Godzilla: King of the Monsters' Director on the Movie's Biggest Spoiler

The great Godzilla.
The great Godzilla.
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During a visit to Toho Studios in Japan last month, io9 asked director Michael Dougherty and star Ken Watanabe about the death of Dr. Ishiro Serizawa in King of the Monsters, namely if Watanabe was going to appear in future films.

The scene is the most moving part of the action film, and Watanabe was terrific as Serizawa. The movies won’t quite feel the same if he’s truly gone. Dougherty chuckled and said, “No one’s really gone.”

Consider our eyebrows raised.

Watanabe and Dougherty.
Watanabe and Dougherty.
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“Akihiko Hirata, the first Dr. Serizawa, he appeared many times in the Godzilla movies,” Watanabe said, adding that “hopefully” he will return.

“Yeah, Dr. Serizawa’s evil twin,” Dougherty joked. “That’s where you get to wear the eye patch.”


I asked Watanabe if he was sad when he read the script and saw that his Serizawa dies in the movie. He replied that when he read it, he loved how the story centers around a scientist and how philosophical the movie gets regarding the relationship between humans, civilization, and science.

Even though Dr. Daisuke Serizawa died in the 1954 Godzilla film, Hirata remained closely associated with Godzilla throughout his life, appearing in King Kong vs. Godzilla as “Doctor,” Son of Godzilla as “Fujisaki,” Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla as “Prof. Hideto Miyajima,” and Terror of Mechagodzilla as “Dr. Shinji Mafune.”


“I like the idea where he comes back as 400-foot tall radioactive Serizawa,” Dougherty joked. “Like, Serizilla.”

“That would be great,” I said. Well, it would.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.


Matt McDougall

Honestly I’ve love if they bring Watanabe back as a different character and just don’t say anything.

There’s a fantastic campiness to King of Monsters that I think was *just* subtle enough for a lot of people to miss and mistake as awfulness. I’d love to see this franchise lean a bit more into the cheese - National Treasure or Steven Sommers-Mummy style. Bringing Watanabe back in a different role (and with a cool eyepatch) would be perfect.