Warning: Spoilers for Monarch: Legacy of Monsters episodes 1 & 2
- Monarch: Legacy of Monsters may have already been spoiled by Godzilla: King of the Monsters, as the Senate hearing in 2019 revealed that Monarch’s efforts to hide their activities failed.
- In the 2015 timeline, the main characters are intent on exposing Monarch and uncovering their secrets, but this has already been revealed by the time of the Senate hearing in 2019.
- The focus of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters is likely to bring Monarch out of the shadows and into the light, potentially resulting in sanctions or oversight being placed upon them by world governments.
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters exists as a series that fills in the gaps in the Monsterverse, but one major story the show pursues may have already been spoiled on account of what happened in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The Monarch: Legacy of Monsters timeline focuses on two different decades, with the more modern one taking place in 2015, just one year after the events of 2014’s Godzilla. Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ plot takes place in 2019 which could put some storytelling handcuffs on Monarch: Legacy of Monsters.
The new Apple TV+ show will spend 10 episodes diving into the mysterious Monarch organization. Everything known about Monarch: Legacy of Monsters points out that Monarch has been around since at least the early 1950s when the military was seeking to destroy Godzilla. Their primary mission has been to study and preserve the monsters, but the events of 2014 in the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco put Monarch squarely in the global spotlight.
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Already Confirmed That Monarch’s Plan Fails
Godzilla: King of the Monsters begins with a Senate judiciary hearing which is a follow-up to Monarch being publicly exposed after the 2014 attack on San Francisco. In terms of the Monsterverse timeline, this hearing takes place in 2019, which is four years after the central narrative of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters. What this hearing reveals is that despite Monarch’s efforts to keep their activities hidden, it clearly doesn’t work. At least the U.S. government seems keen on bringing Monarch under military oversight and giving lawmakers the latitude to make decisions about what to do with the multitude of monsters that have emerged.
In the 2015 timeline, Cate, May, and Kentaro seem intent on exposing Monarch for the work that they have done and any cover-ups they perpetrated to protect the monsters. Their anonymity is evidenced by the characters being oblivious to who Monarch is until they find Randa’s files. Just through the first two episodes, Monarch is on the hunt for them and the secrets that Kentaro and Cate’s father left behind. The primary motivation for Cate and Kentaro seems to be uncovering what Monarch has hidden, but this has all come to light by the time of the 2019 Senate hearing. This is obviously something that has to be dealt with eventually in Monarch: Legacy of Monsters.
Did King Of The Monsters Reveal How Monarch’s TV Show Ends?
If the primary goal of Cate, May, and Kentaro is to uncover what Cate and Kentaro’s father knew about Monarch and their history with monsters, ultimately, their endgame would have to be exposing the world to this information. Inevitably, that means the Monarch organization is brought to task by various world governments with some kind of sanctions or oversight placed upon them. Godzilla: King of the Monsters may, then, have inadvertently spoiled the ending of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters by making the focus of the show bring Monarch out of the shadows and into the light.
It is not known at this time whether Monarch: Legacy of Monsters will be a limited series or a show that spans several seasons. It has done an exceptional job of filling in details beyond the scope of the movies while at the same time boxing itself into a narrative that has already been told in 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. With likely limited monster appearances and battles scheduled to take place in the new show, it will be a monstrous lift by the producers to try and craft a narrative for the audience that isn’t one where the ending is easily predicted.
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters
- Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett, Elisa Lasowski
- Action, Sci-Fi
- Not Yet Rated
- Chris Black, Matt Fraction
- Streaming Service(s):
- Apple TV+
- Monsterverse, Godzilla, King Kong
- Matt Shakman
- Chris Black, Matt Fraction