Major film franchises expanding into streaming television is officially a trend: Star Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Universe, and now Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse, which brought together Godzilla, King Kong, and various other monsters (kaiju) created by Toho Co., Ltd into the same fold. There have been four feature films thus far, with a fifth slated for a 2024 release, plus the animated series Skull Island, which debuted on Netflix earlier this year. And now we’ve got the first teaser for Apple TV+’s Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, which picks up where the 2014 film Godzilla left off.
Set 15 years after a nuclear disaster in Japan, the 2014 Godzilla reimagined the classic monster’s origins and featured the titular beast battling giant winged parasitic creatures called MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) that feed off nuclear energy and waste (and also warheads). San Francisco suffered quite a bit of major property damage as a result. That film also introduced us to Project Monarch, a secret organization established in the 1950s to study Godzilla and other kaiju—after attempts to kill Godzilla with nuclear weapons failed.
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters will further explore the history and aftermath of those events. Per the official premise: