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I feel conflicted with Gustav. He is clearly seeing the warning signs in Josh and genuinely wants to help him, but a lot of his bad and misunderstood advice is what shaped Josh into who he is now.
 

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I feel conflicted with Gustav. He is clearly seeing the warning signs in Josh and genuinely wants to help him, but a lot of his bad and misunderstood advice is what shaped Josh into who he is now.
He also still does the wrong thing and encourages Josh's worst impulses, or at least not trying to steer him on a better path. He let him into Argus, he didn't try to curb his bloodthirstiness during the East Africa campaign, and he kept him in Argus and hooked him up with the new contract after coming home. He's just as complicit as Josh himself.
 
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Well, we're interfering in the affairs of other nations now? This cannot end well.
 

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Something tells me Josh is gonna cause some irreversible damage to his own person given he seems to relish killing so much. That can't be a good sign alright.

Anyway, long time coming again but I finally finished the final entry to the Godzilla Anthology, hope you fellas love this version of the Monsterverse


The Godzilla Anthology

The Monsterverse (2014 - Present)


After the success of Godzilla vs Gamera, Toho retired the franchise for a decade as was planned back during the scrapped Godzilla movie under the tutelage of Babelsberg. Toho's demolition of the pool used for Godzilla's ocean scenes further added to the message of them retiring the character for ten years . In 2012 during the Alexandrian Comic-con a teaser trailer depicting a new Godzilla design was revealed to the world, and with it the official announcement of a Roman Godzilla movie.

The history of the development of the Monsterverse officially begins in 2004 when Yoshimitsu Banno, director of Godzilla vs Hedorah appealed to Toho for plans to direct a spiritual sequel to his film with usage of the new IMAX technology. Colleagues that worked with him during Honda's time got wind of his plans and decided it was at that moment that they gave Banno the green light for his project, but this time to a much grander scale. Banno and Toho's assigned creative team were given the resources necessary for a Roman Godzilla film, with Toho collaborating with Babelsberg. Big named studious were considered and negotiated with, among them Tristar pictures and Hitler Productions. Eventually a final decision was made with Legendary Studious taking the helm. The new Godzilla cinematic universe was named the Monsterverse (Not to be confused with Universal Studios' Monster Universe). Sometime after the 2014 Godzilla reboot was released that same year Legendary would reveal they had acquired the rights to Rodan, Anguirus, Mothra and King Ghidorah around 2013, a year after the Godzilla teaser was shown. Following the release of the trailer for the new Mothra movie, Legendary and Toho would reveal that they also lended the latter company the rights to two other monsters in the Godzilla pantheon, one fighting Mothra in her solo movie while the other has yet to appear.

Initially, Legendary Pictures had made plans to create a film universe in the spirit of Universal's Monster Universe and Toho's Xuantong Era with iconic monsters such as King Kong and the Rhedosaurus and other originals had Toho not agreed to lend the rights of the Godzilla franchise, but with negotiations succeeding (With Yoshimitsu Bannu overseeing in Toho's name), the Monsterverse was created

The new Monsterverse is an ambitious project by Legendary Pictures, the creative team responsible for the development of the franchise were all avid Godzilla fans and have expressed their desire to not only make the series unique to the rest but also pay tribute to the legacy of the Godzilla franchise as well as ensuring Ishiro Honda's final wishes for the franchise be respected. As such the subsequent films tend to go back to the original 1954 film's message of man's folly and how his actions led to tragedy, to both his fellows and to the environment.

Godzilla's design for the monsterverse was also revamped and reworked to fit an idea of a bit of realism to the creature with the Monsterverse version showing to have gills and the posture of a bear with similarities to a komodo dragon. It is also the tallest Godzilla to date with Toho surpassing it eventually with their Shin Godzilla design in 2016 to which amusingly even surpassed that incarnation of Godzilla by a single meter in King of the Monsters.

Production for the series initially hit a wall after the 2014 reboot as while scripts for the immediate sequels (with one catered to the inevitable showdown between King Kong and Godzilla) were written, they were almost cut out immediately due to executive meddling and conflict of interest. Many executives had wanted the series to be more catering to the masses and instead of the slow worldbuilding the team was going for. The Rodan movie in particular was notorious for being stuck in brief development hell despite having already finished fifty percent of the filming, with the reason being that the themes in said movie supposedly cater to the Mexicans and invoking sympathies for the MSC (The protagonist was after all half Roman, half Mexican), Banno and the Toho creative team were also reportedly barred from overseeing the series due to 'conflict of interest'. Toho immediately stepped in after this debacle and sent their own representatives, Legendary did the same to ease the tension. During the leaking of the Sentinel Files, the names of the executives and other personalities involved in the incident were found in said files, this would later lead to the changing of the guard in Legendary Pictures. After this, the creative team responsible for the Monsterverse were given free reign to continue their vision of a slow worldbuilding and respecting Honda's wishes for the franchise. Aside from this, the human element has also been built up, with Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (played by Ken Wattanabe) playing the modern day role of Professor Ru Huizhong as he appeals to the rest of the world of a need to co-exist with the Titans (as the kaijus are officially called in Rodan: Fire Demon and onwards). MONARCH, the modern stand in for the G-Force/Division also plays a significant role in all the subsequent films, usually as the human protagonists whose job is to contain and protect the Titans and enforce a degree of leaving them alone, opposing them are the human supremacist and anti-Titan group, the Children of Adam (Who are seen for the first time in Rodan) who despite their goals, do not have any qualms in attempting to use the titans as both weapons to get their message across and a means to an end. A degree of mysticism and the implication of these Titans being the Gods or guardians of mythologies are also present (With Rodan garnering controversy in MSC controlled Eimerica for the supposed implication of Rodan's status as the Aztec sun god)

