Rodan (MonsterVerse)

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Rodan Incarnations
Millennium Rodan
MonsterVerse Rodan
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Rodan (MonsterVerse)
Rodan in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer
Alternate names Fire Demon[1]
Subtitle(s) The One Born of Fire[1]
Species Titanus Rodan[1]
Height 154 feet[1]
Wingspan 871 feet[1]
Place(s) of emergence Isla de Mara, Mexico[1]
Portrayed by Jason Liles[2]
First appearance Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The MonsterVerse Rodan (ラドン,   Radon) is an incarnation of Rodan that first appeared in a cave painting in the post-credits scene for the 2017 Legendary Pictures film, Kong: Skull Island, and is set to make his debut in the upcoming 2019 film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

This will be the first incarnation of Rodan to appear in an American-made film.

Name

Rodan's Japanese name, Radon, is a truncation of "Pteranodon." It may also have been chosen to suggest radiation. The name was changed to "Rodan" in English-speaking markets, possibly to avoid confusion with the element Radon. Toho eventually trademarked the name "Rodan," making it the monster's official English name. According to Monarch, Rodan is referred to in some legends as the "Fire Demon" and "The One Born of Fire." [1]

Design

The MonsterVerse Rodan is a giant pterosaur-like creature with a large beak, two horns protruding from the back of his head, and huge wings with molten rock trailing off their edges. His body is a burgundy red color, while his beak is black. Rodan has a very large, flat, fan-shaped tail.

Origins

Rodan's origins are unclear, but he is presumably an ancient creature, due to being depicted in what appears to be an ancient cave painting. Similar paintings exist of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah, suggesting Rodan either appeared alongside them in the past or is prophesied to appear alongside them in the future. According to Monarch, Rodan is spoken of in legends, with his name referenced within many ancient temples in volcanically active regions. In 1991, Rodan was discovered by Monarch in pyrostasis in the magma inside the Isla de Mara volcano in Mexico.[1]

History

MonsterVerse

Kong: Skull Island

After their adventure on Skull Island, Monarch members Houston Brooks and Lin San showed James Conrad and Mason Weaver a cave painting of Rodan, along with paintings depicting Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah, as proof that the inhabitants of Skull Island were not the only monsters in the world.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

On July 26, 2014, Rodan was confirmed to be appearing in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, along with Mothra and King Ghidorah.[3]

Abilities

Flight

Rodan can fly at sufficient speeds to outmaneuver fighter jets.

Shockwaves

Rodan produces destructive shockwaves while flying which can flatten buildings he passes over. Monarch scientists speculate the monster's wingspan is vast enough to level cities with this technique.[4]

Durability

Rodan has an extreme tolerance to heat and magma, having hibernated inside a volcano for at least several decades.[5]

Filmography

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Monarch outpost where Rodan is being studied is Outpost 56, a reference to the release year of his debut film, 1956.
  • The nickname given to the location where Rodan is found, "el nido del demonio," is Spanish for "the demon's nest."
  • Originally, the Mexican volcano in which Monarch discovered Rodan was named Isla de Mona, which is the name of a real island in the Puerto Rican archipelago. The name was eventually changed to Isla de Mara.

See Also

References

This is a list of references for Rodan/Legendary. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

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