Check Out the First Image of the Godzilla TV Series

Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, served as the MonsterVerse’s official debut in 2014. The 2014 movie was well-received enough for the studios to start an entire cinematic world centered around Godzilla, Kong, and other Toho titans, in contrast to the 1998 version of the movie with the same title, which was distributed by TriStar and was at the time regarded as a box office bomb. In fact, word of an epic Godzilla TV series for Apple TV+, which would be rooted in the same universe as the film franchise, surfaced back in January of this year.

Since the project was revealed, information has slowly started to circulate, including minor narrative points and cast announcements for the Godzilla TV series. We recently got our first peek at the new show thanks to a cryptic image that the MonsterVerse crew posted on social media, as reported by ComicBook. The image shows a disorganized workstation, a collection of images, and a battered bag with the Monarch logo on the side.

In the MonsterVerse created by Legendary Pictures, there is an organization called Monarch. The ensemble debuted in Godzilla (2014), and subsequent films have included them. They are devoted to pursuing and learning about enormous creatures like Godzilla, Mothra, and Kong. It is safe to presume that Monarch will have a prominent role in the Godzilla TV series because the company’s emblem is virtually dead center in the image above.

The next series, according to an announcement by Apple, would take place after the events of Godzilla vs. Kong, which pitted the two titans against one another in an epic conflict. The Godzilla TV series will focus on one family’s quest to unearth its long-buried secrets and a legacy connecting them to the covert Monarch organization.

Elisa Lasowski, Kiersey Clemons, Joe Tippett, and Anna Sawai have all been formally announced as the cast of the Godzilla TV series. Kurt Russell and his son Wyatt Russell were added to the excellent cast lineup in a recent announcement.

The first two episodes of the Godzilla TV series will be directed by WandaVision’s Matthew Shakman, who is also serving as executive producer and is nominated for an Emmy. Co-creators Chris Black (Star Trek: Enterprise) and Matt Fraction (Hawkeye), with the former also serving as showrunner, are executive producing the project.

Godzilla was the first installment in Legendary Pictures’ Monsterverse, which was followed by Kong: Skull Island in 2017. Godzilla: King of the Monsters debuted in 2019, while Godzilla vs. Kong followed in 2021. Warner Bros. co-produced and released all four films, and both moviegoers and critics generally gave them favorable reviews. The franchise has approximately $2 billion in global sales.

Given that, it begs the question of why HBO Max and not Apple TV+ are hosting the Godzilla TV series’ premiere. Given that a sequel to Godzilla vs. Kong is now in development with Adam Wingard returning to the director’s chair, it may be assumed that Warner Bros. is more interested in the cinematic aspect of the MonsterVerse. Whatever the case may be, we’re hoping the movie franchise’s popularity carries over to television.

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