MONARCH's insignia in-universe, the logo itself would also serve as the logo for the Monsterverse

MONARCH's insignia in-universe, which also doubles as the logo for the Monsterverse in marketing material. (Logo is not mine obviously)

Despite this however the appeal of seeing these iconic monster fighting on the big screen with the latest technology was one Legendary was not willing to just collect dust; And much like how the Xuantong Era had a very stark difference between the Original 1954 film and Destroy All Monsters, so too did the 2014 Reboot and its latest entry to the franchise, Godzilla vs Kong. Honda's wishes were still respected by the time the latest movie was released albeit kept in as a secondary (but still important) plot. As of the release of Godzilla vs Kong back in 2024, there is still no news as to how the Monsterverse will go from there since the film in question was made to be a swan song for the Monsterverse should Legendary fail to renew the rights to the monsters. Many avid fans, casual viewers and critics began to clamor for the continuation of the plotlines built up since the 2014 reboot. Mikhael Dougherty, director of King of the Monsters also expressed interest in filming a movie in the ancient humanity setting to show how they survived and came to worship the Titans as well as humanity's first encounter with Godzilla and the christening of their relationship with said Titan. But as of this year, there is still no further news concerning the continuation of the Monsterverse….

  • Excerpt taken from Godzilla: A Cinematic Legacy of Destruction by Professor Ioannes Mouzalon, film analyst major, University of Antioch

Below are the films for the Monsterverse:


Godzilla (2014) - A nuclear 'test' in the Pacific Ocean by the Reich supposedly awakens a creature. Decades later an incident occurs in an abandoned Japanese nuclear plant as a humongous creature awakens from slumber, culminating in the awakening of another creature made from Nature's elements, a great battle occurs in Adamshaven and ultimately ending in Jinshan; In the aftermath, the world is suddenly awakened to the reality of giant monsters, and the implication that humanity were not the masters of the planet. (Same as OTL, except the Brody family is replaced by Chinese actors, with the father of the soldier surviving his injuries and ends up working in MONARCH).

Anguirus the Unbelievable (2015) - Sometime around 1955, at the height of the Cold War, the Russian Commune unearth frozen remains of huge creatures in Siberia, alongside a cavern that presumably leads to another world. Plans are made by the Politburo to use these new resources to further the revolution. China and the Reich, having agreed to a truce, sent representatives in order to appeal to the Commune of the dangers of meddling with forces beyond their comprehension. Among the representatives is Dr. Ewelina Grzalak, a Polish biologist (And Ishiro's mother)and her assistant, a young Willhelm 'Bill' Randa. The meeting ends in failure as the Commune unleashes more creatures from the cavern despite warnings, causing panic as they wreak havoc and terrorize the area (An infamous scene depicts the devouring of the Soviet Chairman by one of these creatures in homage to the original Varan movie). Once one of the creatures frozen is revealed to be alive and attributed to be the enemy of those from the cavern, plans are made by the survivors to utilize the creature in not only dealing with the invaders but also sealing the entrance. The movie ends with the cavern collapsing and the creature, dubbed as 'Anguirus' having died with it. The ending scene is of Ishiro Serizawa and several others watching a declassified recording of the testimony of the Roman survivors, among them being his mother. A post credit scene has Ishiro preparing for his court hearing alongside his fellow MONARCH colleagues in regards to state secrets the organization has.

Rodan: Fire Demon (2017) - In Ancient Earth, somewhere in the Eimericas, humans dressed in a combination of Mesoeimerican, European and Asian clothing are seen fleeing from signs of battle and ultimately bear witness to a titanic struggle between a serpent-like creature and a winged creature, which ends with the serpent dead, and its body grasped by the wing creature as it perches on a branch of a collapsed giant tree. It stops feeding on the corpse and looks at the humans that were watching it, its eyes intelligent and full of wisdom.

