Watch: Alternate Archival Monarch Intro for 2014's 'Godzilla' Movie
by Alex Billington
January 18, 2022
"The top of the primordial ecosystem. A god." The modern era of Godzilla began with Gareth Edwards' epic Godzilla, originally released in 2014 by Warner Bros. This was two full years before Japan responded with their own Shin Godzilla movie. This Godzilla also introduced an in-universe "secret scientific organization" called Monarch. The history of this organization is shown in the intro and discussed throughout this movie and its sequels. A design company called Prologue Films has released the clean version of their Godzilla montage and introduction to Monarch, that was re-worked into the opening credits for the Godzilla movie. There's an extra unseen shot or two in here, but most of all it's just cool to see the original version of this in full detail. There's so many historical bits and fun teases worked into this video - fire it up below and enjoy.
Thanks to Twitter for the tip on this. This video was made by and released by Prologue Films - "a collective of designers, filmmakers and artists." An innovative VFX + graphics company working for Hollywood. You can see more of their work and creations on their Vimeo page. To learn more about Monarch, visit Wikizilla.
Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards (of Monsters) from a screenplay by Drew Pearce, Max Borenstein and Frank Darabont. The cast features Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche. An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the most famous monster of all-time against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures first released Godzilla in theaters on May 16th, 2014 a few years back. Visit the viral site: MUTOresearch.net.
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