MUTO Prime

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Legendary Pictures Monster
MUTO Prime on the cover for Godzilla: Aftershock
MUTO Prime
Alternate names Earthquake Beetle, Dragon Beetle, Jinshin Mushi
Species Titanus Jinshin-Mushi
Relations MUTO (offspring)
Enemies Godzilla
First appearance Godzilla: Aftershock
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MUTO Prime (ムートー・プライム,   Mūtō Puraimu) is a monster that will appear in the upcoming 2019 Legendary Comics graphic novel, Godzilla: Aftershock.

Name

MUTO Prime's name refers to it being the progenitor of the two MUTOs which fought Godzilla in 2014. Ancient mythology speaks of the creature as the Earthquake Beetle or Dragon Beetle, while Monarch grants it the official Titan classification Titanus Jinshin-Mushi, or simply Jinshin Mushi. This name is likely derived from the Jishin Mushi or Earthquake Beetle, a creature from Japanese mythology said to carry the Japanese islands on its back and create earthquakes with its movement, with its name coming from the Japanese words jishin (地震), meaning "earthquake," and mushi (虫), meaning "insect" or "bug."

Design

MUTO Prime shares its basic body shape and appearance with its offspring. However, it is considerably larger and possesses a hardened outer shell along with razor-sharp back spines. MUTO Prime's legs are gigantic and muscular, as are its forelimbs which it uses to knuckle-walk. MUTO Prime's skin is primarily smooth and black, save for its forelimbs which are mostly covered in orange scales.

Origins

MUTO Prime is an ancient superspecies that lived alongside Godzilla and other Titans. Judging by its appearance in ancient myths and paintings, MUTO Prime seemingly survived the Permian extinction and continued to appear alongside Godzilla and was witnessed by ancient civilizations. At some point, MUTO Prime infected a member of Godzilla's species, designated Species 5146_Adam by Monarch, with its parasitic spores, eventually killing it before its body became buried in an underground cavern in the Philippines. In 1999, a mining company unwittingly excavated Adam's skeleton, allowing one of the spores to hatch into the larval male MUTO, while the other dormant spore was taken to the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, where it finally matured into the female MUTO in 2014.

History

Godzilla: Aftershock

This official graphic novel prequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters will chronicle both a battle between MUTO Prime and Godzilla in the ancient past as well as one in the present day following the events of Godzilla.

Abilities

Back spines

MUTO Prime possesses razor-sharp back spines.

Shell

MUTO Prime is covered in an armored outer shell which, according to Monarch, makes it "an unstoppable mountain of a tank as it erupts from the Earth."

Physical strength

MUTO Prime's powerful legs create thunderous steps which generate loud seismic disturbances and allow it to stand its ground in battle against other Titans.

Reproduction

MUTO Prime is genetically programmed to seek out a Titan host for its offspring. After defeating an opponent in battle, MUTO Prime's ovipositors which are guided by detecting uranium in a Titan's blood will stab its foe like a scorpion's tail, implanting parasitic eggs into the Titan's stomach lining. The eggs incubate by breaking down the hemoglobin in the host's blood to feed on the nuclear material, eventually rendering the host unable to replenish its atomic energy until it finally dies. The embryos then continue to develop within the host's carcass for centuries before finally hatching and breaking through its ribcage. The result of this parasitic infection is two subspecies of MUTO Prime, a male and a female which will subsequently mate and reproduce, creating countless offspring which could threaten to overrun the world. Monarch simply designates MUTO Prime's offspring as "MUTOs," an acronym for "Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism."

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AngiraBlu

13 days ago
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At least we now know what species the MUTOs are! Here's my take: Jinshin Mushi (Titanus jinshin-mushi)

Hokmuto (T. jinshin-mushi hokmuto)

Femuto (T. jinshin-mushi femuto)
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The King of the Monsters

13 days ago
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The MUTOs aren’t Titans, so they wouldn’t have “Titanus” in their designations. MUTO Prime is notable because it’s a Titan.
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AngiraBlu

13 days ago
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So even thought they're a subspecies and a couple hundred feet tall, they wouldn't count as Titans/Kaiju? That's kinda weird.
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The King of the Monsters

13 days ago
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The Titans are a special designation by Monarch for the largest and most powerful ancient superspecies that are a key part of the planet's ecosystem. MUTO Prime is essentially the Titan of the MUTO species.
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AngiraBlu

12 days ago
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So basically, Titans are like Kaiju 2.0 or whatever .0? Hmm... That's awesome!

Oh! I got it! Hokmuto and Femuto are like the Soldier Legion to Jinshin Mushi's Queen Legion!
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The King of the Monsters

12 days ago
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That's probably a pretty good analogy.
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AngiraBlu

12 days ago
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Nailed it!
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Shinomura

7 days ago
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I'm sure MUTOs and Shinomura are Titans too. The MonsterVerse was developed after Godzilla (2014), that is the explanation of the non-Titans designation yet.
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The King of the Monsters

7 days ago
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"Titans" and "MUTOs" are separate designations. All Titans are MUTOs, but not all MUTOs are Titans. Titans are the largest and most powerful MUTOs, which are an important part of the natural order of Earth. A MUTO can be any "massive unidentified terrestrial organism;" something like a Sker Buffalo or Spore Mantis is a MUTO but not a Titan.
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AngiraBlu

7 days ago
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Makes more sense when you include the Skull Island fauna to the mix.
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AngiraBlu

6 days ago
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Titans = Kaiju with god status.

MUTOs = Cryptids and kaiju with godling, demigod, and mortal status.
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ItsDestoroyah

15 days ago
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"MUTO Prime"

.... *Breathes deeply*

...eh, it's alright.
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ItsDestoroyah

15 days ago
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Although I prefer Jinshin-Mushi better.
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SkullIslandExplorer

14 days ago
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Like I said, “MUTO Prime” is just a really lame name.
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VaderRaptor

13 days ago
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Agreed
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MosuFan2004

9 days ago
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Jinshin Mushi sounds like some weird Indian recipe to me
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Conder99

21 days ago
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Jinshin Mushi sound better tbh
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MINEZILLA

23 days ago
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Noice 👌
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CanadianUSA

23 days ago
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Wow
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

23 days ago
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Wow, a fix for the plothole in the Philippine sequence as I was like "damn, poor 5146 being".
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SkullIslandExplorer

24 days ago
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Like I said in the Aftershock page, it looks like a tribute to Orga, Miba, and Obsidius. 👍
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SkullIslandExplorer

24 days ago
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Also, “MUTO Prime” is just a really lame name.
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VaderRaptor

23 days ago
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The head really looks like a xenomorph...
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SkullIslandExplorer

23 days ago
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I can see it. But for some reason, its depiction on the cover art looks like Gigan or a chicken.
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VaderRaptor

23 days ago
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I sort of see it.
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Titan of Water

24 days ago
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Shouldn’t it’s main name be Jinshin-Mushi?
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Les

24 days ago
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MUTO Prime is its designation by Monarch. It's on par with "Godzilla" and "Mothra" and those names.
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Titan of Water

24 days ago
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Ok whatever they say but they missed a big opportunity. Jinshin-Mushi sounds so much cooler.
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Titan of Water

24 days ago
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Not that’s a big deal this looks awesome.
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VaderRaptor

24 days ago
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When did news of this monstrosity come out?!
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Les

24 days ago
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Just today. There was a panel for the novel held at WonderCon.
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VaderRaptor

24 days ago
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OK. Thanks!
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VaderRaptor

24 days ago
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Holy crap