Cut to the present as it shows the opening scene as the dream of protagonist Ludwig Erentzal, a half Roman, half Mexican soldier serving in the peacekeeping forces in contested Eimerican territory. He faces discrimination from several of his Roman countrymen and from MSC prisoners of war who call him a traitor. While he does his duties with fervent patriotism, he is sent home after getting honorably discharged when he gets into a fight with a superior officer after he tried protecting his views on agreeing with Serizawa's statement of coexistence with the Titans.

Meanwhile MONARCH is under investigation after the Sentinel files leaked out the locations of facilities the organization had constructed to study the slumbering Titans. One of these facilities in Scandinavia is suddenly invaded by an armed group of people and taken over. After introducing themselves to the surviving MONARCH captives as the Children of Adam, they unleash the slumbering titan the organization was studying with explosives. And out awakens a serpent-like creature the invading group and MONARCH refer to as the Jormungändr, so named after the World Serpent of the Norse religion. The titan then proceeded to wreak havoc across the Scandinavian Empire.

Meanwhile Ludwig arrives back in his hometown in the Italian province of the Reich, opting to reconnect with his family, especially his father's Nahuatl side. During a brief conversation with his paternal grandfather, the old man recounts tales Ludwig loved as a child, mostly concerning the Aztec sun god Huitzilopochtli and the founding of the city of Tenochtitlan. Ludwig then tells his grandfather of a recurring dream he has with the old man smiling and remarking that he too had a similar dream. And that it was presumably genetic as the old man's father and grandfather had the same dreams as well. Whatever conversation both had would be stopped when a sudden eruption of Mount Etna occurs. Before they could even register what's going on, a giant creature emerges from the crater, letting out a terrible roar, everybody within sight of the volcano witnesses a pterodactyl-like creature emerging, its head covered in lava. Local Roman military forces would then attempt to engage the creature only to be repulsed as it takes to the skies, destroying its surroundings with ease. Ludwig, having seen the creature in his dreams deduces that he has a connection to it and pursues the creature.

Serizawa is then seen on television, reassuring the populace that MONARCH was doing everything they can to not only contain the titan let loose in Scandinavia but also the one causing a mess in Italy. Massive evacuation orders are planned as Roman citizens scramble to get to safety, MONARCH deduces that both Titans will have a collision course somewhere in the province of Gaul. And they were right, both Rodan and the Jormungändr make contact in the city of Orleans and engage in a titanic clash, with the Jormungändr fleeing south to Hispania with Rodan in pursuit. The aftermath leaves the city devastated alongside the surrounding areas, MONARCH is under threat of being dissolved by the UN entirely because of this as well as endangering its members (who are from different parts of the world). Ludwig meanwhile arrives in devastated Orleans and sets about finding clues as to why the titans were behaving like that. By a stroke of luck he runs into a warehouse where he spots MONARCH captives under guard. He then overhears the supposed leader of the group telling the captives that they plan to use the animosity both Titans have to wreak havoc in the Reich and cause so much devastation that it will cripple the Reich's ability to project itself across the world, thus leaving the rest of the UN no choice but to exterminate all the titans. The group then intends to leave the captives in the city where the titans will clash for one final time. Ludwig follows in pursuit. Hispania meanwhile is devastated as Rodan and the Jormungändr continue their battle until finally it comes down to one final clash over the city of Cordoba.

As the titans battle to the death, Ludwig continues his pursuit of freeing the Monarch captives, taking advantage of the chaos the titans were doing, here he gets lucky in freeing the captives and helps them subduing their captors. Ludwig then confronts the supposed leader of the captors and is shocked to learn he is a Meskawi. The leader remarked that he was drawn to the familiarity between himself and Rodan, remarking the Titan's similarities to the Thunderbird. He reveals knowledge of Rodan's species having a rivalry with the Jormungändr serpents which is the reason why both were so keen on destroying the other. He goes on to say that while the titans were deserving of worship in the days of ancient humanity, that was no longer the case in the modern world, he remarks that humanity will be the gods of the new age, and the titans will do their bidding, or if they fail at that, be destroyed by humanity. Ludwig, unfazed by the speech, declares the leader and his group terrorists to be brought to justice. They would fight right there, their ideals clashing, outside the building, Rodan continued its battle against the Jormungändr until finally, one emerged victorious once and for all. Ludwig manages to kill the leader who in his final moments warns Ludwig that the titans' awakening were just the beginning of a battle of survival. Outside, Rodan is triumphant as soon as it finishes off the Jormungändr, bringing the battle to an end.

