Looking for Easter eggs in Godzilla 2014? For those not familiar with the term, an Easter egg is a hidden message or nod in a film. The term was actually coined first for video games, but has since taken on a new life in movies thanks to adaptations of long spanning work. The recent trend in comic book films is a great example of this. The King of the Monsters has a rich history of his own, though, that is ripe is reference. So what Easter eggs are there to be found in the film? Well the movie is pretty light on them, but here are a couple:
1. When Joe and Ford Brody return to their evacuated home in the quarantine zone, they stumble upon an aquarium briefly. Not much attention is paid to it, but if you look closely the side of the tank has masking tape on it. The letters written on the tape spell out Mothra.
The tape is broken in two pieces. While its possible the subject inside was named Mothra by one of the Brody family, its just as likely its a coincidence by the characters and a clever nod to the famous Toho monster by the film makers.
…and that’s really it for Easter eggs. There was a brief scene filmed with actor Akira Takarada who would have welcomed Joe Brody into Japan. Given the actor’s rich history with the franchise, this would have certainly counted. However, the scene ended up on the cutting room floor under pressure to shorten the film. Hopefully, and very likely, the scene turns up as an extra on the DVD and Blu-ray releases of the movie.
Hopefully later entries in the series provide a few more nods to the movies that came before them.