Vic Hoskins was an American security contractor known for his work with the U.S. Armed Forces and later International Genetic Technologies Security Division. During his time with the American military, he saw active combat in the Middle East, and was involved with the second confirmed incident involving de-extinct animals on the North American mainland. Following this, he was hired as the head of InGen Security, a position which he held until his death on December 22, 2015.
Throughout his career at InGen, Hoskins was a major advocate for the use of military animals, as well as the expansion of military animals to include new species. His involvement in InGen’s I.B.R.I.S. Project was an effort to breed de-extinct species owned by InGen, such as Velociraptor, for military use. Hoskins also was involved, though covertly, with the Indominus rex; he also intended to explore the possibility of genetically engineering military-grade animals. During the incident at Jurassic World in 2015, Hoskins was killed by one of the I.B.R.I.S. specimens.
Vic is usually a nickname for Victor, of Latin origin meaning “winner” or “conqueror,” a fitting name for a military man. His surname Hoskins is perhaps less so, as it comes from the Dutch occupational name Hosekin, which refers to someone who produces or sells hose (the clothing popular in the Middle Ages, rather than the water transfer tubing).
Hoskins was probably born in the United States of America. His exact place of birth is unknown, as is his date of birth. The actor chosen to portray him, Vincent D’Onofrio, was born in 1959 and gives the character a New York accent; this may give some details as to Hoskins’s origins.
Most of Hoskins’s early life remains unknown, though he grew up to have a strong sense of American nationalism.
At some point, he joined the U.S. Armed Forces. In the United States, people can join the military at age 17, but the age at which Hoskins joined is not known. It is also not known which branch of the military he joined.
Some minor details about his military life are given in the mobile game Jurassic World: The Game, which are subject to canon review by Universal Studios at any time. They are detailed under Vic Hoskins (L/M), but describe his involvement in the Middle East. At one point, he hid from insurgents in a mountain range for several days; on another occasion, he held two improvised explosive devices in his bare hands for two hours while they were deactivated.
Hoskins’s time in the military appear to have shaped his worldview. He came to believe that modern wars could not truly be won; instead, the enemy could only be suppressed indefinitely. Conflict in the Middle East has been defined by guerilla warfare and ambush tactics, rather than organized combat as in more classical wars.
Hoskins saw his fair share of carnage as military technology grew more and more advanced, with unmanned aerial vehicles becoming militarized and eventually commonplace during the time that Hoskins would have been serving. However, Hoskins also understood that if a drone were to fall into the wrong hands, it could be used by the enemy, and that as American technology improved, so did the enemy’s. An arms race was occurring, and Hoskins drew parallels with biological evolution. He came to realize that conflict and combat were the norm in nature, rather than the exception, and that Darwin’s ideas of “survival of the fittest” were applicable to nations as well as species.
Although he appeared familiar with the use of military animals and supported the expansion of this concept (considering it more reliable than drone technology for various reasons), he most likely did not work with military animals extensively. This is assumed due to his poor understanding of what military animals are actually used for. He believed that military animals, such as dogs and dolphins, were trained to participate in active combat; in actuality, non-human animals cannot be trained to recognize the differences between ally and enemy humans and so are never used in combat. They are instead used to guard specific areas, identify explosives and other hazards, and other defensive or scouting objectives.
Sometime in his late twenties or early thirties, Hoskins married and settled down. At this point he no longer saw active combat, or was taking an extended leave of absence. The marriage between Hoskins and his wife is largely unknown but was not harmonious.
Hoskins was a Freemason, though the Lodge where he held his membership and the rank he attained are undisclosed. He was seen wearing a Masonic ring in 2014 and 2015.
When he was about thirty, Hoskins discovered a two-month-old wolf pup abandoned in the wild near his home. He adopted the animal and it grew very attached to him. Ownership of a wolf is illegal in the United States, since wolves were at the time protected under the Endangered Species Act, so Hoskins’s pet was a violation of the law.
Toward the end of Hoskins’s marriage, an incident of domestic violence occurred in which his wife, under currently unknown circumstances, attempted to stab him with a steak knife. During the altercation, Hoskins’s wolf attacked his wife, biting her arm and causing serious injury. It is most likely that they divorced or separated sometime after this. However, Hoskins kept the wolf rather than euthanize or surrender it. At the moment, it is unknown what eventually became of the wolf, though it would have died of natural causes at roughly eight years of age.
Taming Isla Nublar
The world was shocked in 1995 by mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm‘s bold claim that dinosaurs had been brought back from extinction by International Genetic Technologies on the remote island of Isla Nublar, and once again shocked in 1997 when Dr. Malcolm’s claims were proven true. Hoskins was working as a security contractor at that point in time, probably working for private companies contracted by the U.S. government to protect valuable assets or train local authorities. His response to the San Diego incident in 1997 is currently unknown, although the military was involved with the relocation of the two tyrannosaurs to Isla Sorna.
The public, and the governments of the world, remained fascinated with the idea of de-extinction and the possibilities and threats it presented. Civilians often tried to see Isla Sorna in spite of the United Nations patrols protecting the island and its inhabitants. In the summer of 2001, the island was the site of an incident involving stranded civilians who had to be rescued by the United States Navy and Marine Corps; during this incident, three flying reptiles were released from a containment structure on the island and were sighted leaving the island. The reptiles traveled north, eventually coming to rest at Victoria, British Columbia.
Hoskins was contracted, presumably by the Canadian government, to deal with the incident and arrived with a team to neutralize the animals. Details of the operation are currently undisclosed, but it was considered a success. His performance caught the attention of Simon Masrani, the CEO of Masrani Global Corporation (which had bought InGen three years earlier). At that point in time, InGen was looking to hire a new Head of Security, and Hoskins was offered the job. This was an opportunity for him to work in one of the newest developing security environments in the world, and he accepted the offer.
Under Hoskins, InGen Security was reformed for the changing world as well as the new projects that Masrani Global had slated. The greatest of these was Jurassic World, a theme park intended to be built on Isla Nublar. As one of InGen’s highest-ranking members, Hoskins would have become privy to top-secret information about Jurassic Park, the original park that InGen had built on that island which failed before it could ever open its doors. Jurassic World, too, was shrouded in secrecy until Simon Masrani announced it to the world in 2002, and even then details about the park’s progress were carefully guarded from the public’s prying eyes.
InGen Security put boots on the ground on Isla Nublar in early April. Its primary purpose was to defend other Masrani Global employees from the feral dinosaurs still loose on the island, including at least seven species known or suspected to still be alive. Animals were captured by the newly-formed Asset Containment Unit, which answered to Hoskins. Some, including the last remaining brachiosaurs, were shipped to Isla Sorna in order to clear the way. Others, such as the Tyrannosaurus (captured on April 19), were kept on Isla Nublar. Hoskins himself oversaw the capture of the tyrannosaur, and congratulated his team on the success of the operation.
Containment of animals on Isla Sorna also took place in some capacity. Escaped Pteranodons had to be recaptured, and were held in the island’s aviary while a suitable home for them was constructed on Isla Nublar. Between these two islands, Hoskins would have seen InGen’s entire roster of surviving animals. Not only this, but he was seeing them at their most desperate and feral, particularly on Isla Sorna where overpopulation and resource scarcity had put the animals in a dire situation. They were fighting tooth and claw to survive, and Hoskins witnessed the animals’ true capabilities in combat against both one another and humans.
Threats to Jurassic World did not only come from within. InGen had its fair share of rivals and competitors, and with de-extinction now public knowledge, the threat of corporate espionage was greater than ever. Masrani Global made every effort to keep Jurassic World protected while it was built, with Hoskins and InGen Security working around the clock to root out spies and other foes. Such a massive undertaking as Jurassic World was impossible to keep completely under wraps; the park’s entrance gates were photographed by a drone in 2004, and the year prior, a patent clerk had illegally photographed the patent for the gyrosphere and leaked it online.
Interns coming to work at Jurassic World were another potential danger, and Hoskins’s head of ACU, a man called Oscar, remained vigilant and suspicious. The first batch of interns arrived in January to supervise the reintegration of the brachiosaurs to the island; while the project was initially a success, severe weather in May forced a brief evacuation of Isla Nublar and one of the interns died in a vehicular accident. There is some evidence that the intern in question was being investigated either by InGen or by an outsider. Either way, this incident forced InGen to bribe the deceased intern’s family to keep silent, and placed even more threat on Jurassic World. To safeguard against this in the future, the insurance company underwriting Jurassic World amended the park’s contract; now interns and other employees would waive the right to a lawsuit for deaths caused by de-extinct animals.
