London Bridge has well and truly fallen down in the new Independence Day: Resurgence trailer. It looks like the city — which has frequently been nuked, crashed onto, and otherwise trashed on the big screen — will receive its most fiery beating yet in the Independence Day sequel. In fact, it seems like it has a fairly major collision with cities that are usually thousands of miles away.
But that's not all. The trailer also treats us to more glimpses of the post-alien invasion Earth, including (potentially) the demise of one of the original film's main characters, and the resurrection of another. Check it out below:
So, it really seems like a lot has changed since the last time we gave the aliens a good ol' space-drubbing. Let's look at some of the more revealing moments below:
The Death of Steven Hiller?
It's common, quasi-controversial knowledge that Will Smith will not be returning to the role of Captain Steven Miller. After various discussions and disputes, it seems Fox decided it was easier to simply kill his character off.
The viral website warof1996.com, which released with the first trailer, explains Steven Hiller was killed test flying a new fighter plane in 2007. I assumed this was merely a nice little 'in-world' explanation for the Will Smith no-show in Resurgence. However, now it seems like we might actually see this event — and how it affected his son, Dylan — play out on the big screen.
The Return of Dr. Brackish Okun
But don't be too gloomy, as the trailer also showed one of the first film's characters had a miraculous recovery. I always assumed Brent Spiner's Dr. Okun character met his demise when he was used as a conduit for alien communication. However, it seems it wasn't actually as bad as all that, as the Area 51 scientist is alive 20 years later.
The Fall On London
The trailer certainly shows humanity has upgraded its arsenal in the last twenty years, but so (apparently) have our alien oppressors. The new alien Destroyers now appear to have the ability to literally rip an entire city from one place on the Earth and then drop it on another.
To me, it doesn't sound much more effective than their original super-weapons, but it's certainly more visually extravagant. For example towards the end of the trailer, we're treated to several shots which appear to show world landmarks falling on London, including the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers.
I think we can honestly say we've never seen that before.
Independence Day: Resurgence arrives in theaters on June 24.