4. Godzilla (1998)

1998’s Godzilla offered a modern Westernized take on Japan’s most famous Kaiju. Directed by Roland Emmerich, Godzilla was far more a disaster movie than a monster movie, but it did introduce the movie monster to a wide audience. It also made the titular monster more dinosaur-like, possibly to capitalize on the dinosaur craze prompted by the success of Jurassic Park.

Godzilla‘s third act primarily concerns the many eggs beneath New York that would see hundreds more creatures born. The film sees to the destruction of these eggs (and the babies that have already hatched, as morbid as that is), but a final scene stinger reveals that one survived, and that Godzilla may return. The idea that even one of the creatures had survived was as clear a tease for a sequel as the film needed to offer, and there was even a planned trilogy at one point in time.

The sequel(s) never happened, meaning that Godzilla‘s tease of baby ‘Zilla was dead on arrival. Though it may have seemed disappointing for a time, 2014 saw the story rebooted with Godzilla, which was a more faithful reimagining of the creature’s original story. This in turn has led to a number of sequels, with more planned releases ahead, so ultimately, it’s probably a good thing that a sequel to the 1998 film was never made.