Resident Evil villain Mr. X had almost arrived in Raccoon City

Director Johannes Roberts reveals why Mr. X, a Resident Evil 2 villain, will not appear in the next Resident Evil movie: Welcome to Raccoon City.

Director Johannes Roberts reveals why Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City gets rid of a big bad from the games. Premiere this Friday, November 24, the upcoming action horror film is based on the Resident Evil video game franchise. The first edition of the Japanese horror game series came out over 20 years ago, in 1996, with the latest installment, Resident Evil Village, releasing early this spring.

The main villain in the games is the Umbrella Corporation, a pharmaceutical giant that produces biological weapons in the form of viruses and other compounds. Players fight to take down the mega-corporation, which is mainly stationed in Raccoon City, a fictional city in the American Midwest. Many of the early games, as well as later installments, take place in Raccoon City, while later versions follow the epidemics caused by the spread of the Umbrella Corporation bioweapons. The first film adaptation of the games, titled Resident Evil, came out in 2002 and spawned a series of six films, the most recent of which came out in 2016. Raccoon City is both the seventh film in the series and a reboot in the series that focuses on the plots of the original games.

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On Comicbook.com’s podcast, ComicBook Nation, Roberts explains why he couldn’t include all the main characters from the games. Specifically, Roberts had to make the creative decision to take out Mr. X, a 1998 villain Resident Evil 2. Known as Tyrant or T-00 in the game, the humanoid monster is a biological weapon originally created by Umbrella and later transported to Raccoon City on a mission to find a sample of the G-virus biological weapon. Resident Evil 2, the tyrant did not make the final cut of Welcome to Raccoon City:

The only thing I wanted to insert and I didn’t, I just couldn’t find a way to insert Mr. X. There’s a nod. It’s hard to see in the shot and I thought, “Just use that shot,” but it doesn’t work in the film. And I was like, “Okay,” with a movie you really have to tell a real movie rather than just using the shots you want.

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The film is based on the contents of the first two Resident Evil games, a relatively small sample compared to the vast series of 28 games. However, Roberts and screenwriter Greg Russo had to be selective in deciding what to include to create a more focused narrative. The Tyrant is the secondary antagonist in the second game interacting primarily with Leon S. Kennedy (played by Avan Jogia in the upcoming film), so including his mission in the film would likely complicate the story for audiences. Although it is a major antagonist in Resident Evil 2, the inclusion of the character is not necessary to tell the story of how the Umbrella Corporation took over Raccoon City.

According to Roberts, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City picks up on the tone of the first two games but tells a new story separate from the previous seven films. The director said his intention was to create a scary movie that reminded him of his experience of being terrified when he first encountered video games. In order to get the fears out, however, Roberts stressed the importance of creating a grounded narrative. Initial reactions to the film have generally been positive, with critics saying the film honors games but isn’t particularly scary. From the sound of that, the film is successful as a well-founded adaptation, but it may have been scarier with Mr. X in it.

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Source: Comicbook.com

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