The new Titan revealed in Monarch: Legacy of Monsters solves a mystery from Kong: Skull Island, debunking a major theory about Godzilla.
- Monarch: Legacy of Monsters episode 2 features the surprise debut of a new dragon Titan, setting up a major villain for the humans and possibly Godzilla to overcome.
- The existence of the new Titan was alluded to eight years ago in Kong: Skull Island, debunking the theory that Godzilla was responsible for sinking the USS Lawton.
- The Monsterverse is full of sea Titans, making it more likely that a different Titan, rather than Godzilla, was the one behind the destruction of Randa’s submarine in WWII.
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Warning: Spoilers for Monarch: Legacy of Monsters episodes 1 & 2
The big Titan reveal in Monarch: Legacy of Monsters episode 2 answers a Monsterverse mystery and debunks an old theory about Godzilla. The second episode of Apple TV+’s Godzilla show concluded with the surprise debut of a new Monsterverse Titan. Depicted as a dragon of some sort, the unnamed monster is shaping up to be a major villain for the humans – and perhaps Godzilla – to overcome over the course of the story.
The flashback storyline in Monarch: Legacy of Monsters brought its trio of 1950s characters to the Philippines where they came face-to-face with their first Titan. After stumbling upon a submarine called the USS Lawton on land, the three discovered a Titan was living on board. The ending of the episode provided a full look at the terrifying creature but avoided explaining what this monster is. However, it’s worth noting that the Titan’s introduction doesn’t come without proper setup. In fact, its existence was alluded to eight years ago.
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Monarch: Legacy of Monsters’ Dragon Titan Answers The USS Lawton Mystery
Interestingly, the sinking of the USS Lawton wasn’t an invention of the series. This event is an existing part of Monsterverse canon, as it was mentioned in Kong: Skull Island. John Goodman’s Bill Randa mentioned that he was the last survivor of the crew of the USS Lawton, which was taken down by a monster in the ocean in 1943. The identity of the creature wasn’t revealed within the movie, but given that Kong: Skull Island was part of Godzilla’s new live-action universe, it was commonly theorized that this was the movie’s way of creating a connection between itself and Godzilla. But after Monarch: Legacy of Monsters episode 2, it’s apparent that Godzilla was innocent.
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters releases new episodes on Fridays on Apple TV+.
For years, it was assumed that Godzilla was to blame for the destruction of Randa’s submarine in World War II. Of course, that was before Godzilla: King of the Monsters revealed that the Monsterverse was brimming with Titans hidden all over the planet. As Legendary expanded its world, it became increasingly clear that Godzilla was far from the only sea-dwelling Titan in the Monsterverse capable of sinking submarines. Presumably, it was this new dragon Titan – and not Godzilla – who was responsible for that tragic event in Randa’s Kong: Skull Island backstory. That would explain why he’s living on it.
Godzilla Sinking The USS Lawton Was Always Unlikely
Since the beginning, a secret Titan in the Monsterverse being the real focus of Randa’s remarks has always made more sense than the notion that Godzilla brought it down. In addition to the fact that the Monsterverse is full of sea Titans, there’s the issue of the Monsterverse timeline. As established in 2014’s Godzilla, Godzilla was woken up from hibernation by a nuclear submarine in 1954. Since Titans sleep for millennia on end, it stands to reason that Godzilla was asleep during World War II. With that in mind, a different Titan being what Skull Island teased was a much more plausible scenario. It took eight years, but via Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, the MonsterVerse finally found an opportunity to pay it off.
- Monarch: Legacy of Monsters Cast: Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett, Elisa Lasowski Genres: Action, Sci-Fi Rating: Not Yet Rated Seasons: 1 Writers: Chris Black, Matt Fraction Streaming Service(s): Apple TV+ Franchise(s): Monsterverse, Godzilla, King Kong Directors: Matt Shakman Showrunner: Chris Black, Matt Fraction