The ancient underwater civilization in Godzilla: King of the Monsters has a deeper connection to him that goes beyond it being his home.
The underwater civilization depicted in Godzilla: King of the Monsters has a connection to the titular Titan that goes beyond it just being his home. After being injured by the Oxygen Destroyer, Godzilla descended into the depths of the ocean and was found by Monarch resting in a place hidden in the tunnels of Hollow Earth. This place was revealed to be a long-forgotten city whose people worshipped Godzilla as a god.
Many have wondered if this place was the MonsterVerse’s version of the mythical city of Atlantis, but Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Mike Dougherty has explained that it was based on a real-life place. The idea for the Hollow Earth city was taken from underwater ruins discovered near the coast of Yonaguni, Japan. In the 1990s, scientists found what many believe to be man-made structures that are approximately 10,000 years old. While some think that these stone blocks were naturally formed, it has also been theorized by scientists that they could provide evidence for an ancient civilization that lived in that area.
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When discussing these ruins and how they inspired the one that was introduced in King of the Monsters, Dougherty revealed an unexpected fact about the MonsterVerse city’s history. According to Dougherty, the residents of the city that lived there were actually the first group of people to make contact with Godzilla [via Twitter]. It’s unclear if this comment applies to just Godzilla himself, or his species in general. They may have been the first to see any version of Godzilla in the MonsterVerse. This makes sense, based on what is known about its history and the fact that it’s the oldest civilization on the planet.
It was already made clear by Godzilla’s decision to recuperate there that he regarded this city as his home, but it would seem that this isn’t the extent of its importance. Since they were the first people to know Godzilla, it’s possible that he actually had a good relationship with humanity in the beginning. Since they worshipped him and didn’t view him as an enemy, Godzilla could have started out with a positive impression of mankind before things turned sour.
It’s known from the redacted text in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters credits that when people began enslaving Titans, unrest followed by war between humans and Titans ensued. Humans did try to get along with Titans, but their greed and lust for power ruined their symbiotic relationship with the Titans. The fighting between them could be what caused the city’s eventual destruction, since it has been said that the war created a number of geological catastrophes, including an ice age. Even if that’s the case, Godzilla continuing to spend time there may mean that he still has good memories of it and what it used to be before it all fell apart.
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