Mothra (MonsterVerse)

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Mothra Incarnations
Mothra 2004
MonsterVerse Mothra
Mothra® (MonsterVerse) copyright icon Toho Company, LimitedSlash.pngLegendary Pictures Monster
Mothra Imago in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer
Mothra Larva in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer
Mothra® (MonsterVerse)
Subtitle Queen of the Monsters[1]
Species Titanus Mosura[2]
Height 52 feet[2]
Wingspan 803 feet[2]
Forms Larval Stage, Imago Stage
First Appearance Kong: Skull Island
This article concerns an upcoming subject, and will be updated with new information as it arises.

The MonsterVerse Mothra (モスラ,   Mosura) is an incarnation of Mothra 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."[3] According to Monarch, Mothra appears in ancient folklore and fairy tales from across the world.[2]



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.[4] 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.[3]



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.



  • 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.

See Also


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]

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one month 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.

Astounding Beyond Belief

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


one month 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


one month ago
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Titanollante where do you find those clips at? I did not see them in the trailer


one month ago
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They're from the trailer, albeit briefly.


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


29 days ago
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I believe it's not. Mothra never had a third eye in the movies.


2 months ago
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She's beautiful!

A litteral Mothra egg

6 months ago
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15 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.

G-Fan Enterprises

16 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.


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