Godzilla Artist Reveals Alternative Ghidorah Design for King of the Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters designer Ken Barthelmey shared a few alternate looks for the titular Titan’s nemesis, King Ghidorah.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters creature designer Ken Barthelmey revealed his alternate designs for King Ghidorah in the film.

Barthelmey shared his alternate designs for Ghidorah’s appearance in the 2019 film on Twitter, featuring a more gruesome version of the towering kaiju than what ended up in the theatrical release. While the Ghidorah seen in the film isn’t far from the character’s original, traditionally fantastical look, Barthelmey’s alternate design for the three-headed dragon adorned him with a slimmer, grotesquely elongated maw.

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The monster was introduced in 1964 Ghidorah, the three-headed monster† Both produced and made by godzilla co-creator Tomoyuki Tanaka, the film was the fifth entry in the then thriving franchise. Starring Shoichi Hirose as the man in the titular rubber suit, Ghidorah, the three-headed monster gave godzilla fans a new favorite kaiju to cling to just eight months after the release of Mothra vs. godzilla† Officially trademarked by Toho as King Ghidorah, the character has been a mainstay of the franchise from his first appearance. Over six decades, Ghidorah has appeared in eleven minor and silver film productions, as well as dozens of games and comics.


King Ghidorah’s appearance in the 2019 film marked the character’s first live-action appearance since 2001 Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, the twenty-sixth film in the franchise. Like its first iteration, the Ghidorah of Godzilla: King of the Monsters is an alien invader actively seeking the place of the titular Kaiju at the top of the super-sized food chain.

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Although Ghidorah was killed during the film’s climax, his presence was felt in the 2021 sequel godzilla vs. Kongin which the evil Kaiju’s consciousness takes over the Mechagodzilla after using one of his severed heads to telepathically control the mechanized monster.


Planning for a second King of the Monsters the sequel currently appears to be moving forward, with actor Dan Stevens recently being cast in the lead role. Details about the plot and characters are scarce, but reports suggest the upcoming film could focus on King Kong’s son.

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