Monarch

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Beyond logic lies truth. „ 

— Monarch's motto, circa 1972[1]

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Monarch is a secret scientific organization created by Legendary Pictures that first appeared in the 2014 Godzilla film, Godzilla.

History

Godzilla (2014)

Monarch became active in the South Pacific in 1954, following the USS Nautilus' discovery of Godzilla. Working with the United States military, it participated in the hydrogen bomb attack against the monster in Bikini Atoll the same year, along with the subsequent coverup. Since Godzilla's death could not be confirmed, the organization spent the following decades searching for him and studying the data it had already collected

In 1999, Ishiro Serizawa and his assistant Vivienne Graham were sent by Monarch to the Philippines to investigate the cave-in of a mine. There, they discovered the skeleton of another member of Godzilla's species that died long ago and two parasitic spores, one of which had hatched. The creature that hatched from the spore arrived at the nuclear power plant in Janjira, where it attached itself to the reactor to feed. Monarch quickly quarantined the city of Janjira in order to study the creature, codenamed M.U.T.O.. In 2014, the M.U.T.O. burst free from its cocoon and destroyed Monarch's facilities and flew away. Serizawa and Graham then assisted the U.S. military in tracking and studying the M.U.T.O. and Godzilla once he emerged to hunt it.

"The Godzilla Revelation", a featurette on home video releases of Godzilla, indicates that the world learned of Monarch's existence shortly after the events of the film, with an individual calling themselves MonsterTruth leaking classified videos and documents to the press.

Kong: Skull Island

William Randa, working as a covert agent of Monarch, was responsible for organizing the 1973 expedition to Skull Island. Other employees of the organization who accompanied him were biologist Lin San and seismologist Houston Brooks.

Official Monarch Timeline

Monarch was originally a "small, off-book research team" founded in 1946 by President Truman, in response to an attack on the U.S.S. Lawton by a massive, unidentified creature in 1943.[2]

In 1973, an expedition to Skull Island led by Bill Randa encountered Kong and the Skullcrawlers as well as the native Iwi people and other M.U.T.O.s.

In 1991, Monarch installed an outpost on Isla de Mona in Puerto Rico, laying the groundwork for later construction of a "full containment facility" around the inactive volcano there.[3]

In 1995, a second, off-the-books expedition to Skull Island led by Aaron Brooks became stranded on the island after their aircraft was attacked by Psychovultures. They were then taken in by the indigenous Iwi tribe, who taught them about the origins of Kong.[2]

In 1999, the Janjira nuclear power plant underwent a meltdown after the male M.U.T.O. breached its reactor. The city was evacuated soon after, and a Monarch facility set up around the M.U.T.O.'s chrysalis, which it had constructed around the reactor.

In 2005, Jonah Alan was put in Pakistani prison after he and his band of mercenaries tried to breach the walls of a M.U.T.O. dig site.[2]

In 2009, a Monarch study of Chinese temples led Dr. Emma Russell's team to a temple housing a giant cocoon with a "quickening heartbeat."[2]

In 2012, Houston Brooks received a coded message from his son containing information about Kong.[2]

In 2014, the "Battle of San Francisco," fought between Godzilla and two M.U.T.O.s, revealed the existence of giant superspecies to the world. As a result, Monarch went public.[2]

In 2016, Monarch, led by Vivienne Graham, built a containment and research facility in Antarctica around a three-headed creature found beneath the ice.[2]

Notable Members

Filmography

Comics

Godzilla: Awakening

Monarch was formed in secrecy in 1946[4] as a joint coalition between several governments in order to hunt and study massive unidentified terrestrial organisms. The first such creature Monarch studied was Shinomura, a deadly hive-minded radioactive creature composed of many smaller composite lifeforms. One of Monarch's operatives, Serizawa, also was intrigued by eyewitness accounts of a "giant lizard that walked like a man" that seemed to be chasing Shinomura throughout the islands. Serizawa called this creature "Gojira," after Pacific Island legends describing him. In 1954, Monarch cooperated with the United States military to lure Godzilla and Shinomura to Bikini Atoll, where both were thought to be killed by the Castle Bravo hydrogen bomb "test." Decades later, in 1981, Serizawa told his son Ishiro about his experiences and belief that Godzilla was still alive somewhere. After Ishiro's father died, he was approached by Shaw, a representative of Monarch, who offered him the opportunity to join and continue his father's work. Ishiro Serizawa readily agreed and became part of Monarch.

