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The Return of King Ghidorah (キングギドラの逆襲,   Kingu Gidora no Gyakushū?, lit. King Ghidorah's Counterattack) is an unmade 1992 direct sequel to Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah.


Plot

A space monster comes down to Earth and begins terrorizing the planet. This creature appears to have a striking resemblance to King Ghidorah, a monster created by the Futurians that attacked Japan last year, and was given the same name as a result. Humanity must now put their trust in Godzilla and hope he will come to their defense to battle the new King Ghidorah before the Earth is destroyed.

History

Due to the success of 1991's Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Toho initially considered producing a direct sequel to the film, featuring a version of King Ghidorah from outer space, similar to the character's Showa incarnation. Ultimately, Toho decided to instead revive one of Toho's other most popular monsters, Mothra, and ended up producing the film that ultimately became Godzilla vs. Mothra.

Trivia

  • The Return of King Ghidorah shares the title with an unmade early draft of Godzilla vs. Gigan. Aside from the title, the two films are not related at all.
    • Additionally, King Ghidorah's Counterattack, one of this film's alternative titles, is also the name of a Zone Fighter episode.
  • According to an interview with Koichi Kawakita conducted in 1994, this film wasn't made because a recent poll showed that Mothra was the most popular kaiju among women, and that it would have been "too easy" to bring back King Ghidorah again.[1]

References

Godzilla films
Godzilla series
Showa era GodzillaGodzilla Raids AgainKing Kong vs. GodzillaMothra vs. GodzillaGhidorah, the Three-Headed MonsterInvasion of Astro-MonsterEbirah, Horror of the DeepSon of GodzillaDestroy All MonstersAll Monsters AttackGodzilla vs. HedorahGodzilla vs. GiganGodzilla vs. MegalonGodzilla vs. MechagodzillaTerror of Mechagodzilla
Heisei era The Return of GodzillaGodzilla vs. BiollanteGodzilla vs. King GhidorahGodzilla vs. MothraGodzilla vs. Mechagodzilla IIGodzilla vs. SpaceGodzillaGodzilla vs. Destoroyah
Millennium series Godzilla 2000: MillenniumGodzilla vs. MegaguirusGodzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla Against MechagodzillaGodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.Godzilla: Final Wars
TriStar Pictures Godzilla (1998 film)
MonsterVerse GodzillaGodzilla: King of the MonstersGodzilla vs. Kong
Post-Millennium series Shin GodzillaGodzilla: Monster Planet
Cancelled or scrapped films
Showa era Bride of GodzillaThe Volcano MonstersBatman vs. GodzillaGodzilla vs. Hedorah sequelU.S.-Japan Collaboration: GodzillaAll Monsters Attack DirectiveGodzilla vs. RedmoonGodzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense DirectiveThe Return of King GhidorahA Space GodzillaGodzilla vs. Asuka Fortress
Heisei era The Return of Godzilla (original draft)Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3-DUntitled animated Godzilla filmGodzilla vs. King KongGodzilla vs. Mechani-KongThe Return of King GhidorahGodzilla vs. GigamothGodzilla vs. MechaMothraGodzilla vs. BerserkGodzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Early draft)Godzilla vs. AstroGodzillaGodzilla vs. Ghost GodzillaGodzilla vs. Barubaroi
Millennium series Godzilla RebornGodzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla vs. Gamera
American films Godzilla (1994 film)Godzilla 3D to the MAX
TriStar Pictures Godzilla 2
MonsterVerse Godzilla (June 2012 screenplay)