Hank Marlow
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Basic Information
Status: Deceased
Birthplace: United States
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Residence(s): Chicago
Affiliation: United States Air Force
Rank: Lieutenant
Battles/wars: World War II
Family Information
Played by: John C. Reilly
Will Brittain (young)
First appearance: Kong: Skull Island
Appears in: 1 film, 1 book

Hank Marlow was an officer of the United States Air Force who fought during World War II.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Marlow's parents supposedly met at the age of 17 and fell in love, conceiving Marlowe before either of them turned 17. In his adulthood, Marlow married an unnamed woman and was likely born in Chicago. Before he drafted into the U.S Air Force during World War II, he received a telegram that his wife had given birth to his son.

Fighting in the War[edit | edit source]

In 1944, he was assigned to the Pacific Coast to fight the armies of Japan where during a recon mission he entered in a aerial dogfight with Japanese pilot, Ikari Gunpei. Both crashed landed on the mysterious Skull Island and young Marlow was chased by Gunpei into the island’s jungle before stopping at a cliff. With no way out, Marlow fought Gunpei but he was easily overpowered and Gunpei began chocking and staring right at Marlow in the eye. Just then giant furry hands came up to the cliff and Gunpei immediately let go of Marlow as both stared with fear of a giant 70 ft ape looking down at them. The film camera moves into the giant ape right eye who sees Marlow in his pupil then Marlow looks straight at the audience and you look into Marlow’s right eye and his pupil turns into a firey ring.

Losing Gunpei[edit | edit source]

At some point in time, he and Gunpei put their differences aside and became friends. They were granted asylum by the Iwi people and used the wreckage of their planes to create a makeshift boat in hope of an eventual departure off the island. However, Gunpei was soon killed by a Skull Crawler, much to Marlow's dismay. He kept Gunpei's sword as a keepsake to remember his friend by and soon learned the Iwi's historical story of Kong; the ape whom he encountered during his fight with Gunpei.

New Visitors[edit | edit source]

In 1973, he would encounter several expedition members of Mission: Skull. He told everyone to calm down and then happily said that he waited for the moment when the world came to him after several failed attempts of getting back to civilization. He then told Weaver that she was more beautiful than a hot dog and a beer at Wringley Field on opening day, before looking at his empty hands awkwardly and then asking the group if they were real people.

Returning Home[edit | edit source]

After being rescued, Marlow located his wife and son in Chicago, now clean shaven and having taken Gunpei's sword as a keepsake in memory of his fallen friend. It is likely that he was sworn into secrecy by Monarch before he was able to return home. Albeit hesitant at first, he knocked on the door, where he was able to meet his now adult son for the first time. Initially confused about the man's presence, he then realized that Hank was his dad after his wife after Hank's wife instantly recognized him before gladly shaking Marlow's hand and holding back tears of joy. After having a tearful reunion with his wife, Hank watched a baseball game while enjoying a hot dog and beer, smirking in satisfaction.

Death[edit | edit source]

Many years after the events in 1973 and reuniting with his family, Marlow likely died a natural death due to natural aging.

Behind the Scenes[edit | edit source]

Hank Marlow was portrayed by John C. Reilly and Will Brittain (young) in Kong: Skull Island.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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