King Ghidorah (MonsterVerse)

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King Ghidorah Incarnations
King Ghidorah 2018
MonsterVerse King Ghidorah
King Ghidorah® (MonsterVerse) copyright icon Toho Company, LimitedSlash.pngLegendary Pictures Monster
A cave painting of King Ghidorah in Kong: Skull Island
King Ghidorah® (MonsterVerse)
Alternate Names Monster Zero,[1] The Devil[1]
Species Giant Three-Headed Dragon
Enemies Godzilla
Portrayed Jason Liles, Alan Maxson,
Richard Dorton (motion capture)[2]
First Appearance Kong: Skull Island
This article concerns an upcoming subject, and will be updated with new information as it arises.
The Devil has three heads. „ 

— Footnote from Vivienne Graham's classified field notes on King Ghidorah.[1]

The MonsterVerse King Ghidorah (キングギドラ,   Kingu Gidora?) is an incarnation of King Ghidorah 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 King Ghidorah to appear in an American-made film.


King Ghidorah's name is composed of "King" (キング,   Kingu?) and "Ghidorah." The "Ghidorah" part of King Ghidorah's name comes from the Japanese word for "hydra" (ヒドラ,   Hidora?), which is spelled very similarly to the Japanese katakana for Ghidorah.


This incarnation of King Ghidorah has only been depicted in cave paintings, but retains the classic silhouette of a tall bipedal upright dragon with three heads on long necks and two large wings at his sides. His heads all have at least two pointed horns, and appear to also possess long manes of hair that run down his necks. His necks appear longer and more snake-like that previous incarnations. In the second painting, King Ghidorah is shown spewing some kind of substance from his mouth, either flames or the character's traditional gravity beams.


This King Ghidorah's origins are currently unknown. Judging by his appearance in ancient cave paintings, he has appeared sometime in the past, and may have clashed with Godzilla. According to the official Monarch timeline, King Ghidorah was discovered buried under ice in Antarctica in 2016 by a Monarch team headed by Vivienne Graham.[1]



Kong: Skull Island

A cave painting of King Ghidorah battling Godzilla in Kong: Skull Island

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

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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



See Also


This is a list of references for King Ghidorah/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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