|“||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
Monarch seismologist (retired)
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."
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-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.
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|