Resident Evil: Retribution left a bad taste in many fan's mouths. (Not mine, I rather enjoyed it.) The inclusion of fan favorites Leon S. Kennedy, Ada Wong, and the return of Rain, and Jill Valentine seemed like a recipe for success, and financially speaking that was true. Grossing 240 million on a 65 million dollar budget isn't too bad. The problem was in the story, or lack there of.
During production plot points such as a revelation from Alice's past were promised but no such story lines existed. Instead we got a suburban clone of Alice, which offered a fresh spin on the post-apocalyptic franchise. The real problem being, the story as a whole didn't move forward. No existing questions were answered and more questions were set in motion. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter has a lot of answering to do, and these six things are an absolute must to properly conclude the story of Alice and Co..
1: Missing Characters Explained
The final shots of Retribution establish what are characters were up against next, so naturally we all expected to see this as the opening of the next film. The promise of spectacle, and massive scale really had fans interested in returning after this lackluster sequel, that is, until the official synopsis was released.
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began - Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella's impending attack, this will be Alice's most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.
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Production was of course halted in the wake of star Milla Jovovich's pregnancy, causing scheduling conflicts eliminating some actors from returning, but killing off these characters (speculation of course) seems much worse than saying they had another mission. So now, the question lingers, where did Jill, Leon, Chris, and Ada all go? Are they really dead? Will they get an appropriate send off, or simply a line in the inevitable "My name is Alice" intro?
2: Wesker Vs. Alice
The final fight we got in RE: Afterlife was pretty lackluster. While elements were perfectly recreated from the fifth entry in the game series, there was little in comparison to the Alice/Jill fight. Hopefully upon revealing his true plan, filling us in on how he survived the end of Afterlife, and his involvement, if any, with the red queen, we will get the greatest Hand-to-Hand fight of the franchise. I'm half expecting something quick like the Tyrant fight.
3: The Red Queen
The Red Queen hasn't been thought of since the original film, and in Retribution, she made her return. In the first film however, it was established that she was "fried" begging the questions, how did the A.I. survive, and who turned her back on? The Red Queen will hopefully be taken care of rather quickly and Wesker can take his rightful spot center stage.
4: Alice Backstory/The Cure
In RE: Extinction, the original end of the franchise, we were given hope. The White Queen found in the Vegas Umbrella facility, informed Alice that she alone held the secrets to creating a cure. This story line hasn't been addressed again, and was abandoned in Afterlife for the attack of the clones opening sequence. Has Alice been working on the cure all along? Does she have to die to save humanity? Hopefully this will be answered.
5: New Creatures
The zombies are a given. You can't have a Resident Evil Movie without zombies, but there are three other creatures that have become regulars in the franchise: The dogs, the Lickers, and the Executioners, all making appearances in at least 2 films. So why is it no new monsters have been introduced. The Las Plagas parasite offers up a slew of creatures, large and small, some of which were teased in the closing shot of Retribution. With the team heading back to Raccoon City, this is the perfect opportunity to pay respect to Nemesis, and include a monster much like it, but far deadlier. The Ustanak could be a great addition, but all in all something new is needed.
6: T-Virus/Las Plagas Explained
In the games, evolution is apparent, through multiple virus' and parasites, many new elements have been added, but they all had one thing in common: They were explained. The Las Plagas zombies, dogs, and executioner have been in two films with the parasite only being acknowledged in one film, but no reason or explanation was given. If Alice somehow injects herself with this to battle Wesker, we better know where it came from, and how it's different from the T-Virus.
What do you hope to see in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter?