|Above, the Japanese poster of Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964).|
The monster King Ghidorah made its debut in 1964 and has been around in Japanese science-fiction movies, in various forms, ever since.
King Ghidorah will be returning to movie houses when Godzilla: King of the Monsters is released by Legendary Pictures. Legendary obtained the rights to the King Ghidorah character from Toho Co., Ltd.
TVOvermind has an article on the history and evolution of King Ghidorah. Did you know that Ghidorah took its cue from Greek mythology?
They start it with:
In the Monsterverse the creatures just keep getting bigger, stronger, and overall meaner as things go along. King Ghidorah is one of those creatures that has proven that for every big, bad monster that comes along there’s going to be another bigger, badder monster that will eventually be able to topple them. For a while everyone thought that Godzilla was the undisputed king of the monsters, and for the most part this claim was hard to dispute. But when the other kaiju started rolling out and Godzilla started to have troubles with some of them people got the idea that while the great and fearsome lizard was still tough, he wasn’t always at the top of the heap. The thing about King Ghidorah is that while he’s big tough, and can put up one awesome fight, he was still given his share of weaknesses to deal with. His battles with Godzilla and the other monsters were epic, but in the end he was more the bad guy than any of them, and had to be teamed up on to be taken down.
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