As dawn rises over the ruined city of Cordoba, Ludwig and several of the MONARCH captives emerge from a building spared from the devastation, having defeated the Children of Adam's members and witnesses Rodan feeding upon the remains of the Jormungändr serpent, a scene mirroring the opening one. Rodan then notices Ludwig, both the opening and this scene then simultaneously play out, with Rodan creeping closer to the soldier until his beak is just meters away from Ludwig, and mirroring his distant ancestor, Ludwig touches the Titan's beak, smiling at the titan as he whispered Aztec words at it. The Roman legions then promptly surround the titan who simply stares at their actions in confusion and curiosity. Ludwig surrenders himself to a few soldiers after showing them the location of the defeated Children of Adam members and most MONARCH captives. The film ends as Ludwig is then seen being recruited by MONARCH for their G-Team armed forces not only for his skills as a soldier but also a familiarity to Rodan. Rodan meanwhile is shown being transported on a Roman carrier bound for the coast of West Africa, far away from the Reich's urban centers. As the first of the credits roll by, a scene plays in the ruined city of Orleans, two figures get out of their vehicles and discuss on a way to deal with the titans, one of them pull out dossiers of persons of interest, one of which shows Zhou Jian, the man responsible for tracking the MUTOs. A post credit scene then shifts to a dig site in China where Zhou Jian is shown sharing a conversation with seismologist and MONARCH veteran member Isaakios Brooks on his experience with the organization, with the older man chuckling at the other man's awe at what the organization had been doing since the 70s, even during the Cold War. Jian then insists Brooks on telling him about the 'expedition' some time. Brooks smiles as he shows him a journal he kept that recorded everything but just as he is about to give it to Jian, they are interrupted when one of the miners runs up to the tent both men were in and remarks they have found 'it'. Both men then get up from their seats and follow the miner, the camera however remains on where they sat, and then slowly zooms over to Brooks' journal, a slight breeze opens it, with the words 'Skull Island Expedition' being briefly seen as the scene abruptly ends.

Kong: Skull Island (2018) - As the Siam War draws to a close with Roman forces pulling out of the country, a unit of soldiers are recruited by MONARCH (led by an older Willhelm Randa) in an expedition to a mythical island in the Pacific. There they get more than they bargained for and must fight their way out to survive the Island's otherworldly elements and its natives (Same plot as in OTL).

Mothra: Guardian of Earth (2020) - As the Reich attempts to recover following Rodan's victory in Cordoba, a pollution crisis occurs all over Africa as rumors of a radiated creature made up of smog terrorizes and completely disrupts the environment. MONARCH is somehow blamed for causing the crisis, meanwhile the cries of the Roman citizens would awaken an ancient Titan from her slumber; Mothra had answered their prayers. Zhou Jian, the deuteragonist in the 2014 reboot returns and would fill in the role of Dr. Kyohei Chujo of the Xuantong era, joining him is Markos Russel (played by Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston) and his wife paleontologist Emma Russel (same actress as in OTL). The trio would unveil to MONARCH a device they had been working on since Godzilla's appearance. A device capable of emitting the frequency used by the Titans and perhaps maybe able to bring them to heel.

Mothra would ultimately die after Hedorah's final defeat, however one of the MONARCH members whose connections to Mothra runs deep remarks that she will be reborn again. Emma Russel meanwhile heads to the base MONARCH had built in Antarctica, keen on observing the latest Titan they had been housing since 2016. Markos would leave MONARCH, citing to Jian how he feels disgusted that the instrument they were working on was copied by the Children of Adam and used to terrorize all of Africa. (The movie would be posthumously dedicated to Banno, who had died of old age the year prior as production was wrapping up, his vision of directing a spiritual sequel to his film finally realized albeit with Mothra fighting Hedorah instead)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2022): Ten years after Godzilla's first appearance has tremendously changed the very planet as more Titans are known to the public. But as MONARCH and Ishiro Serizawa attempt to assure the rest of the world of the benefits of co existing with these creatures, human supremacists and the Children of Adam launch an assault on one particular MONARCH facility, the consequences of their actions results in threatening not only man's dominion over the planet but Godzilla's status as the Alpha Titan. Serizawa leads a new generation of MONARCH members (alongside older versions of those from the Cold War segments) to deal with the upcoming crisis, among these is biologist Markos Russel, having returned to MONARCH after briefly retiring following the events of the Mothra film.

Godzilla vs Kong (2024): Two Years have passed since Godzilla defeated King Ghidorah as well as MONARCH foiling the Children of Adam's plans of Titan genocide and the world is rapidly changing as technology advances and the planet starts healing itself after contributions from the other Titans. However all is not well when Godzilla attacks an Apex (A Tesla partnered robotics company) facility off the coast of Morocco, causing alarm to the Global community. With Mothra's egg still unhatched and fearing the other titans will follow Godzilla's rampage, MONARCH is forced to turn to their only hope to stop Godzilla. An older and mature Kong. As the world braces itself for the inevitable showdown, the remnants of the Children of Adam initiate plans to pave the way for humanity to be the alpha once and for all.

