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James Marcus Portrait (Resident Evil Zero)
Dr. James Marcus (Resident Evil 0)
James Marcus (Resident Evil Zero)
James Marcus Concept Art (Resident Evil 0)

Personal Data

Date of Birth: 1918
Date of Death: 1988
Gender: Male
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 68.5 kg
Blood Type: A
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: Caucasian

Title

James Marcus

Dr. James Marcus was an authority on virology and co-founder of the Umbrella Corporation. He was one of the discoverers of the Progenitor virus and creator of the first t-virus strain. He was superior as a scientist but was excessively cruel and cold in his devotion to virus research. He served as the first director of the Umbrella Executive Training Center and was assassinated at the age of 70. Ten years after his murder, the Queen Leech he developed carried on his life with his memories and will. This mimicry planned to take revenge on the company and bring about global destruction. 1 2 3

History

Early History

In 1939, Marcus graduated university with a Ph.D. He quickly became a biochemist renowned as an authority in the field of virology. His favored student was Brandon Bailey.

Progenitor Virus (1960-1977)

In the 1960s, Marcus worked with Spencer and Edward Ashford on studying the potential existence of a virus that could promote organic evolution in the natural world based on the theory that viruses may have had a direct hand in evolution. After hearing Spencer's story of a rare West African flower known as the "Stairway of the Sun" which granted some of those who devoured it incredible abilities, Marcus hypothesized that this could be caused by a virus altering DNA.

In September 1966, the three organized an expedition to search for the flower, joined by Brandon Bailey. On December 4, 1966, they discovered that a new RNA virus strain inhabited the flower, and named the flower and virus "Progenitor." The discovery greatly excited a formerly downtrodden Marcus and he promptly took samples of the virus back to the United States for research with Bailey. 4

In February 1967, Marcus and Bailey attempted tissue culture of the Progenitor virus but discovered that the cultures did not contain the vital DNA mutation property. They then decided to mass-produce the Progenitor flower so they could extract the virus directly, but while the flowers grew favorably, they discovered that the manufactured flowers had no trace of the virus. They then attempted to manipulate the different conditions in which the virus was grown, even simulating those of the Sun Garden, but these attempts also failed.

On March 23, Marcus argued with Bailey over future research plans and Spencer interjected with the proposal of establishing a company. Marcus co-founded Umbrella Pharmaceuticals with Spencer and Ashford to act as camouflage for Progenitor virus research.

On April 15, 1968, Marcus depleted his supply of the Progenitor virus and planned to return to Africa with Bailey. However, Spencer stopped the two and mentioned that they could simply steal the land from the Ndipaya. Four months later, the Ndipaya were successfully removed from the required land. Marcus instantly began preparations for Africa with Bailey, but was instead requested by Spencer to become first director of the "Umbrella Executive Training School" in the backwoods of Raccoon Forest in the northern Arklay Mountains. 5

Marcus agreed to Spencer's request under the condition that a secret laboratory be constructed for his research. He was tasked with training prospective Umbrella executives, but continued his Progenitor virus research out of a desire to continue being a scientist. Two executive candidates, Albert Wesker and William Birkin provoked interest out of the usually isolated Marcus and he provoked a competitive rivalry between the two.

t-Virus Project (1977-1988)

On September 19, 1977, the Progenitor virus mutated within the host bodies of leeches Marcus had injected as an experiment. He deduced that perfecting this combination with leech DNA would yield a successful "t-virus." To accomplish this, he needed to use the new mutant strain to conduct injection experiments with different creatures and observe those which displayed favorable characteristics in order to make appropriate changes to the virus. 6

On October 23, Marcus became furious with the lack of results from animal testing and concluded that the only viable test subjects needed to be human. He secretly began human experiments using Umbrella executive candidates, some of whom he suspected of spying. None of the test subjects survived and their corpses were dumped in the Umbrella Treatment Plant, eventually totaling about twenty victims. While his top secret experiments continued in the training center's underground laboratory, Marcus's ambition was gradually distorted out of his hatred for Spencer.

On December 15, Marcus ordered five cases of Progenitor virus samples. 7 At some point, Albert Wesker discovered the human experiments and reported Marcus' mismanagement to Spencer. Rather than take immediate action, Spencer allowed the experiments to continue in order to reap the results, and the experiments were treated as top-secret within Umbrella.

On January 13, 1978, Marcus completed the t-virus with the creation of the "Zombie." 8 He planned to use the virus to create a unique B.O.W. to upstage Spencer and establish his position as a scientist within Umbrella, gaining the credit and reputation he felt he deserved.

On February 3, Marcus conducted a five-month observation experiment with leeches he injected with the Progenitor virus. He gradually began to view them as his "children" in a bizarre attachment that continued to grow ever since they became the decisive factor in t-virus development. 9

On July 29, the executive training center was shut down under Spencer's order. However, Marcus continued his t-virus research in the abandoned facility.

Assassination (1988)

When the t-Virus Project of the Arklay Laboratory entered its third stage, a motion to stop Marcus's research became active. Spencer ordered Wesker and Birkin to assassinate him and steal his research results to further the project. Birkin took over Marcus' t-virus and claimed it as his own. Meanwhile, Marcus' corpse was dumped and left to rot. It was officially reported that he was ousted from Umbrella. 10

The Queen Leech which Marcus was experimenting on at the time of his death began to inhabit his body, gradually merging with his DNA and birthing a "resurrected" clone with his younger appearance. This clone reflected his will, memories and desire for revenge against Umbrella. The Queen Leech attacked several areas causing outbreaks of the t-virus with the intention of destroying not only Umbrella, but the entire world.

Footnotes

  1. 1. James Marcus Profile
  2. 2. biohazard 0 Kaitai Shinsho (Page 011)
  3. 3. biohazard archives (Page 155)
  4. 4. Chief Scientist Brandon's Diary 1
  5. 5. Chief Scientist Brandon's Diary 2
  6. 6. Marcus' Diary 1
  7. 7. Invoice Copy
  8. 8. Telegram from James Marcus
  9. 9. Leech Nurture Record
  10. 10. Research History on the Progenitor Virus