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|“||Local legends call him Rodan, the Fire Demon.||„|
The Fire Demon
Jason Liles (motion capture)
Kong: Skull Island (cameo)
Rodan (ラドン?) of the RadonMonsterVerse, also dubbed Titanus Rodan, is a giant flying reptilian daikaiju created by Legendary Pictures that first appeared in the 2019 film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Rodan's original name, 'Radon', is based on the name Pteranodon, the extinct flying reptile that Rodan is primarily based on. The spelling of Radon in Japanese also corresponds to the name of Ladon, a dragon-like monster represented in Greek Mythology.
This incarnation of Rodan has a larger wingspan compared to any of his interpretations, with a fiery glow coating the bottom edge and a surface that resembles cooled lava. His physique and general appearance bear a strong resemblance to a bird of prey, with burgundy skin, a v-split crest with the ends curling inward. He lacks teeth, much like the Showa and Millenium incarnations, though his beak has a serrated look to it, giving the illusion of teeth. He retains the spade-shaped tail from his 1956, Showa, and 2004 incarnations. His eyes are yellow and rather cat-like. He still retains spikes on his chest, though, compared to other incarnations, they are smaller and less defined. The claws on his wings are also larger and sharper than those of his previous incarnations, and while previous incarnations have three fingers, this Rodan has two fingers and a thumb that allows him to walk like real-life pterosaurs.
Rodan is portrayed through a mix of motion capture from Jason Liles and CGI.
Rodan's roar is more akin to a screech or a scream, and is quite different from the roars of his previous incarnations. The filmmakers recorded vocalizations of cranes, owls, penguins and vultures to implement them into Rodan’s sounds. Rodan also makes low, guttural clicks and growls that sound oddly similar to the MUTOs, albeit deeper in tone. Though, there are a few moments where Rodan's roar sounds roughly similar to his Showa roar.
Rodan is highly aggressive in combat. He is seen destroying jets and other aircraft that fly near him as well as devouring a pilot that had ejected themselves from their cockpits. It should be noted that Rodan only battled the jets after they fired several missiles at him first; whether his aggressive behavior is out of defense or pure malice is debatable.
It is revealed that like most of the other Titans, Rodan's allegiance is to the Alpha, regardless of the latter's intentions. When Ghidorah overpowered Rodan and seemingly had Godzilla killed, Rodan acknowledged Ghidorah as the new Alpha Titan and followed him no matter what. Rodan aided Ghidorah in his battle against Godzilla by fighting Mothra, only to be incapacitated when Mothra stabbed him with her stinger. Upon seeing Godzilla destroying Ghidorah, Rodan acknowledged the former as the new Alpha Titan by being the first to bow down to him.
|“|| Within a Monarch containment facility atop the active Isla de Mara volcano, a mysterious Titan lies in pyrostasis within the restless magma. The legends speak of it as the "Fire Demon" or "The One Born of Fire", but a simpler name echoes through the ancient temples of volcanically active regions: "Rodan".|
A volcanic internal combustion system of magma flows throughout a body covered in rock-like scales that act as geothermal armor. While much larger in size, Rodan has a skeletal structure similar to that of a Pteranodon - one of the earliest vertebrates known to have developed the power of flight. Just as Kong is the king of the primates, Rodan may have once been the king of the skies.
Because of the extreme temperatures within this particular containment facility, current lab equipment can't function properly. As a result, thermal heat signatures on the creature are impossible to collect, and Monarch detection crews conducted cardiograms via aerial satellite for life sign detection and verification. Much like the volcano that incubates it, Rodan is alive but dormant.
Rodan's wings are wrapped around its body in stasis, but our cryptos estimate a wingspan big enough to create a sonic thunderclap capable of leveling entire cities as it flies overhead. RF-Capture scans reveal that Rodan's skin is not made of rock, but does have an outer dermis of sharp volcanic sediment collected from centuries of dormancy. Sci-ops theorizes the vulcanized appearance of its skin may be an evolutionary trait developed as a form of camouflage against mountain or large rock formations. Truly, a Titan forged in fire.
