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The MonsterVerse Mothra (モスラ?) is an incarnation of MosuraMothra 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 her debut in the upcoming 2019 film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
This will be the first incarnation of Mothra to appear in an American-made film.
The name "Mothra" is the suffixation of "-ra" (a common last syllable in kaiju names) to "moth." Since the Japanese language does not have dental fricatives, it is approximated "Mosura" in Japanese.
The MonsterVerse Mothra has so far only been depicted in paintings and a stone carving. They resemble previous incarnations of Mothra's imago stage: a giant moth with two large patterned wings and large thick antennae. Mothra is depicted as entirely white in color in one cave painting, as is Godzilla. Another cave painting shows Mothra as possessing very long, thin legs and relatively small, oval-shaped two-part wings.
Mothra's origins are currently unclear, but she is assumed to be some sort of ancient creature, due to being depicted in what appears to be an ancient cave painting. Mothra is shown surrounded by worshipers in the painting, suggesting that she is perceived to be a deity by some. This is supported by the discovery of her cocoon within an ancient temple in China known as the "Temple of the Moth." According to Monarch, Mothra appears in ancient folklore and fairy tales from across the world.
After their adventure on Skull Island, Monarch members Houston Brooks and Lin San showed James Conrad and Mason Weaver a cave painting of Mothra, along with paintings depicting Godzilla, Rodan and King Ghidorah, as proof that the inhabitants of Skull Island were not the only monsters in the world. Mothra was entirely white in color and surrounded by worshipers in her painting.
Mothra was confirmed to be appearing in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, along with Rodan and King Ghidorah, on July 26, 2014. A Monarch timeline video uploaded to Kong: Skull Island social media accounts describes a giant cocoon with a "quickening heartbeat" discovered by Monarch in China's Yunnan province, within an ancient structure called the Temple of the Moth.
A photograph of what appears to be a cave painting of Mothra was taped to a map in Houston Brooks' office in 2012.
Mothra cave painting from Kong: Skull Island
- Mothra is referenced in an Easter egg in the first film of the MonsterVerse, Godzilla. At Ford Brody's old house in Janjira, a terrarium with a cocoon in it can be seen with two labels attached to it that together say "Ford's Mothra."
- Earlier in the film, during the sequence where the Janjira Nuclear Power Plant is seen collapsing from Ford's elementary school, a chart showing the lepidopteran life cycle along with numerous large paper butterflies and moths can be seen displayed in the classroom.
- The Monarch outpost where Mothra is being studied is Outpost 61, a reference to the release year of her debut film, 1961.
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