Apple TV+, the streaming platform that’s been making waves in the industry with its diverse array of original content, has just upped the ante. Today, the platform announced the title and shared tantalizing images from its new high-profile series – Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, a live-action drama that weaves together elements from the colossal world of Legendary’s Monsterverse.
Set in the wake of the cataclysmic clash between Godzilla and the Titans in San Francisco, the series picks up on the intriguing premise that monsters are very much real, and they have ties that might be closer to home than we think. At the heart of the story are two siblings determined to unravel the mysteries of their family’s association with the enigmatic group, Monarch. Their quest throws them into a whirlwind of history, unearthing buried connections to Army officer Lee Shaw, portrayed by father-son duo Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell. With a narrative arch that spans a significant part of the 20th century, viewers will be treated to a multigenerational tale of secrets, betrayals, and the unrelenting impact of momentous events on individual lives.
Boasting a stellar ensemble cast including Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett, and Elisa Lasowski, the show is set to be a visual and emotional spectacle. The creative genius behind this project is equally impressive. Co-developers Chris Black (Star Trek: Enterprise, Outcast) and Matt Fraction (Hawkeye) have combined their storytelling prowess, while Matt Shakman, fresh off the success of Wandavision, helms the directorial role for the initial episodes.
Legendary Television’s involvement promises a faithful adaptation of the revered Monsterverse, which began its cinematic journey with Godzilla in 2014 and quickly grew to include hits like “Kong: Skull Island” and “Godzilla vs. Kong.” This franchise has not only captured the imagination of audiences worldwide but also garnered an impressive near two-billion-dollar box office collection globally.
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters joins the rank of expansive, universe-building shows on Apple TV+ such as Foundation and Invasion. This platform, since its global launch in November 2019, has been on a meteoric rise, receiving widespread acclaim and awards, the most notable being the Oscar Best Picture accolade for CODA.
As monsters take the center stage and ancient legends come alive, one thing is for certain: the Monsterverse is about to get even more enthralling. So, buckle up, viewers; Apple TV+ is set to transport us into a realm where myth meets reality, and giants walk among us.