While Legendary’s MonsterVerse has done a solid job at creating its own new and exciting kaiju, often referred to as ‘Titans’ within the film series, they have currently featured depictions of five classic kaiju, four of which are from Toho’s Godzilla franchise. These kaiju are Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah and Godzilla himself, as well as King Kong who was originally created by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper for the 1933 film King Kong.
Despite the popularity and success of some of Legendary’s own original creations, such as the MUTO’s from 2014’s Godzilla and the Skull Devil from 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, the Godzilla franchise has featured dozens of iconic kaiju for over 60 years. Having these classic creatures alongside Legendary’s own monsters has been a strong way to draw in audiences, a trend many people are hoping continues after the release of 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong.
Toho’s Godzilla franchise has handfuls of heavy hitters that would be amazing to see alongside the King of the Monsters on the big screen. While not all of Toho’s creations are ripe for the picking, these are ten classic Toho kaiju that need to be featured in Legendary’s MonsterVerse after the release of Godzilla vs. Kong.
10. Jet Jaguar
Despite only have a single appearance, in the 1973 film Godzilla
vs. Megalon, Jet Jaguar is still a very popular addition to Toho’s Godzilla
franchise. His design is heavily based on that of Ultraman, another Toho
property about an alien superhero who comes to defend the earth with a variety
of different ‘Ultra Men’. Jet Jaguar is slightly different, being a heroic
robot created by a scientist named Goro Ibuki.
In Godzilla vs. Megalon, the Seatopians attempt to take control of Jet Jaguar and use him to guide their kaiju, Megalon, on his rampage. However, Ibuki is able to regain control of Jet Jaguar and use the robot to convince Godzilla to participate in the fight against Megalon. During the final battle, Jet Jaguar is able to attain free will and grows himself to kaiju size in order to face both Megalon and Gigan with Godzilla, an endeavour in which they are ultimately successful.
While Jet Jaguar might not seem to be the best fit for the
MonsterVerse, being a product of a goofier era of Toho productions, he has long
been a fan favourite addition to the Godzilla franchise. Having the heroic
robot be constructed by Monarch to aid Godzilla against whatever kaiju threats
are lurking in the future of the franchise would be the best way to introduce
Jet Jaguar to the MonsterVerse.