If Godzilla was ever reintroduced to the Marvel universe how would you do it?
I’d probably loosely adapt my half-formed idea of a Godzilla reboot - that all the monsters were secretly captured and divided between the nations decades ago as a defacto nuclear pact of mutually-assured-destruction should any country unleashing one of the monsters on any of the others, until Godzilla breaks free and the world learns anew the folly of holding a knife to its own throat. It’s up to the Marvel heroes to stop him and Mothra and the rest…and they of course fail horrifically. He dunks on them like a basketball.
Yes, Hercules may make his bread and butter on monster-fighting, but he’s never warred against THE KING OF ALL MONSTERS before. Godzilla’s stood up to J. Jonah Jameson for god’s sake, Thor and Hulk and the rest are hardly going to last in the face of that, especially with the Fantastic Four out of the picture and therefore not being able to throw Ben Grimm at him.
No. There is only one hero…one champion…one MONSTER…that can save the world now.
Once Corporal Todd Ziller - aka “Marine Todd” of the chain email where he punches out the atheist college professor daring God to strike him down, saying he’s too busy keeping America safe - he was injected by General Maverick with a cocktail of super-soldier serum, gamma radiation, mutant growth hormone, Pym Particles, and Curt Connor’s Lizard formula, and once the USA airbrushed his chest like the side of a van, he became that skyscraped-sized defender of liberty, American got-dang Kaiju. Only Al Ewing’s greatest, likely most alcohol-inspired creation can save us now.
Even he ultimately isn’t enough in a head-to-head confrontation (if only because having an American parody of Japan’s embodiment of the horrors of nuclear war we visited on them win that fight maybe wouldn’t be the best look), but his sheer determination strikes at the long-buried soul of the King of All Monsters, reawakening his desire to protect the world. This spins off into a Godzilla/American Kaiju buddy cop partner (and with time, perhaps…more?) series by Al Ewing, with American Kaiju as the cocky young upstart who needs to learn to chill, and Godzilla as the seasoned vet of atomic monster-fighting who’s too old for this shit, but has a secret softy side where he goes to a community center every weekend to teach underprivileged children to play basketball. Even as the rest of the comic book industry and indeed perhaps human civilization falls, ongoing publication of this title will continue unabated.