Godzilla: King of the Monsters‘ missing Titans may be the key to getting more Toho kaiju into the MonsterVerse in Apple TV+’s Godzilla show.
The ability of MonsterVerse to add new Toho kaiju in Apple TV+’s Godzilla show may depend on Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Titans being missing. In the third MonsterVerse movie, the surveillance screen at Monarch base confirmed the names and locations of the 11 Titans, but never showed them. Like Scylla, Behemoth, and Methuselah, the missing monsters are primordial Titans that share names with biblical and mythical creatures.
Dwelling somewhere in MonsterVerse are Bunyip, Abaddon, Yamata no Orochi, Sekhmet, Typhon, Tiamat, Quetzalcoatl, Amhuluk, Mokele-Mbembe, Baphomet, and Leviathan. Prior to King of the Monsters, all of these creatures were watched at the secure outposts of Monarch. But after Ghidorah awakened them, their tracks were left in the air. There was some speculation that MonsterVerse would eventually showcase them and announce their official designs, but that never materialized – or at least, not on the big screen. Both Tiamat and Amhuluk battled Godzilla in the prequel to the Godzilla vs. Kong Godzilla: Dominion but no one appears in the film itself. Another opportunity to use them may come when Apple TV+ launches the untitled Godzilla TV series.
These missing Titans present MonsterVerse with an interesting opportunity. There has long been a demand for iconic Toho monsters like Anguirus, King Caesar, Gigan, and more. appeared in the Godzilla and Kong films. Unfortunately, the show’s placement in the MonsterVerse timeline creates great complexity for such a scenario to occur in the series. The film is set before King of the Monsters, where it is confirmed that only 17 Titans (besides Godzilla) have been discovered. Since the names of all 17 are known, there won’t be much room for Toho’s monsters – unless the MonsterVerse changes the identities of the Titans missing from the film.
In other words, Apple TV+’s Godzilla show could use a rephrase to explain that Titans like Baphomet and Abaddon are actually MonsterVerse’s interpretation of Toho’s movie creatures. That might work because maybe their name is just a codename assigned by Monarch. The public can call them by new names. If the MonsterVerse leans in this direction, it could add a new Toho kaiju to the MonsterVerse canon without creating any major continuity issues. Since King of the Monsters established a fixed number of known Titans that Monarch knew about in 2019, this may be the only way Anguirus and the others could conceivably appear on the show.
Since Dominion, Amhuluk, and Tiamat already have the designs, the Godzilla TV show will be free to do what it wants with most of the other missing Titans from Godzilla: King of the Monsters. What is known about their mythological connection can be used to link them to certain Toho monsters. For example, Sekhmet is said to have lion-like features, meaning she could be revealed to be a member of King Caesar’s species. Typhon, who is depicted as a dragon in some mythologies, may be the Manda from Atragon and Destroy All Monsters. Leviathan, described by the Bible as a beast of the sea, turned out to be an aquatic Titanosaurus.
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