A King of the Monsters Easter egg revealed Anguirus once existed in the MonsterVerse. Here’s why he may have been killed by one of Kong’s ancestors.
A member of Kong’s species could be solely responsible for the death of Anguirus in Legendary’s MonsterVerse. Anguirus, who has never made an official appearance in the MonsterVerse, did exist at one point in its world. He was revealed via a Godzilla: King of the Monsters Easter egg.
In Toho’s movies, Anguirus is a giant ankylosaur and the first monster ever to fight Godzilla. He appeared as an opponent to the titular kaiju in 1955’s Godzilla Raids Again, the direct sequel to the original Gojira from the previous year. Despite dying in battle with Godzilla, he returned in Destroy All Monsters in 1968, a movie which saw Godzilla team up with the residents of Monster Island to take on King Ghidorah. In the movie, Anguirus was reimagined as an ally to Godzilla, and was one of a handful of kaiju to play a role in Ghidorah’s defeat. He rose to a new level of prominence in Godzilla vs. Gigan, the movie that made Anguirus a Toho icon. Godzilla vs. Gigan saw Godzilla and Anguirus work together to defeat the combined forces of Ghidorah and Gigan. Though this was the only movie where the two were depicted as a duo, Anguirus has remained a fan-favorite.
Despite his importance to Toho’s universe of Godzilla movies, Anguirus hasn’t been given a chance to fight beside the MonsterVerse’s Godzilla yet. That being said, it could be that he did know Godzilla at some point in the past. In fact, there’s a possibility that he has a strong link to the backstory behind Godzilla’s rivalry with the King of Skull Island in Godzilla vs. Kong. Here’s why an ancestor of Kong’s could be the Titan who killed the MonsterVerse’s Anguirus.
King Of The Monsters Confirmed Anguirus Existed
When asked on Twitter about any unfound Easter eggs in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, director Mike Dougherty said that Anguirus “may or may not” be in the scene with Godzilla’s underwater city. The shot in question is the moment where Godzilla’s home is destroyed by the nuke. Right as everything is blown to pieces, a skeleton of a Titan can be glimpsed. At close inspection, it becomes blatantly obvious that the skeleton belongs to none other than Anguirus. It can be clearly identified as Anguirus – and not just a different giant ankylosaur – because the Toho kaiju has a few physical features that are unique to him, such as the spike on his nose, and the shape of the spikes on the back of his head. These characteristics can be found on both Toho’s Anguirus and King of the Monsters’ mysterious skeleton. Of course, no one involved in the film has outright confirmed that this creature was meant to be Anguirus, and that’s likely due to licensing issues. Legendary currently doesn’t own the rights to the monster.
Anguirus May Have Died In The Titan War
It’s worth exploring what the circumstances behind Anguirus’ death were in the MonsterVerse. All that’s known for certain is that he perished in Godzilla’s home. The King of the Monsters credits may have offered a few clues as to how Anguirus died. The redacted text told an interesting story about a Titan war that occurred thousands of years ago. Apparently, the war started when humans tried to enslave the Titans. When some of these beasts rebelled against their masters, destruction followed. According to the redacted text, their warring resulted in a “cataclysm” that devastated humanity. Among the places that fell as a consequence of the war was the ancient civilization that once worshipped Godzilla. This “cataclysm” could have brought death to numerous Titans as well. One of the causalities of the war may have been the MonsterVerse’s Anguirus.
Godzilla & Kong’s Ancestors Fought In The Titan War
In the Godzilla vs. Kong trailer, it was said that “the myths were real. There was a war, and they’re the last ones standing”. The Titan War discussed in the trailer was apparently waged between an ancestor of Kong’s and a member of Godzilla’s species. Given Godzilla’s age, it may even have been Godzilla himself who participated in the war. It would seem that the battles between the Titans took place at least partially in the Hollow Earth. This war explains why there’s a cave painting of Godzilla and Kong fighting each other in King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island. While some speculated that the mural was a prophecy of things to come, it feels more likely that it was a historical illustration of a past event in the MonsterVerse. What the painting revealed was that members of the two Titan species have exchanged blows before. This idea provides evidence that Godzilla and Kong may be ancestral rivals. The two having an instinctual hatred for each other could be the real reason why they’re compelled to fight in the movie.
Kong’s Ancestor Could Have Killed Anguirus (& Destroyed Godzilla’s Home)
A connection hasn’t been confirmed yet, but Godzilla vs. Kong’s Titan War may be the same one that was mentioned in King of the Monsters’ credits. If it’s true that Godzilla and Kong were on opposing sides in the war that brought down Godzilla’s home, then it wouldn’t be impossible for Kong’s kind to be involved in some way with its downfall. Furthermore, one of its ancestors may have fought with the Titans who defended the city. One of these creatures could have been Anguirus. If so, the MonsterVerse’s Anguirus could have battled Kong and died at his hands. Based on his history in Toho’s movies, it feels fitting that Anguirus would have sided with Godzilla and fought against Kong. That would also make sense, because when it was mentioned in Godzilla vs. Kong that Godzilla and Kong were the last Titans standing, it was implied that multiple Titans died during the fighting. Anguirus could easily have been one of the combatants in the war who didn’t see it through to the end. Godzilla losing allies to Kong’s ancestors – including Anguirus – could fuel his negative feelings toward the monster in Godzilla vs. Kong.
Since Legendary may not have acquired the rights to Angurius ahead of the upcoming fourth installment in the MonsterVerse, whatever role he had in the Titan War may continue to go unspoken. However, it could be acknowledged through another Easter egg akin to the one that was in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. In a future sequel, it can be built on further. In Godzilla 3, Legendary could reveal that another member of Angurius’ species is hibernating somewhere in the MonsterVerse.