One thing that ‘Prometheus’ taught us was that The Engineers created both humanity and Xenomorphs… or did they? ‘Alien: Covenant‘ seems to be undoing that little lesson. While that appeared to be the case, what we saw and what we thought we saw were two very different things.
Director Ridley Scott expanded upon this notion recently in an interview with Collider. If this is a fact that Michael Fassbender’s David learns in between the two films it could lead to a vastly different obsession and personal mission for the character. Here’s what Ridley specifically had to say:
“It shouldn’t have really ended, so we’ve come back with a very simple idea: Who made them? [Alien] was just about there it is; it exists. And this is what it is…
So we’ve reinvented the idea of Alien, I think, which is that Covenant gets us a step closer to who and why was this thing designed to make human beings. And if you think it’s them [the Engineers], you’re dead wrong.”
That leads us back to what to expect from ‘Alien: Covenant’ as a film. It seems that the idea of who or what created humanity is still a focus going forward. While something is found on the planet Paradise, it wasn’t Engineers but either something humanlike or a “link in the chain” to find out who did. So that makes it so the “Engineers did not create Humans, but are part of a linked, evolutionary chain, set in place by another, higher being.”
In fact, this won’t be the first time Humans or humanoids have been to Paradise. It is unclear if this is background data or something which we’ll learn in the film but Engineers and 3-4 other versions of humanoids had been created throughout the universes, and this is an ongoing galactic issue.
It isn’t evolution on Earth in this series that brought forth humans but through this giant evolutionary chain and our take on mankind is the 4th or 5th iteration of humanity. It looks like Paradise will be the Headquarters within our galaxy for these higher being and how much of a role they happen to play in the movie is still up to the air.
It seems that there is a much larger galactic war occurring that we have no knowledge of. With what we’ve seen from the future installments in the ‘Alien’ franchise, it is something humanity still doesn’t know about so I wouldn’t get my hopes up for anyone surviving the Covenant mission.
Does a large intergalactic battle with various humanoids, Engineers, and xenomorphs sound interesting or a bit too high concept for the Alien franchise? Share your thoughts below!
Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!