Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters -
The Official Movie Novelization
Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization
Author Greg Keyes
Publisher Titan Books
Publish Date May 28, 2019
Genre Novel, Film Adaptation,
Science Fiction
ISBN ISBN-10: 178909092X
ISBN-13: 9781789090925
Spoiler.png SPOILER WARNING: This section may contain major plot and/or ending details. Proceed at your own discretion.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization is a novel based on Legendary Pictures' Godzilla: King of the Monsters, written by Greg Keyes. Paperback and Kindle editions were published by Titan Books on May 29, 2019. Blackstone Publishing released an audiobook narrated by Michael Braun on May 31.

Description

Godzilla: King of the Monsters follows the heroic efforts of the cryptozoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient superspecies, thought to be mere myths, rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.[1]

Differences from the Film

  • The novel begins with a prologue told from Godzilla's point of view as he patrols his territory. It notes that Godzilla has come to recognize his surroundings based on sounds, and has memorized the very contours of the continents around him. Godzilla recalls the sounds that he has always heard around him in the deep, perceiving whales as the "great swimmers." He also recognizes that the seas have become louder since the dawn of man, with the seas now filled with synthetic man-made swimmers that leave oil in their wake, and hinder the whales' ability to communicate. The sequence ends as Godzilla hears something that should not be in his territory.
  • Explicit references are made to the events of the official MonsterVerse tie-in graphic novels Godzilla: Awakening and Godzilla: Aftershock. As Ishiro Serizawa, Vivienne Graham, and Sam Coleman speak before the Senate committee, Emma Russell recalls being before a similar United Nations committee in 2014 after the failure of her initial plan to stop MUTO Prime. The novelization goes on to give a brief overview of Godzilla's battles with MUTO Prime, stating that they occurred shortly after he defeated the first two MUTOs and caused much fewer casualties. Serizawa has recollection of the history of Monarch, including his father's experiences in the organization as it hunted both Godzilla and Shinomura.
  • While only the female MUTO's severed head is visible inside Castle Bravo in the film, the novelization states that the carcasses of the male MUTO and MUTO Prime are present and being dissected as well.
  • There is a brief scene where Alan Jonah and Asher share a drink at Outpost 32 and recall how Emma foiled one of his previous plans during the events of Godzilla: Aftershock.
  • G-Team frequently refers to Jonah and his mercenaries as "anarchists."
  • Many Titans who are not in the film outside of their names being on computer screens make appearances. They include Leviathan from Loch Ness, Mokele-Mbembe from Sudan, and Typhon. Mokele-Mbembe is described as having a long mammoth-like trunk and an incredibly large tail that obscures his body, as well as a glowing green horn. Behemoth has a slightly expanded role; a researcher at his outpost helps to free him before Monarch can preemptively kill him, considering him "the most interesting Titan." She is killed during Behemoth's escape.
  • Two Titans not mentioned in the film at all also appear: Margygr is one of the dead Titans studied at Castle Bravo, while the Kraken escapes an unnamed Monarch outpost in the Indian Ocean by tricking the containment field into thinking it was dead. The Kraken has a triangular shell and developed brain function in each of its tentacles.
  • Ilene Chen states that Mothra's name comes from Mosura, which is the name of a goddess revered on a small Indonesian island and means "giver of life."
  • There is a sequence set on Skull Island told from Kong's point of view. Kong is patrolling his territory, and recalls how another Titan once ventured very close to the island but ultimately it had no interest in fighting him. Kong overhears King Ghidorah's call which awakens the other Titans, and interprets it as a call to "hunt together." Kong rejects Ghidorah's call, having no desire to bother the outside world and being more concerned with matters on Skull Island. Kong thinks about the various creatures of the island, including the humans he protects and the Skullcrawlers which still haunt his dreams. As the ground begins to shake, Kong realizes that Ghidorah's call has begun to bring Skullcrawlers back to the surface, and he prepares to face them.
  • It is mentioned that Serizawa has a son named Ren.
  • The Argo loses contact with Admiral Stenz's submarine during a battle with Ghidorah and Rodan in Washington D.C., and it is suggested that the submarine may have been destroyed.
  • In the film, the only indication of Ghidorah's healing factor is his regeneration of his severed left head. However, in the novelization it is stated that Ghidorah is continuously healing from the injuries he sustains during his final battle with Godzilla in Boston.
  • Leafwings which have escaped containment on Skull Island appear in Boston after Ghidorah is defeated along with the Titans that have arrived too late to assist him.

