The new Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer unveiled at San Diego Comic-Conrevealed a major name change for the massive creatures of the MonsterVerse. Director Michael Dougherty’s sequel to the 2014 blockbuster promises even more giant beasts for the giant lizard to fight. However, the new film also officially rebrands all of the monsters with a new designation.
2014’s Godzilla not only introduced a new MonsterVerse mythology, it revealed that all of the monsters have been tracked for decades by a clandestine organization called Monarch. When Godzilla first emerged in 1946 to fight another creature called Shinomura, Monarch was assembled as a joint international agency to track and catalog the giant creatures. Monarch designated Godzilla and all of the monsters as “M.U.T.O.s”, which is an acronym for Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms. Last year’s Kong: Skull Island, which was set in 1976, continued this designation. Not only were Kong and the creatures he defended his island home from, the Skull Crawlers, also cataloged as M.U.T.O.s, but this was the term Monarch used when they recruited James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) at the post-credits scene.
Godzilla 2‘s trailer shows that the MonsterVerse has abandoned “M.U.T.O.” and has officially reclassified the monsters as “Titans.” In King of the Monsters‘ update to the mythology, the Earth has undergone a mass extinction caused by humankind. According to the narration by Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga), a paleobiologist working for Monarch, the world has undergone a massive change caused by people. The planet is now trying to purge itself of “an infection” – the human race – and the Titans are coming back. She goes on to explain a theory that the Titans are the Earth’s “original and rightful rulers”, who are “a fever to fight the infection.”