GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Helmer Reveals Why They're Called Titans And Not Kaiju In The MonsterVerse
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was the only movie with a watch party last night as Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty revealed some intriguing new facts about his Godzilla sequel!
Godzilla: King of the Monsters upped the action, but earned the wrath of critics when it was released last May. Coming out in the shadow of Avengers: Endgame did the sequel now favors, but it did set the stage for an epic clash of the Titans in the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie.
Talking of Titans, many hardcore monster fans have questioned why the big beasties in Legendary's MonsterVerse are known as "Titans" rather than the traditional "Kaiju" term. It's a minor, yet still very significant difference, to some, and a decision which some feel is a major mistake.
Tweeting from the official Godzilla: King of the Monsters account during a watch party last night, filmmaker Michael Dougherty shared a lengthy explanation for the change. As he acknowledges, it sounds cool, but Kaiju fans are unlikely to be overly convinced by his take.
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People have asked why we refer to the creatures as Titans instead of MUTOs or Kaiju. 1) MUTO stands for Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism, so once a creature is identified & classified, it’s technically no longer a MUTO so Monarch had to come up with a new term: Titan.— Godzilla: King of the Monsters (@GodzillaMovie) April 24, 2020
2) Besides sounding cool, the definition of a Titan matches the history of the creatures as the First Gods and ties back to their ancient mythic roots.— Godzilla: King of the Monsters (@GodzillaMovie) April 24, 2020