Godzilla165 wrote:The cloud was really nothing more than symbolic, he didn't make it anymore throughout the movie. I could make th same cloud with a powerful enough firecracker rigged on the ground. If Godzilla's beam was that strong, it would have made the same exact effect every time it made impact with something. It has been argued that Baragon and Mothra both burst into pixy dust, and did it intentionally. Mothra did it to power up Ghidorah, and Baragon did it also for some random reason. I personally think that FW Godzilla is the strongest, because he is the most mobile, retaliates when someone or something tries to attack him, and has the strongest power up mode that every other Godzilla can't match. Being able to kick Keizer Ghidorah's head, and send him flying several feet. Plus, his beam is able to break through Earth's atmosphere and travel into space. He also tanked two gigantic explosions without a scratch. Burning Godzilla may have been able to destroy the world, but all he did was spam his beam and rarely went head to head with Destroyah except once. GMK Godzilla is in third for being the strongest in my honest opinion.
Okay, first off, I'd love to see you make a mushroom cloud with firecrackers that is seen many miles away (and don't forget the flash--double entendre!). You might be able to make a nice tiny cloud on your street or something. But this is completely different.
That cloud, while might serve a dual purpose of being symbolic as well, is canon in this film. It's been argued that the first blast was strongest because it was building-up power over all those years. Do I like this theory? No. But it's no worse than the one you offered about Baragon bursting intentionally, which sounds very silly to me. My point is, with the ray, it can't be tossed out if it happened in the movie.
And just to go in a bit more detail regarding the souls. I would think they all just die in that same fashion because they are three mythic monsters. Had Baragon died next to Mothra or KG he would be able to join his spirit with them much like Mothra did with KG. But Baragon died alone. In fact, it was a massacre. Point is, Godzilla's ray sent three monsters completely ablaze and was strong enough to blow fully-developed KG into shark bait, even if it was after Godzilla absorbed KG's energy.
Your Final Wars analysis I agree 100%. I'm just trying to figure out which part of Burning Godzilla's ray proves it was stronger than GMK's aside from one Super X-III pilot's well-developed hypothesis: His ray has gotten stronger.