Commemorate the War of 1996 with the New Independence Day: Resurgence Trailer

While previous trailers for Independence Day: Resurgence have crashed alien motherships into Washington, D.C., and made London Bridge fall down (and then some), we’ve been seeing mostly destruction instead of, you know. worldbuilding. After all, this sequel comes 20 years after the original’s release date and 20 years later in the world of the movie itself. And what a world it has become, since humanity wrested its autonomy back from creepy aliens with knee-knockingly-scary laser weaponry. Thankfully, the latest trailer-slash-featurette—a United World News special, naturally—fills in the gaps of the last two decades, starting with the War of 1996.

Part nostalgia trip through President Whitmore’s unforgettable speech (and his many, many warnings afterwards about the aliens coming back*), part military propaganda, part Jeff Goldblum doing that PSA we love, it’s a speedy but informative catch-up that sets up Resurgence nicely. Oh yeah, and now humanity is on the Moon. No big deal, just defending Earth from what Goldblum vaguely mentions as “enemies from afar”* that might slide into our solar system and decide they want to see if humanity is as tough as they say they are. Plus, we get to meet Steven Hiller’s (Will Smith) adopted son Dylan (Jessie Usher), aww. Check out the featurette!

*What do they know that we don’t??

Independence Day: Resurgence comes to theaters June 24.

[via The Daily Dot]

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