Scylla

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Scylla
Scylla in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Alternate names Spider TitanPFX (game files)
Class-
ification
Titanus Scylla
Species Giant spider-like cephalopod[1]
Height 341 feet[2]
Place(s) of emergence Sedona, Arizona
Controlled by King Ghidorah
Enemies Godzilla
First appearance Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Roar(s)
...They writhed gasping as Scylla swung them up her cliff and there at her cavern's mouth she bolted them down raw - screaming out... lost in that mortal struggle.
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Homer's Odyssey[2]

Scylla (スキュラ,   Sukyura) is a Titan who first appeared in the 2019 Legendary Pictures Godzilla film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Awakened from her resting place under Sedona, Arizona by King Ghidorah's call in 2019, Scylla attacked the nearby city of Phoenix before being pacified when Madison Russell activated the Orca in Boston. Scylla and the other Titans that Ghidorah had awakened then converged on Boston, where they submitted to Godzilla after he defeated Ghidorah. Some time later, Scylla attempted to acquire a nuclear warhead for food, putting her in conflict with the United States Coast Guard. Godzilla arrived and battled her, eventually forcing her to withdraw.

Name

Scylla is named after the sea monster of the same name (Σκύλλα Skylla) from Greek mythology. Scylla is also the name of a genus of swimming crabs, whose legs resemble those of the Titan. Monarch gave Scylla the Titan classification Titanus Scylla.

Design

Scylla is a gigantic creature with a squid-like body and six incredibly long spider-like legs which she uses to walk. Scylla's torso possesses a noticeable ridge and a raised spine, with a large curved extension above her head, in a similar manner to the shell of a Chambered nautilus. She possesses a rounded head with two eyes, and several tentacles which hang down from her mouth area, reminiscent of Cthulhu. Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization mistakenly mentions Scylla to have eight legs.

In Godzilla Dominion, Scylla's design was slightly altered, having a higher amount of thinner and longer tentacles. Her shell was also changed, being more curved with less resemblance to a nautilus shell, and inconsistently depicted as larger in some panels.

Personality

Monarch classifies Scylla's behavior as that of a "destroyer,"[2] along with fellow Titans King Ghidorah, Rodan, MUTO Prime, Camazotz, Mechagodzilla, and the Skull Devil. She is a Titan scavenger,[2] who actively seeks out sources of radiation on which to feed. This at one point places her into conflict with the United States Coast Guard and even Godzilla, even though she had earlier submitted to him.

Origins

Scylla was discovered by Monarch in the Arizona desert, and Outpost 55 was constructed around her. She is named after a legendary sea monster from Homer's Odyssey. Monarch has also discovered evidence that the Moai statues on Easter Island may have been constructed by the island's ancient inhabitants as "scarecrows" to ward off Scylla.[2] Though she exhibits anatomical traits of various arthropods, Scylla is specifically stated to be a cephalopod.[1]

History

Monsterverse

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Scylla was awakened from her slumber in Arizona by King Ghidorah's call, which also awakened many other Titans around the world. Scylla's legs tore through the desert near an oilfield as she erupted from underground. Like the other Titans, Scylla rampaged through populated areas, destroying buildings in nearby Phoenix with her colossal legs. Eventually, she made her way to Boston along with Methuselah, Behemoth, the Queen MUTO, and a flock of Leafwings. There, they found the alpha they were following, Ghidorah, slain at the hands of Godzilla. Rodan approached Godzilla to challenge him, but was intimidated by his gaze and ultimately submitted. The other Titans all followed suit, each "bowing" in their own way to the new King of the Monsters. Later on, Scylla was reported to have left human civilization and taken up residence in a lake. The creature was also credited with slowing down the melting of the polar ice caps.

Abilities

Physical abilities

Scylla utilizes her massive legs to effortlessly smash through buildings, and even pierced Godzilla's skin with them in Godzilla Dominion. Though ultimately defeated, she was briefly able to hold her own against the King of the Monsters. She is highly maneuverable.[2]

Temperature manipulation

Through unspecified means, Scylla is able to slow the melting of the polar ice caps.