— Cryptid Profile
|SPOILER WARNING: This section may contain major plot and/or ending details. Proceed at your own discretion.|
In 1971, Houston Brooks and San Lin briefed James Conrad and Mason Weaver on multiple other monsters who once ruled the world alongside Kong. This included Rodan, along with Godzilla, Mothra, and Ghidorah, who were shown to the two via classified Monarch cave paintings.
Under the guise of "environmental research", a Monarch team established a quarantine zone around the dormant volcano on Isla de Mara. Over the years, the zone grew from a small scientific outpost into a full containment facility around the mouth of the volcano, which is then dubbed Monarch Outpost 56.Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Rodan is lying dormant in a Monarch facility located in a volcano until Emma Russell and the rest of Alan Jonah's eco-terrorist group deactivate the containment grid and use the ORCA to awaken him, causing the volcano to erupt. Monarch fighter jets attack Rodan in an attempt to lure him to Monster Zero. Rodan gives chase and levels a nearby city with the sonic waves caused by the flapping of his wings. Rodan destroys the majority of the squadron, save for the USS Argo, which leads him to Monster Zero. The two Titans briefly battle in the middle of the storm created by Monster Zero, with the three-headed dragon gaining the upper hand and sending Rodan plummeting into the sea. Rodan escapes the area before the Oxygen Destroyer is detonated, and is seen bowing to Monster Zero (now dubbed Ghidorah by Monarch) while it is perched atop the Isla de Mara volcano, acknowledging the new Titan as the Alpha.
Rodan accompanies Ghidorah as it builds a roost in Washington DC, where he engages with Monarch in another aerial dogfight. When Madison Russell activates the ORCA in Boston, attracting the attention of Ghidorah, Rodan follows the Alpha Titan.
In Boston, Rodan engages Mothra in battle, where she is pinned to a building. As Rodan attempts to kill Mothra, she stabs him through the left shoulder, incapacitating him for the duration of the battle between Godzilla and Ghidorah. After Godzilla kills Ghidorah, Rodan and the other Titans acknowledge Godzilla as their new Alpha by bowing down to him.
News clippings during the credits reveal that Rodan has flown to and made a nest in a volcano north of Fiji, and his presence has attracted thousands of spectators.
Rodan possesses an internal volcanic combustion system, causing him to radiate heat, the temperature of which can reach up to 1200°C. He can also expel lava from the orifices located on the outer edges of his wings and he used this ability to scorch Mothra's wings, weakening her ability to fly. The novelization reveals that Rodan is able to make volcanoes erupt by simply flying over them. Rodan is also revealed to have super-heated blood that resembles magma.
Cyclonic Drift Streams
When flying at top speed, Rodan's massive wings are powerful enough to create a sonic thunderclap that can level entire cities as he flies overhead.
Due to his geothermal armor and size, Rodan is able to completely shrug off bullets from rifles and hibernate inside a dormant volcano for millennia. He can even withstand the full force of Ghidorah's gravity beams as they push him into the ocean. Even after Mothra used her stinger to stab him in his sternum, Rodan was merely incapacitated and managed to recover after a short period of time.
Despite being much larger in size, Rodan has a skeletal structure similar to that of a Pteranodon and thus is capable of fast, long-distance flight.
Speed and Agility
Rodan is fast enough to keep up with military fighter jets, the Argo, and to intercept Mothra from attacking Ghidorah.
Strength and CombatRodan uses his beak, talons, and wings as his primary weapons. He can easily crush fighter jets with his beak and talons before performing a 360° spin mid-flight, using his wings to destroy surrounding fighter jets. Rodan is also strong enough to grapple in the sky with other flying Titans such as Ghidorah and Mothra.
Although Rodan's geothermal armor makes him invulnerable to most forms of attacks, Mothra's abdominal stinger is able to pierce through it. While Rodan managed to survive the attack, it still made him writhe in agonizing pain.
- The MonsterVerse Rodan is somewhat smaller than his previous incarnations. However, it is possible that this Rodan's height could be a matter of posture whether or not to be forward‐bent.
- This Rodan is the first of its incarnations with a wider wingspan than that of Mothra within the same continuity.
- As seen on the Monarch Sciences website, Monarch Outpost 56, where Rodan is contained homages 1956, the year when Rodan was released.
- Much like the MonsterVerse Ghidorah, the MonsterVerse Rodan is the first incarnation of the character capable of taking on a quadripedal stance by using his wings as forelegs.
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