The Resident Evil animated films, while not fully-fledged adaptations, expand the universe and sprawling characters of the games franchise.
With the recent release of Resident Evil Village, resident Evil is experiencing a bit of a resurgence, especially with Netflix having announced a new animated film for the franchise. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, arriving on Netflix on July 8th, is actually the latest iteration in the franchise’s line of animated films. Here’s everything you need to know about them to get started Endless darkness.
The first of these animated films is Resident Evil: Degeneration. Released in 2008, the film is set seven years after the Raccoon City outbreak. This film also marks the first time that main characters Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield have fought together since Resident Evil 2 in 1998. Together, they must investigate and try to stop an outbreak of the T virus after a plane crashed at Harvardville Airport. To complicate matters, there are parties involved who have a vested interest in seeing that both the T virus and the G virus are unleashed on the world.
The second animated film is from 2012 Resident Evil: Damnation, who follows Leon to a warring East Slavic Republic to investigate the use of bio-organic weapons (BOWs). After being told that the United States must withdraw all support from the country, Leon refuses to leave until the BOW issue is resolved. After Leon is captured by rebel fighters, he must try to stop their leader from using the Plagas in revenge on a corrupt government while trying not to blow himself up as the city is bombed. He also meets Ada Wong from Resident Evil 4, which plays a major role in stopping a Plaga epidemic. This film serves as a prequel to Resident Evil 6 and presents clips of the game during the end credits.
The third feature film released is Resident Evil: Vendetta from 2017. Chris Redfield takes the lead as he travels to Mexico to attempt to capture wanted terrorist Glenn Arias, who seeks revenge on the US government for orchestrating a drone attack during his marriage. It’s up to Chris to stop Arias from releasing a new strain of virus in the United States and to save the one person who can create the vaccine for it, with Leon’s help. Vendetta is fixed between Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and also refers to the Plagas of Damnation.
While they feature the same characters as the game franchise, these films aren’t really adaptations. Rather, it is additional material for avid fans of the series in the form of Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children. The only movie that would impact the events of the games would be Damnation because it is a prequel to RE6, which was released a few weeks before the film. None of the films are mandatory to watch, but they expand on the game world and the characters in that universe.
Hopefully the new Netflix movie continues to add new information to the already large and complex world of resident Evil. This new entry into the franchise will bring Claire and Leon together once again to dig deep into a massive cover-up. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will be released on July 8, with a live-action movie, Welcome to Raccoon City, released in September. The live-action movie will act as a reboot of the film franchise and begin with the origins of what happened in Raccoon City.
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