|“||Gentlemen, you are being sent in via halo-jump. Now, I realize that not all of you have had hands-on experience... And frankly, none of us have ever faced such a situation quite like this one before. But I would not be asking any one of you to take this leap if I did not have complete faith in your ability to succeed. Your courage will never be more needed than it is today.||„|
— Admiral Stenz (Godzilla)
Admiral William Stenz (ステンズ提督?, Sutenzu Teitoku, lit. Admiral Stenz) is a navy commander character that first appeared in the 2014 MonsterVerse film, Godzilla. He returned in the 2019 sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Stenz has a sort of no-nonsense demeanor about him, coming off as very serious. He cares greatly for civilian lives, as he wishes to eliminate Godzilla and the MUTOs with minimal casualties.
His most notable trait, however, is that he's not the stereotypical depiction of military commanders/government agents. Rather than aggressively refusing Dr. Serizawa's suggestion of letting Godzilla fight and having him thrown out, Stenz politely refuses his suggestion and shows he respects him to a degree; additionally, he is willing to compromise, as when his initial plan of using a nuclear warhead to wipe out Godzilla and the MUTOs backfires, he agrees to Serizawa's idea and lets Godzilla fight the MUTOs.
Stenz also displays a softer side, as when Dr. Serizawa tells him the story behind his father's pocket watch, he somberly realizes Serizawa survived the bombing of Hiroshima.
Despite not knowing him long, Stentz appears to have great respect for Dr. Serizawa. Initially, though, when Ishiro tells him to let Godzilla fight against the MUTOs, he politely refuses his suggestion and prioritizes rescuing the civilians. Later, when the male MUTO steals the nuclear warhead intended to kill Godzilla and the MUTOs, Stenz finally relents and allows Godzilla to fight.
Though Stenz respects Dr. Graham scientific expertise, he considers her naïve for her religious-like views towards Godzilla.
Admiral Stenz is the commander of an elite navy squadron that includes Ford Brody, which is sent into the ruins of San Francisco, California, where a battle between Godzilla and the MUTOs is taking place. He was adamant on destroying both the MUTOs and Godzilla using a nuclear bomb, even though Dr. Serizawa told them to stand down and let Godzilla fight, believing he was here to kill the MUTOs and restore balance to nature.
This plan went south after the male MUTO stole the nuclear bomb and took it to San Francisco to build a nest with its mate, endangering thousands of civilians. After this, Stenz finally agreed to leave the MUTOs in Godzilla's hands and focus all military personnel to extract the bomb for it to detonate safely elsewhere.
Stenz is confirmed to return in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. As seen in one scene, he has a new uniform, suggesting he may have been promoted following the battle of San Francisco.
List of appearances
|Godzilla: King of the Monsters|