headed dragon.

Number of movies to date: 8.

Powers in this film: Given the moniker ‘Monster Zero’ by Monarch (but known throughout history as ‘the one who is many’ or, more simply, ‘The Devil’), Ghidorah has an alarming array of powers at its disposal, including building-destroying gravity beams which it fires from its mouth. This merciless beast can also conjure hurricane-force winds at will. Its centre head is the most intelligent of the three and thus considered the alpha.

Fun fact: The climactic battle between King Ghidorah and Godzilla in King of the Monsters will have your jaw on the floor. “I promise you, you will never forget it in your life,” enthused O’Shea Jackson Jr. (who plays Chief Warrant Officer Barnes) during a recent interview.

ODEON’s advice: Find some sunglasses, quick!

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