It seems that the upcoming movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters may include a reference to the very first [and still probably the best, at least in an artistic sense] Godzilla film, Godzilla aka Gojira from 1954. Director Mike Dougherty has posted a still of the Oxygen Destroyer from that film on Twitter. In the movie, the device was designed to release a large amount of a chemical called micro-oxygen into an organism that would disintegrate its oxygen atoms until the creatures dies of asphyxiation. The weapon was first demonstrated on a tank of fish, and was able to reduce the fish to skeletons. It was reluctantly used it on Godzilla when all other options were exhausted, and was the only weapon that worked.
The Oxygen Destroyer also turned up in Godzilla vs. Destroyah when it was revealed to be responsible for the creation of the movie’s antagonist, Destroyah. Could the weapon take on a similar role in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and be linked to the origin of Rodan, Mothra, or King Ghidorah, who we already know are in the film? And how does Ken Watanabe’s character Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, whose name refers to both the original film’s director Ishiro Honda as well as the guy who actually invented the oxygen destroyer Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, fit into all this?
It sure is an exciting time to be a Godzilla fan….