It's been building for six years, and now the Planet of the Apes reboot series has established war between the apes and humans. The last time we saw Caesar on the big screen, he was preparing for the coming conflict, and two years later, he's still fighting for his people to ensure their survival, though he's now at a point where he's wrestling with his darker instincts. The outcome of this war will determine who will be Earth's superior race, though given the title of this franchise, we can reasonably assume which side will emerge victorious.

In case you weren't able to re-watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in time for War for the Planet of the Apes' release, we've gathered together the most important pieces of information you need to remember before going to see the third entry of this popular Hollywood franchise this weekend. First, let's talk about how this all started.

James Franco in Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Gen-Sys Is Responsible For All This

We have man to thank for the rise of the planet of the apes. One of its employees, Will Rodman, was developing a cure for Alzheimer's, and as it usually done in these kinds of laboratories, animals were used to test the drugs first, specifically chimpanzees. Bright Eyes was the first to be injected with the ALZ-112, and she soon showed signs of intellectual enhancement, but when she escaped her cell and went on a rampage in the Gen-Sys headquarters, she was fatally shot. However, before that happened, Bright Eyes had secretly given birth while in captivity, and Rodman agreed to take the baby ape, whom he named Caesar, home rather than let him be euthanized like the other test subjects. Caesar inherited his mother's intellect, thus setting him on his legendary path.

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