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Godzilla vs. TV: Everything we know about Apple TV+'s Monarch: Legacy of Monsters

Now all of Apple TV+ becomes an extension of Kong Island

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters
Image credit: Apple TV+/Legendary Pictures

Let them fight! By “them,” I mean Godzilla and the rest of the titans, of course, and by “fight,” I mean, “star in their own live action original TV series on Apple TV+, co-created by Chris Black and comic book writer Matt Fraction.”

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters will expand Legendary’s Monsterverse weekly, starting this November — but what do we know about the show? Let's see if we can answer some of your questions.

What is Monarch: Legacy of Monsters about?

Spinning out of Legendary’s Godzilla reboot from 2014, the new series delves into the backstory behind the organization that has been tracking the Titans through the Monsterverse to date. Apple TV+’s official plot description of the show runs like this:

“Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco, and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” tracks two siblings following in their father’s footsteps to uncover their family’s connection to the secretive organization known as Monarch. Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army officer Lee Shaw (played by Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell), taking place in the 1950s and half a century later where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows. The dramatic saga – spanning three generations – reveals buried secrets and the ways that epic, earth-shattering events can reverberate through our lives.”

Is there a Monarch: Legacy of Monsters release date?

Still image of Wyatt Russell
Image credit: Apple TV+

The global premiere of the new series will happen on Friday, November 17, with the 10-episode series running weekly through January 12.

Is there a Monarch: Legacy of Monsters poster?

Nope! Not quite yet. But you can peep Godzilla in a very dramatic situation below.

Still image featuring Godzilla towering over a bus
Image credit: Apple TV

Is there a Monarch: Legacy of Monster trailer?

We thought you’d never ask, Here’s the teaser trailer for the show.

Who is in the Monarch: Legacy of Monsters cast?

Still image of Kurt Russell in Monarch
Image credit: Apple TV

The cast of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters includes:

  • Kurt Russell
  • Wyatt Russell
  • Anna Sawai
  • Kiersey Clemons
  • Ren Watabe
  • Mari Yamamoto
  • Anders Holm
  • Joe Tippett
  • Elisa Lasowski

So far, we don't have much detail as to who these actors are playing. However, we do know that Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell will be playing to Army officer Lee Shaw over two different time periods.

Who is the Monarch: Legacy of Monsters creative team?

Fans of comics will be surprised to see comics writer Matt Fraction (Hawkeye, Satellite Sam, FF) as one of the co-developers of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, alongside Chris Black (Severance, Star Trek: Enterprise). Matt Shakman (Wandavision) will be directing the first two episodes of the series. The series is executive produced by Black, Fraction, Shakman, Joby Harold (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts) and Tory Tunnell (Undreground), Andy Goddard (Downton Abbey), Brad Van Arragon (Yellowjackets), and Andrew Colville (Severance). On behalf of Toho Co Ltd, the owner of Godzilla, Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita will also executive produce.

Where to stream Monarch: Legacy of Monsters?

Still image from Monarch featuring a woman in front of a school bus
Image credit: Apple TV

As an Apple TV show, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters will premiere globally on Apple TV+.

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Tiffany Babb is Popverse's deputy editor and resident Sondheim enthusiast. Tiffany likes stories that understand genre conventions (whether they play into them or against them), and she cries very easily at the movies— but rarely at the moments that are meant to be tearjerkers.

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