|“||We don't belong here.||„|
|“||A street-smart investigative photojournalist and self-described “anti-war photographer,” Weaver has seen the monster of humanity at war. Her suspicions sparked, Weaver’s curiosity about the mission’s true purpose drives her to maneuver her way onboard as team photographer. But once they cross over onto Skull Island, she is plunged into the biggest story of her life – one that will confront all her journalistic instincts and ethics.||„|
— Warner Brothers website description
Weaver is a woman in her 30s with a square face, long wavy golden-brown hair, and brown eyes. She is introduced to the other characters in a three-quarter sleeve beige jacket, matching pants, and a dark blue half-sleeve turtleneck shirt. Her main outfit has "an almost military look" comprised of a pale gray tie-front button-down shirt and tank top, dark brown knee-high lace-up boots, and olive drab pants.
Weaver wears a number of accessories including wooden prayer beads with turquoise accents on her left wrist, a military-style watch on her right, a chain necklace with a ring on it, and a gold and turquoise snake ring on her right index finger. She also carries a Leica M3 camera with an attached Leicameter MC and a light brown half case on her belt, with a dagger over her left hip. She also carries a large luggage bag to hold her clothes and camera equipment.
|“||The world is bigger than this.||„|
— Weaver to Packard, saying there is more to life than war and violence
Mason is a confident and compassionate young woman with a strong connection with nature from her rural upbringing, believing that peace can't be achieved through aggression. Growing up and working in a male-dominant environment, Mason learned to blend in, create boundaries, take control of situations, and assert herself so that men don't belittle her and she can do her job. Mason also has a strong sense of intuition that helped expose many institutional lies, earning Mason her "anti-war" rep. Her strong intuition is what led her to worming her way onto the Skull Island expedition, correctly suspecting it of having an ulterior motive. She has a strong passion to expose the truth at all costs even though that passion gets her into trouble with publications and the men in her photos who don't like the dark side of war being displayed to the public. Being a pacifist, Mason is armed with a knife but she never uses it nor does she ever wield a gun. However, regardless of her anti-war stance, she never shies away from dangerous places whenever there's a story that must be told, and as part of her job, Mason showed considerable bravery for accompanying soldiers on missions, and being brave enough to not flinch and stare down an assault rifle pointed at her face at point-blank range.
Beneath her strong exterior however, Mason has a deep sense of insecurity and desire to live in the background, traits instilled in her as a result of unintentional emotional abuse from her father when she was a child. These traits are what drove Mason to spent most of her life behind a camera and remove herself from the world, believing that by doing so she's unable to fail anything as her father made her feel as though she were a disappointment. She also has some issues with her first name as she enjoys surprising people who assume her to be male but for the most part, the reactions Weaver gets from her name anger her as they stem from casual discrimination concerning stereotypical gender roles. She's noted for being a talented photographer as her work was impressive enough to be up for the cover of Time Magazine. Weaver would gladly live in the same set of clothes for weeks if it means getting the shots as it's all about the photos to her. Being someone whose sole purpose is to record and share, Weaver feels a duty to her photos but rarely to her subjects, and wants her pictures to prompt action and understanding from those who see them.
After meeting Lt. Colonel Packard and hearing him blame "people like her" for costing America the Vietnam War, Mason disesteems him for scapegoating journalists and taking it out on her. Mason shows an empathetic and considerate side to her as she befriends James Conrad, with the two becoming close enough for him to confide in her about his father. She also shows a dry sense of humor at times and often tries to be a voice of reason. Mason starts as a background character only interested in taking photos but becomes more hands-on and involved in the action as things progress, showing that she can hold her own and pull her own weight alongside the men, despite being armed with only her determination and wits. In the end, she may have began hoping to get a big scoop and gain more awards and notoriety, but Mason relents after coming to understand the bigger picture, and see Kong as something that should be protected and kept secret.
