At Comic-Con International, Legendary Pictures confirmed that the sequel to this year’s “Godzilla” reboot will feature three classic monsters from the franchise: Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah.
Rodan is a huge, winged pterosaur, while Mothra — as the name suggests — is a mutated kaiju monster that resembles a giant moth. Although both Rodan and Mothra have battled Godzilla in the past, they have also teamed up to take on other creatures like King Ghidorah, a three-headed dragon with no arms that is normally portrayed as Godzilla’s arch nemesis.
During the Legendary panel on Saturday, a video message from director Gareth Edwards hinted at what was to come in the forthcoming sequel. He introduced a teaser trailer (comprised of historical footage) that suggested more threats were out there, before showing stills of Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah in their classic forms.
A release date for “Godzilla 2” has not yet been set, since Edwards is moving on to direct 2016’s untitled “Star Wars” spin-off movie for Disney and Lucasfilm before tackling Godzilla’s next outing.
Edwards jokingly said in the video that he was doing “Star Wars” — which he called “a small sci-fi movie,” in jest — to take a break after handling a big franchise like “Godzilla.”
“Monsters,” the director’s first film (produced on a tiny budget in guerrilla conditions), is also getting a sequel in the form of “Monsters: Dark Continent.” However, Edwards is only serving as a producer, with Tom Green assuming directing duties.
Given Edwards’ commitment to “Star Wars,” it will be several years before we see the King of the Monsters take on Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah in “Godzilla 2.”