‘Monarch: Legacy of Monsters’ Season 2 Theories: Will It Follow Kong And The Rise of Apex Cybernetics?


There is a wild misconception that Japan makes serious and nuanced movies about Godzilla, and Hollywood makes dumb movies about Godzilla because Japan has made more dumb movies about Godzilla than Hollywood has or ever will. Anyway, as a result of all the criticism leveled against the MonsterVerse films, those in charge of the franchise (Warner Brothers, Legendary, and Toho) decided to make a character-driven and lore-heavy show called Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, and it turned out to be pretty amazing. After taking us on an enthralling journey through two different timelines and two different realms, showrunners Chris Black and Matt Fraction have left things on an interesting note, thereby setting the stage for an even greater season of the series. Now, fair warning: there’s no official confirmation regarding the cancellation or renewal of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters. All we can do is hope that it gets the requisite amount of viewership to get Season 2 and speculate what can happen in it.

Spoiler Alert

Lee Shaw in Axis Mundi

During the concluding moments of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, Lee Shaw successfully used Godzilla to open a portal and send the pod that had Cate, May, and Keiko in it back home. But due to an unfortunate set of events, he couldn’t make it back home, and he was swept up in the storm caused by Godzilla and the portal. Cate, May, and Keiko assumed that he was dead, but what is the governing rule of TV shows and movies? The character isn’t dead until you have seen the dead body. And in this case, we don’t see Lee’s dead body. So, there’s a chance that he is still alive and stuck in Axis Mundi. He has a few options in that case. He can stay in Axis Mundi and travel all over the place while avoiding getting eaten by Titans or other deadly creatures. He can track Titans, wait for them to open a portal, and then go back home. He can stay put and wait for Cate, May, Keiko, Hiroshi, and Kentaro to find a way to rescue him, now that they have the means to travel back and forth between Axis Mundi and Earth. That said, what if he isn’t in Axis Mundi? What if he has been sucked into the portal and sent into some other timeline? I could be wrong, but it does seem like the portals created by the Titans aren’t a two-way route. It branches in different directions, and I am guessing that those routes take the traveler to different time periods. In that case, it’ll be interesting to see where Lee Shaw lands and what he does with everything that he has learned about the world. Is he going to go to Monarch or Apex? Is he going to reunite with his friends or family? Or is he going to roam the world and enjoy everything that he didn’t get to when he was trapped in Axis Mundi and then in the old age home? Well, no matter which direction Lee Shaw goes in, I am here for it because I’m a fan of Kurt Russell’s work.

The Rise of Apex Cybernetics

Apex Cybernetics is a mystery. We see them experimenting on animals, using May to write some kind of code, randomly becoming interested in Titans, and then setting up shop on Skull Island. Those are some big leaps. Godzilla vs. Kong did show how Apex Cybernetics head Walter Simmons was interested in harnessing energy from Hollow Earth and fueling their projects, namely Mechagodzilla. But how did they turn Ren Serizawa, the son of the pro-Titan scientist, Ishirō Serizawa, into a full-fledged villain? How did they get access to King Ghidorah’s skull? How did they capture those Skullcrawlers that were tested on Mechagodzilla? What the hell happened in those two years when Cate, May, and Lee Shaw went into Axis Mundi? Well, my guess is that Monarch’s oversight allowed Apex Cybernetics to shine. Monarch doesn’t really care about the problems of individuals; they are more worried about the bigger picture. However, Brenda Holland evidently knows how to exploit a person’s crisis and benefit from it.

In Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, we see her using Tim, Kentaro, and Hiroshi’s desperation to get more information about Hollow Earth and Titans. I am guessing that Ren Serizawa had a similar issue with Monarch, and he didn’t want to live in his father’s shadow. Either Brenda or William noticed that and used his negative emotions to change allegiances. As for the Ghidorah Skull, well, they must have simply bought it from Alan Jonah and his team of eco-terrorists. That said, while Apex successfully brought Kentaro, Tim, and Hiroshi over to their side, I think it’ll be a little tough to convince Cate, May, and Keiko to do the same, unless Apex dangles the promise of helping them bring back Lee Shaw. Amidst all this plot-related stuff, it’ll be interesting to see how the dynamic between Cate, May, Keiko, Kentaro, Hiroshi, and Tim changes. Cate hates Brenda, so she will probably want to leave Apex. Cate will be confused between choosing May, Hiroshi, and Kentaro. Keiko will be confused between her sense of duty towards Monarch and spending time with her family. As for the Skullcrawlers, I am guessing they’ll use Kong or some kind of advanced weaponry to wrangle those nasty Titans.