Skull Island: Birth of Kong

In 1995, Houston Brooks' son Aaron led an unauthorized expedition to the island. The team's plane was quickly shot down by a Psychovulture, and they were chased into a cave by Death Jackals. After Kong chased the creatures off, they met a group of Iwi, who led them to their village.

Gallery

Logos

Screenshots

Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla (2014) Bonus Features

Kong: Skull Island

Official Monarch Timeline

Merchandise

Trivia

  • According to Godzilla: Awakening, Monarch was the first mixed Japanese-American government unit created since World War II.
  • In Godzilla, Vivienne Graham tells Ford Brody that Monarch was founded in 1954, although Godzilla: Awakening, Kong: Skull Island, and the official Monarch timeline cite 1946 as the year of the organization's formation. It is possible that Graham lied to Ford, but the discrepancy may simply be an act of retroactive continuity.
  • In Godzilla: Awakening, General Douglas MacArthur briefs the founding members of Monarch in 1946 and gives the order to target Godzilla and Shinomura with a hydrogen bomb in 1954. In real life, MacArthur was relieved of his command by President Truman in 1951. This suggests that MacArthur was either never fired in the world of the comic or retained in secret to oversee Monarch.
  • References to Monarch in the script of Kong: Skull Island, establishing a previously-unannounced connection to Godzilla, played a major role in the film's move from Universal to Warner Bros.[5]

External Links

References

This is a list of references for Monarch. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

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G&G-Fan

2 months ago
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Doesn't it say in Godzilla 2014 that it was founded after they found Godzilla in 1954? And yet they just change the date in Kong: Skull Island. Am I literally the only one who thought they tried to hide the fact that it shared a universe with Godzilla?
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Titanollante

2 months ago
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Uhm, they're not trying to hide the shared universe. It's a retconned year. That's it.
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Antovald20

3 months ago
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^ According to these. Yeah it is, also there's multiple interviews that say it is. Plus the movie Kong Skull Island using the date when Monarch was established from the graphic novel and not the 2014 Godzilla film is further evidence. There's other things to consider as well. The post credit scene in Kong Skull Island reveals that Godzilla has awaken throughout earths history, just like what the graphic novel says, and more recently the monarch timeline includes General Macarthur. A character from the graphic novel.

Some of the inconsistencies from Awakening & 2014 film can be solved by simply remembering that Monarch is a secret organization that won't reveal the entire truth about Giant Monsters owning this earth. What they told to Ford was a cover story that simply only involved the Monsters in question, and keep everything else under wraps. Especially when you take a look at there timeline. They have been keeping track of MUTO'S throughout the years, and even contain some.

Until Legendary Pictures literally says it isn't. I'll continue to think it is.
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Antovald20

3 months ago
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Edit: ^ According to these. Godzilla Awakening is canon, also

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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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There's no confirmation that Awakening is still canon. Those articles are both from three years ago, and other quotes from Borenstein reveal the writing of the comic had no bearing on the final script of the film, and it was itself based on an earlier version of the script. Of course Borenstein and Legendary would say the comic is canon leading up to the film itself, because otherwise why would anyone buy it? A lot of things have changed since then, such as Legendary's Godzilla films becoming part of an expanded universe that also includes Kong. Legendary has gone out of its way to not acknowledge Awakening as a whole, and is just picking and choosing certain elements to keep as canon. I guarantee we will never see or hear about Shinomura ever again, and I highly doubt anyone working on Godzilla: King of the Monsters or Godzilla vs. Kong is taking the comic into consideration.

If one has to jump through a bunch of hoops and make up a bunch of rationalizations just to make the case for Awakening being canon, it raises the very real possibility it simply isn't anymore. By contrast, the most recent tie-in comic, Birth of Kong, was published after Kong: Skull Island was released and the direction of the MonsterVerse was established, and is even explicitly acknowledged in the Monarch timeline. Plus, I don't really see why anyone would strongly want the Awakening to be canon. What was so great or important about it?
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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And again, I'm not saying Awakening definitely isn't canon and no one should consider it to be so, I'm just saying I personally don't think it's canon anymore, and that if Legendary or someone working on the films were asked about it, they'd say it's not being taken into consideration. This kind of thing happens with tie-in comics for films all the time. Until they go on record saying this or the opposite though, it's a matter of personal interpretation.
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Antovald20

3 months ago
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^ Until Legendary literally says it isn't canon then I'll continue to think it's canon. It adds a lot to charactercharacter's and Morty backstory to certain events.
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Antovald20

3 months ago
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Edit: It adds a lot of backstory to characters and overall film.

