Mothra (MonsterVerse)

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Mothra incarnations
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Mothra Imago in the second Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer
Mothra Larva in the second Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer
Mothra® (MonsterVerse)
Subtitle(s) Queen of the Monsters[1]
Species Giant moth (Titanus Mosura)[2]
Height 52 feet[2] / 15.8 meters[3]
Wingspan 803 feet[2] / 244.8 meters[3]
Forms Larval stage, imago stage
Place(s) of emergence Yunnan Rainforest, China[2]
Allies Godzilla
Enemies King Ghidorah, Rodan
First appearance Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Roar(s)
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Mothra (モスラ,   Mosura) is a giant moth kaiju that appears in the 2019 Legendary Pictures film Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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

Name

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. Mothra's Japanese name is referenced through the Titan classification given to her by Monarch, Titanus Mosura. According to Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization, "Mosura" means "giver of life" on a small island in Indonesia where she is revered as a goddess.

Design

The MonsterVerse Mothra's design is very different from past incarnations of the character. Her imago stage has a segmented insect-like body, with six legs and two wings. Her legs are considerably different from those of past Mothra designs, which are typically small and equally-sized, with clawed bird-like feet. The MonsterVerse Mothra has two long hind legs with two joints and two clawed toes. She has four forelimbs, two on each side of her body, with one large pair and one smaller pair. Her forelimbs are longer and more muscular than those of past designs, and end in large hooked claws. Mothra's head is comparatively smaller than it usually is, though it retains her traditional large blue eyes, which are oval-shaped rather than circular. She appears to possess two large white antennae which lay flat against the top of her head. Mothra has two gigantic compound wings each composed of two segments: a larger segment near the front of her body and a smaller segment toward the rear. The wings possess intricate patterns with the character's traditional orange, yellow, and black coloration. There is a circular pattern on both sides of the front corners of Mothra's wings, as is the case with her previous designs. According to Michael Dougherty, these circles are meant to represent Godzilla's eyes, demonstrating a connection between the monsters. While the S.H. MonsterArts figure of this Mothra seems to lack the character's traditional white fur and instead possesses smooth skin which ranges in color from light brown to orange, in the film's second trailer she is clearly seen possessing white fur, with some orange fur on her forehead.

Mothra's larval stage, as seen in a few brief shots in both trailers for the film, maintains the appearance of a giant segmented caterpillar. The segments of her body are rounded, and her head is very small compared to the rest of her body. The legs of her larval form are larger and more visible than they have been in past designs. Instead of the large oval-shaped eyes of the imago stage, Mothra's larval stage has much smaller blue eyes. Mothra appears to have several blue bioluminescent patches on her body.

Personality

Mothra was worshiped as a benevolent goddess by ancient civilizations, even receiving a temple built for her in China, suggesting that she was able to coexist peacefully with humanity. Monarch classifies her behavior as that of a "protector," calling her the "mother of the natural world."[4]

Origins

Mothra's origins are currently unclear, but she is assumed to be some sort of ancient creature, due to being depicted in what appear to be ancient cave paintings. Mothra is shown surrounded by worshipers in the paintings, 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."[5] According to Monarch, Mothra appears in ancient folklore and fairy tales from across the world.[2] One painting depicts Mothra and Godzilla surrounded by human warriors locked in battle against King Ghidorah, suggesting that she fought alongside Godzilla against King Ghidorah in the ancient past.

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 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.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

A carving of Mothra from her temple in China

Mothra was confirmed to be appearing in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, along with Rodan and King Ghidorah, on July 26, 2014.[6] 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.[5]

Abilities

Flight

In her imago stage, Mothra has massive wings which make her capable of flight.

Silk Attack

Mothra's natural defensive ability is to spit silk at enemies. Unlike past incarnations of the character, she can use her silk attack even in her imago stage. Mothra is seen using this attack to restrain King Ghidorah.[4]

God Rays

Mothra can emit concentrated beams of beta-wave bioluminescence from the patterns on her wings.[7]

Filmography

Comics

Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

An image of Mothra taped to a map in Houston Brooks' office in the first issue of Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

A photograph of what appears to be a cave painting of Mothra was taped to a map in Houston Brooks' office in 2012.

