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Lieutenant Hank Marlow of the 45th Pursuit Squadron of the 15th. „ 

— Hank

Hank Marlow
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Nomenclature
Title(s)

Lieutenant

Biological Information
Birthplace

Chicago, Illinois

Nationality

American

Species

Human

Gender

Male

Status

Alive

Affiliation Information
Allies

Gunpei Ikari
James Conrad
Mason Weaver
Reg Slivko
Houston Brooks
San Lin
William Randa
Kong
Victor Nieves

Enemies

Skullcrawlers
Leafwings
Preston Packard

Relationships

Unnamed Wife
Unnamed Son

Previous occupation

Pilot in the US Army Air Forces (prior to MIA status)

Production Information
Portrayed by

John C. Reilly
Will Brittain (young)

First appearance

Kong: Skull Island

Hank Marlow is a character created by Legendary Pictures who first appeared in the 2017 MonsterVerse film, Kong: Skull Island.



Appearance

Hank Marlow, for most of the film, had a rather weak and disheveled appearance. His beard was long and unkempt, as was his hair, which was beginning to noticeably gray. He continued to wear his uniform from World War Two, and managed to keep it remarkably clean. Upon encountering James Conrad and his group, he trims his beard down slightly. While stranded on Skull Island, he kept his wedding ring on his finger, in hopes of seeing his wife again one day. 

Upon his return to the United States, Hank was clean-shaven with trimmed hair, and had an overall neat appearance. 

Personality

Hank Marlow initially came off as a lonely, somewhat paranoid man. This is understandable, as the only human contact he had for almost 30 years was the typically silent and stoic Iwi tribe. However, upon meeting James Conrad's group, he slowly unwinds and begins to bond with the soldiers over their shared martial careers. Having survived on Skull Island for decades, he has accumulated vast amounts of knowledge on the flora and fauna that inhabit the island. He seemed to have greatly respected the natural order of the island, as he was vehemently oppossed to Preston Packard's quest to kill Kong. 

Relationships


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History

Kong: Skull Island

During World War II, Marlow and Gunpei Ikari were stranded on Skull Island when their planes crashed. They were initially hostile to each other and tried to kill one another, with Ikari nearly killing Marlow until the appearance of Kong scared him off. Eventually, they would encounter each other again and decided to discard their differences since they were no longer soldiers on opposite sides of a war, but two men stranded on an island and banded together to survive and they came to see each other as brothers. Ikari would eventually lose his life to save Marlow. Marlow erected a grave for Ikari and placed his sword there until the time came when Marlow needed his friend's sword.

Hank Marlow acted as a Lieutenant during the events of World War II, before being stranded on Skull Island. He then encountered James Conrad and his band of travelers during their expedition to the lost island, explaining who Kong is, while also speaking about the "devils" who lived below, also known as the Skullcrawlers.

Reunion

Upon leaving Skull Island, Marlow (now clean-shaven and wearing a new military uniform) located his wife and son in Chicago. Upon knocking on the door, he was greeted by the sight of his son, now a grown man. Initially, he was confused at Marlow's presence, until his mother came along and, shocked at the sight of Marlow, slowly and tearfully embraced him; afterwards, his son learned that Marlow was his dad, and gladly shook his hand while holding back tears of joy. Marlow was last seen enjoying a hot dog, chips, and a bottle of cold beer while watching a Cubs baseball game.

Legacy

After spending time on Skull Island, he unintentionally helped the Iwi evolve: by teaching them English (in particular, to Ato's father), they passed on his teachings to their children, and even developed their own language.

Abilities

  • Multilingualism: In addition to speaking English, Marlow can speak Japanese and can communicate in the silent manner the Iwi do.
  • Swordsmanship: Marlow is very skilled with a sword, in particular, Gunpei's katana.

List of appearances


Kong: Skull Island

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