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Is Netflix’s ‘Resident Evil’ a Reboot or a Sequel to the Movies?

resident Evil has spawned dozens of games and multiple movies, but Netflix is ​​releasing the first ever live action TV version of the survival horror story.

The Netflix version, streaming this July, features many elements that franchise fans will recognize, including the zombie creating t-Virus and the company that created it, Umbrella. This may lead some viewers to wonder how the series is linked to the previous movies as well as Netflix’s other resident Evil series, Infinite Darkness.

The live action resident Evilhowever, tries to welcome in new fans that may have never seen the six movies starring Milla Jovovich or the recent reboot Welcome to Raccoon City.

Here’s how the new resident Evil series is linked to the previous movies and show, and whether it acts as a sequel or a reboot to them.

The Netflix resident Evil Exists in Its Own Timeline

Ella Balanska in “Resident Evil.” The Netflix show exists in its own timeline.

There is no need to do any homework before watching the new resident Evil show: The series exists in its own separate timeline.

This is a move familiar to long-standing fans of the franchise, which has spun off on multiple timelines over the years. The Jovovich films, for example, exist in a different continuity from the games (though borrow elements from them), while the Welcome to Raccoon City movie ignored the six films that came before it.

Netflix’s resident Evil does the same to Welcome to Raccoon City. The action of the latter takes place mostly in the late 1990s, and begins in an orphanage where children are being used in experiments conducted by the Umbrella Corporation. As always in the franchise, these experiments lead to the creation of the t-Virus that turns people and animals into zombies.

In the Netflix version, the t-Virus does not start to emerge until 2022. The TV series begins then, with Dr. Albert Wexler (played by Lance Reddick) getting an executive job at Umbrella around the same time they have launched an anti-depressant called Joy. In other versions of this story, the corporation’s US headquarters are in Raccoon City. To mark that this is an entirely new timeline, the Netflix version changes the city’s name to New Raccoon City.

In this timeline, Albert is tasked with dealing with the t-Virus, a viral bioweapon created by the company. This means he has to move to New Raccoon City with his children, Jade (Tamara Smart) and Billie (Siena Agudong).

The Netflix series intertwines this 2022 timeline with one set 14 years later, in which the virus has decimated humanity. Fifteen million humans remain, living in walled cities surrounded by billions of those who the virus has turned into cannibal mutants.

No spoilers of what else that timeline has in store, other than the Netflix synopsis, which reads: “Year 2036—14 years after the spread of Joy caused so much pain, Jade Wesker fights for survival in a world overrun by the blood -thirsty infected and mind-shattering creatures. [now played by Ella Balinska] is haunted by her past in New Raccoon City, by her father’s chilling connections to the sinister Umbrella Corporation but mostly by what happened to her sister, Billie [Adeline Rudolph]”

resident Evil streams on Netflix on Thursday, July 14.

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