MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS Sets MonsterVerse Rotten Tomatoes Record Ahead Of Apple TV+ Series Premiere

MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS Sets MonsterVerse Rotten Tomatoes Record Ahead Of Apple TV+ Series Premiere MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS Sets MonsterVerse Rotten Tomatoes Record Ahead Of Apple TV+ Series Premiere

None of the MonsterVerse movies have been what you'd call "critical darlings," but Monarch: Legacy of Monsters just set an impressive record for the popular franchise on Rotten Tomatoes. Check it out...

By JoshWilding - Nov 16, 2023 06:11 PM EST
Filed Under: Godzilla

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters is mere hours away and the highly anticipated Apple TV+ just set a new record for the MonsterVerse on Rotten Tomatoes. The franchise, which has a large number of very passionate fans, has often faced something of a hard time from critics but bringing these massive monsters to the small screen seems to have paid off.

On the review aggregator, the TV series has a score of 92% based on 36 reviews. As a result, it's become the fourth of six MonsterVerse releases to receive all-important "Certified Fresh" status; Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Netflix's animated Skull Island both missed out. However, the latter would have been given that stamp of approval had more reviews been counted. 

Still, with a whole 10% more than Skull Island, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters is now this franchise's best-reviewed title! 

"With performances by father-son duo Kurt and Wyatt Russell that work a charm," reads the Critics Consensus, "Monarch adds a welcome wrinkle to the Godzilla legacy by honing its monstrous scope to a very human level."

Here's how each MonsterVerse movie and TV show compares on the site: 

  • Godzilla (2014) - 76%
  • Kong: Skull Island (2015) - 75%
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) - 42%
  • Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) - 76%
  • Skull Island Season 1 (2023) - 82%
  • Monarch: Legacy of Monsters Season 1 (2023) - 92%

This is an impressive achievement, particularly as many fans questioned how wise it was to bring the MonsterVerse to streaming. We don't know whether multiple seasons are planned - and how feasible that is given the expense of a relatively CG-heavy series - but it so far has all the makings of a hit. 

"Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco, and the shocking revelation that monsters are real," reads the synopsis, "'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, taking place in the 1950s and half a century later where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows."

Based on the Monsterverse from Legendary, and starring Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett and Elisa Lasowski, this dramatic saga - spanning three generations - reveals buried secrets and the ways that epic, earth-shattering events can reverberate through our lives.

Developed by Chris Black (Severance) and Matt Fraction (Hawkeye), the first two episodes were helmed by WandaVision and Fantastic Four director Matt Shakman. 

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters premieres November 17 on Apple TV+. 

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EZBeast - 11/16/2023, 6:33 PM
I can’t wait for this show but at the same time I have to wait a while so I can binge it properly!

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Kadara - 11/16/2023, 6:34 PM
@EZBeast - Lol love Ryan George 😂
NubaX - 11/16/2023, 6:35 PM
@EZBeast - I do the same thing if ita a show i really like. Its always the GOOD ONES that make you wait every week instead of just posting the whole season all at once.
EZBeast - 11/16/2023, 6:38 PM
@NubaX - true but I hate being patient! Lol
SuperiorHeckler - 11/16/2023, 6:46 PM
@Kadara - He's a true force of comedic nature! 😄
Izaizaiza - 11/16/2023, 6:56 PM
@EZBeast - That was accurate! It's amazing to me when you have great actors bringing their A game, solid special effects, a huge budget....but you can't get a decent script?!
NinnesMBC - 11/16/2023, 6:35 PM
Great news. I'm looking forward to see how this connects the films and maybe even teases The New Empire film.

TheVisionary25 - 11/16/2023, 6:39 PM
Sweet , looking forward to seeing it!!.

Is it weird that I’m honestly more excited to see Kurt & Wyatt Russell playing the same character in different time periods than Big G himself?.

I really like them both as actors and hear their performance is a highlight of the show!!.

