The latest CG animated entry in the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Vendetta, is slated for release in theaters during Summer 2017. In light of Resident Evil 7's February release, we're all wondering where this film fits into the larger timeline and how it'll compliment the survival horror experience. Well, good news, the Resident Evil: Vendetta trailers may have just given us a hint.
Brand New 'Resident Evil Vendetta' Trailer Keeps The 'Resident Evil 7' Theories Burning
We've already given this trailer a pretty good breakdown—not a lot has changed in the new version except for that the fact that the wire trap clip has been removed, possibly in an attempt to clean up the presentation a bit.
In general, there is no new information, but that doesn't stop us from picking up on some of the parallels that exist between what we've seen of this film and what's transpired in the latest chapter of the Resident Evil #VideoGames—namely the status of Chris Redfield and new villain Glenn Arias's place in canon.
WARNING: The following sections will spoil the end of Resident Evil 7.
The HUNK As Redfield Debate Continues...
The Resident Evil animated film series is canon. This means that what goes on in the movies remains true for the mainline games as well. For example, Resident Evil: Damnation is quite obviously some form of a preface to Resident Evil 6 and it's been widely accepted as such.
With this in mind, I think it's important to address one of the main arguments against the Not-Chris-Redfield side of the argument that developed following the release of #ResidentEvil7. This argument poses that a change in appearance alone isn't reason enough to discount the possibility of the end-game cameo being Chris Redfield—Capcom could have simply redesigned the character. This is a sound argument but it isn't without its holes.
Despite the fact that Chris' character model has changed quite drastically since his introduction in the first game, his face has largely remained the same. Even his new model in Vendetta isn't that far off and—faces aside—they've got him in the same clothes as usual. I've said it before and I'll say it again, no one behind the games or films trusts us to be okay with dramatic changes.
Just look at Rebecca—she's wearing the same clothes she was wearing in both of her previous games. They only gave her new clothes (a lace dress) so that she could be a damsel, as we can see in the trailer. I'm not sure what's up with Leon's model. He looks like a retired member of Nickelback in dad gear. He needs a shave and he needs some damn help.
But I digress. If we are to accept that Vendetta contains the current model of Chris, the idea of there being a random model update in Resident Evil 7 just doesn't hold up. If you really want to get into model similarities, you should probably be looking at Glenn Arias and Resident Evil 7's Redfield...
Could Glenn Arias of 'Resident Evil: Vendetta' Actually Be HUNK?
We don't know a lot about Glenn Arias other than the fact that he's a pretty bad guy that is just about as hot as our beloved Wesker. What we do know a little bit about is HUNK... and his appearance!
Pictured above is HUNK's unmasked model, accessible only via mod in Resident Evil: Outbreak as an NPC. Interesting right? It bears a striking resemblance to Glenn Arias and then Glenn Arias looks a bit like our friend Redfield from Resident Evil 7. It's a stretch, but the connection seems to hold more water than the current offerings.
I'll admit that I don't really buy this one as much as I buy the Chris/HUNK theory. As far as HUNK's appearance goes, we can only use the epilogue card that's been circulating since "Redfield's" appearance. With the Glenn/Hunk similarity, I'm actually beginning to think that Capcom is just running out of character model ideas for their evil white guys.
Even if Glenn isn't HUNK, it seems like we've got a little bit of Wesker 2.0 going on and I'm pretty happy with it. I think that Resident Evil was strongest when it had Wesker at the helm to give things a bit of a center—that crazy, unkillable and downright deplorable center.
That's Resident Evil for you.
What do you think? Are the theories getting a bit too far-fetched or could they be right on target?