Monarch Has A Clear Purpose
Monarch's mission statement is simply more clear than S.H.I.E.L.D.'s ever was: Monarch stands for "Discovery and Defense in a Time of Monsters". Ever since the first known sighting of the Titans known as Godzilla in 1946, Monarch has been compiling data on the enormous kaiju and safeguarding the public from the truth about the monsters in their midst.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters looks to make Monarch even more vital to the events of the MonsterVerse. According to what's known about the plot of Godzilla 2, Monarch is the key to the very survival of the human race. With the planet undergoing a mass extinction, the information Monarch has about the Titans drives the plot about releasing the giant monsters to fight each other; specifically, it's believed Godzilla will need the help of Rodan and Mothra to defeat the living extinction-level event that is King Ghidorah.
Throughout the two MonsterVerse films seen so far, Godzilla (which was set in 2014) and Kong: Skull Island (set in 1973), Monarch has been consistent in the way it has been presented. From the footage seen and what is known about Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Monarch remains the same group that it was in Godzilla, while fans are poised to learn even more about the group's inner workings. Of course, consistency is easier to maintain over only three films that have been plotted with a more direct purpose than the first Phase of MCU movies were, but this indicates the brain trust at Legendary has learned important lessons to not repeat Marvel's early missteps with S.H.I.E.L.D.
Monarch Puts The Monsters First
Of course, for all the greater meaning, Monarch is primarily a story device to explain and enhance the main event players of the MonsterVerse: Godzilla and the Titans. Monarch enables the MonsterVerse's true calling card, succinctly summed up by Dr. Ishiro Serizawa's catchphrase: "Let them fight!"
However, while S.H.I.E.L.D. was a similar device to tie together the MCU and its heroes, fan interest was solidly with the Avengers and not the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Though Godzilla fighting Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah is similarly what fans are coming to King of the Monsters to see, they will hopefully also get caught up in the human story involving Monarch, as Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) is kidnapped by a mysterious group that wants to unleash all of the Titans to ostensibly save the world.
While S.H.I.E.L.D. had Nick Fury as a central figure, Marvel wrapped much of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s identity in Sam Jackson's sheer charisma. Monarch's main figureheads, Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Dr. Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) don't command fans' immediate attention the way Fury does, but Monarch has since bolstered their ranks with several charismatic actors. In Kong: Skull Island, Monarch was led by William Randa (John Goodman), and they recruited Captain James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) by the end of the film. Godzilla King of the Monsters adds Emma Russell, her daughter Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), and the mysterious character portrayed by Charles Dance, who may be the film's human villain. This is a brilliant cast of human characters that make Monarch much more compelling, and a better Monarch will only enhance the quality of Godzilla: King of the Monsters and 2020's Godzilla Vs. Kong.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020