SXSW: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Spoilers – The Xenomorphs Aren’t What We Thought!

Posted Monday, March 13th, 2017 02:00 pm GMT -4 by

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Ridley Scott shared a sneak peek of ‘Alien: Covenant‘ at this year’s SXSW and in it we learned more about where the Xenomorphs came from. Last week we found out that the Engineers weren’t responsible for them or humanity and it seems like their creation will be more important than originally thought. At least, those which appeared in the 1979 release of ‘Alien.’ These aren’t going to just be monsters that go bump in the night and turn us into their spawning pods with chest bursters.

I should, of course, warn you that there are spoilers ahead:

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Here is how the scene described from a reporter in attendance:

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.

So while Xenomorphs aren’t new to this reality, what we’ve seen of them before and after this film will be. The iteration that we’ve come to know in the ‘Alien’ franchise were evolved from David trying to make a newer version of the creatures. Why he is doing this remains a mystery, but it seems that the link to Scott’s original film is quickly approaching. We know that the next ‘Alien’ movie is already written so how strongly this one or the following will connect to the original 1979 classic is up in the air.

Are you looking forward to checking out ‘Alien: Covenant’? Do you feel that the inclusion of David to have forced the evolution of the Xenomorphs was the right way to go? Share your thoughts below!

Synopsis:

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

‘Alien: Covenant’ stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby and opens in theaters on May 19th, 2017

Source: The Verge

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  • althotos

    Actually, this makes more sense. The Engineers came up with that black ooze that created or mimicked life. However, it still doesn’t explain the pile of dead Engineers in the tunnel who were running from something in that holographic video in Prometheus. So, let’s assume that the Engineers produced this black ooze as a biological weapon, which got out of control and created a creature that killed all those Engineers in the passageway or indirectly led to their deaths, where is it.

    David having a dark, ulterior motive, was already established in Prometheus where he indirectly caused the birth of the first, proto-Alien if you will, but was left behind on the planet. Do we find out it’s fate? So, if Shaw and David traveled successfully to the Engineers homeworld, what happened to the Engineers? We don’t see any Engineers in the trailers. Were they there and David wiped them out through his creations or were the Engineers already wiped out previous to David and Shaw’s arrival? Will we find out in this movie? Probably more questions than answers for which we will have to wait for the next in the series.

    Dear Ridley, please don’t keep us waiting another 5 years. It’s been 38 years since the first movie and I was 21, back then. I might be around to catch the last of the prequels, so for God’s sake roll them out faster. Thanks for all the entertainment over the years.