Gallery

Main article: Mothra/Gallery.

Roar

Mothra's roar in the MonsterVerse is a modified version of her original roar.

Trivia

  • 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.
Early concept art design for Mothra, sharing some design similarities with the MonsterVerse Mothra
  • This incarnation of Mothra possesses uncharacteristically long limbs and a more upright posture compared to past designs. However, these traits were present in Toho's early pre-production concept art design for Mothra from her debut film.
  • The MonsterVerse Mothra's bioluminescent "God Ray" abilities, perhaps coincidentally, resemble an unused ability of the winged MUTO in the June 2012 screenplay for Godzilla. In this version of the film's story, the male MUTO, originally dubbed "Hokmuto," had the ability to produce a lightning like "shockwave" that generated aurora-light lights similar to the ones Mothra gives off.

See also

References

This is a list of references for Mothra/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]

Comments

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Gorosaurus Fan

2 days ago
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I love how Mothra spits out her silk and webs King Ghidorah's heads to a building
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5146 Adam

6 days ago
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Pre-2019: Oh, Mothra, look at the cuddly butterfly!

Post 2019: OMGITSFACEISTERRIFYINGGETMETHEBUGREPELLANT!!!!
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Shogunguirus

4 days ago
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Well, I think the roar is cute, though.
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Godzillakid

3 days ago
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I think it looks interesting and somewhat badass
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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!!!!!HER OFFICIAL ROAR'S ON MONARCH SCIENCES'S TWITTER!!!!!

!!!!!HYPE LEVEL WELL OVER 10,000!!!!!

(*!!!!!INNER KAIJU FAN SQUIRMING FOR JOY!!!!!!*)
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SkullIslandExplorer

2 months ago
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Rodan: “So now that you know the elements of a good cheer, let's hear one.”

Mothra: *inhales* “Yay.”

Rodan: “...Ugh! *facepalm* You're gonna cheer for me like that? Louder.”

Mothra: “Yay.”

Rodan: “Louder!”

Mothra: “Yay.”

Rodan: “LOUUUDERRRR!!!”

Mothra: *rears and deeply inhales* “Yaaayyy.”

Rodan: “Ugh...” *facepalm, falls over*

Mothra: “Too loud?”

  • Rodan’s eyes pop open with a "Seriously?" look on his face*
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Friended Mario

2 months ago
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Mothra looks beautiful in this movie but I just hope she doesn't end up dying in KOTM, would be a real shame because I'd love to see Legendary make their own Mothra movie
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AngiraBlu

4 days ago
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I think there are, in fact, 2 Mothras!

1. The cocoon from China.

2. The larva (the one in the trailers, TV spots, and clips). I think it's the kaiju responsible for the acres worth of webbing, found in Brazil!
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CanadianUSA

4 months ago
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i tought MonsterVerse Mothtra is big
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MosuFan2004

4 months ago
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I know! Even the flies in my house have a wingspan larger than 244 meters.
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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@MosuFan2004: Yeah, but what did you expect from some quiet b***h who spends all her time in the woods with small woodland creatures?
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
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You would not believe your eyes If ten million fireflies

Lit up the world as I fell asleep
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
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'Cause they fill the open air And leave teardrops everywhere

You'd think me rude but I would just stand and stare
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MosuFan2004

2 months ago
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k?
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SkullIslandExplorer

2 months ago
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Do you have any idea why I'm posting “Fireflies” lyrics?
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VaderRaptor

one month ago
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No
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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@VaderRaptor: Hint(s): What can this Mothra do? And why are fireflies called “fireflies”?

