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From erased Nazca lines to the hidden Temple of the Moth, the name “Mothra” is woven throughout the most secret mythologies of our planet. The folklore and fairy tales tell of a winged creature of blinding light, an angel of the clouds whose god-like luminescence has the power to shatter the sky. „ 

— Monarch Sciences description

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Mothra
Godzilla King of the Monsters - Mothra poster - Clear keyart
Nomenclature
Foreign name(s)

Mosura

Nickname(s)

Queen of the Monsters

Biological Information
Homeworld

Earth

Species

Titanus Mosura

Forms

Larval Stage
Imago Stage

Gender

Female

Height

52 feet

Wingspan

803 feet

Eye color

Blue

Status

Alive

Affiliation Information
Allies

Madison Russell

Enemies

Ghidorah
Rodan

Production Information
First appearance

Kong: Skull Island (cameo)

Last appearance

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The Mothra (モスラ,   Mosura?) of the MonsterVerse, also dubbed Titanus Mosura is a giant moth daikaiju created by Legendary Pictures that will appear in Legendary's upcoming 2019 film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Name

The name "Titanus Mosura" comes from the Latin term "Titanus", meaning Titan, with "Mosura" being a Japanese translation of Mothra.

Design

Appearance

Mothra's silhouette on the cave paintings implies that she has greater resemblance to an actual lepidopteran than her previous incarnations. The temple carving implies that her wing patterns will be different but will still possess the circles on the larger wings.

The film itself depicts that Mothra will appear in both her larval and imago states. Her larval state is much more insectoid in appearance compared to other incarnations and has a bluish-green coloration to it as opposed to the traditional brown and baby blue eyes.

Her imago state possesses large wings with red, orange, yellow, and black coloration which give off a blue/orange glow with eye patterns akin to her Showa era, Heisei era, and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. designs. She also possesses raptorial front and mid-legs and toed hind-legs akin to the male MUTO

Her wings are much narrower than most incarnations. She sports a stockier head than most other interpretations but retains the classic blue eyes. Her abdomen is shaped like a wasp's, much like her 2001 portrayal. Her body still retains her classic white fur though her mouth is vertical as opposed to the usual horizontal position. 

Portrayal

The portrayal of the MonsterVerse Mothra is undefined.

Roar

Mothra's roar is similar to her past roars, being a sort of screech.

Personality

Mothra appears to be more friendly towards humanity than most of the other Titans, as all ancient pictograms show humans worshiping Mothra as a guardian angel goddess. In the trailer of the film, Mothra is seen approaching Madison and Emma Russell and allowing the former to touch her, suggesting that Mothra will retain her gentle nature. Despite this gentility, however, she does have a somewhat aggressive side, briefly roaring at Madison and Emma, and even attacking Ghidorah at one point.

Origins

From erased Nazca lines to the hidden Temple of the Moth, the name "Mothra" is woven throughout the most secret mythologies of our planet. The folklore and fairy tales tell of a winged creature of blinding light, an angel of the clouds whose god-like luminescence has the power to shatter the sky.

Ancient spirit tablets discovered in the mountain jungles of the Yunnan Province portray a giant winged alpha of the Lepidoptera order. In all of our findings, human civilization is pictographically shown in poses that imply deification of the so-called "Queen of the Monsters", suggesting that the creature was once a benign part of the natural order.

When Monarch containment crews discovered the live Titan chrysalis within the Chinese myth site, Dr. Emma Russell was quickly dispatched to closely monitor the creature that lay dormant within it. A quickening sonar pulse suggests the creature is awakening. If she ever emerges from her ancient slumber, a superspecies that once illuminated the sky will be reborn as Mothra.

Pupal DNA samples suggest a remarkable, multi-stage evolution. On reaching adulthood, Mothra's gigantic thorax is capable of emitting beta-wave bioluminescence which can be projected through the intricate patterns on its wings and weaponized into blinding "god rays".

As one of the deadliest and most beautiful natural phenomena in Earth's history, no wonder this devastating guardian angel was worshipped as a goddess by the ancient human civilization blessed to witness her.
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— Cryptid Profile

History

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Kong: Skull Island

In 1971, Houston Brooks and San Lin would brief James Conrad and Mason Weaver on multiple other monsters who ruled the world alongside Kong. This included Mothra, along with Godzilla, Rodan, and Ghidorah, who were shown to the two via classified Monarch cave paintings.

2009

In 2009, a team led by Monarch scientist Dr. Emma Russell followed a strange bio-acoustic signature to a previously undiscovered megalithic temple in the high-altitude jungles of China's Yunnan province. A giant cocoon was found within the temple, with a rapid heartbeat detected inside.

Godzilla

Prior to the meltdown at Janjira in 2014, the Brody family owned an aquarium which had a creature dubbed "Mothra" in it.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla King of the Monsters - Official Trailer 1 - 00021

Mothra in Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Mothra is confirmed to appear in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, along with Godzilla, Rodan, and Ghidorah on May 31, 2019.[1]

Abilities

Bioluminescence

Mothra's thorax is capable of emitting beta-wave bioluminescence that can be projected through the patterns of her wings and weaponized as blinding 'god rays' with the power to shatter the sky.

Durability

Mothra is able to take the full force of Ghidorah's gravity beams.

Flight

Mothra's gigantic wings allow her to fly across the sky at great speed.

Sharp Legs

Mothra's legs possess pointed tips, allowing her to fight up close against other Titans if she needs to.

Silk Attack

Mothra can release an incredibly strong silk from glands in her body in both her larval and imago forms. The silk is shown to be strong enough to pin Ghidorah to the side of a building.

Trivia

Mosura Orginal

Pre-production design of Mothra

  • This incarnation of Mothra to have long forelegs resembles Mothra's pre-production designs by Toho.
  • The reveal image for Mothra reads "Terrasearch #63061: Yucca Province". June 30, 1961 (6-30-61) was the date the original Mothra film released. However, Yucca is a typo as it's supposed to be "Yunnan", and there is no such place as the Yucca Province.
    • As seen on the Monarch Sciences website, Monarch Outpost 61, where Mothra is located, homages 1961, the year when Mothra was released.
  • Based on the fact that the Nazca Lines are mentioned in Monarch Sciences' description of Mothra, it can be assumed that she has some ties to Nazca culture. Mothra's connection to the Latin American continent is similar to that of her counterpart in the AniGoji continuity.
  • This Mothra's bioluminescence-based abilities are similar to a special ability of the male MUTO, originally dubbed 'Hokmuto', in an early version of the 2014 film, Godzilla. Said ability was said to be a lightning-like "shockwave" that created aurora-like lights.
    • Furthermore, some scenes of Mothra (MA) are similar to the description of this Mothra's bioluminescence.
  • In one interview with Michael Dougherty, he revealed that Mothra's eye spots are intentionally designed to look like Godzilla's eyes because he "wanted to create a connection between [her] and Godzilla". Additionally, he gave her slightly larger feet because he wanted her to be able to defend herself and fight with the other monsters if she needs to.[2]

List of appearances

In other languages

Mothra's name remains the same across many languages employing the Latin alphabet.

  • Bulgarian, Serbian and Russian: Мотра
  • Chinese: 魔斯拉 (Mó sī lā)
  • Italian: Watang, Mattra, Pulluk
  • Yiddish: מאָטהראַ

References

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