The Fate of Will Smith's 'Independence Day' Character Revealed

Independence Day (1996) - Will Smith - H 2015
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A viral website details moments in the alternate history between the first film in 1996 and the second, 'Independence Day: Resurgence,' which arrives in 2016.

It's well-known that Will Smith won't be reprising his role in the upcoming Independence Day sequel, Resurgence, and his character was appropriately absent from the first trailer for the film, released on Sunday.

Now, a viral website connected to the sequel reveals what happened to Smith's Col. Steven Hiller, who battled aliens with Jeff Goldblum's character nearly 20 years ago.

The website, titled "The War of 1996," allows viewers to navigate through moments in the alternate history of the film to fill in the story of what transpired between the 1996 alien attack depicted in Independence Day and 2016 when, in the world of the movie, the aliens return to earth — including the details of Col. Hiller's fate.

A moment on the timeline reveals that on April 27, 2007: "While test piloting the ESD’s first alien hybrid fighter, an unknown malfunction causes the untimely death of Col. Hiller. Hiller’s valor in the War of '96 made him a beloved global icon whose selfless assault against the alien mothership lead directly to the enemy’s defeat. He is survived by his wife Jasmine and son Dylan."

But Smith's legacy lives on beyond his status as a "beloved icon" in Resurgence, with his son, played by Jessie Usher, continuing to fight the good fight alongside Vivica A. Fox's Jasmine and characters played by Liam Hemsworth, Judd Hirsch and Bill Pullman.

Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters on June 24, 2016.