Godzilla‘s appearance on Apple TV+’s MonsterVerse will break the continuity of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. According to an official synopsis, the upcoming TV series will explore the fallout from the Battle of Titan in San Francisco. The revelation that it will be set after Godzilla defeats the MUTOs places the events of the show between the 2014 film and King of the Monsters in the MonsterVerse timeline.
Currently, there is no word on whether Titan will appear on the show. In regards to those who will be present, the MonsterVerse is filled with gigantic creatures, albeit with only a handful of Toho attributes. King of the Monsters introduced four original Titans (one of which was the third MUTO), along with 11 others that were never shown on screen. At this intersection, there are more than 20 Titans residing somewhere in the MonsterVerse. While that means the series has a lot to work with, not all of these Titans can make an appearance. The fact that programs fit into the timeline places some restrictions on what creatures it can use. For example, the third MUTO is not discovered by Monarch until the King of Monsters.
One of the monsters that could be a big deal for Apple TV’s MonsterVerse is Godzilla himself. At the beginning of King of the Monsters, an announcer mentioned that Godzilla hadn’t been seen in over 5 years. Godzilla’s absence from the public for such an extended period of time means that if he were to appear in an episode of the series, it would go against the continuity that has been established by the series. Based on what is said in the film, humans are not supposed to see Godzilla again until he reappears to fight Ghidorah.
Monarch already knows where he is, so some knowledge of his activities can be discussed in the series, especially if Monarch agents are part of the cast. They seem to be tracking his whereabouts in the ocean. For this reason, most Apple TV+’s Godzilla series can deliver without creating continuity issues will be an underwater cameo. But if Godzilla does show up, keeping his return a secret from the public is out of the question. Showing Godzilla might not be an option unless a future season skips a few years ahead.
Godzilla’s five-year hiatus between Godzilla and Godzilla: King of the Monsters is why the series might have to rely so heavily on the expansion the latter did for MonsterVerse. If Godzilla can’t appear, the Apple TV+ show will have to focus on conflicts with Scylla, Methuselah, Behemoth, or perhaps some of the 11 undisclosed missing Titans. Luckily, MonsterVerse boasts more than enough creatures to show off a host of kaiju action (even without Godzilla’s involvement).
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