Disclaimer: This post contains minor spoilers for Alien: Covenant.
Prometheus was a film that didn’t sit well with a lot of fans. While it didn’t necessarily advertise itself as the movie that would answer any lingering questions about the Xenomorph aliens, many fans of the franchise kind of expected it to be. Rather than securely fasten any ties to Alien, it sort of hinted at the, ripped them apart, and then let them lie. By the end of it all, we were left with a lot more questions than we had entered with, which didn’t put viewers in a very generous mood. As a result, Prometheus is regarded as a film that doesn’t sit well with fans despite its strengths.
If the recent trailer for Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Prometheus, is any indication, that shouldn’t be a problem this time around. Make no mistake, this is an Alien film, and the film is being advertised as such with Xenomorphs running around the ship left and right. But it sounds like the film will have a lot more to offer than mere Xenomorph appearances.
At this year’s SXSW, the folks over at The Verge managed to check out 20 minutes of the film, and in it, we got the beginnings of some real answers as to the origins of these terrifying alien creatures. Here’s what the outlet had to say.
"In the final preview scene, Michael Fassbender’s android David (he’s definitely the same character from Prometheus in this scene, as he’s called David by name) walks Billy Crudup’s character through his personal workshop of biological terrors. He shows off different mutations of the creatures, explaining that he has been trying to understand the aliens that were discovered in Prometheus, going so far as to genetically engineer new versions — a process that’s been waiting for one final puzzle piece to complete.
"That’s when David takes him into a small chamber filled with four eggs that look identical to the ones seen in the original Alien. The final puzzle piece, David says, is “mother” — a waiting host — and Crudup’s character is lined up for the honor. The dots are easy to connect: the alien as audiences saw it in 1979 wasn’t the result of evolution or natural selection. Instead, it was the result of an android intentionally breeding the most dangerous, lethal creature possible."
Sounds to us like David has been one productive dude. In Prometheus, he was pretty much the architect of all the awfulness that went down, and while he did seem to have a bit of mal intent, the main drive seemed to be curiosity. After getting his head ripped off by an Engineer, it doesn’t sound like his curiosity subsided.
I really like this visual of David’s character. He seems like a Doctor Moreau-type character at this point, and we know that this film will see his experimental beings go totally haywire. The only question I have is if they will be out of his control or at his behest.
Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19, 2017.