Mothra モスラ [MonsterVerse]


Mothra Larva - Mothra
Mothra Larva [MonsterVerse]
Mothra Larva

Length :
Mass :

Powers / Weapons

Silk attack; metamorphosis

Appearances

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Series // MonsterVerse

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Description

Deep within the rainforests of China's Yunnan Province stood an ancient structure known as the Temple of the Moth, which in ancient days was a place of worship for a benevolent creature spoke of in folklore and legend. A beautiful, glowing, angel-like being whose power could shatter the sky. Upon the temple's discovery by the organization MONARCH, it was repurposed into their Outpost 61. Resting inside the temple's main chamber was a large, egg-like sac, which suddenly began stirring from the growing life within. Just as the outpost's technicians began to monitor the activity, the sac burst open. Out emerged an enormous larva-like creature, the very beast the temple was built to pay tribute to: Titanus Mosura - Or as the legends called her, Mothra.

MONARCH immediately attempted to hold the larva within a containment grid, but their computer systems began to fail, causing the walls of energy around the beast to dissipate. Without the safety of the grid, the containment team panicked, one of them firing their taser gun at the Titan. Though it didn't seriously injure the creature, it nevertheless startled her. Mothra's beta-wave bioluminescence, normally calming blue, shifted to red as the monster also puffed up its body to appear more intimidating. This was swiftly followed by an attack, as Mothra began snatching the soldiers in her mandibles and immobilizing them with her silken spray. Before Mothra's rampage could continue any further, Doctor Emma Russell stepped out into the chamber, bringing along with her a device of her own creation known as the ORCA. Using the ORCA to play the simulated bioacoustics of an Alpha Titan, Emma was able to soothe the larva's fury, returning her to a peaceful state.

Unfortunately, as soon as Mothra had been pacified, the facility was broken into by a group of eco-terrorists, who captured Emma, her daughter Madison, and the ORCA, then killed the remaining technicians. With MONARCH no longer there to contain her, Mothra escaped from the temple and made her way through the rainforest to a nearby waterfall, where she began to construct a cocoon.


Powers / Weapons
Silk Attack

Silk Attack

Mothra could spray silken web from her mandibles.

Not only can she use this silk to ensnare and immobilize opponents in fights with other Titans, but it also allows her to build a cocoon which she can then use to begin her transformation into imago form.

   
Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

In her larval form, Mothra has the ability to cocoon herself in her own silken web, just as all caterpillars do, initiating her evolution into her next stage of life: her imago form.


Background and Trivia
  • Mothra's MONARCH Outpost is number 61, a reference to the year 1961 which the original Mothra (1961) was released.
  • In trying to find ways to make the Mothra Larva emotive since it wasn't capable of making facial expressions, Michael Dougherty revealed in the film's audio commentary that he drew inspiration from the Klendathu Bugs from the 1997 movie Starship Troopers, which mostly used body language to convey their thoughts and emotions.
  • Again in the audio commentary, Dougherty said the Larva changing her colors from blue to red was inspired by the Larva twins' eyes doing the same in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003).



Mothra [MonsterVerse]
Mothra

Height : 15 meters
Wingspan : 244 meters
Mass :

Powers / Weapons

Flight; silk attack; god rays; scythe arms; stinger; life force transference

Appearances

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Series // MonsterVerse


Description

The war between Godzilla and Monster Zero had come to a sudden and disastrous end. Due to the United States military's Oxygen Destroyer, Godzilla was seemingly dead, and the three-headed monster had declared himself the new Alpha Titan of Earth, raising all other Titans from their dormancy to carry out his bidding. But there was still one Titan that would not bow to the new king so easily. One who was still loyal to the fallen reptile. Her cocoon pulsating with an eerie yet beautiful blue light, Mothra emerged from beneath the Yunnan waterfall, her metamorphosis complete. Spreading her newly formed wings, the Queen of the Monsters let out a cry of defiance.

Making her way to Bermuda, Mothra tracked down the gravely wounded Godzilla, using her shining god rays to clear the clouds around her. She called out to him, letting him know that she was there for him, her cry piercing even the depths of the sea. She received a response, but a faint one, her king too weak and hurt. Realizing it would take far too long for Godzilla to heal on his own, MONARCH took a submarine into the depths, ending up in the ancient hollow Earth tunnels that Titans often used to travel great distances. Finding Godzilla laying barely conscious within a massive temple, Dr. Ishiro Serizawa sacrificed his life to detonate a nuclear warhead, rejuvenating Godzilla's atomic powers and greatly speeding along his recovery.

Mothra [MonsterVerse]Revived, the King of the Monsters asceneds on Boston to rechallenge King Ghidorah. The supercharged Godzilla and the evil three-headed monster had begun the final round of their ancient rivalry, causing great damage to the city in the process. Just as Godzilla seemed to be gaining the advantage, pinning Ghidorah down with his atomic ray, Mothra joined in the fight, shooting down from the sky and ambushing the three-headed monster with her silken spray, sticking two of his heads to a nearby building. Quickly outmatched by the two Titans, Ghidorah called for back up of his own. Rodan emerged from the clouds like a phantom, immediately zeroing in on and attacking Mothra. The giant insect began to defend herself, no longer able to assist Godzilla against his rival, and the two flying monsters dove and spun through the skies, knocking fighter jets and helicopters out of the air.