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, Races, and Organizations

  • Monarch
    • G-Team
  • Anarchists
  • USS Argo
  • Oxygen Destroyer
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
  • Ticonderoga-class cruiser (Philadelphia)
  • Aircraft carriers
  • Destroyers
  • Nuclear submarines


References

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KING GHIDORAH 1954

9 days ago
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Sooo does anyone have any theories on what killed marygr
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SkullIslandExplorer

9 days ago
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Team CRME and Dio did it.
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TohoTristarkaijugod

24 days ago
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So now Kraken and Typhon are dead?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

24 days ago
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No, that was confusingly worded.
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JurassicKaiju14

21 days ago
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Kraken was just playing dead, because for some reason MONARCH's containment fields only work on living or dormant Titans. Typhon never appeared outside of a mention.
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TohoTristarkaijugod

28 days ago
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Mokele-Mbembe is a sauropod like with long tail elephant trunk and short upside down tusks and a reptile like back protect its back to its tail and neck and so called glowing green horn????
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AngiraBlu

27 days ago
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Yeah, he's basically combination of the actual cryptid, the Grootslang, and Baragon.
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SkullIslandExplorer

27 days ago
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@AngiraBlu: Excuse me, sir, do you have Prince Albert in a can? You DO?! Well, you better let the poor guy out! Wa-ha! Wa-ha! Wa-ha! 🤡
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AngiraBlu

27 days ago
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@SkullIslandExplorer: (leans head to side) Huh?
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SkullIslandExplorer

27 days ago
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@AngiraBlu: You were expecting an answer. But was I, Dio!
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AngiraBlu

27 days ago
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https://yout...4UUjVA?t=470 (You WON'T regret it! XD)
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SkullIslandExplorer

27 days ago
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You thought that was something? Check THIS out:

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Enjoy. XD
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CanadianUSA

one month ago
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Wait is Behemoth female?
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ItsDestoroyah

one month ago
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"She is killed during Behemoth's escaped."

It says that the researcher was killed during Behemoth's escape.
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Kaijufiles789

one month ago
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Mokele-Mbembe's outpost number is 75
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G&G-Fan

one month ago
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This honestly sounds better than the movie. Though the movie is still great!
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JurassicKaiju14

21 days ago
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It did a better job of explaining some of the characters motivations. More of the Russel family's history is revealed. There's a scene where Serizawa visits Dr. Graham's quarters at Castle Bravo following her death, and she and Russel are revealed to have been close friends. Jonah is revealed to have had a daughter who was abducted and murdered while he was out fighting a war.

My biggest gripe is the monster sequences. They're told entirely from the human's perspective, and they're underwhelmingly written and feel a lot more condensed in comparison to what the movie showed.

It's especially frustrating because in two instances, we get POV narratives of Godzilla and Kong; once at the beginning, when Godzilla senses the ORCA's signals, and when Kong hears Ghidorah's call and ignores it, then goes off to fight the Skullcrawlers, who are responding to the call now. Honestly, those were my favorite parts of the whole book; I would have loved to have had more of that scattered throughout the novel. Maybe have a Mothra POV or even ones for Ghidorah and Rodan.

Also, Emma's dialogue in the motive-rant scene is still as lame as ever. They even carried over the PowerPoint footage.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

one month ago
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So is Shinomura again canon because of this novel?
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The King of the Monsters

one month ago
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According to Legendary it was always canon, but yes this novelization makes it very clear that Godzilla's battles with Shinomura and all the events of Awakening happened.
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Conder99

28 days ago
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so therefor its canon
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AngiraBlu

21 days ago
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So remind me: What all exactly made Awakening "not entirely canon," cuz I've ignored the "non-canon" label.
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SkullIslandExplorer

21 days ago
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@AngiraBlu: (Correct me if I’m wrong) What made it “non-canon” were things like Godzilla’s awakening (1945 in Awakening, 1954 in the movie), the convoluted elements like the flashback in 150,000,000 B.C. showing boats (when primitive mammals wouldn’t have existed at that time), Ishiro Serizawa’s age (because of his date of birth), the radiation-proof suits looking like they belong in the 21st century rather than the early 20th century, and Shinomura not being disintegrated on-screen.


(If you REALLY want messed up continuity, check out the Transformers Bumblebee Movie “Prequel”, then watch the Bumblebee Movie. Or, read the Transformers ‘07 Movie Prequel, then watch Bumblebee, then watch Transformers ‘07, or any Bayformers media, and you got a clusterf**k that rivals Star Wars Legends, and the Alien/Predator/AvP comics/movies)


P.S. No matter how skilled or talented you are, media will never be perfect.
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AngiraBlu

21 days ago
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Oh yeah! That's right! Shinomura wasn't in the movie! For some reason, I keep forgetting that tiny detail.
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Triceradon the 8th

one month ago
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realse the kraken!!
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MosuFan2004

2 months ago
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But will it have pictures?
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

one month ago
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It's a novel, not a comic book. Of course it's going to be texts only, no images like the Anime Godzilla prequel novels.
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