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Behind logic lies truth.
~ Monarch's motto circa 1972.
Our Mission: Discovery and Defense in a Time of Monsters.
~ Monarch's motto circa 2018

Monarch are the primary protagonistic forces in the MonsterVerse franchise. They first appeared in the 2014 Godzilla reboot film and then Kong: Skull Island, even though it takes place 41 years before Godzilla. They also appear in the 2019 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and the 2021 film, Godzilla vs. Kong.

Founded in 1946 by American President Harry S. Truman to investigate the sinking of the U.S.S. Lawton by a giant creature, or Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism (MUTO), Monarch soon expanded into an international worldwide organization. In 1954, it was involved in attempts to kill Godzilla and the Shinomura with hydrogen bomb detonations at Bikini Atoll. The organization's next breakthrough came in 1973, when Monarch agents attached to a Landsat expedition discovered the incredible ecosystem of Skull Island and the ancient rivalry between its guardian, Kong, and the marauding Skullcrawlers.

In 1999, Monarch assisted in the coverup of a MUTO attack on the nuclear power plant in Janjira, Japan, and studied the creature as he fed on the reactor. The MUTO emerged from his cocoon in 2014 and proved impervious to Monarch's attempts to destroy him. Godzilla confronted the MUTO in Honolulu, with the ensuing battle revealing the existence of giant monsters to the public. Godzilla ultimately killed the MUTO and his female relative in San Francisco and returned to the sea. By 2019, Monarch's existence had become public knowledge as well. The organization subsequently expanded, with at least 67 outposts around the globe. At this time, Monarch's mission had changed from hunting and containing MUTOs to discovering and protecting ancient giant creatures known as "Titans", which it believed were essential to the preservation of life on Earth. Titans under observation included Mothra in China, Rodan in a Mexican volcano, and a creature dubbed "Monster Zero", later known as Ghidorah, frozen in Antarctica.

In addition to its scientific operations, Monarch established a military branch dubbed the "G-Team" in the wake of the San Francisco incident in order to be prepared to defend humanity from monsters by force if necessary.

History

Godzilla: Awakening

Formed in secrecy

Monarch was formed in secrecy in 1946 as a joint coalition between several governments in order to hunt and study massive unidentified terrestrial organisms. As revealed in events told in this graphic novel, the first two giant monsters they discovered are Shinomura (deadly hive-minded radioactive creature composed of many smaller composite lifeforms) and Godzilla (a natural radiation-empowered reptilian creature), where the former made his presence known in 1954. As Godzilla ultimately made his presence known and fought Shinomura, Monarch cooperated with the United States military to lure Godzilla and Shinomura to Bikini Atoll, where both were thought to be killed by the Castle Bravo nuclear bomb "test." The bomb killed Shinomura, whereas Godzilla survived and went to hiding.

Ishiro Serizawa joins Monarch

Decades later, in 1981, Serizawa told his son Ishiro about his experiences and belief that Godzilla was still alive somewhere. After Ishiro's father died, he was approached by Shaw, a representative of Monarch, who offered him the opportunity to join and continue his father's work. Ishiro Serizawa readily agreed and became a member of Monarch.

Kong: Skull Island

Finding King Kong

In 1973, Monarch and Landsat conducted an expedition to an island in the South Pacific called Skull Island, with William Randa, Houston Brooks, and San Lin representing the organization. At this time, the organization was nearly bankrupt in spite of managed to confirmed existence of other giant monsters aside Godzilla, namely Skullcrawlers and legendary giant ape named Kong.

Skull Island Incident

After Monarch agents and Sky Devil survived encounter with Kong, they met Marlow, a man who lived among natives in Skull Island. He explained that Kong was last member of his kind, having survived the war between his species and other giant monsters called Skullcrawlers, and revealed that the teams have inadvertently attracted surviving Skullcrawlers back to surface.

Cave paintings discovery

After returning from Skull Island, Brooks and Lin debriefed survivors James Conrad and Mason Weaver, saying that they have become official members of Monarch. By this point, Monarch have found cave paintings depicting Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah.

Godzilla

Discovery of the M.U.T.O.s

18 years later, in 1991, Dr. Serizawa and his assistant, Vivienne Graham, visited the Philippine mines, with the lead excavator revealing that there's been a cave-in, and that about 40 miners went down with it. Both members of Monarch put on suits to protect themselves from the radiation that could be in the cave.

There, they see a member of Godzilla's species, but the skeleton is much older. They then see two spores. One was still dormant (the female M.U.T.O.), but the other spore hatched (the male M.U.T.O.) Next, Dr. Serizawa sees light flashing down another hole in the cave where a helicopter is whirling over. It turns out that the male M.U.T.O. killed the unknown creature before burrowing to the Janjira power plant.

Janjira Incident

Coming soon!

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

When Ghidorah threatens to destroy Earth, four Monarch agents, Mark Russell, Sam Coleman, Rick Stanton and Ilene Chen, team up to help Godzilla defeat his adversary, as well as rescue Mark's daughter, Madison.

Godzilla vs. Kong

Mark Russell and Ilene Chen will return in this film.

Monsters found by Monarch

Monarch Individuals

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Godzilla: Godzilla | Ford Brody | Monarch (Ishiro Serizawa & Vivienne Graham) | Elle Brody | Joseph Brody | Sandra Brody | William Stenz | Dagon
Kong: Skull Island: Kong | Monarch (James Conrad, Mason Weaver, William Randa, Houston Brooks & San Lin) | Hank Marlow | Godzilla | Mothra | Rodan
Godzilla: King of the Monsters: Godzilla | Mothra | Monarch (Mark Russell, Ishiro Serizawa, Vivienne Graham, Emma Russell, Sam Coleman, Ilene Chen, Houston Brooks & Rick Stanton) | Madison Russell | William Stenz | Rodan | Behemoth | Scylla | Methuselah | Queen MUTO | Kong
Godzilla vs. Kong: Godzilla | Kong | Monarch (Nathan Lind, Ilene Andrews & Mark Russell) | Jia | Josh Valentine | Madison Russell | Bernie Hayes

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Aaron Brooks | Audrey Burns | Eiji Serizawa | Dagon | Na Kika | Amhuluk | Tiamat

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