The stage is set as these two Alpha Titans clash for dominance. One thing is clear, What is a King to a God? And what is a God, to a non believer?

Tie-in comics and a four season tv series were also released to bridge the gap between these movies as well as further build up the Monsterverse in a way that would not be possible by cramming said elements to 2 hours worth of screentime:

Godzilla: Aftermath - A prequel tie-in comic for the 2014 reboot and set during the Castle Bravo testing, Godzilla is shown fighting off other creatures awakened by humanity as the Reich attempts to kill both Godzilla and the other monsters. The comic introduces Dr. Eiji Serizawa, Ishiro's father and one of the founding members of MONARCH.

Rodan: Call of the Ancients - Set during the twilight days of the ancient Mu Empire, a cult dedicated to Rodan attempts to call upon the titan as the Jörmungandr serpent descends upon the Muian civilization. The backdrop also includes a supposed ancient war between Godzilla and a foreign monster (Later revealed in KOTM to be Ghidorah).

Skull Island: The Reign of Kong - Follows the events leading to Kong being the last of his kind due to Skullcrawler attacks. The comic also acts as a sequel as an expedition in the 90's leads to MONARCH returning to the island and finding a much older Kong.

Godzilla: Aftershock - Set a year after dealing with the MUTOs, Godzilla comes face to face with an opponent that killed one of its species, a MUTO prime, in several battles where it is nearly killed, Godzilla suffers severe injuries (one of which had its dorsal plates deformed) before finally killing the MUTO prime with MONARCH's help. The severe injuries sustained during the fights forces Godzilla to retreat to its sanctum and hibernates there for nearly a decade. (Thus explaining its absence till KOTM).

The MONARCH Files - A four season tv series going over the world of the Monsterverse from the organization's point of view, worldbuilding is more prominent here as the series goes over subjects that would have not made it to the movies, some major elements include the organization's founding in the 1970s, the files going over the ruins of ancient human civilization. Videos and recordings of the everyday man during the rampage of the Titans. By the third season however, the series has abandoned its quasi documentary style in favor of a plotline, the first half of the third sets up the events leading to King of the Monsters (Including Emma Russel slowly going insane due to exposure to Ghidorah's frozen remains), the second half goes over what the rest of MONARCH had been doing during Ghidorah's reign of terror. The fourth meanwhile builds up the two year gap between KOTM and GvK as the world now has to deal with the reality of living with the titans as well as Serizawa's legacy and message being realized by MONARCH. A fifth season is rumoured to be currently in production as a leaked image of the set of MONARCH's flying headquarters showed Bryan Cranston conversing with actor Jean Reno. Rumors are also circulating of bringing the Rhedosaurus (the so-called Roman Godzilla) into the Monsterverse as well.
 
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Josh continues to spiral out of control from a mix of his actions and the influence of others around him and his environment. He sort of reminds me of Azula in a way, only Gustav is at least trying to be a good parent figure but unintentionally feeding his worse impulses, which is more than I can say for Ozai. Regardless, I predict Josh will have a similar fate to Azula’s coming to him if he keeps going down this path. Makes me wonder how things would’ve gone if Josh hadn’t murdered Oskar like that.

With all the parallels you’ve drawn between Wihelm Karl and Josh before, I’m staring to wonder what a scene with those two interacting would be like? On that note, whatever new job Josh is planning to take, I hope it has nothing to do with whatever Elias has got planned.

Great job with the Godzilla conclusion @TWR97 , especially with the Rodan movie. With both these Godzilla summariaries and the previous Mass Effect interludes, your work continues to impress me. Looking forward to what other ideas for cultural updates you have coming up next.
 
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humans dressed in a combination of Mesoeimerican, European and Asian clothing are seen fleeing from signs of battle and ultimately bear witness to a titanic struggle between a serpent-like creature and a winged creature, which ends with the serpent dead, and its body grasped by the wing creature as it perches on a branch of a collapsed giant tree. It stops feeding on the corpse and looks at the humans that were watching it, its eyes intelligent and full of wisdom.
Was there ever an explanation for why they're wearing a mix of these clothes? Or just Jin, Nahua, and Romans stumbling across Rodan at some point?

Also like the homages to the Mexican flag. That was a great summary.

another creature made from Nature's elements
I assume this is a MUTO from the next few summaries?
Set during the twilight days of the ancient Mu Empire, a cult dedicated to Rodan attempts to call upon the titan as the Jörmungandr serpent descends upon the Muian civilization.
Interesting. Do you have any ideas what Mu would be like? Or how they connect to the Hollow Earth?
Godzilla vs Kong (2024)
I assume this is like OTL right?
The MONARCH Files
Love this. Feels like Agents of SHIELD but with Godzilla instead. Do you have ideas of more details for the show? I'm very interested in learning more.

