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  • In Monarch's timeline on Twitter, Ghidorah is dubbed Monster Zero. He's called this in the film, since he's so old and so dreaded there's no other information about him to be had.
  • One of the film's trailers featured LL Cool J's hit single "Mama Said Knock You Out." The 1996 MTV Movie Awards used the song during a presentation honoring Godzilla as that year's recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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  • In the anti-Titan protest during the opening scenes, one of the protesters' signs reads Destroy All Monsters.
  • Ghidorah is found under Antarctica, similar to how his Millennium incarnation is found in an ice cave.
  • In a Freeze-Frame Bonus, you can see that Castle Bravo's anti-Titan weapons are masers, the go-to option in the Toho films.
  • Rodan is found sleeping in a volcano. In Rodan, the two Rodans seemingly perish on the side of an erupting volcano, and one is revealed to have survived in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.
  • In a similar vein, Rodan's being tied to fire basically makes him Fire Rodan from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (minus the Breath Weapon).
  • The Oxygen Destroyer returns as a military-developed weapon that almost kills Godzilla. On top of that, though it's delivered by missile, a schematic shows that, within the missile, the Oxygen Destroyer consists of that same capsule with a central-sphere design that it sported in its original incarnation.
  • According to actress Vera Farmiga, her character Dr. Emma Russell has discovered a way to communicate with the Titans, which may be a reference to Miki Sagusa and the Psychic program in the Heisei series. She also mentioned that said communication involves a bioacoustic process, much like how the Hanna-Barbera cartoon had the crew of the Calico summon Godzilla using a sonar device.
  • The idea of having the human villains of the movie be terrorists isn’t too far off from the Red Bamboo in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, only here they’re shown to be eco-terrorists instead of being vague about their villainy.
  • In the finale Ghidorah targets Madison after working out she's connected to the Orca device. This isn't the first time Ghidorah was a bit of a child hater. In Rebirth of Mothra 3, he specifically kidnapped many children with the intention of eventually eating them.
  • In the novelization, Mothra is stated to be worshiped under the name "Mosura" on an Indonesian island, confirmed to be Infant Island in a Freeze-Frame Bonus of the movie; and that some myths about her depict similar but destructive moth deities, a reference to Battra. Dr. Ling Chen and her twin sister are a reference to the Shobijin — being directly descended from a lineage of Mothra's priestesses, all of whom are twin sisters, and being revealed in the novelization to share an almost mystical connection to the moth goddess.
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  • Believe it or not, "Clair de Lune" can be heard in the background in Terror of Mechagodzilla during a café scene involving Ichinose and Katsura.
  • Godzilla vs. Destoroyah:
    • After being supercharged by Serizawa's nuke, Godzilla starts undergoing a Phlebotinum Overdose with the main characters scrambling to evacuate before he self-destructs.
    • Godzilla's Super Mode is him covered in flames and glowing red lines in his skin whilst radiating super-intense heat, akin to his Burning Godzilla meltdown form. Said Super Mode is also referred to as Godzilla entering "critical mass", a nod to the game Godzilla Unleashed where monsters could undergo a similar transformation of the same name.
  • During a slideshow montage of all the numerous Titans that Monarch knows about, the scientific name shown for Kong is Megaprimatus Kong, which was his scientific name in supplementary material of King Kong (2005).
  • The Titans Scylla and Methuselah are based on Toho kaiju Kumonga and Anguirus respectively. In the case of Scylla this is given an even bigger nod by having her emerge in Arizona, which is where Kumonga appeared in Godzilla: Final Wars.
  • Misanthropic humans (or at least humanoids) seeking to use the monsters to terraform Earth to their liking connects with the Xiliens, similarly misanthropic humanoids who use kaiju to wreak havoc on humanity in preparation for terraforming.
  • Similarly, a misanthropic researcher unleashing kaiju in revenge against humanity's destruction of the Earth mirrors Goro Maki's deliberate awakening of Godzilla in Shin Godzilla.
