|Godzilla film series character|
|First Appearance||Son of Godzilla (1967)|
|Latest appearance||Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)|
|Created by||Jun Fukuda|
Kumonga (クモンガ?) is a kaiju who first appeared in Toho's 1967 film Son of Godzilla. He is the main antagonist of the 1967 film, although he would help save the world a year later (although the film takes place in 1999) in Destroy All Monsters. He is also known as Spiga, a name given to him for English language audiences.
Kumonga can shoot a thick webbing and a stinger from his mandibles. Kumonga has prehensile pedipalps that can be used to grab small prey. The Showa version was able to survive multiple hits from Godzilla's atomic breath. The Millennium Kumonga's web was able to expand on contact with air from a single thread into a net for incapacitating foes. Look at Scytodidae for a real world example of a spider which can spit web similar to Kumonga.
In the Showa series, Kumonga was a giant spider who lived on Sogell Island. He first appeared when he trapped Little Godzilla and a Kamacuras. Godzilla, soon arrived and defeated the monster spider killing it by burning it to a crisp with his and Little Godzilla's atomic breath.
Later, possibly a new Kumonga unlike the other one, was placed on Monster Island, where it lived with many other monsters. In 1999, aliens known as the Kilaaks, captured the monstrous spider and released them on the Earth's major cities. In the end, Kumonga took part in the final battle against Monster Zero (also known as King Ghidorah), disabling the space monster's ability to fly with his webbing. Kumonga and the other monster returned to Monster Island to live out the rest of their days in peace.
Kumonga was featured in the 2004 film, Godzilla: Final Wars, not that different in appearance, as one of the many mind-controlled monsters of the Xiliens. When Godzilla is freed from Area G, Kumonga is released in New Guinea to battle him. At first Kumonga was able to trap Godzilla in thick webbing, but Godzilla manages to gain the upper hand when he grabs a webbing strand and swings Kumonga around in circles before letting go. Kumonga soars into the air and isn't seen again.
- Son of Godzilla (1967)
- Destroy All Monsters (1968)
- All Monsters Attack (1969, stock footage)
- Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972, stock footage)
- Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
- Godzilla vs. 3 Major Monsters (MSX - 1984)
- Godzilla / Godzilla-Kun: Kaijuu Daikessen (Game Boy - 1990)
- Kaijū-ō Godzilla / King of the Monsters, Godzilla (Game Boy - 1993)
- Godzilla Trading Battle (PlayStation - 1998)
- Godzilla: Rulers of Earth (2013)