Monarch, Kong, and Skull Island

The focus of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters Season 1 was on Godzilla. While I am guessing that the second season will shed light on Apex Cybernetics, I don’t think the showrunners will put the titular organization on the back burner. There’s a lot of empty space that they can cover regarding Monarch’s evolution over the years. We’ll probably get to see how Bill Randa and General Puckett kept Monarch functional. Based on Kong: Skull Island, we know that Randa’s research into the Hollow Earth theory led him to Skull Island. So, we’ll probably see what kind of research Randa did on that wretched place, that too without Lee and Keiko’s help. We’ll get to see more of Bill and Hiroshi’s deteriorating relationship. In addition to all that, there’s a lot of ground to cover in terms of the genesis, population, and eventual popularity of Kong and Skull Island. We don’t know how Kong and his parents got to Skull Island from Hollow Earth. We do know that the Skullcrawlers killed Kong’s parents. Unless it’s limited by its budget, I think we’ll get to see Kong develop more as a character and learn more about his equation with Apex Cybernetics.

We don’t know how the Iwi folk got to Skull Island and began co-existing with Kong. We do know that they don’t age because Skull Island functions like Hollow Earth or Axis Mundi, thereby warping the passage of time. We’ll probably learn how the Iwi tribe became extinct, thereby making Jia (from Godzilla vs. Kong) the last member of her race. I have a feeling that a young Hank Marlow and Gunpei Ikari will get more screen time. My first thought after watching Kong: Skull Island was that I wanted to see more of these sworn rivals putting aside their differences and learning to survive together. The first season of the show effortlessly handled the jump from one time period to another. Hence, I am sure that they can do it once again in Season 2. I don’t expect any of the A-listers from that film to show up in the series, though. Only fresh faces. Also, there’s the case of having control over Skull Island. In Godzilla vs. Kong, we saw that Monarch had built a dome to keep Kong in there and was treating it as one of their outposts. However, in Monarch, we saw that Apex had made their base over there. It is safe to assume that a lot of dramatic stuff must have gone down to cause the change of power, and I’d love to see all that!

Dealing With The Events Of ‘King of the Monsters’

The first season of the Apple TV Series dealt with the aftermath of Godzilla, the 2014 film. So, I am assuming that, after the time jump and whatnot, season 2 will be centered around the events of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. There’s no way to say if it’ll lead up to everything that happened in that 2019 film or deal with whatever happened after the altercation between Godzilla and the Titans. But here’s a rundown of some of the plot points that can be fleshed out a little more in the second season of Monarch. The discovery of Mothra. Building the mechanism to track Godzilla and developing the technology to analyze the Hollow Earth and the Titans. The ancient underwater city that was built by ancient humans on Hollow Earth. Monarch releasing their research on Titans to the public. Tracking all the Titans that emerged during the clash between Godzilla and King Ghidorah. Rehabilitating all those impacted by the rise of the Titans. The mysterious and healing aftereffects of the emergence of the Titans. Details on the squid-like Titan called Scylla. Titans traveling to Skull Island. The discovery of a second Mothra egg. On top of that, Monarch will have to monitor all the poachers and illegal markets who’ll try to benefit from the resources at their disposal due to the Titans and Hollow Earth. I don’t think the second season will catch up with the events of Godzilla vs. Kong yet because the ending of the first season showed that they’ve only gone two years into the future, i.e., around 2017 or 2018. And that’s a year before the events of King of the Monsters. So, yes, I am willing to bet that the yet-to-be-announced second season of Monarch will take place before, after, or during the events of Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Consistency in Terms of Storytelling

After watching the Titans on the big screen, I was skeptical about seeing them crammed into our small screens in Monarch: Legacy of Monsters. But I was so wrong because the show totally bowled me over with its focus on character-based drama and some of the tightest storytelling that I have seen in a science fiction or science fantasy show. Hence, it’s only fair to demand more of that. I don’t want more Titans, more action, or more weird locales. I just want the focus to be on the characters that have been introduced in the first season and the new characters who will be introduced in the second season. I understand the need to go bigger and louder. However, I want the show to dig deeper into what motivates the central and supporting characters. I want the show to throw them into complex and morally dubious situations. And, at the end of the day, I want to bawl my eyes out while witnessing the emotional and physical toll that their pursuit of understanding Titans and the Hollow Earth is taking on all of them. I think that’s a reasonable request, and I trust the team behind Monarch to deliver.

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Pramit Chatterjee
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Pramit loves to write about movies, television shows, short films, and basically anything that emerges from the world of entertainment. He occasionally talks to people, and judges them on the basis of their love for Edgar Wright, Ryan Gosling, Keanu Reeves, and the best television series ever made, Dark.

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