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And now, my Mecha. It's not only Godzilla's equal, but his superior. The Apex Titan of my own hand. It's time to show the world what you can do.
~ Walter Simmons upon witnessing the full activation of Mechagodzilla.
Walter Simmons is the central antagonist of the 2021 crossover film Godzilla vs. Kong and it's novelization.
At first, Walter seems like a well-spoken and calm man who seeks to better mankind and help the world became a safer place. But his view of the titans being seen as a threat somewhat puts him at odds with Monarch. Walter became very paranoid, corrupt and recklessly determined in his goals and attempts to rid the world of titans by all means, no matter the cost. Despite Walter's ego and the deaths he indirectly caused by unwittingly provoking Godzilla, he showed genuine empathy towards Nathan's brother's death beforehand, mentioning that he was "a true pioneer".
Walter despises Godzilla, seeing him as competition for humanity being the dominant species. He even went as far as to use his old rival, Ghidorah's skeleton to build a robot in his likeness; Mechagodzilla.
Ishiro Serizawa's son and Walter's Right Hand man. During Ren's time with Apex, Walter presented himself as a surrogate father-figure to the young scientist and was greatly impressed with his talents in technology. The two work closely together on the Mechagodzilla project. They're frequently seen together or at least in the same Apex building, and they approach Dr. Nathan Lind together with their proposal that he help them reach the Hollow Earth. Ren is something of a voice of reason to Simmons' overconfidence, openly contemplating the possibility that Maia, Lind and Andrews will fail in their mission to deliver the Hollow Earth's energy formula to them, and also protesting when Simmons impulsively wants the energy formula uploaded to Mechagodzilla immediately without proper testing due to them having no idea how it could affect the Mecha or the Ghidorah skull. However, still Ren submits when Simmons desperately orders Ren to "get in the goddamn chair".
The novelization reveals that despite Walter's respect and fondness for him, Ren actually is merely using Simmons to further his own agenda and sees Simmons as a mere stepping stone. Ren secretly views the petty egotist as a "chattering baboon" who is good at taking credit for others' invention, and Ren is seriously considering disposing of Simmons the moment he no longer needs him. Due to Walter's trust and liking towards Ren, Simmons was blissfully unaware of the scientist's hidden disdain about him and never doubted Ren's loyalty to company, thinking he would never betray him.
Walter Simmons greatly admired and even revered his creation as the ultimate weapon mankind has ever produced and Apex's pride and joy.
Simmons founded Apex Cybernetics in 2014. His goal was to rid the world of the Titans so control could be returned to humanity. In 2019, Simmons purchased the severed head of King Ghidorah from Alan Jonah so he could construct his own titan to combat the titans, thus; beginning the development of Mechagodzilla.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Five years later, in 2024, all Titans excluding Godzilla and Kong have went back to hibernate all cross the world. Godzilla then attacks an Apex facility manufacturing Skullcrawler eggs that are transported to the Apex headquarters in Hong Kong. During a test battle against a Skullcrawler and Mechagodzilla, the test is cut short due to limitations of the power supply. After learning of the Hollow Earth, Simmons intends to harness the raw energy of Hollow Earth to overcome Mechagodzilla's limitations.
Simmons recruits Nathan Lind to explore into the Hollow Earth and obtain a sample of the energy, using his daughter Maia as the leader of the Apex expedition. They soon find an energy source and send its signature back to the base. Apex also catches Bernie, Josh, and Madison and have them interrogated by Simmons. Madison calls out Simmons for using Ghidorah to create Mechagodzilla as the reason Godzilla rampaged, claiming hundreds to thousands of lives. Showing no remorse for his actions and justifying every sacrifice to be necessary to ensure humanity's survival. Eventually, Simmons desperately orders the activation of Mechagodzilla, despite not testing the energy source first. This causes Mechagodzilla to go haywire, as the energy source causes Ghidorah's consciousness to possess Mechagodzilla. Simmons could only look on in horror before Mechagodzilla swiped its claw straight through the Apex module, killing him instantly and putting an end to him.
I love crazy ideas. They made me rich.
~ Simmons to Nathan Lind
There can only be one alpha. It seems to have been providence.
~ Simmons to Madison Russell
You see, ten years ago, when Gojira was first revealed to the world, i had a dream. And in that dream, i saw one thing. And that beautiful amazing thing was - oh sht. No!.
~ Simmons' last words before he is killed by Mechagodzilla.
Walter Simmons appears to be the embodiment of how Ishirō Serizawa perceives humanity's arrogance, in which he seeks to place humanity as the dominant species in the world and maintain the position by eliminating the titans via Mechagodzilla.