Just as Ghidorah began to overpower Godzilla, Mothra found herself outmatched by his pterosaur minion. Rodan pinned her against a building and prepared to gouge her with his beak, but a slash from her scythe-like arms was enough to momentarily fend him off. Climbing wearily to the top of the building, Mothra was attacked again, pinned down by Rodan's talons. The Fire Demon tried to snap his beak shut on Mothra's face, but failed. His second attempted failed as well. On his third, Rodan suddenly found himself impaled; Mothra had brought her abdomen forward, stabbing through Rodan's torso with her massive stinger. Though the fiery beast was defeated, Mothra was badly hurt, barely able to move.

Meanwhile, King Ghidorah had constricted Godzilla with his three powerful necks, lifting the mighty reptile and carrying him into the sky. Taking him up into the stratosphere, high above the clouds, Ghidorah let Godzilla drop, igniting upon re-entry before slamming down into the earth below. Landing nearby, Ghidorah watched as Godzilla lay there, weak and defenseless. But he was not alone. Mothra had made her way to him, climbing onto his prone form. Using her bioluminescent glow, her massive wings began to pulse with a vibrant array as a warning for Ghidorah to stay away. Flapping her torn wings, Mothra then took to the air and sped towards the three-headed monster, screeching in fury. But the queen's stand was not meant to last, as the golden beast unleashed his three gravity beams at her, stopping her advance cold and causing her to explode into a brilliant ball of light, reducing her to atoms.

A glowing blue energy, the last remnants of her essence, fell from where Mothra once existed, raining down upon Godzilla. The queen's power absorbed into his skin, giving the King of the Monsters one last chance to reclaim his throne.


Powers / Weapons
Flight

Flight

As a winged insect, Titanus Mosura possesses the ability of flight.

She's not the fastest of fliers, but she is agile, able to skillfully dodge and weave in midair during her fight with Rodan. Her wings are strong and sturdy as well, as even though they were torn and burnt from her fight with the Fire Demon, she was still fully capable of flight.

   
Silk Attack

Silk Attack

Just as her larval stage did, Mothra's imago form possesses the ability to spew silken web from her mandibles.

The tensile strength of her silk is immense, able to ensnare two of King Ghidorah's heads and trap them against the side of a building, with the space monster unable to free himself fast enough before being attacked by Godzilla.

   
God Rays

God Rays

An evolved form of Mothra's natural beta-wave bioluminescence, she is able to envelope herself in an aura of blinding light, then project it outwards.

While the god rays are never seen used in combat against another Titan, she uses them when locating Godzilla underneath the ocean. We see that they have a powerful impact against the water's surface, sending massive waves in every direction.

   
Scythe Arms

Scythe Arms

Four of Mothra's six legs, particularly the front two, are long and scythe-like, greatly resembling the claws of a praying mantis.

A single swipe from her forearms was enough to fend off Rodan, causing him to momentarily break off his attack and regroup.

   
Stinger

Stinger

Just as a bee or wasp would, Mothra possesses a large, curved stinger at the end of her abdomen.

The stinger seems to be a weapon of last resort, as using it requires getting in extremely close quarters with her opponent. That having been said, the stinger is incredibly powerful, able to pierce Rodan's tough, rocky hide (and anything underneath) without any sign of resistance.

   
Life Force Transference

Life Force Transference

When Mothra is vaporized by King Ghidorah's gravity beams, a cloud of glowing blue energy descends from the sky, falling onto Godzilla, whose body proceeds to absorb it on its own. This energy not only resuscitates the badly injured Godzilla, it also kicks his already supercharged nuclear powers into overdrive, pushing him into his highly destructive Burning Godzilla state and granting him the ability to use a devastating nuclear pulse.

Whether this transference of power would work with any Titan, or is unique to Godzilla due to their symbiotic relationship, is unknown.


Background and Trivia
  • Mothra [MonsterVerse]Though Godzilla: King of the Monsters marks Mothra's first physical appearance in the MonsterVerse, the first hint of the creature's existence (in her imago form) comes in the form of a cave painting in the post credit sequence of Kong: Skull Island (2017).
  • As revealed in the film's audio commentary, Mothra was given mantis-like arms and a stinger because Michael Dougherty thought she has had so many crazy powers across her filmography, it would only make sense for the character to evolve methods of physically defending herself.
  • Though previous attempts had been made to give her the ability as can be seen in storyboards for the unmade Mothra vs. Bagan, this marks the first feature film in which the adult Mothra possesses a silk spray attack similar to the Mothra Larva's.
  • Twin sisters Dr. Ilene Chen and Dr. Ling (both portrayed by actress Ziyi Zhang), as well as all their identical female family members shown in photographs, are a reference to Mothra's fairy priestesses such as the Shobijin, the Cosmos and the Elias.
  • In the film's end credits, Mothra is said to have been played by "Herself."