Godzilla vs Kong – The Story Of Mark Russell
Updated: Aug 14, 2021
In Godzilla vs Kong, we see the return of the two main characters from Godzilla: King of the Monsters: Mark (Kyle Chandler) and Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown). While Godzilla vs Kong followed Madison's story for Team Godzilla, it did not give us much detail about Mark and his struggles of being a single parent nor did it give any detail as to how much the events in King of the Monsters affected them personally. Luckily for us, the novelization of the movie goes into much more detail with Mark's story.
To recap from what we learned in King of the Monsters, Mark was dealing with a drinking problem he developed after the loss of his son, Andrew. While Madison and Emma were coping with Andrew's death in their own way, Mark's drinking and constant fighting with his wife lead to a divorce. Mark left Monarch afterwards and decided to seclude himself in the wilderness to concentrate on studying animal behavior and taking photos of wild life such as wolves. However, he receives a visit from Dr. Ishiro Serizawa and Dr. Lindsey Graham to persuade him to come back to Monarch to save his wife and daughter from eco-terrorists. On this journey to save his family, Mark also takes a journey from hating Godzilla for taking his son to forgiving Godzilla by the end of it all.
Three years after the battle in Boston, Mark has been searching to find ways to give Madison a regular life after everything she has been exposed to. She deserves to live the rest of her teenage years as a teenager. Go to a regular school, live in a normal house, and having friends her own age. When Mark heard there was an office position open at the Pensacola branch, he asked for a transfer immediately. He thought his dream of giving Madison a regular life was about to come true.
The problem is that she never learned how to interact with peers of her own age. The social order at school is more primal. If you have a single ounce of any weirdness then you are a target for scrutiny. With Emma's reputation of turning coat from a researcher at Monarch to an eco-terrorist hanging over Madison, she was a prime target. The only friend she ever made that was her own age was Josh. Also, thanks to being homeschooled by Emma and being surrounded by Monarch scientists, she feels bored in her classes. Not feeling like she is learning anything new. To add to her stress pile, Madison has developed PTSD ever since Boston. She constantly has nightmares of Ghidorah looming over her and watching her mother get eaten in front of her.
Despite his efforts, Mark could never get Madison to move on from Monarch, Godzilla, and Boston. He is especially irked when he learns that Madison has been listening to a conspiracy podcast called Mad Truth since they keep filling her head with conspiracies on Godzilla and Apex.
While at work, Mark notices on the map that Godzilla's routine check up patterns have been off lately. He could not make out what Godzilla is thinking based on his recent travels. Usually, Godzilla being awake is taken as a sign that another Titan is on the move either disobeying Godzilla's orders or because the Titan has been captured and is calling for his help. This time, however, none of the monsters are awake. They're all quiet. Mark even finds Godzilla's check up at the mouth of the Amazon Basin unusual since Behemoth is nowhere near that location and Rodan does not inhabit Isla De Mara anymore.
After some time, Mark was beginning to believe that perhaps Godzilla was just stretching his legs until a new image of Godzilla has been reported. The photo was taken by a witness on a yacht that was en route from Galveston to Veracruz and reported that he spotted Godzilla heading northeast from the witness's position. Mark triangulates Godzilla heading for Pensacola. He hoped Godzilla would turn back around away from shore as Godzilla has done in the past three years, but his gut was telling him that something changed this time. When Godzilla was twenty miles off shore, Mark contacts command and control and orders for an evacuation.
After Godzilla's attack on the Apex facility in Pensacola, Mark is overwhelmed by news reporters asking questions about the possibility of eco-terrorists controlling Godzilla with another ORCA device and if rumors of Ghidorah still being alive at the North Pole is true. Questions that Mark could not answer. Once he arrived at the relief camp, Mark makes a phone call that he missed expecting to be someone else. However, the call he missed was from the new director of Monarch, Director Guillerman (Lance Reddick). Guillerman filled the role as director after Dr. Serizawa sacrificed his life to save Godzilla. Now, Godzilla has turned from humanity's ally to humanity's enemy. Guillerman noticed Mark predicted Godzilla was going to attack and needed him at Castle Bravo ASAP.