|“||My grandfather told me it wasn't always there. There was a village instead. And then one day a guy who was traveling in some other country came home. The village was gone, and that mountain was there.||„|
|“||...If you have faith... you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.||„|
— Matthew 17:20
Methuselah (メトシェラ Metoshera), also dubbed Titanus Methuselah, is a giant animal-plant-rock hybrid daikaiju created by Legendary Pictures that first appeared in the 2019 film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, as a minor Titan that obeys Ghidorah and later Godzilla.
"Methuselah" was a Biblical figure known for living a long time, a trait shared with almost all other uses of the word "Methuselah", including the oldest planet, the oldest star, and proteins that extend the lifespan of insects. This would suggest that Methuselah is ancient, even more so than the other Titans, but the significance of the name remains unknown.
Some Monarch agents gave Methuselah the nickname "Archie" for the time he spent living as an island in a remote Canadian archipelago.
Methuselah is a gigantic quadrupedal creature that is gray in coloration. Most notably, upon Methuselah's back sits a small jagged mountain, a result of his millennia-long hibernation. Plant life such as trees also pepper the Titan's back, forming a small forest. Methuselah has a large draconic skull with white eyes that have no pupils and a mouth with large, razor-sharp teeth. He also has large horns growing down from the top of his head that curl inwards. His forelimbs are clawed while his hind limbs are hoofed. He has a bulky armored body ending in a short reptilian tail.
It is believed that Methuselah is portrayed through CGI and keyframe animation, although the portrayal is currently undefined. Methuselah moves slowly and clumsily due to the great weight of his back.
Methuselah's dossier reveals that, naturally, he is propelled to protect nature by using his body as a "shield and sanctuary" from environmental disasters. However, like all Titans, he can be swayed by an Alpha to be malicious and destructive.
|“||Methuselah is a biblical patriarch from the Book of Genesis and is part of the genealogy linking Adam to Noah. Said to have died at the age of 969, he lived the longest of all the figures mentioned in the Bible. His name has become synonymous with longevity. Some scholars believe that Methuselah serves the symbolic function of linking the Creation and the Flood/Apocalypse.
A Titan sentinel with the power to camouflage, Methuselah can remain hidden in plain sight, able to seamlessly blend into the horizon of any rocky environment as a mountain range, a glacier, even earning the nickname "Archie" among some in the Monarch ranks for its time spent as a derelict island in a remote Canadian archipelago. Disguised by forests of vegetation that have claimed its rocky exterior from centuries of dormancy, Methuselah uses its mountainous body as a shield and sanctuary to protect or relocate entire populations from environmental catastrophes and Titan attacks. While lacking offensive elemental powers, Methuselah is a lumbering tank, able to withstand a heavy barrage of attacks and becoming a granite battleship that bulldozes Titan opponents in combat. Methuselah is the sleeping giant more humans have unknowingly seen throughout history, as it waited patiently for the call to rise.
— Cryptid Profile
According to legend, Methuselah destroyed a village in Munich, then settled down to sleep on its wreckage, where a forest grow on him and he was assumed to be a mountain until Monarch discovered his true origins.
Held in Monarch Outpost 67, located in Munich, Germany, the Titan is designated as "Titanus Methuselah" and several x-rays are taken of him, one of which is briefly examined by Mark Russell as Methuselah's file is browsed. Later, Methuselah wakes from his slumber due to the call of the new alpha, Ghidorah. Following his new alpha's orders, Methuselah proceeds to hunt on Earth with his new pack, beginning by attacking a nearby railway in Munich.
When Madison Russell activates the ORCA in Boston, Methuselah is one of the Titans to make the journey, despite being overseas. Either swimming or traveling through a Hollow Earth passageway, Methuselah does not move quickly enough to get to Boston before Godzilla kills Ghidorah. Methuselah then follows Rodan, Scylla, Behemoth, and the Queen MUTO in bowing down to Godzilla, acknowledging him as his new alpha.
Though he doesn't appear in the graphic novel, Methuselah instead appears in a red-tinted collage of monsters in the start of the graphic novel. It also said that Methuselah, alongside other Titans, are sent into dormancy by Godzilla.
Due to his back being composed partially of rock and vegetation, Methuselah can camouflage himself as a mountain, apparently very quickly.
Methuselah's back is extremely durable due to being almost completely covered in rock, allowing him to withstand powerful attacks.
Strength and combat
Unlike many Titans, Methuselah lacks any elemental powers, instead relying on his massive size and strength to "bulldoze" other Titans in battle. He can use his powerful jaws and massive horns to inflict a great deal of damage and destruction. He can also effortlessly carry an entire human population on his back.
In his official dossier, Methuselah is revealed to have camouflaged himself as an island at one point. He can also camouflage as a glacier if in an arctic environment.
- The outpost Methuselah was contained in, Monarch Outpost 67, is a possible reference to the 1967 Toho film Son of Godzilla.
- When Methuselah first appeared in a trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, he was widely believed to be Anguirus, Baragon, or Gamera.
- Methuselah was created to show that Titans can be a part of the natural world.
List of appearances
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization
- Godzilla vs. Kong - The Official Movie Novelization (Mentioned)
- @Legendary (23 April 2020). Monarch Titan Profile: Methuselah #MonsterverseWatchalong #NerdistFromHome. Twitter.
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