SuperiorHeckler - 11/16/2023, 6:44 PM
So far from what I've seen, I like that this takes place before all that crap-tacular neon-glowing/anti-gravity 'Guardians of the Galaxy' tech was introduced in 'King of the Monsters' and 'Godzilla v Kong'. 🤓
EZBeast - 11/16/2023, 6:51 PM
@SuperiorHeckler - yes and supposedly will show how Godzilla changed from the 2014 film to kotm.
DudeGuy - 11/16/2023, 6:44 PM
I’m honestly surprised that not too many people enjoyed KOTM. I had a great time with that movie.
SuperiorHeckler - 11/16/2023, 6:49 PM
@DudeGuy - The monster action was absolutely EPIC but, the characters and their dialog and motivations were sooooooooo bad IMO. (And I always cringe when fans fall back onto that tired and old "I'm only here for the monsters" excuse.) We put men on the moon. Don't tell me that I have to settle for half-a-movie whenever I go to see a blockbuster Godzilla flick! 🤨
EZBeast - 11/16/2023, 6:56 PM
@DudeGuy - diehard Godzilla fan here.
Michael doughtry absolutely nailed the spirit of Godzilla and giant monster movies and some of his scenes are truly epic (that king Ghidorah roar with the cross is the chef’s kiss)

But it was just brought down far too much by really lame characters, some questionable choices in humor, and focused way too much on the humans during the action and worse cutting away from the action far to abruptly and often.
HashTagSwagg - 11/16/2023, 6:58 PM
@DudeGuy - When you have lines like "OH MY God.....Zillaaaa" is it really a shock? 22 minutes and 31 seconds of CGI monster action is not enough to make up for having to sit through that shit.
Origame - 11/16/2023, 7:16 PM
@DudeGuy - it was fun but pretty contrived. And put the humans front and center. Ffs, ghidorah was basically a tool used by the bad guys of the film.
Vigor - 11/16/2023, 7:06 PM
Should have known this would be good. Apple TV has been firing on all cylinders
Izaizaiza - 11/16/2023, 7:21 PM
@Vigor - Dammit. Am I gonna have to get another one? What's good on Apple TV, IYO?
kg8817 - 11/16/2023, 9:24 PM
@Izaizaiza - Shrinking, Silo, For All Mankind, The Morning Show, and of course, Ted Lasso. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg really.
valmic - 11/17/2023, 12:02 AM
@Izaizaiza - The Morning Show
Sabre81 - 11/17/2023, 2:47 AM
@kg8817 - I'd put Slow Horses up there as well. 3rd season coming in a few weeks! Gary Oldman is perfection in it.
Izaizaiza - 11/17/2023, 9:26 AM
@kg8817 - Thanks! I saw the first episode of Ted lasso and loved it
Izaizaiza - 11/17/2023, 10:05 AM
@micvalpro - 👍🏻
Godzilla2000Zer - 11/16/2023, 7:15 PM
Between this and Godzilla Minus One apparently being a great movie us Godzilla fans should be excited.
Ryguy88 - 11/16/2023, 7:39 PM
Ratings for shows are always cushier than movies
TheVandalore - 11/16/2023, 8:04 PM
Just watched Shin Godzilla today. That shit was wild. I really loved the focus on the humans and the battle strategies they used in that movie. Felt modern and almost realistic in many ways, like the way the world governments had to work together, and how they had so many techniques to attempt to save lives and minimize the damage. It felt like they asked government officials how they would really respond to a scenario like a Godzilla attack.

It made me think about how would the world respond realistically to these titans. I hope that's what this show does.

And I'm super hyped for Minus One.
RolandD - 11/16/2023, 8:08 PM
It’s very early, but the RT score for Godzilla Minus One is currently sitting at 100%.
RegularPoochie - 11/17/2023, 12:05 AM
@RolandD - nice

RolandD - 11/17/2023, 4:20 AM
@RegularPoochie - 😂
RegularPoochie - 11/16/2023, 11:36 PM
F apple, just going to stream it from somewhere😤
valmic - 11/17/2023, 12:02 AM
@RegularPoochie - You can get Apple TV + free for 3 months…
RegularPoochie - 11/17/2023, 12:09 AM
@micvalpro - thanks! And before some apple maniacs attack I also have iphone, it's love hate relationship, but I prefer my samsung.
TheOtherOn - 11/17/2023, 7:19 AM
"Do you know where your nearest Godzilla Evacuation Shelter is?"

Yeah, in your nearest hospital. Said Godzilla before started blasting laser beams all over the place including the same hospitals!

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