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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
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Nomenclature
Foreign name(s)

Mosura

Nickname(s)

Titanus Mosura
Queen of the Monsters

Biological Information
Homeworld

Earth

Species

Prehistoric moth

Forms

Larval Stage
Imago Stage

Gender

Female

Height

52 feet

Wingspan

803 feet

Status

Alive

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 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 baby-blue coloration to it as opposed to the traditional brown. Her imago state possesses bluish-green wings which give off a blue/orange glow with patterns akin to her Showa, Heisei, and Tokyo SOS designs.

Portrayal

The portrayal of the MonsterVerse Mothra is undefined.

Roar

Mothra's roar is undefined.

Personality

Mothra appears to be more friendly towards humanity than her fellow kaiju, 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 Mothra will retain her gentle nature.

Origins

Mothra's origin is undefined; however, given how she is shown in a cave painting, it is highly possible she, like Godzilla and Kong, is a prehistoric superspecies. In the Monarch timeline entries posted in 2017, it's noted that Mothra was seemingly discovered in the Temple of the Moth in the rainforest of China's Yunnan province.

History

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Godzilla

Mothra appeared as an easter egg in Godzilla, with her name appearing on an old aquarium that the Brody family owned before the meltdown at Janjira. The aquarium is only seen when Ford and Joe enter their former home.

Kong: Skull Island

Mothra appears in the post-credit scene, along with Godzilla, Rodan, and Ghidorah, in the form of cave-paintings. Unlike the paintings of Ghidorah and Rodan, Mothra and Godzilla are colored white but Mothra is surrounded by worshipers.

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: King of the Monsters

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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.

Flight

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

Trivia

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • As seen on the Monarch Sciences website, Monarch Outpost 61, where Mothra is located, homages 1961, the year Mothra premiered.

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

  1. Wickman, Kase (July 26, 2014). HOLY MOTHRA: GARETH EDWARDS REVEALS 'GODZILLA 2' MONSTERS AT COMIC-CON MTV. Retrieved June 10, 2017
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