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King Ghidorah Looms Large in New Godzilla: King of the Monsters Photo

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Godzilla may be known as the King of Monsters, but his archenemy King Ghidorah seems ready to fight the title in director Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

In a new image from the upcoming film, the three-headed dragon monster  easily dwarfs a hi-tech plane in a menacing night scene.

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As Dougherty recalled to USA Today, he remembered when a Godzilla toy was his constant companion and friend. “I would take him to church. That’s how much I loved him,” the director said.

King Ghidorah first appeared in in the 1964 science fiction kaiju film Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster as a golden, three headed winged dragon-like creature that came from space to destroy Earth. It was prevented from accomplishing that goal by the combined effort of Earth's Kaiju monsters Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra. Although Ghidorah initially retreated into space, it returned in other movies to fight Godzilla and other kaiju, although its origins varied from movie to movie.

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With Godzilla: King of Monsters, Dougherty wanted to portray Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah as entities that once co-existed alongside humanity instead of  giant stupid animals or metaphors about nuclear power. “They were worshiped back in the day”, said Dougherty

When these Titans rise to do battle again, these monsters will battle to over the right to protect or dominate Earth and its human inhabitants. While the organization called Monarch might have plans for the creatures, most of humanity will probably be busy trying to survive the conflict between these legendary creatures.

Directed by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, and Zhang Ziyi. The film opens May 31, 2019.

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