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Godzilla: The King of Monsters is scheduled to hit theatres on 31 May 2019. As this will be the first time we will get to see the western version of the three iconic monsters; King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan; some of the audiences may not know about the origins and the significance of the monsters.
As part of the lead-up to the latest Godzilla film from Legendary Pictures, we will be providing you some brief information about the monsters you will see, probably for the first time.
To start off, meet Rodan!
Rodan first appeared in its own film, Sora no Daikaijū Radon (Giant Monster of the Sky Radon) on 26 December 1956. Based on a Pteranodon, Rodan’s name was really Radon at the beginning. It was changed to Rodan later on for the English-speaking markets.
In its original Showa film series, Rodan was a Pteranodon that lived underground but got mutated into a giant creature after it got exposed to radiation. In the Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla II film, however, Rodan’s origin story was changed into a Pteranodon living on Adonoa Island that got mutated due to nuclear dumping on the island by the Russians.
Rodan first teamed up with Godzilla in 1964 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster film to take on King Ghidorah. In total the two monsters teamed up five times to battle King Ghidorah, which makes Godzilla: The King of Monsters the sixth time they will be fighting against the three-headed dragon.