A second internship program, Bright Minds, was held during the late summer and early fall; this one was announced publicly rather than being held in private. By that time, many more dinosaurs had been reintegrated to Jurassic World, though the carnivores were still an issue. Isla Sorna had fallen into chaos, with numerous animals at risk of dying out or being poached. Hoskins was deeply involved with operations at Isla Sorna at that time, so he was not involved with Bright Minds. Velociraptors were a particular difficulty for InGen, since their intelligence allowed them to coordinate and use more advanced tactics than other animals. Hoskins, as a former military man, was impressed with the raptors’ tactical abilities. Although they were intended only to be a park attraction, he had InGen Security begin planning for a program to see whether the raptors could be trained.
Transporting more than one raptor at a time proved dangerous; instead, InGen would ship one at a time from Isla Sorna to Isla Nublar, where they would be held in a quarantine paddock until they could be integrated into a habitat. This process was to start in September.
The first raptor was successfully moved from Isla Sorna to Isla Nublar on September 8, but after it was delivered, disaster struck. Two interns, Claire Dearing and Justin Hendricks, had uncovered evidence of corporate espionage being perpetrated in the park. They confronted the spies at the quarantine paddock, but in the process, they were accidentally exposed to the raptor and Hendricks was mauled to death. ACU captured the animal and Simon Masrani had it euthanized. Fortunately, the interns had acted quickly enough to stop Masrani’s rival Mosby Health from obtaining valuable trade secrets, but Hendricks’s death was another blow to Jurassic World’s security. His family was paid off to keep silent and allow the park to open on time, and Dearing was given a job in park administration to encourage her silence as well.
Despite all the setbacks and security threats, Jurassic World proceeded on schedule. The carnivores were shipped from Isla Sorna without further difficulty, as were the herbivores. By 2005, Masrani’s subsidiaries had completed an aviary on Isla Nublar capable of holding the pterosaurs, allowing them to be moved to Isla Nublar as well. By early 2005, official records state that no de-extinct life remained on Isla Sorna, though evidence to suggest otherwise exists.
Jurassic World opened on May 30, 2005. At that point, there were eight species living in the park, all of which had been successfully contained. Other species were maintained in Sector 5 in the north, and were not on exhibition.
Operation, expansion, and stagnation at Jurassic World
Over the course of the next ten years, Jurassic World operated successfully without a major security incident. Hoskins’s leadership was a major factor in the safety of the island; every new species created by the genetics division was thoroughly studied, and InGen Security drafted up new containment procedures in line with the research results. Even if an incident did occur, InGen had by now proven that it could buy the silence of almost any victim. Hoskins would have worked closely with InGen Operations during this time, with former intern Claire Dearing rising through the ranks to become Operations Manager by 2007.
Under Hoskins’s direction, all of InGen Security grew and thrived. Internal security within the park was cutting-edge, with ACU and the Jurassic World Park Rangers acquiring the best personnel and technology money could buy. External security also improved, with InGen expanding its customer base to a greater size than ever before. No longer was this a small corporate security force; with the full might of Masrani Global Corporation at its disposal, InGen grew to offer contingency services and peacekeeping to world governments. Working with other subsidiaries of Masrani Global was a boon to InGen Security. It had already worked with Axis Boulder Engineering and Timack Construction when building Jurassic World, and now it reaped the rewards of its sister companies’ successes as they produced new technology InGen could use. Aerospace Dynamix, founded in 2007, worked alongside InGen to develop drone technologies; while Hoskins himself did not believe drones to be the best peacekeeping technology, he supported their use at InGen. The company was the first to introduce cold-signature mapping in satellite surveillance.
Over the next few years, InGen grew to become a world leader in private security.
Jurassic World, however, was not as perfect as it appeared on the surface. Revenues were still on the rise, but Masrani Global’s Board of Directors and the company’s higher-ups could all see that the rise in profit was beginning to plateau. Operating costs, on the other hand, were only going up faster. New attractions tended to cause spikes in attendance, so in 2008, the Board and CEO both authorized Jurassic World’s lead genetic biologist Dr. Henry Wu to use genetic engineering to create a new and appealing park attraction. Hoskins was among those who had foreseen the stagnation of Jurassic World, and had long opposed the idea that it should be Masrani Global’s single greatest venture. The diversity of the corporation’s assets gave it the potential to do much more, and Hoskins was ready to push what he believed was the next great frontier for InGen: military bioengineering.
I.B.R.I.S. and Indominus
Hoskins had long planned to discover what theropod dinosaurs were really capable of, believing that if they could be trained, they could be used as military animals. He got his chance beginning in 2012, when InGen Security initiated the Integrated Behavioral Raptor Intelligence Study, a project intended to research and document cognition of theropod dinosaurs (particularly eumaniraptoran species). To lead research, Hoskins hired former U.S. Navy marine mammal trainer Owen Grady, whose experience in the Marine Mammal Project would prove useful. Early raptor specimens captured from the wild proved too aggressive and unpredictable for InGen’s purposes, so Security worked with Dr. Wu to engineer a new variety that would be better suited to captivity.
This new species hatched in early 2012, with Grady present for them to imprint on when they hatched. Hoskins trusted Grady to raise these animals with the best quality of life InGen had the ability to offer. In the meantime, Hoskins dealt with the many responsibilities InGen Security had not only in Jurassic World, but elsewhere: for example in the Muertes Archipelago, where poaching vessels from Central America had been reported in greater numbers than ever throughout 2013.
Hoskins never stopped looking for ways to further InGen’s success. The raptors were his first effort at using bioengineering to create military animals, but he found a second opportunity with the Board’s direction to Dr. Wu that they had issued in 2008. Masrani and Dearing, like the Board, had wanted Wu to genetically engineer something grander than any of their current animals, and Hoskins saw a chance to add his input. The creature Wu was designing was a theropod InGen named Indominus rex; Hoskins suggested traits that would make it combat-oriented, his intent being to market the animal to the U.S. military like the raptors. Wu designed the animal to be powerful but adaptable, intelligent and crafty. There is some evidence that he intentionally designed it to be capable of camouflage, though he claimed this was a side-effect of genes originally added to help it survive an accelerated growth rate. It is currently unknown how involved Hoskins was in the design process, since genetic engineering was not his area of expertise.
To fund this program, Hoskins accepted money from the Lockwood Foundation through its manager Eli Mills; this money was taken from the foundation without its owner Benjamin Lockwood‘s knowledge. Hoskins believed that militarizing biotechnology would help the United States maintain superiority on the global stage, while Mills intended to add the profits to the Lockwood fortune he would eventually inherit from his employer. Wu, on the other hand, wanted only to further his research, and understood that this project would fund him even if Jurassic World started losing money. Two Indominus hatched by 2012; their existence was kept secret from most employees, as was their genetic makeup. Hoskins and Wu kept this information classified with the excuse of protecting InGen trade secrets, but their real reason was to ensure that their superiors did not discern any corruption behind the making of a supposed new park attraction.
By 2014, InGen’s budget for Security was US $14.55 billion. January of 2015 saw Simon Masrani announce a $225-million boost to InGen funding, which would be distributed over the course of the next three years; in a press release, Hoskins stated that this money would be used by Security to fund research into better technologies.
From 2013 onward, Hoskins worked on an application for the I.B.R.I.S. Velociraptors, four of which had survived the initial phase after hatching in 2012. In early 2013 the I.B.R.I.S. family also grew to include Owen Grady’s friend Barry Sembène; it was Hoskins who arranged for Sembène to come to Isla Nublar from France at Grady’s behest. The raptors’ social complexities became evident as the team researched them, and by 2014 InGen Security had vastly increased its knowledge of how these intelligent animals perceived their world. Thanks to I.B.R.I.S., InGen was closer than ever to understanding how to manage the raptors. Hoskins pushed for a field test in the wild, wanting to see how the raptors would act outside of captive conditions, but Grady and Sembène refused and claimed the raptors were not ready for a field test. The Indominus was less successful; after one of the two cannibalized the other, the survivor lived in isolation and continued to behave aggressively toward workers. Timack Construction increased the height of its paddock walls due to concerns that it might breach them, since it grew faster than expected.
