At long last, the spin-off series to the MonsterVerse has unveiled its title and dropped some juicy plot details and first-look images for good measure, but there’s one aspect of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters above all others that’s already causing mass confusion and a little bit of chaos.
On the surface, you’d expect the continuation of a franchise that’s hauled in over $1.95 billion for Warner Bros. would be streaming on Max, which is an entirely logical conclusion to reach seeing as the studio has handled the distribution rights for not just Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla vs. Kong, and next year’s Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.
Instead, though, Legendary has decided to throw its lot in with Apple TV, robbing Max subscribers of bingeing the entirety of the Titan saga from beginning to end without having a subscription to both platforms. As you can imagine, then, emotions are already running high once the realization started to sink in.
Continuity-wise it’s a terrible call, but Legendary doesn’t really care what Max customers think when it’ll be cashing those checks from Apple at the end of the day. It’s first world problem without a doubt, but that doesn’t make it any less of a pain in the ass for those who’ve been patiently waiting for Monarch: Legacy of Monsters to drop, only to be hit with the revelation that it won’t even be airing on WB’s own platform when it lands in all of its 10-episode glory.