  • The idea of a scientist teaming up with an evil force out of vengeance against the world isn’t too far off from Terror of Mechagodzilla, in which Dr. Mafune teams up with a powerful menace to destroy the world. The only difference is that it’s eco-terrorists instead of aliens and the Mafune character in question, Emma Russell, makes a Heroic Sacrifice not too different from Mafune’s daughter, Katsura, as a way to help Godzilla defeat the monster. Bonus points to the fact that it was a life changing tragedy that lead to their team ups.note 
  • Mothra's energy revives Godzilla and gives him a red colored Finishing Move to kill the Big Bad with, just like what happened in Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla 2, just with Mothra instead of Rodan.
  • Mothra doesn't have her twin Shobijin heralds, though Dr. Chen of MONARCH has a twin sister, also in the organization, both are connected to Mothra, and their mothers and grandmothers were also twins and also involved in the organization, leading to some very raised eyebrows for those seriously up on their Mothra lore.
  • The concept of eco-terrorists unleashing King Ghidorah (and the main female member of the team having a change of heart) calls back to Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, though with a more faithful-to-the-original version of Ghidorah (and without the time travel).
  • Godzilla and Ghidorah having an underwater battle has happened before. Except in Film/GMK Ghidorah is the good underdog and Godzilla the unstoppable tyrant. Despite Ghidorah being a flying creature the GMK version has an affinity with water and between that and having an upgrade from Mothra he's able to fight Godzilla to a standstill. Until human interference and Godzilla' quick thinking turns the tide in his favor again.
  • When Ghidorah regenerates his left head after it got ripped off, as it grows back there's a few seconds where his lower jaw is split before it fuses. In some concept art of Ghidorah for Rebirth of Mothra 3, he was portrayed with a split jaw.
  • In order to save millions of lives, Serizawa must make a sacrifice by locating Godzilla under the ocean, and detonate a man-made superweapon at his location. The difference is that in the original film, it was to defeat Godzilla with the Oxygen Destroyer. In the film, it's to save him from it with a nuclear warhead.
  • An ancient underwater human empire worshipping kaiju as gods is similar to Mu and Seatopia (though those still had humans living there while underwater).
  • In the underwater city you can briefly see the skeleton of another Titan. These bones have been confirmed by Word of God to be those of Anguirus, or at least one of his species.
  • A nuclear sub is sent to the bottom of the ocean to nuke Godzilla to empower him to defeat King Ghidorah. Of course this time it goes far better for the sub and the humans.
  • During the final fight, King Ghidorah strangles Godzilla with one of its heads, causing Godzilla to foam at the mouth. This happened as well in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah during their first encounter.
  • In an odd sense, there’s one to the 1998 movie when Serizawa walks to Godzilla to touch his snout as the Kaiju King is lying down, similar to what Nick did to Godzilla when he first appears.
  • Steven Martin is credited as the author of an article about a second Mothra egg discovered by Monarch.
  • When all seems lost for Godzilla in his final battle against King Ghidorah, Mothra sacrifices herself so her atomized remains and life energy are absorbed into Godzilla's body, which revives him, grants him his "Burning" Super Mode, and provides him with the brand new Nuclear Pulse ability. In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, when Mechagodzilla has destroyed Godzilla's hind brain and paralyzed him, a fatally-injured Rodan sacrifices himself so Godzilla absorbs his lifeforce, which regenerates him and provides the brand new, red-colored, Spiral Heat Ray.
  • Another blink and you miss it moment, Monarch's official scientific designation for Godzilla is Titanus Gojira.
  • Mothra (or another of her species) being revealed to be Not Quite Dead post-credits after her Heroic Sacrifce against Ghidorah is similar to her doing the same in Godzilla: Final Wars.
  • One of the Titans, Leviathan, is in Loch Ness, implying that it's the origin of the Loch Ness Monster legend. Toho actually nearly made a kaiju film staring Nessie in 1978 in co-production with Hammer Horror and got far enough into production for posters to be made. Nessie also appears in Godzilla: The Series.
  • One of the unseen Titans is the Yamata no Orochi, which, aside from being a multi-headed mythological dragon, is indeed a real Toho kaiju (which has only faced Godzilla in manga/comics), partly the inspiration for King Ghidorah, and in at least one continuity, the same species as King Ghidorah.
  • The opening credits are literally a sound-for-sound remake of the opening credits for the original Godzilla film.
  • The primary movie poster (seen on the main page) has Godzilla tangled up in Ghidorah's necks as they fight in a manner highly reminiscent of the iconic poster for Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah.

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