|Appearance|| I Am Legend (film)|
I Am Legend: Awakening
During the early stages of the KV outbreak, Ethan and his brother, Luke were being driven by their mother and father to school along the freeway. During the journey, Ethan noticed signs that the virus had reached Miami, including a primal-looking woman running nude, and a school bus driver with bleeding eyes.
Due to a gridlock on the freeway, Ethan and his family remained on the road, running out of gas, until sunset, at which point Ethan saw other families outside the car fleeing the freeway. After Doug went out to investigate, Ethan saw a mob of Darkseekers outside the car, and tried to warn his mother. However, he was too late, and his mother was dragged out the car and torn to shreds.The Darkseekers then threw a bloody Doug across the car hood, who begged Ethan and Luke to flee. The two brothers escaped the car through the window, and fled from the Darkseeker horde. Ethan assured a terrified Luke that they would be fine, before the two brothers hid from the Darkseekers under an abandoned truck.
However, a Darkseeker discovered the two and tried to drag Luke out. Ethan tried to hold on to his brother's hand, but lost his grip, and watched as Luke was dragged out and killed.
Ethan fled off the freeway, and hid from the Darkseekers in the nearby foliage. He was eventually found by a rescue team, and taken aboard their helicopter to safety, but was also left grief-stricken and catatonic by his family's deaths.
Ethan was evacuated on a Red Cross ship out of São Paulo. When the Navy collapsed, the ship docked, and Anna, Ethan and three other people on board who were immune, escaped. However, the other three survivors were eventually killed by Darkseekers.
Three years after the KV outbreak, Anna and Ethan, while on their way to Bethel, Vermont in search of a colony of survivors, followed Neville's radio broadcasts, and travelled to the South Street Seaport in Manhattan in time to save Neville from a mob of Darkseekers.
After discovering from a barely conscious Neville where his house was, Anna and Ethan drove with him there and sealed theirselves inside.
When Neville awoke the following morning to a breakfast of eggs Anna had put out for him, he coldly rejected the two at first, stricken with grief over the death of his only friend.
After some time, though, Neville began to warm up to Anna and Ethan, even admitting that he shared Ethan's love for Shrek.
The following night, the house then came under attack from a mob of Darkseekers, during which Anna and Ethan were trapped in a bedroom by a Darkseeker tearing open the ceiling to allow more of the horde in.
Anna and Ethan were saved by Neville from the Darkseeker, and retreated into a reinforced plexiglass room in the basement with the specimen Darkseeker. There, they noticed that Neville's cure was in fact working and the unconscious Darkseeker was cured. When the Darkseekers broke into the basement and began breaking through the plexiglass, Neville gave Anna a sample of the cured woman's blood which contained the cure, and sealed her and Ethan in a coal chute before he sacrificed himself for Anna and Ethan, wiping the Darkseeker mob out in the process.
Anna and Ethan later drove to Bethel, where they discovered Anna's belief that there was a refugee colony there was correct. At the colony's gates, Anna and Ethan entered the sanctuary, where they handed over the cure.
- In the 2007 film, Ethan appears to be around 8, but in I Am Legend: Awakening (which is set three years before the film), he appears to be closer to the age of 10.