Hoskins, Wu, and Mills did not give up on the Indominus project just yet, despite the animal’s hostile antisocial behavior making it unsuitable for military use. Since the raptors showed more promise, Hoskins hoped that by increasing the raptor-like traits of the Indominus they could breed a more social animal inclined toward loyalty. Furthermore, this could also make the resultant animal smaller and better suited to combat in tunnels or caves.
With the Indominus and I.B.R.I.S. well underway, Hoskins expanded Security at Jurassic World once more in 2015. He hired Kurt Reed to head the company’s special operations division, giving Reed some jurisdiction over ACU and other aspects of Security at Jurassic World. Like Hoskins, Reed was deeply interested in the potential paramilitary applications of their research and took any opportunity to identify existing Masrani Global technology that could be used for I.B.R.I.S.
2015 incident and death
Hoskins attended a demonstration of the I.B.R.I.S. raptors’ training at the raptor research arena on December 22, 2015. The exercise involved a pig being released into the paddock, which the raptors would chase down; but, at a command from Grady, they would cease the chase and defer to his authority. This exercise pitted the raptors’ hunting instincts against their loyalty to the figure they had imprinted on and viewed as a parent. That day, the exercise was a success: the raptors allowed the pig to escape. Hoskins was pleased with Grady and Sembène’s progress, especially since he had not heard a report from them recently, though Grady informed him that the exercises were not often successful.
Hoskins proposed a field test once more, which Grady and Sembène again refused. While they debated military ethics and animal rights, an incident occurred in the paddock. The pig was accidentally released back into the paddock again, and one of the raptors, Echo, grabbed the animal while a young raptor handler tried to snare it. The pig had been snared already, so Echo dragged the worker into the training yard. ACU prepared to fire, but were commanded to stop by Grady. He did not hesitate to enter the paddock to save his coworker, and Hoskins watched with fascination while Grady held the raptors at bay. The eldest raptor, Blue, behaved aggressively toward Grady but did not attack, her parent-child relationship causing her to hesitate. The other two raptors, Delta and Charlie, were kept in line by Blue. The worker was saved, and though the raptors did lunge at Grady when he made a sudden move to escape, he made it out of the paddock unscathed. Hoskins was duly impressed with Grady’s ability to maintain authority over the larger, faster, and stronger animals, even when they could have killed him in seconds.
Later that day, while Grady was off on other business, Hoskins returned to the raptor research arena. Delta, who was being tended to by Sembène, smelled him coming. Hoskins and Sembène conversed about the ethics of training the animals, with Hoskins opening up about his past, particularly the wolf pup he had adopted when he was younger. While they talked, a Code 19 was issued from the park’s control room; they overheard from other employees that it was the Indominus that had breached containment. Sembène prepared to help ACU contain the situation, while Hoskins made an emergency call to his InGen contacts advising them of an opportunity. Before long, an InGen Security taskforce landed on the island to help Hoskins enact his plan.
Every animal in Jurassic World had specific security measures created by Hoskins for it, and the Indominus was no exception. The only difference here was that only Hoskins knew the contingency plan for the Indominus, and rather than focus on park safety as a top priority, Hoskins had allowed his personal plans to become integral to stopping an Indominus attack. Rather than train ACU to handle the creature, he had kept its nature a secret and banked on I.B.R.I.S. being available to stop it. He did not immediately contact the control room about this, allowing them to send out a squadron of ACU troopers to fail at recapturing the creature. This demonstrated that the Indominus was unlike the animals they had managed before, and hopefully would serve as one way to convince Jurassic World’s administration to accept Hoskins’s proposal.
When he eventually went to the control room, it was to find Simon Masrani himself there managing the crisis. Hoskins made his proposition: with the situation growing ever more dire as the creature approached Main Street and the tourist population, using the raptors to hunt down the Indominus would end the crisis before the tourists learned why the park’s northern attractions had been closed down. By stopping the Indominus before it attacked the crowds, they could protect Jurassic World from major lawsuits and potential closure. However, Masrani took the same position as Grady and Sembène; turning the raptors loose was not an option he was willing to consider. Instead he took it upon himself to hunt down the Indominus in his personal helicopter. Hoskins, with control room technicians Lowery Cruthers and Vivian Krill, watched the hunt remotely.
Masrani and two ACU troopers pursued the Indominus westward across the island, with the chase nearing the Aviary. The technicians were horrified as the animal broke into the Aviary and stirred up the pterosaurs within, but Hoskins was thrilled at the action: for the first time since the island was tamed, a genuine animal combat was taking place. The Indominus was unable to bring down any of the flying reptiles, but it did frighten them out through the hole it had made in the Aviary; once outside, the pterosaurs attacked Masrani’s helicopter, perceiving it as a territorial threat. The helicopter was damaged and collided with the Aviary dome, breaking through. Its fuel ignited and it exploded upon impact with the ground, frightening the remaining animals out from the Aviary and making it clear that Masrani could not have survived.
Though the death of Simon Masrani was shocking, Hoskins quickly recovered and assessed the situation. His InGen troops were waiting for him to give orders, and reinforcements were on the way. On the island, Kurt Reed was assisting the direction of InGen Security forces including ACU, directing them as the pterosaurs fanned out and caused havoc. A large portion of the flock soon approached Main Street, and Hoskins ascended to the top of the command center to witness the creatures begin a feeding frenzy on the tourists. Jurassic World would never recover from an incident of this scale. Conflict and combat, the natural order of things in Hoskins’s eyes, had made a violent return to Isla Nublar.
While ACU subdued as many of the pterosaurs as possible, Hoskins was granted emergency control over the situation by the Board of Directors. He brought his Security taskforce into the control room, relieving the regular employees of duty so they could evacuate through the East Dock. Ferries were en route to evacuate the tourists as well. Of all the day-to-day employees in the control room, only Cruthers chose to remain. As the sun set, Hoskins made for the raptor paddock where his soldiers would commandeer I.B.R.I.S.
As the raptors were prepped for their mission, Hoskins was joined by Sembène, who recognized the operation as an excuse to field-test the animals. Grady and Dearing joined shortly thereafter, both accusing Hoskins of misappropriating I.B.R.I.S. materials and for encouraging an emergency situation to justify it. Hoskins was assaulted by Grady, but managed to keep his composure, trying to be patient with both him and Dearing as he explained his point. If the raptors helped InGen to stop the Indominus, they would be viewed in a positive light by the media, and Grady would be named a hero for saving lives. Grady was still resistant, and Hoskins made it clear that the mission would proceed even if Grady refused to participate.
Grady and Sembène agreed to cooperate with the InGen soldiers, and Hoskins moved to the control room to observe remotely as the rest of the normal employees were evacuated to the East Dock. He witnessed the hunt via head-mounted cameras on his soldiers as well as the raptors.
Though the animals tracked the Indominus successfully into Sector 5’s jungles, Grady did not immediately give the signal to fire once visual contact was made. Frustrated that no action was being taken, Hoskins gave one of his soldiers the command to engage, and the soldiers opened fire. This scattered the raptors and drove off the Indominus, failing to kill it. Now the raptors turned on InGen, attacking soldiers by ambush and killing them one by one. Hoskins’s men retreated, but heavy casualties included some of his best soldiers as well as the raptor Charlie. Horrified by this grisly turn of events, Hoskins realized that there was no saving I.B.R.I.S. any longer.
He had his men begin evacuating Wu’s lab, though Wu tried to reassure him that their research would be safe there. Hoskins argued that the park would be facing Chapter 11 bankruptcy by morning and that lawyers would be going through Wu’s lab, potentially hindering or even ending their work. Along with the specimens, Wu was brought to the helipad to be evacuated. Hoskins personally oversaw the removal of assets from the lab, including cryopreserved embryos that had resulted from their research. While he managed this, Grady and Dearing showed up seeking refuge in the lab along with Dearing’s two nephews. They demanded to know where Wu was, not having known that Wu was working with Hoskins. Despite their anger toward him, Hoskins still tried to explain his vision for military bioengineering and how it could be perfected; he outlined his plans to breed smaller versions of the Indominus with more raptor-like qualities, using I.B.R.I.S. research to help train them.
Before he could convince anyone of anything, the raptor Delta entered the lab, having pursued Grady and the others from the attack site. Hoskins had not been her quarry, but she recognized him from the research paddock and had never liked him, so she honed on in Hoskins. He tried to establish himself as an authority figure by using Grady’s gesture commands, but his fear showed through. Delta bit him on the right hand while the others fled the lab. Hoskins’s soldiers had already finished moving out the valuable assets to the helipad, and so were not there to save him as he was eviscerated by Delta’s claws and teeth. He died from his wounds.
