When Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Releases later this month, the film will feature a number of familiar faces, including characters like Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, and Leon S. Kennedy. While director Johannes Roberts was able to fit in several iconic characters from the first two games, there is one that will not appear: the T-00 Tyrant, better known as “Mr. X.” In an appearance on the ComicBook Nation podcast, Roberts revealed that he really wanted to include the character, but couldn’t figure out how to make it work in the movie.
“The only thing I wanted to put in and I didn’t, I just couldn’t figure out how to do it was Mr. X. There’s a nod. It’s hard to see in the take and I was like, ‘Just use that take,’ but no it works in the movie. And I was like, ‘Okay,’ with a movie you have to tell a proper movie instead of using the takes you want, “said Roberts.
For those unfamiliar with Mr. X, the villain is one of the main antagonists in Resident Evil 2. The Tyrant is never given that name in-game, but has been used in promotional material over the years, including the strategy guide, action figure packs, and more.
One of the biggest concerns fans have Welcome to Raccoon City is that it could include too much material. There’s a lot of story that can be covered between the first two Resident Evil games, and fans can’t be blamed for worrying that the adaptation will end up overloaded. It remains to be seen if Roberts and the rest of the team managed to find the correct balance, but Mr. X’s omission shows that there were efforts to cut out the material that did not fit. Fans can find out for themselves when Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City releases on November 24! In the meantime, readers can check out our previous coverage of the film right here.
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