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Get Caught Up On Two Decades Of ID4 History Since ‘The War Of 1996’

Nearly 20 years have passed since the blockbuster success of Independence Day, far longer than anyone expected to wait for a sequel to 1996’s biggest hit. With Independence Day: Resurgence finally ready to arrive in June, fans are growing more curious about the mysterious two-decade gap between these movies. What’s been going on in the world of President Whitmore (Bill Pullman), David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), and Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith), a key character, who also happens to be missing from the sequel?


Thanks to the reporting of UWN (United World News), we now have a much better sense of what has transpired in the world of ID4 since the summer of 1996. A new video entitled The War of 1996: A Special Report reveals that some key landmarks have been re-built—of course, don’t be surprised if they get destroyed again—and the leaders of the world have joined forces to establish the United Global Defence Unit.

We see an embed code, but it ain’t embedding, so check it out over at MovieWeb.

As for David Levinson, he’s now the director of Earth Space Defence, a vitally important organization that gives the American military a more active presence in space. “So many people were lost, as we know,” Levinson says of The War of 1996. “It was a horrible event, in which much of the world suffered and that’s what’s brought us together. ESD has been an international collaborative grand effort and our main goal, of course, is to keep us safe. I’ve taken a leadership role in developing many aspects of this defense system. As you know, it’s taken a huge effort to get a big military base on the moon.”


You can get a more comprehensive update when Independence Day: Resurgence arrives in theatres on June 24. In the meantime, here’s the latest preview of the battle to come.