How Old Is The Original Godzilla?

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  • How Old Is The 1954 Godzilla?
  • Is There More Than One Godzilla?

Godzilla is a household name, being present for well over 50 years. In terms of kaiju (giant monsters), Godzilla is definitely the most popular out there. Throughout Godzilla films, he appears as a giant dinosaur that wreaks disaster, but how old is this oversized lizard? Thankfully, we’re here to break it down for you.


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Here, we are going to take a look at how old the original Godzilla is. By this, we mean the Godzilla that appeared on screen back in the 1950s. Additionally, we will take a look at the Godzilla appearances throughout cinema, discussing if they are the same.


The First Godzilla Movie

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Godzilla (1954)

The very first Godzilla movie was released in 1954, directed by Ishiro Honda. If you are going based on time in cinema, that would place Godzilla around 70 years old, but this is not the same as his in-universe age.

In this film, Godzilla originally awakens after underwater hydrogen bomb testing occurs. Throughout the film, we also learn that Godzilla seemed to have evolved from an ancient creature, becoming what it is today (in 1954). In the end, Godzilla eventually dies, but there is concern about another Godzilla reawakening.

How Old Is The 1954 Godzilla?

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Godzilla (2014)

Unfortunately, the film doesn’t place an age on the creature, but thankfully, we have a few other pieces of media to help us out.

Within the Monsterverse, we learn of the Titanus Gojira species, which is what Godzilla is. This species came to be during the Permian period, which went from around 300 million to 250 million years ago.

Interestingly, the Permian period was before the time of dinosaurs, with a whopping 90 percent of life ending at the end of the period due to volcanic eruptions. Looking at life during this period, the creatures are similar to dinosaurs, but not quite the same. This holds true for Godzilla; he kind of looks like a dinosaur, but not really.

Overall, we can place the age of Godzilla’s species around this time. The 1954 Godzilla is around 250 million to 300 million years old.

Is There More Than One Godzilla?

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Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Yes, there is more than one Godzilla. At the end of the 1954 film, Godzilla dies. A year later, a second Godzilla movie was released (Godzilla Raids Again), but this was a different monster.

In total, there are a lot of Godzillas. Some pose the theory that there is only one Godzilla though, capable of asexually reproducing. This is backed up through several films, including Shin Godzilla (2016), where it’s learned that Godzilla can regenerate its body. So, there is a chance that after every Godzilla is killed, it just regenerates.

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