Mason describes her father as being a good man who wanted the best for her but he was a hard man to please. Despite having the best intentions, he made Mason feel as though nothing she did was good enough. For instance, if she did poorly on a test, he would blame her school but Mason would hear an underlying blame in his voice directed at her, regardless of whether or not it was really there. Mason believes that in her father's honest quest to shape his only daughter into the adult he wanted her to be, he instead tried to mold her into the type of person he wished he had been himself but she could never impress him nor live up to his expectations, and he forgot to consider what she wanted.
Mason's interactions with Packard are antagonistic to say the least. Since he blames media personnel like her for the war's outcome, she doesn't think much of him regardless of his highly-decorated reputation. As Packard becomes irrational and insane in his quest for revenge against Kong, Mason tells him to get a grip and see that war isn't the answer to everything only for him to completely disregard her.
When they first meet, Mason and James start sizing each other up while acknowledging each other as outsiders compared to the rest of the expedition. They clearly respect each other despite being suspicious of the other's motives but grow close as they survive the perils of Skull Island, and look out for each other since no one else is.
Due to Mason's interest in and respect for nature, and her desire for peace; Mason was able to connect with Kong.
Mason picked up her first camera at the age of 6. Her father was a demanding but well-meaning man who loved her despite being unwittingly emotionally abusive to her. According to Mason, her father ran their home like a "benevolent dictatorship" but by the time Mason was old enough to realize the damage her father's controlling actions could do to her, the damage was already done. He died when she was 16 and she felt like a ghost during his funeral as none of the mourners during the wake at her house saw her go from room to room seeking comfort that wouldn't come since she was an only child with no siblings to look for.
Six months after her father's death, Mason went off to college but ever since her father passed away, Mason has been searching for a thing and place that she couldn't find. She would only feel close to finding them when looking through a camera. Over the years, as she worked on assignments as an independent contractor, Weaver helped expose many institutional lies and built a reputation as an "anti-war" photographer. During the Vietnam War, she spent two years in country embedded with the Command & Control South detachment of MACV-SOG in Ban Me Thuot.
|“||The right photo can help shape opinions.||„|
— Weaver to Conrad
While she is in a darkroom developing her photos, Mason is called by her contact Jerry, who tells her she's got the job to join the expedition to Skull Island. Jerry asks Mason why she's doing a mapping gig when Time magazine might feature her work. She says that after hearing three different sources tell her the same thing about it word for word, she has a hunch that the "expedition" is really a shady military operation connected to Vietnam and therefore plans to expose it. Arriving at the location of the ship, the Athena, in Bangkok, Mason meets Lt. Colonel Packard. Despite being impressed with Mason's credentials, Packard says it's because of "people like her" that the soldiers lost stateside support for the war since media coverage showed its horrors and vilified the troops. She disputes him for blaming people without guns for losing the war. Though Packard says a camera is more dangerous than a gun and that America abandoned the war instead of losing it, Mason simply scoffs at the notion and boards the ship.
After attending the mission briefing, Mason finds James Conrad in the cargo hold checking out the seismic charges for the expedition. She asks him why a "geological mapping mission" would need explosives, and if he really believes to be a geological survey. Then she tells him about meeting Packard and finding him to be wound too tight. Conrad says that is to be expected with a decorated war hero and asks Mason why she's part of the mission. She says people's opinions can be influenced with the right photo, though Conrad says it can also win her a Pulitzer. Then she asks Conrad how he got involved since he's a British SAS officer, and he tells her he left the service and was paid to join the mission. Weaver tells Conrad he doesn't strike her as a mercenary, and he says the same about her as a war photographer, with Mason correcting him by referring to herself as an "anti-war photographer."