Though Hoskins died during the 2015 incident, the ideas he had pioneered did not die with him. Kurt Reed finished the job of evacuating the island, abandoning it as soon as the valuable assets had been removed. Some of these assets (including three or four Velociraptors) were relocated to a facility in the Atacama Desert away from prying eyes where Reed spent the next six months forwarding I.B.R.I.S. with remote assistance provided by Henry Wu, while other assets (including all the remaining Indominus gene samples) were moved to Wu’s other lab facilities and eventually seized by the U.S. federal government. The lab on Isla Nublar was also investigated, and Hoskins’s remains were probably removed from the island during that time.
Reed made it a point to learn from Hoskins’s mistakes, but was unable to replicate the earlier successes InGen had with its animals. Ultimately Reed died during an operation on Isla Nublar six months after the park was abandoned. At around the same time, another expedition to Isla Nublar recovered a sample of Indominus bone from the creature’s remains so that Wu, now hiding from the law at the Lockwood estate with Eli Mills’s help, could continue his work. Now that Hoskins was no longer involved, military bioengineering was fully private sector, with no plans for the results to be exclusively sold to the U.S. Armed Forces. Mills and Wu succeeded in breeding a prototype of the smaller and more raptor-like version of the Indominus that Hoskins had envisioned, naming it the Indoraptor. Only one of the I.B.R.I.S. raptors, Blue, survived the 2015 incident; she also became integral to Wu and Mills’s work.
Tactics and analytical skill
His time spent with the U.S. Armed Forces and InGen Security gave Hoskins a thorough understanding of military tactics. His time with the military is largely unknown at this point, though tie-in material has implied that he had excellent stealth, patience, and interrogation skills, as well as a remarkable ability to remain calm under pressure. At InGen, he demonstrated his leadership abilities well, becoming a capable head of Security and commander of dozens of soldiers. He also learned how to respond to security threats that no other environment could offer, proving his capabilities by leading the effort to recapture Isla Nublar in 2002 and maintaining Jurassic World’s integrity without any major incidents for ten years. Before this, in 2001, Hoskins had become the first person to lead in a paramilitary conflict with de-extinct animals, performing so professionally that he was quickly hired by Simon Masrani himself.
Hoskins was valued by many of his coworkers for his ability to analyze a system for any details that might hint at a larger threat. Mascom Network’s James McClure particularly appreciated Hoskins’s analytical skills, often inviting him to test Mascom systems in Jurassic World for any glitches or other anomalies.
It was Hoskins’s tactical expertise that first drew him to Velociraptor as early as 2004, probably while making efforts to transport the animals from Isla Sorna to Isla Nublar. He was known to anthropomorphize the animals, attributing them forms of strategic intelligence that would in reality have been beyond them and assuming that they would exhibit humanlike rationality. This was a systematic, long-term blunder that Hoskins committed, and it eventually led to his death.
Hoskins’s combat skills are currently unknown, though he saw active combat with the military and therefore probably had skill with firearms and hand-to-hand combat. As of his death in 2015, he was not in exceptional physical shape, but was still quite resilient and could shrug off a solid punch to the jaw without any signs of lasting injury. He carried a K-Bar type Marine knife.
It cannot be said that Hoskins was a particularly easy man to get along with, but if his personality had one redeeming quality, it was blunt honesty. He spoke his mind and made it clear when he disagreed with anyone, be it an employer, employee, or equal coworker. Hoskins was not an effective liar; when he needed to keep a secret, such as the truth about the Indominus, he did so through omission of truth and simply avoiding questioning.
Many of Hoskins’s coworkers found his bravado and arrogance to be irksome and quickly tired of his presence, while some, such as Owen Grady, were frustrated with his misplaced sense of confidence and low levels of empathy. Hoskins seems to have been somewhat aware of how his coworkers felt about him, but largely ignored it. In most of his social interactions, he acted as though he was friends with everyone, even people who blatantly did not like him. He genuinely believed that if he could simply explain his views enough, everyone would eventually come around to understand him and agree that he was in the right.
To his credit, Hoskins was highly respected by InGen Security for his leadership capabilities and combat experience. Having succeeded in the U.S. military as well as in his career as a security contractor, Hoskins was clearly more at home in a combat zone than in an office, even describing himself as a “dog of war” to his coworkers at Jurassic World.
Skill with animals
Although Hoskins was familiar with the concept of military animals and considered them to be vastly more reliable than drones, he had clearly never actually worked with them. He misunderstood the purpose of military animals to be for active combat, with the animals fighting alongside (or in place of) human soldiers and taking orders the way drones do. In actuality, non-human animals cannot tell the difference between allies and enemy combatants, since they do not understand the intricate complexities of the politics that drive warfare. Instead, they are utilized for guarding specific areas from all intruders, seeking out and identifying hazards such as mines so that they can be safely deactivated, and rescuing injured people after disasters.
Nevertheless, Hoskins fancied himself an animal whisperer. When he was about thirty, he adopted a two-month-old wolf pup that he found abandoned in the wild, illegally adopting it rather than turning it over to animal control authorities. The wolf grew attached to Hoskins and defended him when he became involved in a violent domestic dispute with his wife. This relationship stuck with Hoskins well into his later years, and was one of the inspirations behind his military bioengineering ambitions. While Hoskins was not directly involved with animal handling in I.B.R.I.S. or related projects, he did believe that he could learn to control the animals. This came around to literally bite him when the raptors, which had turned on their handlers during the 2015 incident, threatened his soldiers; he attempted to establish authority over the raptor Delta, who bit him on the hand and tore him apart. Hoskins’s poor understanding of animal behavior led directly to his death.
Hoskins espoused generally conservative political views, though as he died in 2015, his views did not live to see the drastic shift toward reactionary politics that took hold in late 2016. Hoskins’s views are largely defined by his experience in the military in the Middle East, where he witnessed the seemingly neverending state of modern warfare and the technological arms race it is inextricably intertwined with. Driven by a profound sense of patriotism, Hoskins spent much of his later career seeking ways to ensure that the United States of America remained at the forefront of new technological development as far as the military was concerned. While he did not explicitly identify himself with Social Darwinist ideals, he did express the belief that conflict is the true state of nature and a driver of evolution.
Hoskins showed signs of nationalistic beliefs regarding American exceptionalism. He is not yet confirmed to have harbored any racist views, but as white supremacy and other racist viewpoints are deeply connected to the concept of American superiority, this is not out of the question. His view on his fellow human beings certainly did involve many feelings of dominance and even disdain for those he considered weaker. This was exhibited during the 2015 incident, in which he immediately sought to take advantage of a fatal disaster to prove his military philosophies correct, save lives only after lives had been lost (as to establish the real severity of the threat), and still expected praise from the people despite having made the crisis worse. It seems that Hoskins believed only strong authority figures could protect the common people, and he was willing to let innocents die in order to prove this point.
Although he held conservative views, Hoskins utilized InGen Security to advance civilian protection, human rights, and environmental sustainability through its peacekeeping services, and openly supported the advancement of science. InGen officially practiced political impartiality even though Hoskins himself had blatantly obvious political biases.
On international relations
As discussed above, Hoskins firmly believed that the United States of America should take every chance to retain dominance on a global scale. This does not necessarily mean that Hoskins wanted to go to war with the world; he was perfectly content with doing business with other countries peacefully, but only if the United States had the advantage. Both as a security contractor and as the head of InGen’s Security Division, Hoskins offered contingency services to other countries. Even though this benefitted nations that the United States might compete with, it clearly demonstrated the military might of American troops and technology to these nations. InGen Security officially taught political impartiality, but in actual practice, Hoskins’s Security forces sent a clear message of American dominance to the countries they provided peacekeeping and contingency services to.
He also sought to increase American power in the economic and corporate world. InGen’s holding company, Masrani Global Corporation, is based in India and owns subsidiaries based in multiple countries. InGen is its most prominent American subsidiary, and during his time there, Hoskins sought to increase InGen Security’s influence and power. As a result, Masrani Global would become more Americanized as time went on. His plan to use InGen bioengineering technology to specifically benefit the U.S. Armed Forces was the most prominent example of this, though his effort failed in 2015.
