The Monsterverse franchise, most popularly known for the films starring Godzilla and King Kong, and most recently Godzilla vs. Kong, sails into uncharted territories with a series in the works for AppleTV. Apple first announced the series order from Legendary last month. The series is set to be following the epic battle between Godzilla and the Titans that demolished San Francisco and forced the world to realize that these monsters are real. According to Apple’s release, the story will explore one family as they uncover the truths and legacy that connects them to the secret organization known as
Monarch is a secret scientific organization that first appeared in the 2014 Godzilla film. The organization was founded in 1946 by President Truman to investigate the sinking of the U.S.S. Lawton. It soon expanded into the international organization that placates the Monsterverse film franchise. Monarch was responsible for the attempt to kill Godzilla in 1954, sending the expedition to Skull Island in 1973. Basically, if it has anything to do with a Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism (MUTO), Monarch is connected to it. This means it is a rife vein to create a Monsterverse series about.
Monarch Also Makes a Great Title for the Monsterverse Series
Not only is Monarch the secret group that works to save humankind from Godzilla, Kong, and other Titans of the Monsterverse. Our sources have indicated that Apple and Legendary’s TV series is going by the simple working title, Monarch. It is billed as a sci-fi-espionage series that will track numerous generations of Monarch families across numerous eras from the organization’s creation to the present day.
Considering Monarch’s throughline throughout the Monsterverse, its logo used in the announcement, and its heavy focus in the series’ descriptions, from Apple’s announcement and our source, it makes perfect sense as the untitled Monsterverse series’ working title and would make even more sense for a series title. The secret organization has always been connected to the MOTUs, and their depth and length has been glimpsed in the films. Naming the series after the connecting thread not only makes sense, it adds gravitas to its place in the Monsterverse.
Outside of the working title of Monarch, we have also learned that the series is looking to cast a young Bill Randa, the character portrayed by John Goodman in Kong: Skull Island.
Monarch is scheduled to start production this spring and looks to expand the Monsterverse through the secret organization that has been tying all the films together. The series will be produced by Legendary Television and executive produced by co-creators Chris Black, who will also serve as showrunner, and Matt Fraction, with Safehouse Pictures’ Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell, and Toho Co., Ltd. Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita will executive produce for Toho. Toho is the owner of the Godzilla character and licensed the rights to Legendary for this series as a natural byproduct of their long-term relationship on the film franchise. Monarch will premiere exclusively on Apple TV+.
Do you think Monarch will become the official title of Apple’s Monsterverse series? Will we see Kong’s parents? How long do you think it will take to get some Godzilla action? Which MOTU’s do you want to see duke it out in the series? Let us know what you think in the comments below and share all your theories with us on social media.