If there is a franchise that has captivated millions of people around the world, it is Capcom’s creation, Resident Evil .

Launched on the market for the first time as a video game for SegaSaturn and PlayStation in 1996, just six years later it saw it jump to theaters starring one of the best-known actresses of the time. Neither more nor less than the always intrepid Milla Jovovich.

Although the Resident Evil movies have always been treated as B-series products focused on a very specific audience, a fan of video games and connoisseurs of the lore of the franchise, the truth is that despite this ballast it has always managed to stay alive. And proof of this is that this year we have seen the arrival of an original series on Netflix. Of course, following the general trend of the film saga, the result has not been the best and, as a sign of that disappointment, the platform has chosen to cancel it permanently.

Key characters

It must be remembered that since 2002 a chronology has predominated that opted at the time not to take as absolute protagonists those we had been seeing since 1996 in video games. That is why of the seven films that have been released, six have Alice, played by Milla Jovovich, as their main character .

Of course, what they did not dare to change was the name of the organization that is behind the T virus and that will cause the zombie apocalypse throughout the planet. Obviously, we are talking about the Umbrella Corporation, also known by the same name in video games.

Hand in hand with the Umbrella Corporation we have Albert Wesker, an evil man who also appeared in video games and who we will begin to see in the movies from Resident Evil 3 Extinction . From that moment on, he will opt for an indefinite role that will sometimes be able to get close to Alice and other times fight against her to life or death.

Now where are the Claire Redfield, Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Leon Kennedy and Barry Burton of video games? Well, while the saga starring Alice chooses to introduce them separately and sporadically in different installments, the latest adaptation of the video game, Resident Evil Welcome to Raccoon City , prefers to be faithful to Capcom’s original work by putting them on screen from the beginning ( except Burton).

It is in this cinematic reboot already out of the hands of the couple (also in reality) Paul WS Anderson and Milla Jovovich that we can expect a landing of the story up to the lore seen in video games. Which could always be good news.

What story do they tell us?

It is important to remember, for the peace of mind of fans of the Capcom video game saga, that what the films directed, produced or written by Paul WS Anderson tell is not canon , so when you see them do not think that you are witnessing events that in a future could be treated in video games or that have been visited over the last 26 years.

It is true that some moments in the films are inspired by stories that are distantly seen in a video game and, proof of this, is that they take the opportunity to introduce Leon S. Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Ada Wong at those moments. and Barry Burton. For their part, no one still believes that in something called Resident Evil a main character like Alice ends up gaining supernatural powers.

Only in the case of Resident Evil Welcome to Raccoon City does the story drink directly from the events of the video games, but having only one installment, it remains to be seen the path that the plot will take, which should include whether Capcom considers it canon or not.

There is only one link between all the films and the videogames: that the Umbrella Corporation developed the T-virus from its facilities in Raccoon City and from there it spread to the rest of the world, causing a group of heroes to fight against it to get a ultimate antidote.

All franchise movies

The fact is that we have dared to dive into this universe of films and below we will tell you about all the ones that have been released in theaters and that are already part of that immense universe of a saga that, at least as far as video games are concerned, stays as alive as ever. Despite being full of dead (easy joke).

These are all the Resident Evil movies , ordered by year of theatrical release:

Resident Evil (2002)

The first of all begins by inventing characters. Alice (Milla Jovovich) works as a member of the private security of the famous Umbrella Corporation which, as you know, is responsible for the creation of the T virus, which is the one that causes chaos and allows the dead to become zombies. Well, in this film we will learn how the apocalypse that the world is experiencing was caused and the security failures that allowed the infectious agent to begin to spread: Raccon City, the Red Queen, the Hive. Of course, the search for an antivirus will center a good part of the plot. You can watch it right now on HBO Max.

Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse (2004)

With the virus already rampant in Raccoon City, Alice will have to escape the city before a nuclear missile sent by the government to contain the crisis explodes. Along the way, our protagonist will come across an old acquaintance from video games , such as Nemesis, who will make an appearance as if it were Resident Evil 3 (we are referring to the video game, of course). In addition, Alice will cross paths with other old acquaintances such as Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, in addition to visiting some settings and starring in certain scenes taken directly from video games of the time.

Resident Evil 3: Extinction (2007)

In this film we will meet Claire Redfield and Albert Wesker, although the plot is already beginning to get tangled up and is not limited to what happened in Racoon City since the T virus is reaching all corners of the planet and things are getting complicated to contain it. Now, Alice has to fight against that threat and, obviously, against the Umbrella Corporation, who wants to hunt her down to clone her and thus get new humans with her same powers while looking for a way to find a way to Alaska, the only place where it seems that things continue as usual. At least without zombies. You can see it on HBO Max.

Resident Evil 4: Ultratumba (2010)

The film narrates the events that occurred one year after Resident Evil 3: Extinction and puts Alice in the role of taking the initiative, since she will create a small group to try to assault the very facilities of the Umbrella Corporation to eliminate Albert Wesker. Along the way we will meet the legendary Chris Redfield of video games.

Resident Evil: Vengeance (2012)

The old artificial intelligence (the Red Queen) that was involved in the spread of the T-Virus within the first Resident Evil movie returns to the scene, leading Alice to have to ally with some unexpected characters in her quest to put an end to the apocalypse that hits the planet. In this installment, new video game characters such as Leon S. Kennedy, Ada Wong or Barry Burton will join.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)

This is the film that closes the circle of the part of the franchise starring Milla Jovovich (and mostly directed by her husband Paul WS Anderson) and that tells us that in the mystery of the creation and subsequent spread of the T virus occurred things we don’t know. So Alice has to put an end to it by returning to Racoon City to end all traces of the Umbrella Corporation, Albert Wesker, the Red Queen and the famous Hive. What do you think will happen? You can watch it on HBO Max and Netflix.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)

As the films starring Milla Jovovich are a free story within the Resident Evil universe , we cannot situate this installment as a continuation or a chapter that we have to see between two previous films. On the contrary, it is a new restart for the franchise that wants to reproduce with greater fidelity what we already enjoy in video games. In this case, Resident Evil Welcome to Raccoon City focuses on many of the events seen in the first two titles of the Capcom saga, showing what the first moments of that T-virus expansion were like.

It is so close to video games that characters directly from the Japanese franchise appear on the screen: Claire and Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Ada Wong, Albert Wesker or Leon Kennedy among others.

In what order to watch the Resident Evil movies?

Unlike other endless sagas such as Marvel’s UCM, or Fast & Furious , which has some comings and goings due to its chronology, in the case of the Resident Evil films we are not going to have losses because the viewing order is the same as the chronological arrival to the cinemas . But just in case you still have doubts, this is how it goes:

  • Resident Evil (2002)
  • Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse (2004)
  • Resident Evil 3: Extinction (2007)
  • Resident Evil 4: Ultratumba (2010)
  • Resident Evil: Vengeance (2012)
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)
  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)