Otherwise this is a great summary with lots of callbacks and new content for the franchise but no Jet Jaguar. You always knock these out of the park with the amount of detail you put into them.
Josh continues to spiral out of control from a mix of his actions and the influence of others around him and his environment. He sort of reminds me of Azula in a way, only Gustav is at least trying to be a good parent figure but unintentionally feeding his worse impulses, which is more than I can say for Ozai. Regardless, I predict Josh will have a similar fate to Azula’s coming to him if he keeps going down this path. Makes me wonder how things would’ve gone if Josh hadn’t murdered Oskar like that.
Once he killed Oskar, he fully embraced his vulture side, and there's no going back for him. If he didn't? Well, there may have been a chance to redeem himself...and avoid what he's going to do in the future...
With all the parallels you’ve drawn between Wihelm Karl and Josh before, I’m staring to wonder what a scene with those two interacting would be like? On that note, whatever new job Josh is planning to take, I hope it has nothing to do with whatever Elias has got planned.
Currently I have no plans to have them interact, although in one upcoming scene they come very close to meeting but don't. If they do meet, I think Wilhelm Karl probably wouldn't care much about him, since he's just a regular Argus grunt.
 

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Something tells me Josh is gonna cause some irreversible damage to his own person given he seems to relish killing so much. That can't be a good sign alright.
Just his own person?
 

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A fine conclusion to the Godzilla anthology. Love this version of the Monsterverse.
 

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Was there ever an explanation for why they're wearing a mix of these clothes? Or just Jin, Nahua, and Romans stumbling across Rodan at some point?

These would be the Eimerican centered Muian Empire and the Eurasian centered Atlantis, it is theorized in the third season of the MONARCH files that the reason these empires are only known in found ruins (the major one being Godzilla's underwater temple) was because they were destroyed in a great Titan war, revealed in KOTM to be Ghidorah's doing.

Interesting. Do you have any ideas what Mu would be like? Or how they connect to the Hollow Earth?

Again mentioned in the fourth season with the characters going over how advanced the ancient humans may have been before Ghidorah invaded the planet , GvK briefly goes over how the Muians established a colony in the Hollow Earth which would explain the temple to Kong there.

I assume this is like OTL right

The outcome of the final battle and the other one (not gonna spoil of course) remains the same, how it got there is different as compared to our timeline, GvK here already established the Monsterverse and as such didn't cut out the parts either through executive meddling or due to poor reception of KOTM. I will however add that the intro follows Kong's POV during KOTM, where he battles the Skullcrawlers who have answered Ghidorah's call to arms, this leads to him getting severely wounded in trying to protect the native islanders, and he passes out as MONARCH successfully intervenes, after that the OTL intro showing Kong's daily routine plays the same.

This is further expanded in the MONARCH files, showing one of the characters in the movie being in the Skull Island facility during Ghidorah's reign of terror.

The show also theorizes that much like how Kong and Godzilla had ancient rivalries, so too did their respective worshippers, The Muian Empire for Kong and Atlantis for Godzilla. Ghidorah's first invasion was what got both ancient empires to work together eventually.

One episode in the second season actually goes over MONARCH looking to weaponize the remains of the Godzilla skeleton found in Quindao before Serizawa shut it down immediately citing that the organization should respect the dead.

Just his own person

Well of course those around him might ended up getting hurt too but Josh' physique looks to be in danger of getting screwed over.
 
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These would be the Eimerican centered Muian Empire and the Eurasian centered Atlantis, it is theorized in the third season of the MONARCH files that the reason these empires are only known in found ruins (the major one being Godzilla's underwater temple) was because they were destroyed in a great Titan war, revealed in KOTM to be Ghidorah's doing.
Cool. Sounds awesome. Hopefully Atlantis incorporates more Asian influences instead of being stereotypically Greek like in most pop culture.
Again mentioned in the fourth season with the characters going over how advanced the ancient humans may have been before Ghidorah invaded the planet , GvK briefly goes over how the Muians established a colony in the Hollow Earth which would explain the temple to Kong there.
So would there be Muian descendants in the Hollow Earth in the modern day, or just their ruins?
The outcome of the final battle and the other one (not gonna spoil of course) remains the same, how it got there is different as compared to our timeline, GvK here already established the Monsterverse and as such didn't cut out the parts either through executive meddling or due to poor reception of KOTM. I will however add that the intro follows Kong's POV during KOTM, where he battles the Skullcrawlers who have answered Ghidorah's call to arms, this leads to him getting severely wounded in trying to protect the native islanders, and he passes out as MONARCH successfully intervenes, after that the OTL intro showing Kong's daily routine plays the same.

This is further expanded in the MONARCH files, showing one of the characters in the movie being in the Skull Island facility during Ghidorah's reign of terror.

The show also theorizes that much like how Kong and Godzilla had ancient rivalries, so too did their respective worshippers, The Muian Empire for Kong and Atlantis for Godzilla. Ghidorah's first invasion was what got both ancient empires to work together eventually.

