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How Marvel’s Heroes Faced The King Of The Monsters

Godzilla is one of the most iconic movie monsters of all time, with the best stories about the character often blending the deep pathos of the monster’s symbolism with the destructive abilities he displays. But sometimes the Leviathan simply caused destruction no matter what was thrown at it, including Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Godzilla once battled the Avengers in Godzilla: King of the Monsters #23-#24 by Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe, and Earth’s Mightiest couldn’t even put a dent in the massive monster.

For a time in the Marvel Universe, a dangerous version of Godzilla roamed the globe, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. A team of SHIELD heroes known as the Godzilla Squad have been assembled to battle the creature and find a way to contain it without necessarily killing it. For a time, they believed a possible solution had been found by exposing the creature to Pym Particles, briefly shrinking Godzilla to insect size.

However, Godzilla’s unique radiation made the Pym Particles less effective, eventually causing Godzilla to grow to human size. After being captured by the Fantastic Four, Reed Richards attempted to send him back to a prehistoric era where he could live in peace.

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But the radioactive elements forced Richards to bring the creature back to the present day – and in the process completely negated the effects of the Pym Particles, restoring Godzilla to his natural titanic size. As the Godzilla Squad and the Fantastic Four tried to contain Godzilla, Human Torch recruited the Avengers – at this point Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Yellowjacket, and Wasp – to help stop the rampage.


Everyone except Captain America and Scarlet Witch flew straight into chaos, which means enclosing the creature. However, Godzilla proved to be incredibly resilient, his atomic flames slowing down Thor and Iron Man in one fell swoop. Although Human Torch was immune to this attack, he was casually knocked back by the monster.

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Although Thor was able to give Godzilla a break with a powerful strike, it wasn’t enough to bring the creature down. Yellowjacket and Wasp end up doing the most direct damage to Godzilla by shrinking and sneaking into the creature’s head, where they cause the oversized reptile to become severely dizzy. Recognizing that Godzilla isn’t pure evil but rather an angry animal, the Avengers have few ways to counter him or keep him at bay, with even Thor doubting their ability to bring him down. Ultimately, the Avengers are forced into more damage control, working to save civilians caught in the chaos from the creature’s wake. Upon reaching the Empire State Building, it takes all of Thor’s immense strength to save the building from collapsing, with the two proving nearly equal in brute strength.

In the end, the only way to stop the creature isn’t violence – rather it’s young Rob Takiguchi, who was traveling with the Godzilla Squad and had forged a bond with the creature able to get close enough. speak with Godzilla and convince him to leave humanity behind and return to the wild. Godzilla was such a threat that even the Avengers – with direct help from SHIELD and the Fantastic Four – couldn’t do much more than keep the creature at bay.

Unlike other creatures that the heroes have outright defeated or displaced, Godzilla forced the team to just focus on keeping New York in one piece, instead of trying to beat the kaiju. It’s a good reminder of just how dangerous Godzilla is – and how even the most powerful heroes can still find natural threats, even if they can’t easily counter them.

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