Godzilla has entered the big screens a second time with the sequel to the 2014 movie titled Godzilla: King of the Monsters. But the Monster-Verse just keeps getting bigger and weirder. Godzilla 1 gave us a whole new Titan monster in the form of MUTOs – Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism. The prequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a comic book released to expand the universe of the Monsters has recently revealed that there is another monster that is just as lethal and deadly as the MUTO’s combined. And since the comic book is canon, this new titan actually exists in the same universe as the movies. Presenting – Godzilla: King of the Monsters prequel unveils most dangerous Titan ever – MUTO Prime!!
SPOILER ALERT: Major Spoilers for Godzilla: Aftershock up ahead. Enter at your own risk if you haven’t read the comic book and intend to in the future….
Godzilla: Aftershock’s announcement brought in a huge wave of excitement to fans of the Monster-Verse, the primary reason being that they get to see unexplored events in the life of the Titan King. But there was one other major reason the comic book was so anticipated. Godzilla: Aftershock was supposed to introduce a new breed of Titans to the Godzilla Universe. These titans would be stronger, smarter, faster and larger than the usual range of monsters Godzilla faces on a daily basis. The first of these monsters has raised its head above the horizon and Godzilla in for one hell of a surprise.
The graphic novel has unveiled a new species of Titans that is related to the MUTO monsters we saw in the first Godzilla movie in 2014. The new monster, termed the MUTO Prime, is twice as bigger as its predecessors and is in more ways than one, a Predator of Titans. In other terms, MUTO Prime, which is known as the Jinsin-Mushi in the graphic novel, is a Titan Killer.
The comic begins with Godzilla resurfacing in Guam after the events of Godzilla in 2014, where he killed two MUTOs and saved the world from an extinction level event. In Guam, Godzilla is not out there to lick his wounds and recuperate. He is actually hard at work. He has come up in search of another, evolved version of the MUTO that has also been seen around the island. MUTO Prime is in search of something very valuable to it. Godzilla does not care. He needs to take it out before it becomes a threat to the world.
Monarch, the organization that is responsible for all Titan related research, is also trying to study the roots of the MUTO Prime and trying opt figure out a way to stop it. Monarch research scientist Ishiro Serizawa and Emma Russell, both characters in the first movie, find the MUTO Prime’s roots tracing back to an ancient Shinto religion in the heart of the Japanese islands. It is then revealed that the followers of this ancient religion have been aware of the MUTO Prime’s existence deep beneath the surface of the Earth and have been worshipping it since ages. According to their religion, Jinshin-Namazu, a Shinto God, took the form of the MUTO Prime, which the Shinto priest of the ancient religion refers to as the Dragon Beetle. The purpose of the Dragon Beetle is to destroy mankind and pave way for a new world.
This new entity, called the Jinshin-Mushi, is actually MUTO Prime. It is a titan that has been hibernating deep inside the Earth’s crust and is waiting for the perfect moment to awake. We already know how the MUTOs work from the 2014 movie. They feed off of nuclear energy and then after storing enough of it, they mate and give birth to more of their kind. But MUTO Prime is different.
The comic books reveal that if MUTO egg remains unfertilized, then the genes of the egg might evolve, giving birth to a superior species. The MUTO Prime has deadly spear like ovipositors and is way bulkier than its predecessor. It can not only take a hit but also inflict maximum damage. The battle between the MUTO Prime and Godzilla ends with Godzilla suffering massive internal and external damage, forcing him into a temporary retreat.
Imagine the King of the Monsters was made to fall back. That is the power of the MUTO Prime. And he is just getting started. The next issue will help us provide you with further updates. Stay tuned.