Future Foes For Godzilla
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Both Godzilla and Clover from 2008's Cloverfield are downright mean monsters. I can see these two getting into a very animalistic fight, as neither of them have the same tact or intellect as, say, King Kong or Gamera.
Though most people didn't like the camera work for J.J. Abrams' take on the kaiju genre, I think it's an incredibly unique and realistic way of going about doing a monster flick. Also, part of what makes Clover so cool is the mystery behind his appearance and rampaging. Usually with monster movies you mostly see things from a military perspective, and don't get any of the mass hysteria beyond five second clips of scared people fleeing the scene with Godzilla or some other leviathan wreaking havoc in the background.
As for Clover's origins, Abrams came up with the idea to do a giant monster movie in response to the Godzilla series. He felt that America needed its own monster, but not like King Kong. He wanted to represent the pure fear of a young monster lost and confused. So while Clover represents Fear, Godzilla represents Anger. Put the two together and you've got one nasty battle.
Gamera: The Brave (2006)
Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)
One of the only foes Godzilla hasn't conquered yet is... himself. Sure, it's been touched on - a convincingly-disguised Mechagodzilla in 1974, a Mechagodzilla built out of the skeleton of the '54 monster, Shadow Godzilla from the Godzilla Island episode, and the 1998 version Zilla in Final Wars - but the Big G hasn't ever fought one of his own kind matched in ability for a full movie's length. The Heisei Godzilla was supposed to go toe-to-toe with the ghost of the '54 Godzilla at one point, but the filmmakers decided that after Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II and Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla the green guy needed a break from battling counterparts.
The only other mutated godzillasaur with all the same attributes as the big guy in the Godzilla series has been a younger monster that Godzilla adopts as his own son. Minya, Godzilla Junior, Minilla, call him what you want - I think the relationship is sweet and humanizes Goji-guy, and so I don't want his smaller counterpart to be who he fights. However, if there were two physically mature Godzilla monsters, it's not hard to imagine the conflict that would ensue over the little one. Perhaps one of the Godzillas could look like a recognizable godzillasaur while the other could look slightly different due to a slight difference in mutation, maybe even taking after the original design for the Final Wars Godzilla. This would make the Godzillas recognizable from one another while still keeping them in the same species, kind of like with Reigo and Raiga.
Toho has repeatedly taken into consideration what monsters will sell movie tickets. And what's Toho's most marketable character? That's right: The King of the Monsters himself. So why not?
King Kong (2005)
Vs. King Kong
Yeah, I know King Kong fought Godzilla back in '62. But a couple remakes and countless technological advances later, the current generations could do an all-new unique take on this particular match-up. Just think of how epic a CGI Godzilla, looking like he does in Always 2, and King Kong, looking like he does in the '05 remake, would be.
King Kong could be the good guy again, and Godzilla the villain. But it could be so much more - both monsters can be represented as misunderstood giants in a world they don't belong, their difference that one takes it out on cities and the other channels the stress into a crush on a beauty of another race. Throw in a plausible explanation for how such culturally different monsters as King Kong and Godzilla could possibly exist in the same universe, and you have yourself a winner.
For those in the dark on the origin of the monster Godzilla, it should be noted that King Kong (1933) along with The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953) was one of the inspirations for the original Gojira (1954). What better way to honor an a giant monster movie that inspired another giant monster movie than to have the former titular monster fight the latter titular monster?
Mobile Suit Gundam (1979)
Vs. The Kraken
Whether you like the concept of a movie where a giant eggs smashes Norway, The Kraken will always be the original Scandinavian behemoth. Unfortunately, he's rarely represented well in film. Just take the Pirates of the Caribbean movies - Dead Man's Chest (2006) treated him like an unstoppable force of nature, but At World's End (2007) had him killed off by the Navy in a mere mention like it was no problem. And you know, that really kind of fired my frying pan.
Godzilla hasn't fought too many sea monsters in his day. Enemies like Titanosaurus are a rarity. It's been a while, too. Seeing as Godzilla is a sea monster, it'd be nice to have him square off against another one for a change from all these extra-terrestrial and ancient earth beings. The confrontation is most certainly deserved - stories of The Kraken terrified Scandinavians long before Godzilla ever stepped foot in Tokyo. It's about time these two cultures clashed.
Ultraman: The Next (2004)
I know the 1965-1966 Godzilla suit was used in an episode of the original Ultraman (1966), where sporting a new frill and some yellow splotches of paint the monster Jirass took on the grey guy in one of that particular series' most epic fights. But, while that made us fanboys giddy with excitement at all the campy glory exhibited in those few minutes of sheer awesomeness, it simply doesn't count.
The Ultraman shows always depict a kaiju team protecting the world from the biggest, baddest monsters. But usually, in the shows at least, their timer barely starts blinking before the enemy is subdued. So while Ultraman would be a worthy foe for Godzilla, Godzilla would be a rare challenge for the monster killer as well.
Godzilla's popularity is in the gutters in Japan right now. Meanwhile, Ultraman's more popular than ever. And it's not like it would be so out of the ordinary for Godzilla and Ultraman to cross paths - Eiji Tsuburaya, the pioneer behind many of Toho's kaiju greats, is the creator of Ultraman (no matter what Sompote Saengduenchai says). Honestly - at least in Japan where Ultraman is a household term - Ultraman would make a perfectly marketable character for the all-too-picky Toho Company, Ltd. Perhaps they're looking for an internationally recognizable monster. But just look at the Millennium series - sure, monsters like Mechagodzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah dominated their share of screen time in the latter four movies. But the first two - Godzilla 2000, featuring Orga, and Godzilla vs Megaguirus, featuring Megaguirus - had by no means marketable monsters. Of course, maybe they consider Ultraman "too Japanese". Hey, that's what they said about Starfy too, right? And who knows, if done right maybe Ultraman can get some publicity here in America so we can get something over here besides the original 1966 show and the Tiga saga!
I'll admit, I've only seen the 1967 incarnation of this particular monster in action. Though, from what I hear, I've reason to be thankful I haven't seen Reptilian (2000). I love the character Yongary, but it really seems like he hasn't been able to be in a good movie. Well, until the boys of Toho or some other major studio pick him up and pit him against the monster he was created to imitate in the first place.
Godzilla. Menace when Man is ignorant. Protector when Man's in need. Undeniably one of the greatest, if not the greatest monster of all time. And battler of some of the most legendary foes known to exist. These monsters are all famous and in my personal opinion are worthy of fighting the Big G.
This list is under construction, and will be until the end of the year. I still have a good amount of kaiju films to see, so I'll add movies and notes later. If anyone wants to suggest a monster and provide notes as to why Godzilla should fight them or notes for some of the monsters that I've already added notes for... It all really helps. In fact, I encourage others to give their own take on these or other monsters. A little fresh perspective never hurts. Just try to do it in at least three or four sentences sos we knows why you think they should fight everybody's favorite radioactive colossus. =)
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