Having witnessed firsthand the brutality and apparent fruitlessness of modern warfare, Hoskins was convinced that modern wars cannot truly be won; the best-case scenario is indefinite suppression of the enemy. This is a view commonly expressed about the wars in the Middle East, which seem to be a neverending chain of conflicts leading into one another. Many Americans see their country’s involvement in the Middle East going one of two ways: eventually giving up and abandoning their aims in the region, or becoming permanently entrenched there. Hoskins supported the latter, and wanted to use the scientific technologies pioneered by InGen to ensure it succeeded.
By 2015, Hoskins had come to justify his view of perpetual warfare using evolution by natural selection. Warfare, he contended, was not purely a human issue, nor was it an anomaly. He expressed a belief that life is inherently violent, and it is through this violence that innovation and progress naturally occur. With the weak being selected for extinction, the strong remain to fight another day. Hoskins applied this simplified version of Darwin’s theories to warfare, believing that a militaristically strong nation dominating the others and expressing its superiority was not only ideal for the winners, but morally justifiable by way of the laws of nature.
Hoskins believed that military animals are superior to drone technology and should be favored by the American military. He justified this by comparing their reliability. Drones can be hacked, and if captured, their technology can be used by the enemy. They can also be deactivated by advanced technologies such as electromagnetic pulses, rendering them useless if affected. Furthermore, they have limitations; drones are ineffective underground, where enemy insurgents often hole up. It was Hoskins’s belief that military over-reliance on drones would be the downfall of the Armed Forces should all-out war become a reality, and that only by use of military animals could the United States remain dominant. Animals cannot be hacked, and are much harder to reverse-engineer than machines. Living things are not destroyed by electromagnetic pulses in the way that electronic devices are, and can better evade surveillance technology. They do not have the same limitations as drones, being capable of functioning even without a remote connection to their commanders.
Hoskins did not consider the limitations of animals, though; they can think independently, but lack a detailed understanding of warfare, and are susceptible to environmental hazards that machines are not. Animals have a more advanced decision-making ability, but this is complicated by emotional responses that machines do not have. An animal could decide not to obey orders, or fail to recognize a human authority figure.
Hoskins’s beliefs about nature influenced his beliefs about warfare and international politics, and vice versa. He believed that war is a fundamental part of the natural order, that conflict is the primary driver behind evolution, and that innovations that help species kill their enemies are the most beneficial of traits. In Hoskins’s view, any given living thing should put as much of its effort as is reasonable into killing any threat to itself, without itself becoming killed. Violence, to Hoskins, was natural, while peace was temporary at best and a dangerous illusion at worst. Casualties and fatalities of innocents were necessary collateral damage in an inherently hostile world where only the strongest would ultimately survive, and civilization itself was just a frail facade covering the merciless chaos of reality.
This is not to say that Hoskins considered all interspecies relationships to be predisposed toward violence and bloodshed. In fact, he believed that animals could aid humanity in the struggle to survive, particularly by joining human soldiers on the battlefield to suppress enemy fighters. Hoskins’s view of military animals may have been influenced by his adoption of a wolf pup when he was younger, since this animal grew loyal to him and defended him from danger. He later tried to apply these principles to de-extinct and genetically modified animals such as Velociraptor, though with only limited successes. The culmination of his ambitions here were the Indominus rex and, posthumously, the Indoraptor. These were wholly new genera of animal that existed solely to benefit military campaigns.
With his belief that war is an unavoidable necessity, Hoskins held a deep reverence for nature as the original battlefield. He respected the evolutionary innovations that living things had developed over the millions of years, taking these survival traits into consideration when brainstorming new military strategies. Eventually he looked into modifying the building blocks of life itself to benefit humans in war. Not only did he seek to militarize genetically modified de-extinct animals in the I.B.R.I.S. Project, he employed geneticists to manipulate DNA in order to grow the perfect fighting machines to aid the U.S. military. His creation of projects such as these perfectly encapsulates his view that the aggressive survival tactics found in the natural world could be harnessed and brought into human warfare, as well as his glorification of the amoral brutality of natural selection.
He had no background in animal behavior or genetics, but seemed to believe that certain behavioral traits were genetically coded rather than learned. During the I.B.R.I.S. Project, Hoskins proposed breeding theropods for loyalty, terminating the bloodlines of disobedient individuals. While some behaviors are influenced by genetics, they are also heavily dependent on environmental conditions, with a complicated combination of the two determining an animal’s psychology and actions. The view of “nature versus nurture” is outdated in this respect, but Hoskins seems to have still considered it valid and fully supported the “nature” side of the argument.
On genetic engineering
In line with his view of evolution as a provider of survival tools, Hoskins supported genetic engineering as a technologically-assisted acceleration of evolution. De-extinction proved to be a useful tool to InGen Security, as biology has long inspired technology. Biomimicry, or the use of living things as inspiration for machines, is an age-old technological practice, but Hoskins believed it could be taken a step further. Rather than build machines inspired by animals and plants, geneticists could engineer new life forms to take the place of machines. The primary purpose Hoskins intended this for was military; by engineering idealized organisms for the battlefield, human soldiers and remotely-operated vehicles could be supplemented or outright replaced. This started with the training of de-extinct animals, particularly Velociraptor, an animal already heavily altered by genetic engineering. It culminated with the creation of the Indominus rex, which was designed with stealth ambush and heavy assaults in mind.
Some critics of genetic engineering have called to attention the misuse of genetically-modified organisms, claiming bioethical misconduct. Hoskins addressed these criticisms where de-extinct animals were concerned by echoing the views promoted by Peter Ludlow, that animals brought back from extinction by human intervention had no rights. InGen created these species, and therefore owned them, and could do what it wished with them.
Little is known about Hoskins’s family life, other than that when he was about thirty years old he was in an unhappy marriage with a woman whose name is currently unknown. He also adopted a two-month-old wolf pup who he found abandoned in the woods. During a violent domestic dispute, his wife attempted to stab him with a steak knife, and the wolf bit her on the arm. Hoskins and his wife presumably divorced or otherwise separated after this, but he did not have the wolf euthanized, nor did he surrender the animal to authorities. Wolves naturally live for about six to eight years, so it has most likely passed away due to natural causes.
Hoskins was involved with the U.S. Armed Forces prior to 2001, though details of his involvement are not currently known. After his departure from the service, he became a security contractor working for private companies contracted by the American government. During the 2001 incident in Victoria, British Columbia, he was contracted by the Canadian government as well; he was hired to deal with three Pteranodons that had roosted in this seaside city.
While at Jurassic World, he reformed InGen Security into an international peacekeeping leader that was contracted by dozens of countries across the world. InGen peacekeeping forces also partnered with the United Nations Security Council to protect human rights, civilian safety, and environmental sustainability around the world. Despite his international partnerships, Hoskins continued to favor the American government. He disagreed with the U.S. military’s increased use of drones, though he worked with drone technology himself, because he believed that the technology was too at risk of being hacked or knocked out during a serious war. Instead, he wanted to further the use of military animals, even using bioengineering to create weaponized species. If successful, he would sell the results to the American military.
More details about Hoskins’s involvement with American and other governments are given in the mobile game Jurassic World: The Game, including his continued communication with other ex-military persons, his contacts in government bodies such as the Department of Defense, and his involvement with an incredibly secretive organization dedicated to protecting American interests known only as the Coalition. These details are L/M canon and may be confirmed or removed from S/F canon by Universal Studios at any time.
Following his successful and professional cleanup of three flying reptiles in western Canada in the summer of 2001, Hoskins was directly contacted by Simon Masrani, the CEO of Masrani Global Corporation. He was hired for the position of head of InGen Security, which Masrani was hoping to rebuild for a more globalized world. Over the next fourteen years, Hoskins succeeded at this task, turning InGen Security from a small private company into a major international force. Masrani not only entrusted him with revitalizing and expanding InGen Security, but also with protecting Jurassic World from threats both within and without. As the park operated, Hoskins trained ACU personnel and Park Rangers to deal with the animals housed there as well as keeping a watchful eye out for Masrani Global’s many competitors and rivals.
During Jurassic World’s operations, Masrani appears to have trusted Hoskins almost entirely, but both men understood that the other might have differing goals. Hoskins disagreed with Masrani’s decision to focus so heavily on Mascom Network, Masrani Energy, and Jurassic World, understanding that the high operating costs of ventures such as the park would require the full use of Masrani Global’s resources to maintain. Hoskins was one of the first people to recognize that the park would one day no longer be profitable if changes were not made, and believed that using InGen property for military and paramilitary operations was the solution. Masrani did not see things this same way, and showed some suspicion toward Hoskins when they interacted. He opposed the use of Jurassic World assets for InGen Security’s peacekeeping and contingency services, particularly where I.B.R.I.S. was concerned. Masrani wanted the project to prepare the raptors for integration into Jurassic World only, and never intended for it to go any further.
