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Umbrella Corporation is a big part of the resident Evil universe of the game. But does it take a similar form in the television series? If so, what are their goals? And could these goals lead to the end of the world?
What is Umbrella Corporation, and are they successful in achieving their goal of resident Evil season 1?
In the first season of resident Evil, Evelyn Marcus pretty much runs Umbrella. While Evelyn may be a new character in the resident Evil universe, she is the daughter of James Marcus, who has appeared in several of the video games, namely, Evil resident 0 and Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles. In the TV version of Resident Evil, James was one of the founders of the Umbrella Corporation and helped initiate the creation of the T-Virus. But after being banned from the company, his daughter, Evelyn, is now desperate to recover what was stolen from her family and follow in his footsteps and wants to take the T-Virus to the next level.
Evelyn hopes to use a mind-altering drug called Joy and the T-Virus to make the world a better place. She believes, no doubt in her mind, that she can use the virus to wipe out illnesses such as depression and anxiety from the world. But Evelyn’s sociopathic, greedy and obsessive nature means she is unable to listen to reason. And despite Albert’s many claims that “Joy” and the T-Virus could lead to the deaths of millions, Evelyn pursues her goal.
Even with the warning of horrible side effects, Evelyn thinks the best thing to do is go ahead with “Joy,” even if that means it only benefits the Umbrella Corporation. While the first season of resident Evil hasn’t fully explained how “the end” happens between 2022 and 2036, it’s safe to say it will be in “Joy.” Interestingly, in 2036, Billie claims that she no longer has fear inside her, and this is how she is able to use Evelyn to control Umbrella Corporation. So maybe Evelyn’s goal of eliminating illnesses like depression and anxiety worked. But was it done at the expense of the world?
What did you think of the Umbrella Corporation’s role in the first season of Resident Evil? Did it live up to the hype it had from video games?
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