Here’s another easter egg I hadn’t seen - Akina Nakamori was a real-life 80s J-pop idol who was almost certainly one of the inspirations for Minmay. Her name shows up here on Hikaru’s valkyrie and also on several signs throughout the series.
M.U.T.O. is an acronym for “Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism.”
In early concept art, the M.U.T.O. looked either more reptilian or more insect-like.
The M.U.T.O. are the first completely original kaiju, not derived or based on an existing official character, to appear in a Godzilla film since Orga in Godzilla 2000.
Although the monsters were referred to as “Hokmuto” (Hokkaido M.U.T.O.) and “Femuto” (Female M.U.T.O.) in thet script, these names were not actually used in the movie.
According to co-creator Gareth Edwards, inspirations for M.U.T.O.’s design include the creatures of Alien, Jurassic Park, King Kong and Starship Troopers. Some critics added that the female M.U.T.O. looked similar to the Cloverfield monster.
A monster seen in the Godzilla: Awakening comic was temporarily dubbed “M.U.T.O.” before being renamed “Shinomura” (シノムラ).
“I’ve been getting really frustrated lately because I can’t seem to turn around without reading something someone has said about how girls don’t play “hard” or “real” games so shouldn’t be catered to (though it is of course nothing new).