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We use explosives to shake the earth, helping us to map the surface of the island. „ 

— Houston explaining his plan to map out Skull Island


Houston Brooks


Houston Brooks (2012)



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Affiliation Information

San Lin (Wife)
Aaron Brooks (Son)
William Randa (superior)
Singh (friend)

Previous occupation

Monarch seismologist (retired)

Production Information
Portrayed by

Corey Hawkins

First appearance

Kong: Skull Island

Last appearance

Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

Houston Brooks is a character created by Legendary Pictures who made his first appearance in the 2017 MonsterVerse film, Kong: Skull Island.



During Kong: Skull Island, he seems to behave in a typical, reckless, and aggressive manner, having no problems using seismic charges to map out Skull Island, and pointing a shotgun at a group of Iwi natives when surrounded.

Years later, following Mission: Skull, and sometime either before or after becoming a father, Brooks' personality has (as stated by his son in a flashback in Skull Island: The Birth of Kong) become similar to that of his Monarch co-worker, Dr. Serizawa, primarily in his adamant insistence that "nature strikes its own balance."



Kong: Skull Island

Houston, alongside William Randa were able to coerce and convince James Conrad to join their expedition to Skull Island. Houston also informed James about their plan to use explosives to map the surface of the island.

In a post-credits scene, Brooks and San Lin tell Conrad and Mason Weaver they've been recruited for Monarch, and inform them that Kong isn't the only monster king in the world.

In-between Kong: Skull Island and Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

During his time with Monarch, Brooks would go on to marry Lin, and father one son, Aaron. Sometime around the year 1995, Aaron joined Monarch, but soon came to a heated disagreement with his father over the latter's decision to leave Skull Island under Kong's supervision. Brooks told Aaron that friends of his died there believing the island should be kept a secret, and he wasn't going to let his son ruin all the hard work he and Monarch did in doing so.

Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

On July 9, 2012, Brooks is retiring from Monarch after 40 years of service when his colleague Singh gives him a "retirement present" of sorts: a military grade recorder that was in the possession of his son Aaron when the latter disappeared during a mission to Antarctica over 17 years ago.

Upon correctly guessing the password to the recorder to be "Gjallarhorn" due to the fact that he would constantly read Norse mythology to Aaron during his childhood, and thus it became a shared password between them, Brooks learns from Aaron's recordings that, much to his dismay, his son didn't go to Antarctica. Instead, Aaron defied his father and mounted an off-the-books mission to Skull Island. Over the course of a year, the mission resulted in the loss of the entire crew, leaving Aaron the sole survivor stranded on the island. However, the mission did help shed light on not only how Skull Island has evolved since Houston last "visited" it, but also Kong himself, revealing how he became the last of his kind and his protective instincts toward humans.

During his retirement party the next day, Houston, elated for his son's survival and the knowledge that Aaron is waiting to reunite with him, reveals his plan to travel "somewhere tropical."

List of appearances

Kong: Skull Island