(BTW, I’M FILTHY FRANK AND I’M REAL EDGY!) >:)
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VaderRaptor

one month ago
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I don’t get the reference.
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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@VaderRaptor: Mothra’s God Rays, and fireflies light up. And whenever I listen to Fireflies, I think of Mothra.

(BTW, Samurai Jack is best Anime) >:)
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VaderRaptor

one month ago
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OK


Attack on Titan is way better!
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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@VaderRaptor: *Soundwave Voice* Fist of the North Star and Elfen Lied: Superior. Other Anime: Inferior.
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Gorosaurus Fan

one month ago
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I don't get it like how I don't get your face
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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@GorosaurusFan: 1. Source of voice and (modified) line: https://m.yo...=V4FPCgSChvE

2. That’s actually the ONLY anime I enjoy. (Never cared for the more popular stuff like DBZ, Death Note, One Piece, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, etc. Also the “Samurai Jack is best Anime” part is a joke)

3. I consider myself a clown (so my avatars, comments, and jokes may be nonsensical for most people. As you’ve mentioned about my “face”)

Good day.
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Aggression25

5 months ago
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This doesn't make any sense. According to Monarch, they found Mothra in a cocoon, but in the upcoming movie, they show Mothra as a larvae, not an imago until later. Unless they made a mistake on it being an egg and not a cocoon.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

5 months ago
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Scroll down.
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i love it,this design is amazing,sadly i can't say the same for the gmk mothra,i hate that mothra(so ugly)
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MosuFan2004

5 months ago
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I'm in love with the new design
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Keizer Zilla

5 months ago
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So, coming back to the Mothra page after seeing the revealed Monster-verse design, Kinda makes the Toho version look like a really bad second-hand plushie.
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Artzilla

5 months ago
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agreed
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ItsDestoroyah

5 months ago
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So they leaked Mothra's design and damn, those legs be lookin' fine.
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Titan of Water

5 months ago
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Please tell me that was a joke, there are a lot of pervs on the internet lately saying the same thing and since this, you know, THE INTERNET, I can’t tell who is joking and who is not.
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ItsDestoroyah

5 months ago
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Well we ain't sure. Sorry.

She has some nice legs though.
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Titan of Water

5 months ago
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Lol sorry I overreacted a little 😂.
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
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@ItsDestoroyah: Sounds like you’re a furry (or a brony).
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ItsDestoroyah

4 months ago
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I actually am.

Those legs ARE pretty long though.
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
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Those legs remind me of the MUTO’s. (Don’t you think?)
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Aggression25

8 months ago
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That can't be Mothra in larvae form; she was found cocooned, meaning she was in transition to become a moth. The head has to be part of her imago form.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

8 months ago
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Monarch found a Mothra cocooned in 2009, yes. Plenty of time for her to emerge and lay an egg.
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Titanollante

8 months ago
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The larva with the weird humanoid head has small legs, as you can see here. https://cdn....all_legs.gif

That probably isn't her imago form because this is what her imago form's head and legs look like. https://cdn....ong_legs.gif
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Jakepunchwood

8 months ago
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Titanollante where do you find those clips at? I did not see them in the trailer
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Les

8 months ago
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They're from the trailer, albeit briefly.
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KaijuUnity

9 months ago
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Looking at the Larva picture, So is the hole in the middle the eye or.....
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ItsDestoroyah

8 months ago
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I believe it's not. Mothra never had a third eye in the movies.
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Petexera

10 months ago
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She's beautiful!
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A litteral Mothra egg

13 months ago
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Neat
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SkullIsland

22 months ago
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If you look to the lower left corner of the Mothra temple image there's a little info box that says "Terrasearch #63061." A lot of people pointed out that 63061 can be turned into the date 6-30-1961, which was the release date of the original Mothra film.
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G-Fan Enterprises

23 months ago
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Her painting is most likely painted white to show that she is considered some level of "pure" by the people who are shown worshipping her.
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MosuFan2004

25 months ago
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She is the reason why I'm so hyped for Godzilla: King of the Monsters!!!
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