Although Masrani treated Hoskins with healthy caution, he still appeared to trust his reliable head of Security all the way until the end. He never suspected that Hoskins had worked with Henry Wu to engineer the Indominus for military purposes, or that outside influence had corrupted Hoskins and InGen Security. After fourteen years of faithful service to Masrani Global, despite their disagreements, Simon Masrani would never learn that Vic Hoskins had betrayed him and his company.
Hoskins’s feelings about Simon Masrani appear to have been far more ambivalent. He pushed for the expansion of InGen Security until his division had become one of Masrani Global’s most prominent aspects, coming to influence multiple other Masrani subsidiaries. After Simon Masrani’s death, Hoskins did not openly mourn his employer; after a moment of solemn contemplation, he quickly took control of Jurassic World and used this opportunity to field-test the I.B.R.I.S. raptors and the Indominus simultaneously. This was in direct opposition to the last instruction Masrani had given Hoskins while both men were still alive.
Dr. Henry Wu
When Hoskins was hired by Simon Masrani to head InGen Security in 2001, he would have become acquainted with Dr. Henry Wu, who had been promoted to lead genetic biologist at InGen the previous year. More than just a high-ranking scientist in the genetics department, Dr. Wu was a longtime employee of InGen’s who had been a major player in cracking de-extinction in the mid-1980s. It was Wu who had discovered how to splice genes from modern animals into the decayed genomes of prehistoric species, allowing de-extinct animals to be resurrected at much faster rates than the old cross-referencing methods. Wu’s breakthrough had led to a new discovery: by combining the genes of multiple different species, he could create entirely new genera that would never have evolved in nature.
All of the animals and plants created by Wu had a role to play in Jurassic World, and particularly in the case of the animals, they were of significance to InGen Security. Each animal species had specific security needs that InGen Security’s ACU division would have to understand, and under Hoskins’s direction, ACU superbly implemented these measures.
In 2012, Hoskins turned to Dr. Wu for help. The I.B.R.I.S. Project had run into difficulty in its early stages because of the test subjects’ unpredictable behavior, and he needed modifications made to the raptors to make them better suited to captivity and training regimens. Wu provided, engineering a new variety of Velociraptor to suit Hoskins’s needs. Hoskins also collaborated with Wu on another project, the Indominus rex. In 2008, the Board of Directors, CEO, and Senior Assets Manager had all authorized Wu to create a new attraction using genetic engineering in order to counteract Jurassic World’s rising operating costs. Using money from the Lockwood Foundation funneled to InGen Security by the foundation’s manager Eli Mills, Hoskins funded Wu’s research in exchange for the hybrid animal being engineered for combat. Wu was not concerned with fueling American wars, but since there was money to be earned from weapons manufacturing, he agreed.
Although they were working together on this project, Wu and Hoskins did not necessarily see eye to eye on account of their drastically differing politics and ambitions. Wu’s only real concern was that he was able to continue his research however he pleased, and lacked the insight into warfare that Hoskins specialized in. Conversely, Hoskins had clear political aims concerning the Indominus, but had no background in genetic engineering to truly understand Wu’s processes. They occasionally butted heads, with Hoskins worried about the legal repercussions of their work while Wu remained confident that investigations would be a non-issue.
At the end of the day, despite the failures of the Indominus, Hoskins was overall pleased with their results and believed that it could be perfected into his final vision of intelligent, living weapons. When the field test of the I.B.R.I.S. raptors against the Indominus failed and threatened the continuation of their work, Hoskins’s primary objective was to evacuate Wu’s research as well as Wu himself regardless of the scientist’s protests.
When he needed a lead animal trainer for the I.B.R.I.S. Project, Hoskins hired Owen Grady, a former member of the U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal Program. Grady was selected for his prior experience with intelligent animals, and his military background probably impressed Hoskins as well. Hoskins was continually stunned with Grady’s skill with animals, a skill Hoskins himself seems to have longed to possess.
For the next three years, Hoskins trusted Grady’s insights and judgment regarding I.B.R.I.S. and usually granted Grady’s requests for the project. The reverse was not quite true, as Grady doubted Hoskins’s leadership qualifications. Hoskins’s prior experience with animal training was with a wild animal he had adopted into his home, not with the military; Grady grew frustrated with Hoskins’s lack of understanding. Hoskins wanted to test the raptors’ abilities in the open, allowing them out of captivity to see how they behaved when uncontained. Grady strongly discouraged this, informing Hoskins that the raptors were not ready for such an exercise (if, indeed, they ever would be). Nevertheless, Hoskins continued to push for a field test and worked on an application for the raptors beginning a year after I.B.R.I.S. started.
Grady did not always have success with the raptors’ training exercises, though they reliably understood a great number of commands and responded correctly most of the time. He made fewer and fewer reports to Hoskins later in the project, and by late 2015, Hoskins personally came to supervise the raptors’ training. The exercise he attended on December 22 was one of the few successful ones, which reinforced Hoskins’s belief that the raptors were essentially tamed and could be trusted enough for a field test. Grady still opposed such a thing.
Conflict between these men escalated when Grady learned that Hoskins was taking advantage of the death of Simon Masrani to field-test the raptors. Masrani’s opposition to a field test was the main obstacle to doing so, and with the CEO out of the way and the full authorization of the Board, Hoskins ignored Grady’s warnings and used the raptors to hunt the Indominus. He anticipated that Grady would join in, though probably did not expect Grady’s right hook to his lower jaw. In spite of this assault, Hoskins kept the offer for Grady to join the hunt open, explaining how stopping the Indominus would generate positive publicity for I.B.R.I.S., its animals, and its staff. Grady joined, but only because he did not trust InGen Security to manage the raptors properly.
Hoskins bore witness to the raptors turning on InGen Security, but did not appear surprised that Grady survived the resultant chaos in the jungle. Even to the bitter end, Hoskins seemed convinced that enough explanation of his vision would convince Grady to see things his way. When they met at the Hammond Creation Lab, Hoskins described to Grady how miniaturizing the Indominus and bettering its social skills would ultimately lead to it being a success. He was unable to finish describing his vision due to being ambushed by the Velociraptor Delta, and Grady could not stop the rebellious animal from killing his superior.
Hoskins was probably involved with operations on Isla Sorna during the Bright Minds internship program during the late summer of 2004, and so was not there to meet promising political science intern Claire Dearing when she first arrived to Isla Nublar. By the time Hoskins returned to the park, Dearing had already made a major impression on Hoskins’s head of ACU Oscar, as well as high-ranking Jurassic World staff such as Dr. Wu and even Simon Masrani himself. She proved herself worthy of this reputation by rising through the ranks of Masrani Global with astounding speed, becoming Operations Manager and Senior Assets Manager in just three years. While she did not quite equal him in rank, she was very close, and virtually all the park employees answered directly or indirectly to her.
Dearing was one of the high-ranking Masrani Global members to sign off on the Board’s 2008 decision to authorize Henry Wu to engineer whatever it took to save Jurassic World’s profits, and therefore an important component of creating the Indominus rex. She also was responsible for negotiating Jurassic World’s external partnerships, such as the one with the Lockwood Foundation; this occurred in the early 2010s. Together, Dearing unintentionally set the stage for Hoskins to not only influence the creation of the Indominus, but to become connected with Eli Mills and thus a huge source of funding for his and Wu’s shared ambitions.
Hoskins probably worked closely with Dearing regarding security issues in the park, since keeping track of the park’s assets was their shared responsibility. If an animal began causing problems, Dearing would rely on the Security staff hired by Hoskins, such as the Park Rangers and Asset Containment Unit, to get the issue under control. The security protocols at Jurassic World were relevant to Operations just as much as Security, and were probably developed through collaboration between the heads of these departments.
During the 2015 incident, Dearing learned that Hoskins was planning on using the I.B.R.I.S. raptors to hunt down the Indominus, going against Grady’s advice and Simon Masrani’s wishes. She turned on him for this betrayal, accusing him of wanting a major disaster to befall Jurassic World so that he could have his raptor field test. Like with Grady, Hoskins expected that Dearing would come around to see things his way if he explained his vision well enough. He was unable to convince her before he was cut short by an attack from one of the raptors he had commandeered; Dearing was among the last people to see him alive.