The next day, Weaver takes pictures of preparations being done for the mission, with some of Packard's men posing for her. Then she boards a helicopter with Conrad and Packard's military convoy takes the team through the storm system surrounding Skull Island. Enthralled by the island's beauty, Mason takes photos of its landscape before she and Conrad watch uneasily as the island is bombarded by the seismic charges. When one of the choppers is taken down, she and the others are shocked by the sight of Kong. After the military engages Kong, most of Packard's men are killed in the assault, and the survivors are stranded on different parts of the island. Stranded in a group of non-military personnel and Reg Slivko with Conrad taking charge, Weaver tells him that she hopes he's worth the money that he was paid.
As the group tries to find the others, they encounter a Sker Buffalo. After a tense standoff with the creature, Weaver takes a picture of it and it peacefully goes on its way. The group moves on and eventually finds some ruins. As Weaver is taking more photos, she's surprised by a pair of eyes opening from a person camouflaged into the ruins. The group is surrounded by the Iwi natives and they meet Hank Marlow, an American soldier who's been stranded on the island for 28 years. They all go to the Iwi village and enter their temple, where Marlow tells them about Kong. He says Kong only attacked them because their bombs woke up some Skullcrawlers, ravenous predators that live underground. Marlow also says the Skullcrawlers made Kong the last of his kind and if he weren't around, the still-dormant alpha Skullcrawler would show up and lay waste to everything.
While Marlow and the others work on his makeshift boat, Mason bonds with the natives as she takes their photos. Then she hears a strange sound and follows it outside the giant wall protecting the village to a Sker Buffalo trapped beneath a downed helicopter. Mason tries in vain to free it but then Kong arrives and saves the buffalo. She and Kong briefly stare at each other until Kong leaves Weaver unharmed. That night, while trying to take a long-exposure photo of the aurora, Mason bonds with Conrad as he lends her his father's RAF lighter and tells her about his father going missing in World War II.
Accompanied by Marlow, the group repairs his boat and leaves the Iwi settlement the following morning. They finally manage to get in contact with Packard and find the other group's location via flare, but lose Victor Nieves to a flock of Leafwings in the process. Reuniting with Packard's group, the colonel reveals his intention of going after his missing right-hand man, Jack Chapman despite Marlow's objections. Weaver insists that they should listen to Marlow given his knowledge of the island, but Packard ignores her and convinces the reluctant Conrad.
Everyone travels to the Boneyard, where the remains of Kong's family lie. Soon the group is stalked by a Skullcrawler that eats William Randa. Then it begins its attack and chases Weaver. She runs and takes cover inside a ribcage but the Skullcrawler closes in on her. Packard has one of his men torch the crawler with a flamethrower, enabling Weaver to escape. It continues its onslaught, killing several of Packard's men, and causes a flock of Leafwings to descend upon the humans. After Conrad rescues Slivko from a cloud of toxic gas, the Skullcrawler races toward them and Mason saves them by tossing Conrad's lighter into a nearby flammable vent, causing an explosion that incinerates the Skullcrawler.
The remainder of the group leaves the Boneyard and goes into a forest, where Conrad reveals to Packard that Chapman was killed by the Skullcrawler. However, Packard still insists on going to where Chapman's chopper crashed to retrieve the weapons it has in order to kill Kong and avenge his men, ignoring the objections of Marlow and Houston Brooks. When Weaver warns the fired-up Packard that he will get them all killed, he aims his assault rifle at her but she stands her ground. Conrad gets between them and resolves the situation. Packard leaves with his men while Conrad leads the others back toward the boat. Weaver goes with Conrad when he leaves to find higher ground to find the river where the boat is.
By nightfall, they climb a tall ledge and find the river. Then they see Kong approach them from the fog. Weaver steps toward Kong and touches his face, with both her and Conrad mesmerized and emotional as they watch Kong become teary-eyed, realizing his true benevolent nature. Then explosions sound in the distance and Kong goes toward them. Knowing that Packard is luring Kong to his doom, Weaver and Conrad run back to the others. Conrad tells Brooks and San Lin to head for the boat while he and Weaver, joined by Marlow, go off to save Kong.