Bacteria generation

Monarch describes Scylla as "bio-corrosive."[2] After feeding on a slain Titan, Scylla can convert its nutrients into a deadly water-borne bacteria.[2]

Shell

Scylla can exit her shell at will, presumably to escape another Titan's grasp.[2] Though she is vulnerable to attack until she can grow a new shell, she will compensate by burrowing into a rock face or molding sunken warships into temporary armor.

Tentacles

Scylla can launch her tentacles at opponents. This was sufficient to disorient Godzilla and send him stumbling backward.

Amphibiousness

As shown in Godzilla Dominion, Scylla is able to propel herself quickly through the water with her legs. Her top speed underwater is unknown, but she is even faster than Godzilla.

Toxic Fog

In Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong, Scylla released a toxic fog that hindered the Flash's super-speed, though it appears to not have affected the various supervillains breaking out of Iron Heights Prison. Supergirl dispelled it with her super-breath.

Video games

  • Pinball FX (2023) - PlayStation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Steam, Epic Games [silhouette; targets]

Comics

Godzilla Dominion

Hungry and desperate for sustenance, Scylla attempted to feed on a nuclear bomb in the ocean near Savannah, Georgia, putting her into conflict with the United States Coast Guard. Godzilla soon arrived and, sensing Scylla would not give up her prize without a fight, attacked her. Godzilla tackled Scylla, who stabbed him with her legs and drew blood. She then extended her tentacles at Godzilla's face, but he shook her off and sent her slamming into a cargo ship. The two Titans roared at each other before Scylla again shot her tentacles at Godzilla's face. Godzilla stumbled backward into an electrical sign, which sparked and ignited nearby oil tanks, causing them to explode. Amid the flames, Godzilla lunged at Scylla and launched her into the air. Scylla crashed into the water before getting back to her feet, growling at Godzilla. As the humans lifted the warhead onto a ship, Scylla finally gave up and retreated underwater.

Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong

During a battle between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom in the Fortress of Solitude, the Toyman accidentally activated the Mother Box, transporting him and the rest of the villains to Skull Island in the Monsterverse. The Legion fled from a giant Skullcrawler as it battled Kong, finding an abandoned facility. There they found four other Titans displayed on monitors: Godzilla, Scylla, Behemoth, and Camazotz. The Toyman was dismissed by the rest of the Legion when he announced a plan to unleash these creatures against the Justice League, so he angrily used the Dreamstone he had stolen from the Fortress to transport his team, Skull Island, and several Titans back to the DC Universe. The displaced Titans went on the warpath, with Scylla attacking Iron Heights Prison in Central City. Spread thin, the Justice League sent the Flash, Green Lantern, and Supergirl to defend the city.

Flash arrived at the prison first, but was overwhelmed by escaping supervillains due to the toxic fog Scylla produced hindering his super-speed. This changed when Supergirl arrived and used her super breath to disperse the fog, allowing Flash to fight the villains. She prepared to fight Scylla with Green Lantern, but flew back to Metropolis when she realized that she couldn't hear Superman's heartbeat. Green Lantern and Flash held their own until Flash was frozen by the newly-arrived Captain Cold and Green Lantern was grabbed by Scylla's tentacles, forcing him to form a ball around himself for protection. Flash quickly broke free of the ice and used his tornado arms to force the monster to drop Green Lantern. Green Lantern fired a laser at Scylla as Supergirl returned and joined in with her heat vision, their combined might forcing Scylla to retreat into the ocean.

Books

Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization

Scylla performs essentially the same role in the novelization that she does in the film itself.

Gallery

Main article: Scylla/Gallery.

Roar

Scylla roars

Trivia

  • Possibly due in part to her spider-like legs, Scylla was frequently mistaken for Kumonga by fans and media outlets after viewing the trailers for Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
  • Before King Ghidorah awakened her, Scylla lived beneath Monarch Outpost 55 in Arizona, most likely a reference to the 1955 movie Tarantula!, in which a giant spider menaces a small town in the same state.
  • Scylla's scene in Godzilla Dominion was inspired by the 1958 Tybee Island mid-air collision, which resulted in the United States Air Force losing a Mark 15 nuclear bomb. Presumed to rest somewhere in Wassaw Sound, it has never been found. One of the civilian boats opposing the monster hails from Savannah, Georgia, the closest city to the bomb.

Video

Wikizilla: YouTube Kaiju Profile: The Other Titans
of Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Extended footage of Scylla and Methuselah

References

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