New details about the new Godzilla TV series suggest a shift in focus from the lizard Titan to the Monarch organization.
The Monsterverse that brought literal cinematic giants Godzilla and King Kong to the big screen last year was meant to end with the monster mash-up Godzilla versus Kong. However, it looks like that won’t be the case after a recent announcement that a Godzilla TV series will be heading to Apple TV+. Set in the same shared universe as Legendary Pictures’ later releases of GodzillaGodzilla: King of the Monsters, Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla vs. Kongthe series currently bears the working title of hourglassbut new details have revealed when and where the series will take place regarding these other films.
The show’s new synopsis reveals that the series will apparently take place between the 2014 return of Godzilla and the king of the monsters sequel and will focus on Monarch and how they, and the human race, manage knowledge of the Titans’ existence in the world. The full synopsis reads: “After the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that razed San Francisco and the shocking new reality that monsters are real, the series explores a family’s journey to uncover their buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as the Monarch.”
Based on the details released, it looks like the series will distract from Godzilla and the humans who have to deal with his arrival. While it seems likely that the series will feature the giant lizard in some way, perhaps fans shouldn’t worry about seeing a big monster battle unfold on screen, because it’s been covered in the movies and that means the series will act as something of an extension to the movies’ storytelling. In a way, this could be good for the franchise, as there are a lot of gaps between the films that the series could fill in one way or another.
Monarch has been central to the Godzilla Monsterverse, and the series can flesh it out.
Monarch is the organization that tied into the Monsterverse movies, so it’s only fitting that they have their own project. In addition to the new show based on Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island is also getting its own new series, which suggests there’s plenty more to come from both franchises in the near future. having watched Godzilla vs. Kong become one of the first big movies of the pandemic, as well as one of the most pirated titles of the year, there is clearly still a lot of love for the two most iconic movie monsters in history and it’s not something that’s going to be allowed to go to waste.
Godzilla was most recently seen in anime form in Godzilla: singular point, which arrived on Netflix towards the end of last year and got a decent set of reviews and viewership numbers. While this project was split from the Monsterverse, it’s a sign that Godzilla is here to stay, which can only be a good thing for fans of the Japanese beast.
Legendary is in talks with Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard for a new installment in the MonsterVerse.
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