Other Masrani Global employees
Hoskins was hired to lead and reform InGen Security, so it was this branch of Masrani Global which he predominantly interacted with. Some of the leaders in Security under Hoskins included Drew Leggett, Strategist; Hugh Winchester, Director of Training Division; and Kurt Reed, head of Special Operations. The latter, Reed, was personally hired by Hoskins in 2015, and worked closely with him directing operations on Isla Nublar. Along with internal security, Hoskins managed international taskforces of InGen operatives providing peacekeeping and contingency services around the world, along with remote pilots of surveillance drones.
Other divisions such as the Asset Containment Unit and Jurassic World Park Rangers were created under Hoskins’s direction from 2001 to 2015. As of 2004, the head of ACU was a man named Oscar; it is unknown if Oscar was still the head by 2015. ACU added to its ranks Katashi Hamada of the Tokyo SWAT, another valuable addition to Hoskins’s teams. However, Hamada and many ACU troopers died during the 2015 incident, in which Hoskins did not aid Jurassic World in dealing with the crisis until lives had already been lost. He could not have controlled the carnage, but allowed it to take place in order to establish the Indominus as a big enough threat to justify his proposed solution.
Research programs such as I.B.R.I.S. flourished under Hoskins’s direction, employing animal handlers such as Colby Boothman-Shepard and Barry Sembène. The latter did not always get along with Hoskins, disagreeing with his proposal to use genetic engineering and de-extinction to manufacture better military animals. Sembène grew suspicious of Hoskins and kept tabs on his activities during the 2015 incident, discovering his plan to use the Indominus as a justification to field-test the raptors’ combat abilities.
If the InGen IntraNet website is taken into consideration, then Hoskins most likely took control of Security from its previous head J. Petrola, who may have been InGen’s first head of Security. He also took over from its Directors, James Boutcher and Kevin Davis. Boutcher was a more paranoid man than Hoskins, prone to cruel behavior and intense suspicion of his coworkers as well as outsiders. Hoskins would have changed the overall environment of Security from one of paranoia and hostility into one of militaristic camaraderie, generally cultivating a more positive work environment. Of course, Hoskins also understood that some of his subordinates could very well die in their line of work; he considered this not just a possibility, but an inevitability. During the 2015 incident, he recognized that the deaths of his troopers could work to his advantage in convincing InGen to formally militarize I.B.R.I.S., and so permitted ACU to battle the Indominus without access to life-saving information about the animal. His insistence on utilizing I.B.R.I.S. to resolve the crisis directly led to the deaths of even more InGen staff, which Hoskins had not expected; this attack genuinely horrified him and led to him abandoning Isla Nublar as a lost cause.
Hoskins worked with other branches of InGen, since Security was closely linked to all their operations (especially those centered around Jurassic World). Along with protecting Jurassic World employees on the job, Hoskins’s subordinates protected the trade secrets of InGen from rivals. When at the park, Hoskins relied on Operations for information; along with Claire Dearing, he would have worked with control room technicians Lowery Cruthers and Vivian Krill when directing activities on the island. He cooperated with these two during the 2015 incident in particular. He was unable to hide his excitement regarding the incident and the possibilities it presented, which Cruthers took offense to; Hoskins treated Cruthers like much more of a close friend than he really was, intruding on Cruthers’s personal space. Overall, he rubbed Cruthers the wrong way, and Cruthers eventually mounted a one-man resistance to Hoskins’s forceful takeover of the control room. Krill did not make her opinions about Hoskins known, but did not appear to enjoy his presence during the incident either.
Other members of the Masrani Global family of companies worked with InGen in some capacity, and the interdepartmental cooperation within the corporation was key to its success. Key partners to InGen Security who would have worked with Hoskins included Aerospace Dynamix, Axis Boulder Engineering, and Timack Construction. The latter two worked with InGen in Jurassic World, and especially during the park’s construction, InGen Security was instrumental in protecting the construction workers and engineers. Axis Boulder and InGen most likely collaborated to develop technologies that helped both companies, while Timack would also have assisted InGen in building its facilities on Isla Nublar. During construction of the park, Hoskins and Security worked closely with the Jurassic World Project Manager, Eli Jacobs.
InGen Security partnered with Aerospace Dynamix to construct state-of-the-art CT-model drones, with its CEO Louis Mercier crediting InGen Security’s peacekeeping and contingency services with helping to modernize their drone technology. Hoskins himself did not fully trust drones, but ever the opportunist, he took advantage of the technology that was available and used it to InGen Security’s advantage. Hoskins was also personally valued by Mascom Network‘s lead engineer James McClure, who worked with Hoskins from 2002 until 2015 installing and testing the systems at Jurassic World. McClure praised Hoskins’s skill at spotting minor details that could hint at larger problems. InGen Security probably utilized some of Mascom’s five surveillance satellites.
Other Masrani Global companies included Tatsuo Technology, Data Analysys, Masrani Energy, and Medixal Health. InGen Security’s relations to these companies is not extremely well explored at the moment, but all of them worked together on joint projects and benefited from one another’s research and development. It is likely that InGen’s contingency services were used to protect the facilities and assets of these other companies during Hoskins’s time as head of Security.
Most of his coworkers referred to Hoskins by his last name, which he seems to have preferred.
Jurassic World tourists
Millions of people visited Jurassic World every year, and on any given day there could be twenty thousand or more tourists in the park. From 2005 until 2015, it was Hoskins’s responsibility to ensure that Asset Containment and other security staff were trained to the best of InGen’s ability so that park visitors were kept safe.
Visitors to the park were also a risk to security. InGen and Masrani Global were not without their fair share of competitors; companies like BioSyn, Mosby Health, and Mantah Corporation had long sought to acquire InGen and Masrani technology, and the risk of corporate espionage was not one the park could afford to take lightly. InGen Security was tasked with monitoring all activity in the park not only to keep visitors safe, but to keep the park safe from outside interference as well.
As a seasoned security contractor with combat experience and peacekeeping forces around the world, working park security was less than glamorous to Hoskins. He took his job managing Jurassic World’s security seriously, but lamented the fact that ACU and the other island staff were not getting the combat experience they could. The world’s most unique security challenges faced InGen Security at Jurassic World, but at the end of the day, the animals were kept in captivity and held back from their full potential. This in turn kept InGen’s forces from exercising their own full potential.
Hoskins appeared in public presentations of InGen Security which were shared by Masrani Global media teams, promoting him as the face of safety on Isla Nublar. Hoskins did intend to keep the tourists safe, but failed at this during the 2015 incident for one key reason: his insistence on I.B.R.I.S. as the sole solution to the Indominus delayed the Security response to the crisis and led Simon Masrani to try and stop the escaped animal himself. This effort led to the accidental release of around a hundred pterosaurs from the Jurassic World Aviary, which caused chaos across the island and harmed many visitors. Hoskins viewed the carnage with a kind of grim satisfaction, simultaneously knowing that this was the end of Jurassic World and possibly the beginning of a new age of animal warfare. His choices resulted in scores of injuries and potentially some deaths to park visitors, but he ensured the swift and efficient evacuation of the island once his field test was approved and considered the casualties to be a necessary evil.
In order to finance the weaponization of the Indominus, Hoskins accepted money from the Lockwood Foundation funneled into the project by its manager Eli Mills. The relationship between Hoskins and Mills is largely unknown; it is uncertain if they ever met one another in person during the project. Their aims were also different. Mills invested in the military bioengineering program as a means to add to the Lockwood fortune, which he hoped to inherit upon his employer’s death. On the other hand, money was only part of Hoskins’s overall goal, which was ultimately to provide the United States Armed Forces with the best biological weapons InGen could create.
When the operation on Isla Nublar fell into chaos and faced bankruptcy, Hoskins entrusted Mills with the safety of Henry Wu and many of the project’s assets. However, with Hoskins out of the picture, the fruits of their labor were no longer intended primarily for the American military, but could instead be marketed to fighting forces around the world.