Man I hate that I can't edit.

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^ That explains better
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Titanollante

5 months ago
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What is the event that happened in 1943 about some ship getting downed? I can't find a good image of it.
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Titanollante

5 months ago
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U.S.S. Lawton incident
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SkullIsland

5 months ago
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From the looks of the Monarch timeline it seems that Godzilla Awakening has been retconned from the MonsterVerse canon with only small elements such as the founding of monarch being carried over. However, It appears that Skull Island the birth of Kong will remain canon, as it is mentioned multiple times in the Monarch timeline whereas there is zero mention of Shinomura or any of the events which take place in Awakening. Also the latest image of the timeline reveals that in 2016 King Ghidorah has been located in Antarctica, and earlier in 2009 a giant cocoon inside of an ancient temple known as the Temple of the Moth was found.
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Deathrock9

5 months ago
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Good. That means people can stop trying to shove Shinomura into everything now that it is no longer canon (though it was never canon to begin with due to all the discrepancies).
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Titanollante

5 months ago
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Emphasis on "can stop," because they won't. We live in a world where people seriously believe that the fake AnimeGoji fan art from months back was "covered up" by Toho.
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The King of the Monsters

5 months ago
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I think Legendary never really considered Awakening to be strict canon, and have just taken some specific elements from it to be canonized while largely ignoring the rest. Since Vogt-Roberts revealed that Godzilla sank the Lawton, we know he was in fact active prior to 1954, and also that Monarch was in fact founded in 1946. But there is zero mention of Shinomura or the Hiroshima bombing being responsible for awakening Godzilla. If Godzilla sank the Lawton, that means he was active in 1943.

Birth of Kong being treated as canon makes sense, since it was published after the film and at a point where the direction of the MonsterVerse has been determined. Awakening was very disconnected from the actual film and was written long before the MonsterVerse was actually a thing.
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Antovald20

3 months ago
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1954 – Monarch Goes Global

As the age of the atom bomb dawns, Monarch expands into a multinational coalition of scientists and discoverers leading covert missions to understand and contain the threat of M.U.T.O.s. Authorized unofficially by President Eisenhower and overseen by General MacArthur, Monarch [unreadable] a containment flotilla under the guise of “nuclear [unreadable] weapons across the Bikin Atoll in the [unreadable] were not tests. They were trying to kill [unreadable]

General MacArthur is a character from the graphic novel, and handled the Lucky Dragon Operation to Nuke Godzilla. He didn't even see the Shinemora. Hell the army and even Monarch believed that the Shinemora died, and that there was no evidence to support that it was still alive. They nuked Godzilla believing that he was the only MUTO on site. They didn't realise they eradicated the small remnant of the Shinemora.

Still it's odd that they didn't mention the two atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan. You would think all that radiation would awaken monsters and would be worth mentioning but who knows. There is a unreadable part in the timeline that vaguely says something about 1945 I believe. Maybe that's it, but who knows. Hopefully Legendary can release the full timeline and maybe confirm that Awakening is canon or not.
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SkullIsland

5 months ago
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On the Monarch timeline it stated that in 1952 Monarch speculated that The Great London smog could have been caused by the "beating wings of a giant." There was also another bit that said that a Russian plane located a Monarch containment facility around an icecap in Siberia. Personally I think the first one is a reference to Mothra's scale ability, and the second is either Rodan or Ghidorah.
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SkullIsland

5 months ago
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Also that arctic base might be the MUTO grave yard that was mentioned in Skull Island the Birth of Kong #1
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The King of the Monsters

9 months ago
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Kong: Skull Island seems to indicate that Monarch was indeed founded prior to 1954, since Randa mentions that President Truman funded the organization in 1946, and Randa's Monarch ID says it was issued in 1952.