Prometheus ditched the acid-blooded xenomorphs in favor of its own Engineer/Black Goo hybrid called the Deacon. Fans of the franchise eager to see that terrifying original design, rest easy. The classic creatures of Alien will be back in the Prometheus sequel entitled Alien: Covenant. And we're not talking another cameo snuck in at the end, as Ridley Scott tells The Wrap the entire breadth of the xenomorph lifecycle will return. “We’ll have them all,” Scott says, stoking the fan fires, “Egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.”
The first of a new trilogy intended to connect into Scott's 1979 classic, Covenant picks up with a new team of explorers bound for a far away planet. “They’re going to go to the planet where the engineers came from,” Scott continues, “and come across the evolving creature that they had made. Why did they make it? Why would they make such a terrifying beast? It felt bio-mechanoid, it felt like a weapon. And so the movie will explain that, and reintroduce the alien back into it."
It sounds awfully similar to what Scott's been saying for the last few months. New explorers, Fassbender returns as the android David, loops back into Alien... but with each interview a small tidbit of new intel slips out. With all the stages of the xenomorph now in play - as bio-engineered weaponry created by the Engineers - it does raise plenty of questions. Which came first the alien queen or the alien egg? Will we see the Ultramorph? And more importantly will the alien warrior be referred to as "big boy" in the script?
Starring Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, and written by Jack Paglen and Michael Green, Alien: Covenant opens in the US on October 6, 2017.
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