The three of them race to Packard's location, where he has incapacitated Kong with a napalm trap. A standoff ensues with Weaver and Conrad standing between a downed Kong and Packard, who's holding a detonator for the bombs his men placed by Kong. Weaver tells the colonel that war isn't the only thing in the world that matters but he snaps at her and orders Slivko to remove her. Slivko turns on Packard with the other soldiers following suit. Then the alpha Skullcrawlers emerges from the nearby lake. Everyone except Packard runs and he is smashed by Kong when he comes to. Mason tries to take a picture of Kong and the Skullcrawler fighting, but when it overpowers Kong and sees her, Weaver is pulled away by Conrad.
By the time dawn comes, the humans reach a marsh at the island's edge. Instructed by Conrad, Weaver goes to climb some tall rocks to send up a flare for Brooks and San to find them while he and the men buy her time. Conrad and the other men distract the alpha Skullcrawler until Kong reappears. Weaver reaches the top of the rocks and fires a flare guiding Brooks and San to their location in time for them to stop the Skullcrawler from delivering the final blow to Kong. When the alpha Skullcrawler turns its attention to the survivors on the boat while the trapped Kong frees himself, Mason shoots a flare into the crawler's right eye, blinding it. Kong resumes fighting the Skullcrawler and throws it against the cliffside Mason is standing on, causing her to fall into the marsh.
After presumably killing the Skullcrawler, Kong scoops Weaver from the water and tries to protect her from the still alive Skullcrawler trying to eat her. It wraps its tongue around Kong's arm and pulls his hand, with Weaver held inside, down its throat. Kong kills the Skullcrawler by yanking his arm and pulling its guts out. Kong ensures Weaver is safe and gently lies her down on the bank. Mason is revived by Conrad, they share a final look with Kong before he leaves, and she and Conrad embrace each other. She and the other survivors continue toward the end of the island on the boat. Though Conrad tells her the word about Skull Island will get out, Mason assures him they won't say anything, swearing herself to secrecy, and is later rescued by helicopters along with the others.
In a post-credits scene, Weaver and Conrad are taken to Monarch headquarters and detained in a room, with her threatening to tell the Russians about Skull Island unless she's released. When Brooks and San enter the room, Brooks says Mason and Conrad have been recruited by Monarch. Then she and Conrad are briefed on the existence of Godzilla and three other monsters.
- In the film, Weaver makes it off Skull Island with her film intact, while in the novelization, her film is ruined when she falls into the marsh. The book also explains that Weaver's camera acts as a barrier between her and the events going on around her.
- Weaver is the only person in the film to ever touch Kong.
- In an interview with Collider, writer Dan Gilroy revealed that Weaver was originally meant to be "a war-weary photographer who had been taking pictures for too long and didn't believe in anything, but would experience an awakening during her first encounter with Kong."
List of appearances
- Kong: Skull Island (First appearance)
- ↑ Mason Weaver. Warner Bros. Retrieved November 15, 2017
- ↑ Kong: Skull Island Production and High-Res Photos. SciFi Japan. Retrieved January 7, 2018
- ↑ Faser, Marion. Brie Larson’s Symbolic Jewels in ‘Kong: Skull Island’. The Adventurine. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
- ↑ brielarson (January 31, 2017). Brie Larson on Instagram. Instagram. Retrieved November 15, 2017
- ↑ (December 3, 2015). [https://www.tohokingdom.com/interviews/kong_brie_larson_02-2017.html Interview: Brie Larson - Roundtable (2015)]. Toho Kingdom. Retrieved May 6, 2018
- ↑ (January 29, 2017). Her camera never lies. Brie Larson is anti-war photographer Mason Weaver. Facebook. Retrieved November 15, 2017
- ↑ Cook, Tommy (November 7, 2017). ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Writer Dan Gilroy Reveals the Character Backstories Cut from His Script. Collider. Retrieved November, 10, 2017
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