From 2012 until his death on December 22, 2015, Vic Hoskins oversaw the Integrated Behavioral Raptor Intelligence Study, an InGen Security program intended to measure and understand the psychology and behavior patterns of maniraptoran dinosaurs and other theropods. Earlier Velociraptor specimens, such as Subject V-2, were unsuitable for training due to their wild and unpredictable behavior, so a new breed of raptor was created for I.B.R.I.S. instead. Four of this new variety survived. The eldest, Blue, was the most promising, with impressive physical strength coupled with high emotional intelligence. The next was Delta, a skilled hunter with birdlike mannerisms. Second-to-last was Echo, a more problematic raptor with aggressive behaviors, but still an effective team member. Finally was Charlie, the youngest and most likely to fall back on her instincts, and the most loyal to Blue.
Hoskins was not involved in the rearing of these raptors, a task that Owen Grady and Barry Sembène were entrusted with. For the most part, Hoskins only heard about the raptors’ training results rather than seeing them in person. His goal ultimately was to get them ready to operate out in the field and see what their combat capabilities were like. On December 22, 2015, Hoskins attended a raptor training session and witnessed one of the few successes; he soon also bore witness to Grady keeping the raptors at bay while assisting an injured handler who had fallen into the paddock.
He would get to know the raptors a little more personally over the course of the day, visiting the paddock and meeting Delta up close. Despite having the raptor introduced to him, he still had a fairly poor understanding of her, not recognizing that she showed signs of aggression and mistrust toward him and mistaking her for a male. By dusk, Hoskins had been granted emergency control over Isla Nublar by the Board of Directors and initiated a field test of the raptors. He commandeered I.B.R.I.S. using an InGen Security taskforce, surrounding the raptors with unfamiliar faces. He was also punched by Grady in front of the raptors, cementing him as someone their father figure did not trust.
During the night, the hunt went poorly as the raptors and Indominus united in pursuit of a common goal and turned on the InGen soldiers. Many of Hoskins’s men were picked off, and Charlie was killed in the firefight. Hoskins realized that Isla Nublar was a lost cause at this point, evacuating his assets off the island with Dr. Wu; during the evacuation, he was confronted by Delta, who had broken into the lab. Hoskins attempted to establish authority using the hand gestures she had been taught, but his fear showed, and she already disliked him anyway. Delta bit him on his extended hand before throwing him to the ground and tearing him open, killing him.
Hoskins was one of three people essentially responsible for the creation of the Indominus rex, along with Dr. Henry Wu and Eli Mills. He was the mind behind its combat-oriented nature, intending to use it as a proof of concept for military bioengineering. It was engineered to be brawny but intelligent, with a resilient hide capable of withstanding most conventional weapons and natural weaponry in the form of savage claws and teeth. The animal was given infrared sensing, allowing it to track prey by heat signature. It was also engineered to be able to modulate its own infrared output, enabling it to adapt to a wide range of environmental temperatures. Together, these abilities unexpectedly allowed it to mask its thermal signature, which impressed Hoskins when he learned it had done this to escape captivity. The animal was later found to be capable of camouflage, which may have been intentional on the part of Wu and Hoskins.
When the animal breached captivity, Hoskins saw an opportunity. By using the I.B.R.I.S. animals to hunt it down and kill it, he could kill two birds with one stone: he would prove that the raptors could be used as attack animals, and he would test the combat abilities of the Indominus. By refusing to help InGen stop the creature by any other means, Hoskins led to a series of increasingly desperate attempts to capture or kill the Indominus, all of which failed because of the secrecy he and Wu had maintained surrounding its abilities. Finally, when the Board granted Hoskins his field test, he monitored the raptor hunt remotely; he gave the order to fire on the Indominus when Owen Grady failed to do so. His effort was not a success, resulting in the deaths of many of his men and one of the raptors.
After Hoskins’s own death, the Indominus was finally killed, but its lineage lived on. Wu and Mills continued their work, using the genome of the Indominus as the basis for a smaller and more raptor-like hybrid. Hoskins had considered such an animal to be the idealized version of the Indominus. A prototype of this new hybrid, called Indoraptor, was developed sometime after mid-2016.
Other de-extinct animals
Every animal in Jurassic World required a unique set of security protocols, both for containment and response to incidents. Hoskins got his first taste of animal containment in 2001, when he was contracted to “clean up” three Pteranodons that had taken up residence in Victoria, British Columbia; his team’s professionalism led directly to Hoskins being hired for InGen Security.
Upon landing on Isla Nublar in early April 2002, Hoskins dealt with the surviving animals from the old Jurassic Park. He and his security staff worked to contain the animals, transporting some to Isla Sorna for the time being and keeping others within paddocks built on the island. Their most formidable foe was the oldest Tyrannosaurus bred by InGen, a seven-ton animal which was captured during the third week of the operation. Other species on the island at that time included the carnivores Dilophosaurus and Compsognathus, the omnivore Gallimimus, and the herbivores Brachiosaurus, Parasaurolophus, and Triceratops. Of these, at least the brachiosaurs and trikes were shipped to Isla Sorna temporarily. It is possible that Velociraptor and Troodon may have persisted on the island at that point, but details are still classified.
On Isla Sorna, the larger island housed a greater number of species. Along with the aforementioned animals (sans Troodon, not believed to have been found there), this island was inhabited by the carnivores Spinosaurus, Carnotaurus, Baryonyx, and Ceratosaurus, as well as the herbivores Stegosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Corythosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, and Mamenchisaurus. Some of these species were dwindling in number, with most or all in decline by 2004. Four of them (the Corythosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Spinosaurus) were of special interest to InGen, since they had been created illegally during the late 1990s. The spinosaur in particular is believed to have been important to ongoing research.
Shipments of animals back to Isla Nublar began in 2004, justified by the alarming trophic collapse occurring on Isla Sorna. This began with two of the old Park’s brachiosaurs, Olive and Agnes, in January; by summer, two others named Dot and Pearl had joined them. The Triceratops were shipped beginning in May. By August, baby Ankylosaurus were present on Isla Nublar, as were the eggs of more trikes and brachiosaurs. The Pteranodons were more difficult, as they often made spirited escape attempts and could not be safely contained until the Isla Nublar aviary was capable of holding them permanently. While overseeing events on Isla Sorna, Hoskins witnessed the dinosaurs at their most desperate, fighting fiercely to survive as their resources dwindled. This set a precedent for Hoskins’s view of the animals; he knew them first and foremost for their combat abilities.
The first raptor was shipped in September 2004, but was euthanized after an incident in which it killed an intern. Following this, other carnivores were shipped from Isla Sorna, with the last animals supposedly being relocated from the island by the time Jurassic World opened in 2005. Despite official claims stating that Isla Sorna is no longer inhabited by dinosaurs, poachers were sighted in the Muertes Archipelago in record numbers in 2013, and Hoskins led InGen Security along with forces from the United Nations in protecting the islands.
Jurassic World housed many species over the course of its ten-year operation, with new animals coming and going as time went on. Some, such as Carnotaurus, were originally put on display but had to be removed due to behavioral problems. Others, such as Brachiosaurus, were removed from display and slated to be reintroduced in future exhibits. Some were never successfully put on exhibit, the raptors being among these, though I.B.R.I.S. was intended to eventually get the park ready for them. A related project studying a Troodon named Jeanie reared by Dr. Kate Walker was also managed by InGen, and would have been of interest to Hoskins because of the high intelligence of the animal involved. After the 2015 incident, InGen (now under the direction of Kurt Reed) appropriated Jeanie for I.B.R.I.S. purposes, suggesting that Hoskins had hoped to eventually incorporate her into the project.
Hoskins’s personal relationships with the park’s animals are poorly known, and he was likely only on Isla Nublar part of the time due to his international obligations. Nonetheless, from the time the park opened on May 30, 2005 until its closing day on December 22, 2015, the animals both in the park itself and in its off-limits restricted areas lived under the rule of InGen Security as directed by Vic Hoskins. Compared to the unforgiving wild of Isla Sorna, the park environment was tame; Hoskins longed to test the animals’ mettle as fighters rather than family attractions. Ultimately he did get his wish, but paid for it with his life.
Vic Hoskins is portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio. He is not based on any particular character from Michael Crichton‘s novels, instead being an original character created for Jurassic World. For his performance, he was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain.
The character of Hoskins is intended to be an exploration and criticism of the idea of military animals in general, but also of the proposed plots for Jurassic Park IV which would have used both preexisting dinosaurs and the genetic engineering of new species for military purposes. Hoskins holds the idea that this would work, while the film itself demonstrates ways in which such a venture could fail. However, many film critics misinterpreted the film as endorsing the use of military dinosaurs and hybrids, rather than opposing it.