William Stenz

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Admiral William Stenz
Admiral Stenz in Godzilla (2014)
Species Human
Nationality American
Affiliation(s) United States Navy
Occupation Navy Rear Admiral
(Upper Half)
First appearance Latest appearance
Godzilla (2014) Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Played by David Strathairn
Katsuhiko Sasaki (voice, Japanese dub)
Gentlemen, you are being sent in via halo-jump. Now, I realize that not all of you have had hands-on experience... And frankly, none of us have ever faced such a situation quite like this one before. But I would not be asking any one of you to take this leap if I did not have complete faith in your ability to succeed. Your courage will never be more needed than it is today.

— Admiral Stenz (Godzilla)

William Stenz is a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral who first appeared in the 2014 Legendary Pictures Godzilla film, Godzilla, and is set to return in the film's 2019 sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

The commander of the USS Saratoga, Admiral Stenz took over operational authority from Monarch after the winged MUTO escaped Monarch's facility in Janjira. Stenz pursued the MUTO and Godzilla after he appeared to hunt the creature, and set into motion a presidentially-mandated plan to lure Godzilla, the MUTO, and its eight-legged mate out to sea with a nuclear warhead and destroy all three of them simultaneously. When this plan went awry, Stenz was forced to let Godzilla attempt to defeat both MUTOs in the heart of San Francisco while sending an elite team into the city to retrieve the armed warhead before it could go off.




Following the winged MUTO's escape from Monarch's facility in Janjira where they had been studying it for 15 years, Drs. Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham were brought aboard the USS Saratoga, commanded by Admiral Stenz. With the United States Navy taking over operational authority from Monarch, Stenz was put in charge of tracking and eliminating the MUTO before it could reach a populated area, a task made more difficult by the MUTO's ability to interfere with the Navy's electrical equipment. The Saratoga tracked the MUTO to Hawaii, where it had dredged ashore a Russian nuclear submarine and began eating its torpedoes. Stenz sent in a squad to locate the creature, but quickly lost contact with them once the MUTO noticed and attacked. A fighter jet flew overhead to attack the monster, but the MUTO released an electromagnetic pulse that knocked out the jet's power and caused it to crash. Stenz attempted to ask Serizawa about what other countermeasures they should attempt now, but Serizawa excused himself to witness Godzilla swim under the Saratoga from its flight deck. More jets were scrambled to hold off the MUTO as it came ashore in Honolulu and menaced the airport. However, Godzilla arrived at the airport and blocked their view of the MUTO as he attempted to fight it himself. The MUTO eventually fled with Godzilla in pursuit, leaving Stenz and the Navy to pick up the pieces.

In the meantime, Serizawa and Graham had been analyzing the MUTO's echolocation patterns, and determined that something had responded to its call. Serizawa believed Godzilla was not the one responding and was simply listening in, and he and Graham soon realized the response may have come from the dormant spore they had found next to the MUTO's hatched spore back in 1999. They informed Stenz that the dormant spore had been moved to the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada, and a team was quickly sent there to locate it. When they arrived, they found that the spore had hatched and a larger eight-legged MUTO was now terrorizing Las Vegas. Serizawa and Graham determined that this was a female, and that both MUTOs likely aimed to reproduce. Stenz was contacted by the President of the United States, who ordered that both MUTOs along with Godzilla be lured out to sea with a thermonuclear warhead, which would be detonated and kill all three creatures far from a populated area. Stenz discussed the plan with a military analyst and prepared to set it in motion, but Serizawa pleaded with him not to go through with it. All three monsters fed on radiation, and the military had failed to kill Godzilla with nuclear weapons in the 1950's. Serizawa believed the military should allow Godzilla to restore balance by killing both MUTOs himself. Stenz acknowledged Serizawa's concerns but insisted his hands were tied and that he couldn't take the chance of leaving the situation in Godzilla's hands. Serizawa then showed Stenz the pocket watch he always carried with him. Stenz remarked that it was stopped, and Serizawa replied that it had stopped at the exact moment the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Serizawa simply remarked that the watch belonged to his father and walked away, leaving Stenz speechless.

True to Serizawa's concern, the plan quickly went awry when the female MUTO ate two warheads being transported, while the third was captured by the male from San Francisco Bay after being armed. The male presented the warhead to the female in the heart of the city, and the two MUTOs quickly built a nest. With millions of lives placed in danger by the impending detonation, Stenz sent in an elite team including Lieutenant Ford Brody to recover the bomb before it could detonate. If they could not disarm it, they would simply send it as far out to sea as possible before it exploded. As the team prepared to enter the battleground, Stenz was forced to allow Godzilla to fight the MUTOs with the military's tactics proving ineffective. He worriedly asked Serizawa if he believed Godzilla stood a chance, with Serizawa replying that mankind arrogantly believed nature was in its control and not the other way around, finally remarking "Let them fight."



Godzilla: King of the Monsters



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