One episode in the second season actually goes over MONARCH looking to weaponize the remains of the Godzilla skeleton found in Quindao before Serizawa shut it down immediately citing that the organization should respect the dead.
So there are a lot of characters like Coulson (movie characters expanded in the TV series). Nice.

So Mu worships Kong, but a small cult worships Rodan?

I imagine weaponization of kaijus and kaiju-related materials would be a recurring theme in the show, which would tie in with commentary on nuclear weapons and other WMDs.
Well of course those around him might ended up getting hurt too but Josh' physique looks to be in danger of getting screwed over.
And his mind possibly. Who knows what kind of glitches that implant has?
 

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Discovery, Part 1

Constantinople - February 5, 2029

“And now, live from Constantinople, it’s Weekend Update, with your host, Peter Davids,” the Saturday Night Live announcer said.

The camera zoomed in on Peter, who sat in a mock-up of a newsroom.

“Good evening,” he said, “Now, before we begin with the recent recusal of a UN judge investigating alleged war crimes by Roman private military contractors in East Africa, let’s first address the elephant in the room. And not the elephant we were just talking about last Saturday.”

He looked straight at the camera.

“Now, many of you probably are aware of my jab at Elias Anhorn last weekend,” he said, “Where I called him a ‘hitman in a B-movie’ and then said ‘I'm sorry, I know he lost his eye in the war or whatever’. After a week of reflection and discussion with the public, I’ve come to the realization my words were hurtful to a veteran like him. But I can’t just say this on TV. Elias?”

Elias walked onscreen to much applause from the audience.

“I’m so glad you agreed to this,” Peter said.

“No, it’s fine,” Elias said.

“I mean this from the bottom of my heart, Herr Anhorn,” Peter said, “What I said last Saturday was a poor choice of words. You are a war hero, and you deserve all of the respect in the world for your sacrifice for our country. Thank you for your service.”

Elias nodded quietly.

“It’s all good,” he said.

They shook hands, and the audience applauded again.

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears,” Elias said, “Please, never forget the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. For almost a thousand years, our brave soldiers have fought to protect our freedom, and they continue that fight even today. I’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Peter’s father, a firefighter who died on November 9. This nation thanks him for his patriotic sacrifice.”

While the audience paid tribute, Gertrude sat backstage, listening to Peter continue apologizing to Elias. She looked at her phone and checked to see if she still had the evidence on him. His words last week had been damning enough, but Gertrude wanted to be extra thorough. She wasn’t going to delete the evidence now, even after she got this incident out there to help Elias. No, this was just a simple late night show. This was merely a side objective. She was close to finding her grand prize.


Constantinople - February 14

Mina rolled the large box into the empty lab. There was a sign on the box next to the lock.

“WARNING - KEEP OUT - THIS MEANS YOU, WALTER”

But she wasn’t Walter, and she knew the combination. She input 5-20-10 into the lock, and the box’s lid popped open, revealing a jumbled mess of 1970s-era equipment. Mina looked at her robotic arm and back at the disassembled equipment, remembering why exactly she needed a robotic arm. But Theodor wanted results. He wanted information from the other side. Theodor wasn’t satisfied with the contents of the data core, which only went up to 2011 or something. Surely the other side had developed much better stuff since then. Mina warned against rebuilding the actual portal device due to obvious reasons, but Theodor was insistent. She barely got him to agree to a compromise, which she was now building.

Mina finished reassembling the large window-shaped device, using Walter’s notes, the only copy in existence, to fill in the pieces that had been lost or broken irreparably. Plugging it in, she moved it over to the lab window and hit the on button, a little curious to see what Constantinople looked like these days. However, she could only gasp in horror. The cityscape was almost completely gone, leaving charred jagged bits of rubble and twisted metal bars scattered across a debris-covered landscape. She could see only one of the Twin Towers still standing, although it was badly damaged and leaning a lot to the side. The sky was bathed in a dusty orange glow. On the ground, she saw only craters and burn marks, with no signs of life anywhere. No, no, no, this must be a mistake. She rebooted the window and tried again. Still she was confronted with a destroyed Konstanstadt. They had destroyed themselves on that side. It was undeniable. Nobody must know about this, for fear it could lead to the same thing happening over here, however indirectly it would be. Mina set about disassembling the window and destroying each component in such a way nobody could rebuild them. And to make sure nobody would do that, she took Walter’s notes and burned them with a lighter. She could easily give Theodor the excuse the window no longer worked and the notes were gone, and she knew Walter would never want to go down that road again. Nobody should have seen what she saw. And if she was thorough, she would make sure nobody would.


Damascus - February 26

“Fire it up!” Alexandra said.

Alex flipped a heavy switch, and the machine whirred to life. Magnus’ computer beeped.

