Monster Casting Call For Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
Last week, there was a wave of on-the-set articles coming from Collider, Dread Central, Toho Kingdom, IGN, etc. for Godzilla: King Of The Monsters. There was an embargo placed on these articles telling them they were not allowed to release any of this information until a certain time, which was last week. That time has passed, the embargo is lifted, and we got an extensive amount of information. There is some info that I do consider spoilers that I will not be focusing on.
Other than the spoilers, most of these articles talked about how they came up with the sounds for the monsters, some info on the movie's story, how Monarch is involved, and so on. In some of the articles, they even specifically mention names for some of the new monsters. As we all know, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters concentrates on the main four (Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah) and for a long time we knew that there would be other monsters appearing. The monsters are original creations and not owned by TOHO. These might not be the official names for these monsters, but these are the names that were mentioned:
Typhon (aka Typhoon)
You can see most of these are based on demons and monsters in mythology. Note that I say "MOST" because a couple of them are not based on a demon or monster. One of them is Methuselah who is a biblical figure from the book of Genesis and he is the grandfather of Noah. The other is Sargon who was a Mesopotamian ruler that built one of the earliest empires in human history. So it will be interesting to see what they come out as.
If you have read up on Greek mythology and the bible, you could basically have an idea what these monsters are going to look like. Scylla is depicted as a sea monster or sea serpent, Typhon is depicted as more of a dragon or dragon like serpent that can breathe fire. Baphomet is a demon that has a goat head, Leviathon is a sea serpent, and Abaddon is a demon from the book of Revelation that is known as the king of locusts. So you can see where I am going with this that I am speculating what these monsters could be based on their description in mythology. We may see a monster that looks like a goat or a giant locust or even a Nessie like creature.
For the Bunyip, that goes into the realm of cryptozoology. The word, Bunyip, originated from Aboriginal Australian mythology that means "devil" or "evil spirit." In the 19th century, the Bunyip was described as a mish-mash of other characteristics such as having a crocodile-like head, a dog-like face, dark fur, a horse-like tail, flippers, walrus-like tusks or horns, or a duck-like bill. Over time, people gave different descriptions of the monster ranging from looking like the extinct Diprotodon (a giant marsupial that is related to wombats and koalas) to looking like a star fish. There is no definitive description of the monster so it has me kind of curious whether Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is going to go with one of the pre-existing descriptions or a new look for the Bunyip.
Kong was also mentioned being on Monarch's list of monsters as Titanus Kong, but that is going to be the only reference to Kong we will see in the movie. At least we know that Monarch has Kong on their list of monsters that they still have on their radar as it should. It would be awkward if in Godzilla Vs Kong Monarch some how forgot that Kong existed especially with all of these other monsters around. So this movie it is noticing little details like that is appreciated.
Just to note, I have seen some people list Behemoth as one of the new monsters, but most of the articles have said that Behemoth is just the name of the massive speaker system Mike Dougherty used when he needs to play monster noises on set when shooting a scene that involved the characters running away from the monsters. So no, Behemoth is not one of the names of the new monsters. Another thing to note is to take any of this speculation with a grain of salt. For all I know, they could look completely different in the movie from how the monsters in mythology are described. We have to keep in mind that these names might not be official names as well. Things do change over time and the movie may not go with these names. However, with how Mike Dougherty has kept referring to biblical themes through out the movie's viral marketing it would be wise to keep the names of these monsters just to stay consistent.
What kind of monsters do you think we will see in the movie? Are there any monsters that I missed? Let me know down in the comments section of your thoughts on these names and what you think they will look like. Make sure to follow me on my Facebook page and Twitter for more news, reviews, and discussions.