“Power levels are steady,” he said, “Thea, is the amphilicite sample secure? And is the analyzer installed the right way?”

Thick goggles covering her eyes, Thea looked through the viewing port at the amphilicite. “Yep. Made sure the analyzer's installed properly. We’re good to go.”

Alexandra leaned back in her chair and smiled. “Hit it.”

Alex flipped another heavy switch, and the machine let out a high-pitched beeping. Its body rumbled and creaked, making Alex feel a little worried. But he put himself at ease, because he had been designing this for years, and he knew it would work. It worked in all of their previous test runs. It wasn’t going to fail them now. A razor-thin laser beam struck the amphilicite, which began vibrating, struggling against the restraints it had been placed in.

“Spectrometer?” Alexandra said.

“On it!” Thea said.

She rolled a large device in front of the viewing port. Alex helped her hook it up to several cables linking it to both the accelerator and Magnus’ computer. They rushed to Alexandra and Magnus’ side and watched the data stream into the computer. The amphilicite sample, laser, and any errant particles created were rendered in 3D, with masses and chemical compositions output in a nearby log.

“Adjust the laser focus and angle a little,” Alexandra said, “Move it…there.”

Magnus did so, and more particles of a different composition appeared.

“Almost there,” she said, “Come on, algorithm, don’t fail me…”

Alex could only watch at that point. He and Thea did what they could with the hardware. Now it was all on Alexandra and Magnus to follow through with the software. After the previous test runs and experiments, he had low expectations. Amphilicite was notoriously difficult to analyze, even decades after its discovery. Its exact chemical composition remained a mystery. That was, until today, hopefully.

“There!” Thea said.

She pointed to a unique stream of golden particles emanating from the amphilicite. Magnus focused the program on the particles, bringing up a detailed breakdown of their mass and other relevant information. Alexandra read the numbers and gasped.

“Oh…my God,” she said.

She clasped her hands over her face, unable to say anything else.

“What is it?” Alex said.

“The numbers…” Alexandra said. “They line up.”

“They line up?” Thea said. “With our hypothesis?”

“…Yes,” Alexandra said.

“I can’t believe it,” Magnus said, “We really found it. The mysterious element.”

Alex pumped his fist and hugged Thea. “YES! WE DID IT!”

“We’re going to change the world!” Thea said.

“No, we already have!” Magnus said.

He took a picture of a still shocked Alexandra and shook hands with Alex and Thea.

“We couldn’t have gotten here without your help, you two,” he said.

“No, you and Alexandra wrote the algorithm,” Alex said, “You get the credit.”

“And speaking of credit…” Thea said. “What do we name this element?”

“Isn’t there like a formal process from those scientific boards or something?” Alex said.

“I mean, it wouldn’t hurt to provide a suggestion,” Thea said.

“I think Alexandra should name it,” Alex said, “It was her idea that got us here.”

“Agreed,” Magnus said.

“So, what will it be?” Thea said.

“Don’t put me on the spot like that, Thea,” Alexandra said, “I’m still processing the fact that we actually found it.”

“I could give some suggestions,” Alex said.

“No Star Trek,” Thea said.

“Aw man!” Alex said.

“No, we’re not going to name it something like Teslium,” Magnus said, “Don’t want your brother’s ego to be inflated even more.”

“Believe me, that’s the last thing I want,” Thea said.

“Uh…tylium?” Alex said.

“That’s Warstar Galactica,” Thea said, “Uh…what about frankium? For your mother?”

“I’m not the tne naming it, so it’s not fair to use my mother’s name for it,” Alex said, “And I’d hate to give her extra attention while she’s tracking those Mexicanists.”

“I’ve got it!” Alexandra said. “I have a name.”

“What is it?” Alex said.

“Betharium,” Alexandra said, “For Elisabeth Alexandra.”

“Really?” Thea said. “Naming it after yourself?”

“Not me, my namesake,” Alexandra said, “The Crown Princess.”

“Sounds perfect,” Alex said.
 
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Well, there goes the alternate universe though that was expected given how the AAR went into Stellaris.
 

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I love how petty Gertrude and Elias are, to go so far as to blackmail a comedian just to get an apology over a joke.

A whole new element... I'm sure only good things will come of this.
 

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I love how petty Gertrude and Elias are, to go so far as to blackmail a comedian just to get an apology over a joke.

A whole new element... I'm sure only good things will come of this.
I thought our OTL moment during SNL happened way better so this is kind of dirty if you ask me.
 

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I thought our OTL moment during SNL happened way better so this is kind of dirty if you ask me.
Oh yeah, it's scummy. Just also amusing that they go to such lengths for something so minor.
 

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It was inevitable that somebody would end up seeing how the other universe was doing, still sad though given all those people there, just, all gone.

Also blackmailing a comedian huh? What a low blow right there.